What is the Expected Lifespan of a Modern Hearing Aid?

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Physically, you will normally get several years out of your hearing aids, but as your level of hearing loss changes, your hearing aids could need an update. Getting routine hearing exams is key to making sure your hearing aids are programmed and fit correctly. Assuming correct programming and fitting, here’s a guide for their longevity.

Is there a lifespan for hearing aids?

Hearing aids certainly have a lifespan much like most things. Hearing aids will have a time frame of optimal performance much like any device will. Even sophisticated electronics, such as your state-of-the-art TV, will eventually warrant an upgrade. So it most likely won’t be surprising that hearing aids also have a lifespan.

Normally, hearing aids last anywhere from 2 to 5 years, although technological developments may encourage earlier upgrades. However, the lifespan of your hearing aids is dependent on a few factors:

  • Maintenance: Not surprisingly, diligent care directly correlates with prolonged lifespan. Regular cleaning and upkeep will substantially prolong functional longevity.
  • Construction: Contemporary hearing aids are built from diverse materials, from nano-coated plastics, to metal to silicon. While manufactured for durability, the choice of materials may effect longevity, especially if you’re prone to accidental drops.
  • Type: Hearing aids come in two primary forms: inside-the-ear and behind-the-ear. Inside-the-ear models, exposed to the ear canal’s sweat and debris, typically last around five years, while behind-the-ear models last for around 6 to 7 years as a result of their enhanced protection against moisture and dirt.
  • Batteries: Modern hearing aids almost always utilize rechargeable batteries now, but battery type can undoubtedly effect longevity.

While the estimated lifespan is based on typical usage, failing to wear or maintain your hearing aids may impact their effectiveness. Professional check-ups and cleaning courses are essential to provide proper fit and functionality, especially considering potential wax build-up.

Anticipating when to replace your hearing aids

As time passes, you might detect a decrease in hearing aid performance, letting you know that it’s time for replacement. Here are a few situations where you might need to upgrade sooner:

  • Hearing changes: Substantial changes in hearing levels require recalibration for optimal results, prompting consideration of a new pair of hearing aids.
  • Lifestyle shifts: Changing lifestyles may demand features like waterproofing or increased durability, prompting an upgrade to better suit your needs.
  • Technological advancements: You may consider an upgrade to a more current and advanced model that has recently been launched.

Forecasting the precise timespan for hearing aid upgrade proves challenging, given the wide range of variables. But 2 to 5 years is usually a reliable guideline.

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