What is the Expected Lifespan of a Modern Hearing Aid?

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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 update. Getting routine hearing assessments is key to making sure your hearing aids are programmed and fit correctly. Assuming correct programming and fitting, here’s a guideline for their longevity.

Is there a lifespan for hearing aids?

Just like most products, hearing aids have a lifespan. Hearing aids will have a period 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 not surprising, then, that hearing aids also function within a lifespan.

Two to five years is a standard lifespan for contemporary hearing aids but as technology accelerates, you may want to update sooner. However, the lifespan of your hearing aids hinges on a number of factors:

  • Batteries: Modern hearing aids almost always utilize rechargeable batteries now, but battery type can definitely impact longevity.
  • Maintenance: Not surprisingly, diligent care directly correlates with prolonged lifespan. Functional longevity is considerably prolonged by regular maintenance and cleaning.
  • 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, generally last around five years, while behind-the-ear models endure for about 6 to 7 years as a result of their increased protection against moisture and debris.
  • Construction: Contemporary hearing aids are built from diverse materials, from nano-coated plastics, to metal to silicon. While designed for durability, the choice of materials may effect longevity, especially if you are prone to accidental drops.

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

Anticipating 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 circumstances may justify an earlier upgrade:

  • Lifestyle shifts: Changing lifestyles may necessitate features like waterproofing or enhanced durability, prompting an upgrade to better suit your needs.
  • Technological advancements: Yearly developments launch cutting-edge features that can significantly improve hearing aid functionality, prompting consideration of newer models.
  • Hearing changes: Substantial changes in hearing levels require recalibration for best results, prompting consideration of new hearing aids.

Anticipating the precise timespan for hearing aid upgrade proves challenging, given the multitude of variables. But 2 to 5 years is generally a dependable guideline.

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