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With correct care, hearing aids can last for several years, but their performance depends on whether they’re programmed to your existing level of hearing loss. Similar to prescription glasses, hearing aids are personalized to support your specific auditory requirements, necessitating regular reassessment. Assuming appropriate programming and fitting, here’s a guide for their longevity.

Is there a lifespan for hearing aids?

Similar to most commodities, hearing aids have a lifespan. Much like the perishability of milk or the longevity of canned goods, hearing aids also come with a finite period of optimal performance. Even sophisticated electronics, such as your state-of-the-art TV, will eventually warrant an upgrade. So it probably won’t come as a surprise that hearing aids also have a lifespan.

Normally, hearing aids last anywhere from 2 to 5 years, although technological developments might encourage earlier upgrades. Here are a few of the most prominent factors affecting the lifespan of your hearing aids:

  • Construction: Contemporary hearing aids are built from diverse materials, from nano-coated plastics, to metal to silicon. While designed for durability, the choice of materials may impact longevity, especially if you’re prone to accidental drops.
  • Maintenance: Not surprisingly, conscientious care directly correlates with increased lifespan. Regular cleaning and upkeep will significantly prolong functional longevity.
  • Batteries: Modern hearing aids almost always use rechargeable batteries now, but battery type can undoubtedly effect longevity.
  • Type: Hearing aids come in two primary forms: inside-the-ear and behind-the-ear. Inside-the-ear models, exposed to the ear canal’s sweat and debris, generally last about five years, while behind-the-ear models endure for about 6 to 7 years as a result of their increased protection against moisture and dirt.

Failure to regularly wear and maintain your hearing aids can have an impact on lifespan as calculated longevity is based on normal usage. Considering possible earwax build-up, routine cleanings and check-ups are critical to optimum functionality and fit.

Anticipating when to replace your hearing aids

You may find that it’s time for an upgraded when, over time, you start to detect a decrease in the performance of your hearing aid. However, certain circumstances may justify an earlier upgrade:

  • Hearing changes: As hearing loss advances, recalibration becomes more and more necessary and it may become less costly and time consuming to just get a new pair.
  • Technological advancements: Yearly developments launch cutting-edge features that can significantly improve hearing aid functionality, compelling consideration of newer models.
  • Lifestyle shifts: You may decide it’s time for an upgrade when you have a change of lifestyle and realize you require some new features.

Predicting the precise time period for hearing aid replacement proves challenging, given the multitude of variables. Still, a general guideline of 2 to 5 years provides a dependable reference frame.

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