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Physically, you will normally get a number of years out of your hearing aids, but as your degree of hearing loss changes, your hearing aids may need an update. Similar to prescription glasses, hearing aids are customized to support your specific auditory needs, requiring regular reassessment. Assuming correct programming and fitting, here’s a guide for their longevity.

Do hearing aids have a lifespan?

Hearing aids absolutely 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, like your state-of-the-art TV, will eventually warrant an upgrade. So it likely won’t be surprising that hearing aids also have a lifespan.

Two to five years is a standard lifespan for modern hearing aids but as technology advances, you might want to update sooner. Here are a few of the most prominent factors affecting the lifespan of your hearing aids:

  • Construction: Modern hearing aids have diverse materials, from silicon to metal to nano-coated plastics. While manufactured for durability, the choice of materials could effect longevity, especially if you’re prone to accidental drops.
  • Maintenance: Needless to say, you will get a longer lifespan from your hearing aid with diligent care. Regular cleaning and upkeep will significantly prolong functional longevity.
  • Batteries: While most hearing aids use internal rechargeable batteries, the type of battery can impact all-around longevity.
  • Type: Hearing aids come in two primary forms: inside-the-ear and behind-the-ear. Inside-the-ear models, exposed to the ear canal’s moisture and debris, generally last around five years, while behind-the-ear models endure for about 6 to 7 years as a result of their increased protection against moisture and dirt.

While the approximated lifespan is based on ordinary usage, failing to use or maintain your hearing aids may impact their effectiveness. Considering possible earwax build-up, routine cleanings and check-ups are critical to optimum functionality and fit.

Expecting when to replace your hearing aids

You might find that it’s time for a replacement when, over time, you begin to notice a decrease in the performance of your hearing aid. Here are a few situations where you might need to upgrade sooner:

  • Lifestyle shifts: You might decide it’s time for an upgrade when you have a change of lifestyle and recognize that you need some new features.
  • Hearing changes: As hearing loss advances, reprogramming becomes more and more necessary and it may become less costly and time consuming to just get a new pair.
  • Technological advancements: You may consider an upgrade to a more current and advanced model that has recently been launched.

When you consider the large amount of variables, it can be fairly difficult to precisely predict when an upgrade will be necessary. But 2 to 5 years is typically a reliable guideline.

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