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Physically, you will usually get several years out of your hearing aids, but as your degree of hearing loss changes, your hearing aids could need an upgrade. Comparable to prescription glasses, hearing aids are customized to support your specific auditory needs, requiring regular reassessment. Assuming appropriate programming and fitting, here’s a guide for their longevity.

Do hearing aids have a lifespan?

Hearing aids definitely have a lifespan just like most things. Hearing aids will have a time frame of optimum efficiency much like any device will. Even sophisticated electronics, such as your state-of-the-art TV, will eventually warrant an upgrade. It’s no surprise, then, that hearing aids also function within a lifespan.

Two to five years is a typical lifespan for modern hearing aids but as technology advances, you may want to update sooner. Here are a few of the most prominent factors influencing the lifespan of your hearing aids:

  • 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 increased protection from moisture compared to inside-the-ear models which will generally last from 3 to 5 years.
  • Maintenance: Obviously, you will get a longer lifespan from your hearing aid with conscientious care. Functional longevity is considerably extended by regular maintenance and cleaning.
  • Construction: Modern hearing aids have diverse materials, from silicon to metal to nano-coated plastics. While manufactured for durability, the choice of materials could effect longevity, particularly if you’re prone to accidental drops.
  • Batteries: Modern hearing aids nearly always use rechargeable batteries now, but battery type can certainly impact longevity.

While the estimated lifespan is based on typical usage, failing to use or maintain your hearing aids may impact their effectiveness. Considering potential earwax build-up, regular cleanings and check-ups are essential to optimum functionality and fit.

Expecting when to replace your hearing aids

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

  • Hearing changes: As hearing loss advances, reprogramming becomes more and more necessary and it might become less expensive and time consuming to just buy a new set.
  • Technological advancements: Annual developments launch state-of-the-art features that can noticeably improve hearing aid functionality, prompting consideration of newer models.
  • Lifestyle shifts: You may 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 number of variables, it can be fairly hard to precisely predict when an upgrade will be required. Nevertheless, a general guideline of 2 to 5 years provides a reliable reference point.

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