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Once you get used to your hearing aid, it’s difficult to be without it. Your hearing aids are, after all, your link to the world around you. But it will periodically need to be updated or replaced just like all technology.

The normal lifespan of a hearing aid

From 3 to 7 years will be the typical lifespan of a hearing aid. You will need to get routine hearing exams to make sure your current hearing aid is still the best option for your hearing needs, and the 3 to 7 year lifespan isn’t etched in stone. Technology is always advancing and some hearing aids wear out more rapidly than others so it’s good to be open to other options should your hearing change.

Your hearing aid longevity may be impacted by these factors

So hearing aids have a “typical” longevity of 3 to 7 years. So hearing may last much longer for some individuals. How long your hearing aids will last is determined by a number of factors:

  • Proper care & maintenance: Like most technology, it will last longer the better care you take of it. So, cleaning your hearing aid and doing frequent maintenance as the manufacturer recommends is something you should always do.
  • Build quality: It can be costly to purchase hearing aids. But, like with most things in life, you typically get what you pay for. The better the construction quality, the longer your hearing aid should last.
  • How often your hearing aids are worn: So if you wear your hearing aid more often, you will need a new one sooner. But that isn’t always the situation, modern hearing aids are intended to be used for long durations. Actually, it might be more precise to say that the more times you turn the device on and off, the sooner it will need replacing.
  • Functionality: Hearing aids have been keeping pace with constantly advancing technology. If you want your hearing aids to sync with your smartphone, TV, or other devices, or to just have the clearest sound, you might want to upgrade.
  • Changes to your hearing: Most adults go for those really small hearing aids that conceal easily. That type of hearing aid can be very precisely fine-tuned and will have exactly the right amount of power you require. You might need to upgrade to a more powerful device if your hearing worsens.

How can you get longer life out of your hearing aid?

We have to understand that hearing aids are really personal things. Usually, they will be specifically molded to the shape of your ears and programmed to your specific requirements. The investment is also substantial. So it’s a common goal to get the most that you can from your hearing aid.

And this is a very attainable goal. The most practical thing you can do if you want your hearing aid to last is take good care of it. Try not to get them wet or drop them. And be certain you do all the recommended maintenance and cleaning.

You’ll normally be able to get a good five years from your hearing aid. You may or may not get more than that. But eventually, you will have to decide. You will most likely, inevitably, want some of the features that modern hearing aids offer. So, give us a call to schedule an appointment for a hearing test right away. We’ll help you determine which hearing aid is right for you.

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