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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 could need an upgrade. Comparable to prescription glasses, hearing aids are customized to accommodate your specific auditory needs, requiring regular reassessment. 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. Hearing aids will have a period of optimal efficiency much like any device will. 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.

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

  • Batteries: Modern hearing aids nearly always use rechargeable batteries now, but battery type can undoubtedly effect longevity.
  • Maintenance: Obviously, you will get a longer lifespan from your hearing aid with conscientious care. Functional longevity is greatly 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 type of materials could impact longevity, particularly if you are prone to accidental drops.
  • Type: Inside-the-ear and behind the ear are the two main types of hearing aids. Inside-the-ear models, exposed to the ear canal’s sweat and debris, usually last around five years, while behind-the-ear models endure for around 6 to 7 years as a result of their enhanced protection against moisture and debris.

While the approximated lifespan is based on typical usage, neglecting to use or maintain your hearing aids might effect their effectiveness. Considering potential earwax build-up, routine cleanings and check-ups are essential to optimal functionality and fit.

Expecting when to replace your hearing aids

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

  • Lifestyle shifts: Changing lifestyles might necessitate features such as waterproofing or enhanced durability, prompting an upgrade to better suit your needs.
  • Hearing changes: As hearing loss progresses, reprogramming becomes more and more important and it might become less costly and time consuming to simply buy a new pair.
  • Technological advancements: You might consider an upgrade to a more current and advanced model that has recently been released.

When you consider the large number of variables, it can be relatively difficult to exactly predict when an upgrade will be required. But 2 to 5 years is generally a dependable guideline.

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