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

Do hearing aids have a lifespan?

Hearing aids definitely have a lifespan much like most things. Hearing aids will have a period of optimum performance much like any device will. Virtually all electronic devices will either quit working at an optimal level or become antiquated and upgraded with newer more sophisticated technology eventually. So it probably won’t be surprising that hearing aids also have a lifespan.

Two to five years is a typical lifespan for modern hearing aids but as technology accelerates, you may want to upgrade sooner. However, the lifespan of your hearing aids hinges on several factors:

  • Batteries: Modern hearing aids nearly always use rechargeable batteries now, but battery type can undoubtedly impact longevity.
  • Construction: Modern hearing aids have diverse materials, from silicon to metal to nano-coated plastics. While manufactured for durability, the type of materials may impact longevity, especially if you are prone to accidental drops.
  • Type: Inside-the-ear and behind the ear are the two main types of hearing aids. Behind-the -ear models will typically last 6 to 7 years due to the enhanced protection from moisture in comparison to inside-the-ear models which will typically last from 3 to 5 years.
  • Maintenance: Not surprisingly, diligent care directly correlates with extended lifespan. Functional longevity is considerably extended by regular maintenance and cleaning.

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

When to anticipate replacement

You may find that it’s time for a replacement when, over time, you begin to detect a decrease in the performance of your hearing aid. However, certain situations might warrant an earlier upgrade:

  • Hearing changes: As hearing loss progresses, recalibration becomes more and more important and it may become less expensive and time consuming to just get a new set.
  • Technological advancements: You might consider an upgrade to a more current and advanced model that has recently been released.
  • Lifestyle shifts: Changing lifestyles might demand features like waterproofing or enhanced durability, prompting an upgrade to better suit your needs.

When you consider the large number of variables, it can be fairly difficult to precisely predict when an upgrade will be needed. Nevertheless, a general guideline of 2 to 5 years provides a reliable reference point.

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