What is the Expected Lifespan of a Contemporary Hearing Aid?

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With proper care, hearing aids can last for a number of years, but their performance depends on their alignment with your existing level of hearing loss. Getting regular hearing exams is key to making sure your hearing aids are programmed and fit properly. Assuming correct programming and fitting, here’s a guide for their longevity.

Do hearing aids have a lifespan?

Just like most products, hearing aids have a lifespan. Hearing aids will have a time frame of optimal efficiency much like any device will. Pretty much all electronic devices will either stop working at an optimal level or become antiquated and upgraded with newer more advanced technology eventually. It’s no surprise, then, that hearing aids also function within a lifespan.

Two to five years is a typical lifespan for modern hearing aids but as technology advances, you might want to update sooner. However, the lifespan of your hearing aids is dependent on a number of factors:

  • Batteries: Modern hearing aids nearly always utilize rechargeable batteries now, but battery type can undoubtedly effect longevity.
  • Type: Hearing aids come in two main forms: inside-the-ear and behind-the-ear. Inside-the-ear models, exposed to the ear canal’s moisture and debris, usually last about five years, while behind-the-ear models endure for about 6 to 7 years due to their increased protection against moisture and dirt.
  • 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: Not surprisingly, conscientious care directly correlates with increased lifespan. Regular cleaning and upkeep will substantially prolong functional longevity.

Failure to regularly wear and maintain your hearing aids can have an effect on lifespan as estimated longevity is based on normal usage. Professional check-ups and cleaning sessions are crucial to ensure proper fit and functionality, especially considering possible wax build-up.

Anticipating when to replace your hearing aids

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

  • Technological advancements: You may consider an upgrade to a more current and advanced model that has recently been launched.
  • Lifestyle shifts: Evolving lifestyles might demand features like waterproofing or improved durability, prompting an upgrade to better suit your needs.
  • Hearing changes: Substantial alterations in hearing levels require recalibration for optimal results, prompting consideration of new hearing aids.

Predicting the precise timespan for hearing aid upgrade proves to be challenging, given the wide range of variables. But 2 to 5 years is generally a reliable guideline.

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