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With proper care, hearing aids can last for several years, but their performance depends on their alignment with your current level of hearing loss. Getting routine hearing exams is key to making certain your hearing aids are programmed and fit correctly. Assuming correct programming and fitting, here’s a guide for their longevity.

Is there a lifespan for hearing aids?

Hearing aids absolutely have a lifespan much like most things. Hearing aids will have a period of optimal performance 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 operate within a lifespan.

Typically, hearing aids last anywhere from 2 to 5 years, although technological developments might encourage earlier upgrades. Here are some of the most notable factors influencing the lifespan of your hearing aids:

  • Maintenance: Not surprisingly, conscientious care directly correlates with increased lifespan. Functional longevity is greatly extended by regular upkeep and cleaning.
  • Type: Inside-the-ear and behind the ear are the two main models of hearing aids. Inside-the-ear models, exposed to the ear canal’s moisture and debris, typically last around five years, while behind-the-ear models last for about 6 to 7 years due to their enhanced protection against moisture and dirt.
  • Batteries: Modern hearing aids almost always utilize rechargeable batteries now, but battery type can certainly impact longevity.
  • Construction: Modern hearing aids are built from diverse materials, from nano-coated plastics, to metal to silicon. If you are especially accident prone, materials that are on the more durable side would be a better option for longevity.

While the estimated lifespan is based on typical usage, failing to use or maintain your hearing aids may effect their efficiency. Professional check-ups and cleaning courses are essential to provide proper fit and functionality, especially considering possible wax build-up.

When to anticipate replacement

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

  • Hearing changes: As hearing loss progresses, recalibration becomes more and more important and it may become less expensive and time consuming to simply get a new set.
  • Technological advancements: Annual developments introduce state-of-the-art features that can substantially improve hearing aid functionality, prompting consideration of newer models.
  • 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.

When you consider the large amount of variables, it can be fairly hard to precisely predict when an upgrade will be needed. Still, a general guideline of 2 to 5 years offers a reliable reference frame.

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