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Once you get accustomed to your hearing aid, it’s hard to go without it. After all, your hearing aids are essential to connect to your world. But just like all technology, though, it will have to be upgraded eventually.

A hearing aid’s average lifespan

A hearing aid will usually last 3 to 7 years. You will need to have routine hearing exams to make sure your current hearing aid is still the best option for your hearing needs, and the 3 to 7 year lifespan isn’t etched in stone. Technology is always improving and some hearing aids wear out sooner than others so it’s good to be open to other solutions should your hearing change.

Your hearing aid longevity may be affected by these factors

So, that’s just the average life of a hearing aid. Meaning that there are lots of individuals who might see their hearing aids last a lot longer. Here are a few factors that will establish how long your hearing aid should last:

  • Changes to your hearing: If you’re a grownup and you wear a hearing aid, you’ve most likely decided on one of those very tiny, easy to hide devices. That type of hearing aid can be really precisely calibrated and will have just the right amount of power you require. If your hearing loss worsens, you might need to upgrade to a more powerful model.
  • Proper care & maintenance: A hearing aid is like most other pieces of technology in a lot of ways so it should last longer if you maintain it better. So, cleaning your hearing aid and doing frequent maintenance as the manufacturer recommends is something you should always do.
  • How often your hearing aids are used: So if you use your hearing aid more frequently, you will need to get a new one sooner. Having said that, modern hearing aids are built to last. Perhaps, a better way to put it is that the more often you cycle power settings (turn the device off and on), the sooner you might need to invest in a new hearing aid.
  • Build quality: It can be costly to invest in hearing aids. But, as with most things in life, you typically get what you pay for. The more robust the construction quality, the longer your hearing aid will last.
  • Functionality: Hearing aids have been keeping pace with continuously advancing technology. You might want to upgrade your hearing aid if you want the clearest sound or if you want to connect with you your smart-devices including your phone or TV.

How can you get longer life out of your hearing aid?

We have to understand that hearing aids are really personal things. Usually, they will be specifically molded to the shape of your ears and tuned to your particular needs. The investment is also considerable. So it’s a common goal to get the most that you can out of your hearing aid.

And it’s one you can achieve. Taking good care of your hearing aids is the most useful thing you can do to make certain that your hearing aids last as long as they can. Try to keep them dry and don’t drop them if you can help it. And make sure you do all the required maintenance and cleaning.

Your hearing aid will usually work well for at least five years. You may or may not get more than that. But eventually, you will have to decide. You will most likely, inevitably, want some of the features that modern hearing aids provide. We can help you determine the best hearing aid for you, so call us right away for an assessment.

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