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Physically, you will usually get a number of years out of your hearing aids, but as your level of hearing loss changes, your hearing aids may need an upgrade. Similar to prescription glasses, hearing aids are customized to support your specific auditory needs, necessitating regular reassessment. Assuming appropriate programming and fitting, here’s a guideline for their longevity.

Is there a lifespan for hearing aids?

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

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

  • 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, generally last about five years, while behind-the-ear models endure for about 6 to 7 years due to their enhanced protection against moisture and dirt.
  • Construction: Modern hearing aids are constructed from diverse materials, from nano-coated plastics, to metal to silicon. While designed for durability, the choice of materials could impact longevity, particularly if you are prone to accidental drops.
  • Batteries: Modern hearing aids nearly always utilize rechargeable batteries now, but battery type can certainly effect longevity.
  • Maintenance: Not surprisingly, diligent care directly correlates with prolonged lifespan. Functional longevity is considerably prolonged by regular maintenance and cleaning.

Failure to routinely wear and maintain your hearing aids can have an impact on lifespan as estimated longevity is based on typical usage. Considering potential earwax build-up, routine cleanings and check-ups are critical to optimal functionality and fit.

Expecting when to replace your hearing aids

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

  • Lifestyle shifts: Changing lifestyles may demand features such as waterproofing or increased durability, prompting an upgrade to better suit your needs.
  • Hearing changes: As hearing loss advances, recalibration becomes more and more necessary and it may become less expensive and time consuming to just buy a new pair.
  • Technological advancements: Yearly developments introduce state-of-the-art features that can significantly improve hearing aid functionality, prompting consideration of newer models.

When you consider the large number of variables, it can be fairly hard to precisely predict when an upgrade will be necessary. But 2 to 5 years is typically a reliable guideline.

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