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Once you get used to using a hearing aid, it’s hard to be without it. After all, your hearing aids are essential to connect to your world. But it will periodically need to be upgraded or replaced just like any technology.

The Normal Lifespan of a Hearing Aid

So how long can you expect the average hearing aid to keep working? 3 to 5 years will be the average lifespan of a typical hearing aid. In order to be sure hearing aids are still your best choice, you should have your hearing examined regularly because there’s no definitive rule. Technology is continuously changing and some hearing aids wear out more rapidly than others, assuming your hearing doesn’t change.

Your Hearing Aid Longevity May be Impacted by These Factors

But that’s only the average life of a hearing aid. Which means hearing aids might last a lot longer for many individuals. Here are a few factors that will define how long your hearing aids will last:

  • Maintenance and regular care: In many ways, a hearing aid is like any other piece of technology: it will last longer if you take better care of it. That’s the reason why you should always clean your hearing aids and conduct regular maintenance just as the manufacturer suggests.
  • Changes to your hearing: If you’re an adult and you use a hearing aid, you’ve likely gone with one of those little, easy to hide devices. Those devices tend to be very precisely calibrated and they have precisely the amount of power you require. You might need to switch to a more powerful hearing aid if your hearing gets worse.
  • The Hearing Aid’s Complexity: A lot more can go wrong with your hearing aid if it’s more complex because there are more variables to contend with. Don’t get me wrong sometimes you need that additional sophistication, and often, it ends up being worth it. But added complex technology does introduce a breakability element. One thing that is helpful is that software improvements instead of hardware upgrades have been cleverly implemented for greater functionality in current day hearing aids.
  • Capability: Hearing aids have been keeping up with constantly advancing technology. If you want your hearing aids to sync with your television, smartphone, or other devices, or to just have the best sound, you might want to upgrade.
  • Build quality: It’s expensive to buy hearing aids. But, as with most things in life, you usually get what you pay for. Your hearing aid will probably last longer if it is built better.
  • How often your hearing aids are used: So if you use your hearing aid more frequently, you will to replace it sooner. But that’s not always true, modern hearing aids are made to be used for long periods. It’s actually more valid to say that if you turn the power on and off frequently, you will have to replace your hearing aid sooner.

Can You Make Your Hearing Aids Last Longer?

We have to acknowledge that hearing aids are pretty personal things. They might have custom molds and in the majority of cases are programmed specifically for your ears. Also, they are a significant investment. So getting the most bang for your buck getting your hearing aid to last as long as possible is a common goal.

And it’s one you can accomplish. Really, the best thing you can do to make certain your hearing aids last as long as possible is to care for them. Don’t get them wet or drop them. And make sure you do all the necessary upkeep and cleaning.

Your hearing aids should last a good five years. Whether you will be able to get more than that is, generally, up to chance. But sometimes the ball’s in your court. Ultimately, more modern hearing aids offer features you will most likely want. So, to find out what hearing aid is best for you, schedule a hearing test right away.

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