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With correct care, hearing aids can last for several years, but their performance depends on their alignment with your existing level of hearing loss. Comparable to prescription glasses, hearing aids are personalized to accommodate your specific auditory requirements, requiring regular reassessment. Here are a number of tips to help you get the most from your hearing aids.

Is there a lifespan for hearing aids?

Hearing aids absolutely have a lifespan just like most things. Much like the perishability of milk or the longevity of canned goods, hearing aids also have a limited period of optimal functionality. Even sophisticated electronics, such as your state-of-the-art TV, will eventually warrant an upgrade. It’s not surprising, then, that hearing aids also operate within a lifespan.

Typically, hearing aids last anywhere from 2 to 5 years, although technological advancements could prompt earlier upgrades. However, the lifespan of your hearing aids hinges on several factors:

  • Batteries: While most hearing aids utilize internal rechargeable batteries, the type of battery can impact all-around longevity.
  • Maintenance: Not surprisingly, diligent care directly correlates with increased lifespan. Regular cleaning and upkeep will significantly prolong functional longevity.
  • Type: Hearing aids come in two primary forms: inside-the-ear and behind-the-ear. Behind-the -ear models will usually last 6 to 7 years due to the enhanced protection from moisture in comparison to inside-the-ear models which will generally last from 3 to 5 years.
  • Construction: Modern hearing aids have diverse materials, from silicon to metal to nano-coated plastics. If you are particularly accident prone, materials that are on the more robust side would be a better choice for longevity.

While the estimated lifespan is based on ordinary usage, failing to wear or maintain your hearing aids might effect their efficiency. Considering possible earwax build-up, routine cleanings and check-ups are essential to optimal functionality and fit.

When to anticipate replacement

You may find that it’s time for a replacement when, over time, you begin to detect a decrease in the performance of your hearing aid. However, certain circumstances may justify an earlier upgrade:

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

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

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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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