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With correct care, hearing aids can last for a number of years, but their effectiveness depends on whether they’re programmed to your current level of hearing loss. Similar to prescription glasses, hearing aids are personalized to support your specific auditory requirements, necessitating regular reassessment. Here are some tips to help you get the most from your hearing aids.

Do hearing aids have a lifespan?

Just like most products, hearing aids have a lifespan. Hearing aids will have a period of optimal efficiency much like any device will. Virtually all electronic devices will either stop working at an optimal level or become antiquated and upgraded with newer more sophisticated technology eventually. It’s no surprise, then, that hearing aids also function within a lifespan.

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

  • Batteries: While the majority of hearing aids use internal rechargeable batteries, the type of battery can impact overall longevity.
  • Type: Inside-the-ear and behind the ear are the two main models of hearing aids. Behind-the -ear models will normally last 6 to 7 years due to the increased protection from moisture compared to inside-the-ear models which will generally last from 3 to 5 years.
  • Construction: Modern hearing aids have diverse materials, from silicon to metal to nano-coated plastics. While designed for durability, the choice of materials could impact longevity, especially if you’re prone to accidental drops.
  • Maintenance: Not surprisingly, diligent care directly correlates with prolonged lifespan. Functional longevity is significantly prolonged by regular upkeep and cleaning.

Failure to regularly wear and maintain your hearing aids can have an impact on lifespan as estimated longevity is based on typical usage. Professional check-ups and cleaning sessions are crucial to provide proper fit and functionality, especially considering potential wax build-up.

When to expect replacement

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

  • Technological advancements: You may consider an upgrade to a more current and advanced model that has recently been released.
  • Lifestyle shifts: You may decide it’s time for an upgrade when you have a change of lifestyle and realize you need some new features.
  • Hearing changes: Substantial changes in hearing levels require recalibration for optimal results, prompting consideration of new hearing aids.

When you consider the large amount of variables, it can be relatively difficult to precisely predict when an upgrade will be necessary. Nevertheless, a general guideline of 2 to 5 years offers a dependable reference point.

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