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

Do hearing aids have a lifespan?

Just like 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 optimum functionality. Even sophisticated electronics, such as your state-of-the-art TV, will eventually warrant an upgrade. So it probably won’t be surprising that hearing aids also have a lifespan.

Normally, hearing aids last anywhere from 2 to 5 years, although technological advancements may encourage earlier upgrades. However, the longevity of your hearing aids hinges on a number of factors:

  • Batteries: Modern hearing aids nearly always use rechargeable batteries now, but battery type can certainly impact longevity.
  • Maintenance: Not surprisingly, diligent care directly correlates with extended lifespan. Functional longevity is greatly prolonged by regular upkeep and cleaning.
  • Construction: Modern hearing aids are constructed from various materials, from nano-coated plastics, to metal to silicon. If you are particularly accident prone, materials that are on the more durable side would be a better option for longevity.
  • Type: Inside-the-ear and behind the ear are the two primary types of hearing aids. Behind-the -ear models will usually 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.

Failure to regularly wear and maintain your hearing aids can have an effect on lifespan as calculated longevity is based on typical usage. Professional check-ups and cleaning sessions are essential to provide proper fit and functionality, especially considering possible wax build-up.

When to expect replacement

You might find that it’s time for a replacement when, over time, you begin to notice a drop in the performance of your hearing aid. Here are a few situations where you might need to upgrade sooner:

  • Hearing changes: As hearing loss advances, recalibration becomes more and more important and it might become less costly and time consuming to just get a new pair.
  • Technological advancements: Annual innovations introduce cutting-edge features that can significantly improve hearing aid functionality, prompting consideration of newer models.
  • 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 amount of variables, it can be rather hard to precisely predict when an upgrade will be needed. But 2 to 5 years is generally a reliable guideline.

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