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Once you get used to your hearing aid, it’s hard to go without it. Your hearing aids are, after all, your link to the world around you. But just like all technology, though, it will need to be upgraded eventually.

A hearing aid’s typical lifespan

A hearing aid will typically last 3 to 7 years. But that’s not a set in stone rule, and you’ll need to have your hearing assessed from time to time to be certain your hearing aid is still the best option for your lifestyle. Technology is always improving and some hearing aids need replacing 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 typical life of a hearing aid. Which means there are plenty of individuals who might see their hearing aids last a lot longer. How long your hearing aids will last is determined by a number of considerations:

  • Functionality: Hearing aids have been keeping up with continuously advancing technology. If you want your hearing aids to sync with your smartphone, television, or other devices, or to just have the sharpest sound, you might want to upgrade.
  • Proper care & maintenance: Like any piece of technology, it will last longer the better you care for it. So, cleaning your hearing aid and doing routine maintenance as the manufacturer recommends is something you should always do.
  • How frequently your hearing aids are used: The more you wear your hearing aids, the sooner they will need to be replaced. That said, modern hearing aids are built to last. Perhaps, a better way to say it is that the more frequently you cycle power settings (turn the device on and off), the sooner you might need to invest in a new hearing aid.
  • Changes to your hearing: Most adults go for those really small hearing aids that conceal easily. Those devices have the right amount of power you require and are very precisely calibrated. You might need to switch to a more powerful device if your hearing worsens.
  • Build quality: Buying hearing aids can be a bit pricey. But, you typically get what you pay for, like with most things in life. The more robust the construction quality, the longer your hearing aid should last.

How can you get the most out of your hearing aid?

We have to acknowledge that hearing aids are rather personal things. Usually, they will be custom molded to the shape of your ears and programmed to your specific needs. The investment is also considerable. So getting the most you can out of your hearing aids is the prevalent goal.

And it’s one you can achieve. Taking good care of your hearing aids is the most useful thing you can do to be sure that your hearing aids last as long as possible. Try not to drop them or get them wet. Of course, doing the recommended cleaning and maintenance is essential.

Your hearing aid will typically work well for at least five years. Whether you can get more than that is, mostly, up to chance. But ultimately, you will have to make a decision. You will most likely, inevitably, want some of the features that modern hearing aids offer. So, contact us to make an appointment for a hearing exam right away. We’ll help you find out which hearing aid is right for you.

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The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.
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