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Physically, you will usually get several years out of your hearing aids, but as your degree of hearing loss changes, your hearing aids may need an update. Comparable to prescription glasses, hearing aids are personalized to accommodate your specific auditory needs, requiring regular reassessment. Assuming correct 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 time frame of optimal efficiency much like any device will. Even sophisticated electronics, such as your state-of-the-art TV, will eventually warrant an upgrade. It’s not surprising, then, that hearing aids also operate within a lifespan.

Normally, hearing aids last anywhere from 2 to 5 years, although technological developments may prompt earlier upgrades. Here are a number of the most notable factors affecting the lifespan of your hearing aids:

  • Construction: Modern hearing aids are built from various 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 choice for longevity.
  • Type: Inside-the-ear and behind the ear are the two primary types of hearing aids. Behind-the -ear models will typically last 6 to 7 years due to the increased protection from moisture in comparison to inside-the-ear models which will generally last from 3 to 5 years.
  • Batteries: While most hearing aids utilize internal rechargeable batteries, the type of battery can influence all-around longevity.
  • Maintenance: Not surprisingly, conscientious care directly correlates with increased lifespan. Functional longevity is significantly prolonged by regular maintenance and cleaning.

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

When to expect replacement

You may find that it’s time for a replacement 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: Yearly developments introduce cutting-edge features that can noticeably improve hearing aid functionality, compelling consideration of newer models.
  • Lifestyle shifts: Changing lifestyles may necessitate features such as waterproofing or improved durability, prompting an upgrade to better suit your needs.
  • Hearing changes: As hearing loss progresses, reprogramming becomes more and more necessary and it might become less expensive and time consuming to just buy a new set.

When you consider the large amount of variables, it can be rather hard to exactly predict when an upgrade will be necessary. Still, a general guideline of 2 to 5 years offers a dependable reference frame.

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