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With proper care, hearing aids can last for a number of years, but their effectiveness depends on whether they’re programmed to your current level of hearing loss. Comparable to prescription glasses, hearing aids are customized to support your specific auditory requirements, necessitating regular reassessment. Assuming appropriate programming and fitting, here’s a guide for their longevity.

Do hearing aids have a lifespan?

Similar to most commodities, hearing aids have a lifespan. Hearing aids will have a time frame of optimum efficiency much like any device will. Pretty much all electronic devices will either stop working at an optimal level or become antiquated and replaced with newer more advanced technology eventually. So it probably 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 may want to update sooner. Here are some of the most notable factors affecting the lifespan of your hearing aids:

  • 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 sweat and debris, usually last around five years, while behind-the-ear models endure for around 6 to 7 years due to their enhanced protection against moisture and debris.
  • Batteries: Modern hearing aids almost always use rechargeable batteries now, but battery type can definitely effect longevity.
  • Construction: Contemporary hearing aids are constructed from diverse materials, from nano-coated plastics, to metal to silicon. If you are especially accident prone, materials that are on the more robust side would be a better option for longevity.
  • Maintenance: Obviously, you will get a longer lifespan from your hearing aid with conscientious care. Functional longevity is considerably extended by regular upkeep and cleaning.

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

When to expect replacement

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:

  • Hearing changes: Considerable changes in hearing levels require recalibration for best results, prompting consideration of new hearing aids.
  • Technological advancements: You may consider an upgrade to a more current and state-of-the-art model that has recently been launched.
  • 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.

Anticipating the precise time period for hearing aid replacement proves a challenge, given the wide range of variables. Still, a general guideline of 2 to 5 years provides a dependable reference point.

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