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 upgrade. Getting regular hearing evaluations is key to making sure your hearing aids are programmed and fit properly. Assuming correct programming and fitting, here’s a guide for their longevity.

Do hearing aids have a lifespan?

Just like most commodities, hearing aids have a lifespan. Hearing aids will have a period of optimum 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 operate within a lifespan.

Normally, hearing aids last anywhere from 2 to 5 years, although technological advancements may prompt earlier upgrades. Here are a number of the most notable factors affecting the lifespan of your hearing aids:

  • Batteries: Modern hearing aids almost always utilize rechargeable batteries now, but battery type can certainly impact longevity.
  • Maintenance: Needless to say, you will get a longer life from your hearing aid with conscientious care. Regular cleaning and maintenance will substantially prolong functional longevity.
  • Construction: Modern hearing aids are built from various materials, from nano-coated plastics, to metal to silicon. If you are particularly accident prone, materials that are on the more robust side would be a better option for longevity.
  • Type: Hearing aids come in two main forms: inside-the-ear and behind-the-ear. 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 enhanced protection against moisture and dirt.

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

When to expect replacement

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

  • Lifestyle shifts: Evolving lifestyles might demand features such as waterproofing or improved durability, compelling an upgrade to better suit your needs.
  • Technological advancements: You might consider an upgrade to a more current and sophisticated model that has recently been launched.
  • Hearing changes: As hearing loss advances, reprogramming becomes more and more important and it might become less costly and time consuming to just buy a new pair.

Forecasting the precise time period for hearing aid upgrade proves a challenge, given the multitude of variables. But 2 to 5 years is usually a reliable guideline.

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