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Physically, you will usually get several years out of your hearing aids, but as your level of hearing loss changes, your hearing aids could need an upgrade. Getting regular hearing evaluations is key to making sure your hearing aids are programmed and fit properly. Assuming appropriate programming and fitting, here’s a guide for their longevity.

Do hearing aids have a lifespan?

Similar to most products, hearing aids have a lifespan. Hearing aids will have a period of optimal efficiency much like any device will. Even sophisticated electronics, like your state-of-the-art TV, will eventually warrant an upgrade. So it probably 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 accelerates, you may want to upgrade sooner. Here are some of the most prominent factors affecting the lifespan of your hearing aids:

  • Maintenance: Not surprisingly, conscientious care directly correlates with extended lifespan. Functional longevity is greatly prolonged by regular upkeep and cleaning.
  • Construction: Modern hearing aids are built from diverse materials, from nano-coated plastics, to metal to silicon. While designed for durability, the choice of materials may impact longevity, especially if you’re prone to accidental drops.
  • Type: Inside-the-ear and behind the ear are the two primary models of hearing aids. Inside-the-ear models, exposed to the ear canal’s sweat and debris, generally last around five years, while behind-the-ear models endure for approximately 6 to 7 years due to their increased protection against moisture and dirt.
  • Batteries: Modern hearing aids nearly always use rechargeable batteries now, but battery type can definitely effect longevity.

While the approximated lifespan is based on ordinary usage, failing to wear or maintain your hearing aids may impact their effectiveness. Considering potential earwax build-up, regular cleanings and check-ups are crucial to optimal functionality and fit.

Anticipating when to replace your hearing aids

As time passes, you might notice a decrease 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: Evolving lifestyles might demand features such as waterproofing or enhanced durability, compelling an upgrade to better suit your needs.
  • Hearing changes: As hearing loss progresses, reprogramming becomes more and more important and it may become less expensive and time consuming to simply get a new pair.
  • Technological advancements: Yearly developments launch state-of-the-art features that can significantly improve hearing aid functionality, compelling consideration of newer models.

Predicting the precise time frame for hearing aid upgrade proves a challenge, given the multitude of variables. Still, a general guideline of 2 to 5 years provides a dependable reference point.

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