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With correct care, hearing aids can last for a number of years, but their performance depends on their alignment with your current level of hearing loss. Comparable to prescription glasses, hearing aids are personalized to support your specific auditory requirements, requiring regular reassessment. Here are some tips to help you get the most from your hearing aids.

Do hearing aids have a lifespan?

Hearing aids definitely have a lifespan much like most things. Hearing aids will have a time frame 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. So it probably won’t come as a surprise that hearing aids also have a lifespan.

Two to five years is a typical lifespan for contemporary hearing aids but as technology accelerates, you might want to update sooner. Here are a number of the most notable factors affecting the lifespan of your hearing aids:

  • 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 enhanced protection from moisture in comparison to inside-the-ear models which will typically last from 3 to 5 years.
  • Batteries: Modern hearing aids nearly always utilize rechargeable batteries now, but battery type can undoubtedly impact longevity.
  • Maintenance: Needless to say, you will get a longer lifespan from your hearing aid with diligent care. Regular cleaning and maintenance will significantly prolong functional longevity.
  • Construction: Modern hearing aids have diverse materials, from silicon to metal to nano-coated plastics. While manufactured for durability, the type of materials could impact longevity, particularly if you are prone to accidental drops.

Failure to routinely wear and maintain your hearing aids can have an impact on lifespan as calculated longevity is based on normal usage. Considering potential earwax build-up, routine cleanings and check-ups are essential to optimal functionality and fit.

When to expect replacement

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 justify an earlier upgrade:

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

Forecasting the precise timespan for hearing aid replacement proves to be a challenge, given the multitude of variables. Still, a general guideline of 2 to 5 years provides a reliable reference frame.

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