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 degree of hearing loss changes, your hearing aids may need an update. Getting routine hearing assessments is key to making sure your hearing aids are programmed and fit properly. Assuming correct programming and fitting, here’s a guide for their longevity.

Do hearing aids have a lifespan?

Hearing aids absolutely have a lifespan much like most things. Much like the perishability of milk or the longevity of canned goods, hearing aids also have a finite period of optimum functionality. Pretty much all electronic devices will either quit working at an optimal level or become antiquated and upgraded with newer more sophisticated technology eventually. So it probably won’t be surprising that hearing aids also have a lifespan.

Typically, hearing aids last anywhere from 2 to 5 years, although technological advancements could prompt earlier upgrades. However, the longevity of your hearing aids is dependent on a few factors:

  • Maintenance: Not surprisingly, conscientious care directly correlates with increased lifespan. Functional longevity is greatly extended by regular upkeep and cleaning.
  • Construction: Modern hearing aids have diverse materials, from silicon to metal to nano-coated plastics. While designed for durability, the choice of materials could effect longevity, particularly if you’re prone to accidental drops.
  • Type: Inside-the-ear and behind the ear are the two primary models of hearing aids. Inside-the-ear models, exposed to the ear canal’s sweat and debris, typically last about five years, while behind-the-ear models last for about 6 to 7 years as a result of their enhanced protection against moisture and debris.
  • Batteries: Modern hearing aids nearly always use rechargeable batteries now, but battery type can definitely effect longevity.

While the estimated lifespan is based on ordinary usage, failing to use or maintain your hearing aids may effect their effectiveness. Professional check-ups and cleaning sessions are essential to ensure proper fit and functionality, especially considering potential wax build-up.

Expecting when to replace your hearing aids

You might find that it’s time for an upgraded when, over time, you begin to detect a drop in the performance of your hearing aid. However, certain situations might justify an earlier upgrade:

  • Technological advancements: You may consider an upgrade to a more current and sophisticated model that has recently been released.
  • Lifestyle shifts: You might decide it’s time for an upgrade when you have a change of lifestyle and realize you need some new features.
  • Hearing changes: As hearing loss advances, recalibration becomes more and more important and it might become less costly and time consuming to simply get a new set.

Anticipating the precise timespan for hearing aid replacement proves to be challenging, given the wide range of variables. Nevertheless, a general guideline of 2 to 5 years provides a dependable reference point.

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