How Long Can You Expect Your Hearing Aids to Last?

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With proper care, hearing aids can last for a number of years, but their effectiveness depends on their alignment with your current level of hearing loss. Similar to prescription glasses, hearing aids are customized to support your specific auditory requirements, requiring regular reassessment. Here are a few tips to help you get the most from your hearing aids.

Do hearing aids have a lifespan?

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

Normally, hearing aids last anywhere from 2 to 5 years, although technological developments could prompt earlier upgrades. However, the lifespan of your hearing aids hinges on a number of factors:

  • Batteries: Modern hearing aids nearly always utilize rechargeable batteries now, but battery type can undoubtedly impact longevity.
  • Maintenance: Not surprisingly, diligent care directly correlates with extended lifespan. Functional longevity is greatly extended by regular maintenance and cleaning.
  • Construction: Contemporary hearing aids are built from diverse materials, from nano-coated plastics, to metal to silicon. If you are especially accident prone, materials that are on the more durable side would be a better option for longevity.
  • Type: Inside-the-ear and behind the ear are the two main models of hearing aids. Behind-the -ear models will typically last 6 to 7 years as a result of the enhanced protection from moisture in comparison to inside-the-ear models which will typically last from 3 to 5 years.

Failure to regularly wear and maintain your hearing aids can have an effect on lifespan as estimated longevity is based on normal usage. Considering potential earwax build-up, regular cleanings and check-ups are crucial to optimum functionality and fit.

Anticipating when to replace your hearing aids

As time passes, you may notice a decline in hearing aid performance, signaling the need for replacement. However, certain circumstances may justify an earlier upgrade:

  • Lifestyle shifts: Evolving lifestyles might demand features such as waterproofing or improved durability, prompting an upgrade to better suit your needs.
  • Technological advancements: Yearly developments launch state-of-the-art features that can noticeably improve hearing aid functionality, compelling consideration of newer models.
  • Hearing changes: As hearing loss progresses, reprogramming becomes more and more important and it may become less costly and time consuming to just invest in a new pair.

Predicting the precise time frame for hearing aid upgrade proves a challenge, given the multitude of variables. Nevertheless, a general guideline of 2 to 5 years offers a reliable reference frame.

Think it may be time for an upgrade? Schedule 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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