What is the Expected Lifespan of a Contemporary Hearing Aid?

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Physically, you will normally get a number of years out of your hearing aids, but as your degree of hearing loss changes, your hearing aids might need an update. Getting regular hearing assessments is key to making certain your hearing aids are programmed and fit properly. Assuming appropriate programming and fitting, here’s a guide for their longevity.

Do hearing aids have a lifespan?

Just like most commodities, hearing aids have a lifespan. Hearing aids will have a period of optimal efficiency much like any device will. Virtually all electronic devices will either stop working at an optimal level or become antiquated and replaced with newer more advanced technology eventually. So it likely won’t come as a surprise that hearing aids also have a lifespan.

Two to five years is a standard lifespan for modern hearing aids but as technology accelerates, you may want to upgrade sooner. Here are a number of the most prominent factors influencing the lifespan of your hearing aids:

  • Maintenance: Not surprisingly, conscientious care directly correlates with increased lifespan. Functional longevity is significantly extended by regular upkeep and cleaning.
  • Construction: Contemporary hearing aids are constructed from various materials, from nano-coated plastics, to metal to silicon. If you are especially accident prone, materials that are on the more robust side would be a better option for longevity.
  • Type: Hearing aids come in two main forms: inside-the-ear and behind-the-ear. Inside-the-ear models, exposed to the ear canal’s sweat and debris, usually last around five years, while behind-the-ear models endure for approximately 6 to 7 years due to their enhanced protection against moisture and debris.
  • Batteries: While most hearing aids utilize internal rechargeable batteries, the type of battery can influence overall longevity.

While the estimated lifespan is based on ordinary usage, neglecting to use or maintain your hearing aids may effect their efficiency. Professional check-ups and cleaning sessions are crucial to provide proper fit and functionality, especially considering possible wax build-up.

When to anticipate replacement

As time passes, you might notice a decrease in hearing aid performance, letting you know that it’s time for replacement. However, certain circumstances may justify an earlier upgrade:

  • Hearing changes: Considerable changes in hearing levels require recalibration for optimal results, prompting consideration of a new pair of hearing aids.
  • Technological advancements: Annual innovations introduce state-of-the-art features that can noticeably improve hearing aid functionality, prompting consideration of newer models.
  • Lifestyle shifts: Changing lifestyles might demand features like waterproofing or enhanced durability, prompting an upgrade to better suit your needs.

When you consider the large amount of variables, it can be fairly difficult to exactly predict when an upgrade will be required. But 2 to 5 years is generally a dependable guideline.

Think it may be time for an upgrade? Make an appointment for a consultation with us right away.

The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.


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