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With correct care, hearing aids can last for several years, but their effectiveness depends on their alignment with your present level of hearing loss. Similar to prescription glasses, hearing aids are customized to support your specific auditory needs, necessitating regular reassessment. Here are some tips to help you get the most from your hearing aids.

Is there a lifespan for hearing aids?

Hearing aids absolutely have a lifespan just like most things. Much like the perishability of milk or the longevity of canned goods, hearing aids also have a limited period of optimal functionality. 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 likely won’t come as a surprise that hearing aids also have a lifespan.

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

  • Maintenance: Not surprisingly, conscientious care directly correlates with prolonged lifespan. Regular cleaning and upkeep will substantially prolong functional longevity.
  • Type: Inside-the-ear and behind the ear are the two main types of hearing aids. Behind-the -ear models will typically last 6 to 7 years due to the enhanced protection from moisture in comparison 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 type of materials might effect longevity, especially if you’re prone to accidental drops.
  • Batteries: While most hearing aids utilize internal rechargeable batteries, the type of battery can impact all-around longevity.

While the estimated lifespan is based on ordinary usage, failing to use or maintain your hearing aids might effect their effectiveness. Professional check-ups and cleaning courses are crucial to ensure proper fit and functionality, especially considering potential wax build-up.

Expecting when to replace your hearing aids

As time passes, you may detect a decline in hearing aid performance, letting you know that it’s time for replacement. 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 require some new features.
  • Technological advancements: You might consider an upgrade to a more current and state-of-the-art model that has recently been launched.
  • Hearing changes: Considerable alterations in hearing levels necessitate reprogramming for optimal results, prompting consideration of new hearing aids.

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

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