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With correct care, hearing aids can last for several years, but their performance depends on whether they’re programmed to your current level of hearing loss. Getting routine hearing evaluations is key to making sure your hearing aids are programmed and fit properly. Assuming appropriate programming and fitting, here’s a guide for their longevity.

Is there a lifespan for hearing aids?

Hearing aids certainly have a lifespan much 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. So it probably won’t be surprising that hearing aids also have a lifespan.

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

  • Maintenance: Obviously, you will get a longer lifespan from your hearing aid with diligent care. Functional longevity is significantly extended by regular upkeep and cleaning.
  • Batteries: Modern hearing aids nearly always utilize rechargeable batteries now, but battery type can certainly effect longevity.
  • Type: Hearing aids come in two primary forms: inside-the-ear and behind-the-ear. Behind-the -ear models will typically last 6 to 7 years due to the increased protection from moisture in comparison to inside-the-ear models which will typically last from 3 to 5 years.
  • Construction: Modern hearing aids have diverse materials, from silicon to metal to nano-coated plastics. While manufactured for durability, the choice of materials may effect longevity, especially if you are prone to accidental drops.

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

Expecting when to replace your hearing aids

You may find that it’s time for an upgraded when, over time, you begin to notice a decline in the performance of your hearing aid. However, certain circumstances may warrant an earlier upgrade:

  • Technological advancements: Annual innovations introduce cutting-edge features that can significantly improve hearing aid functionality, compelling consideration of newer models.
  • Hearing changes: As hearing loss advances, recalibration becomes more and more important and it might become less costly and time consuming to just get a new set.
  • Lifestyle shifts: You might decide it’s time for an upgrade when you have a change of lifestyle and realize you need some new features.

Anticipating the precise time frame for hearing aid replacement proves challenging, given the wide range of variables. But 2 to 5 years is usually a dependable guideline.

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