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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 current level of hearing loss. Similar to prescription glasses, hearing aids are customized to accommodate your specific auditory requirements, necessitating regular reassessment. Assuming correct programming and fitting, here’s a guide for their longevity.

Do hearing aids have a lifespan?

Hearing aids absolutely have a lifespan just like most things. Much like the perishability of milk or the longevity of canned goods, hearing aids also come with a limited period of optimal functionality. Even sophisticated electronics, like your state-of-the-art TV, will eventually warrant an upgrade. It’s not surprising, then, that hearing aids also operate within a lifespan.

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

  • Construction: Modern hearing aids have diverse materials, from silicon to metal to nano-coated plastics. If you are especially accident prone, materials that are on the more robust side would be a better option for longevity.
  • Batteries: Modern hearing aids almost always utilize rechargeable batteries now, but battery type can definitely effect longevity.
  • Maintenance: Not surprisingly, conscientious care directly correlates with extended lifespan. Regular cleaning and upkeep will significantly prolong functional longevity.
  • Type: Hearing aids come in two primary forms: inside-the-ear and behind-the-ear. Behind-the -ear models will typically last 6 to 7 years as a result of the enhanced protection from moisture in comparison to inside-the-ear models which will generally last from 3 to 5 years.

While the approximated lifespan is based on typical usage, failing to wear or maintain your hearing aids might effect their efficiency. Professional check-ups and cleaning courses are crucial to provide proper fit and functionality, especially considering possible wax build-up.

Anticipating when to replace your hearing aids

You may 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:

  • Technological advancements: Annual developments introduce cutting-edge features that can noticeably improve hearing aid functionality, prompting consideration of newer models.
  • Hearing changes: As hearing loss advances, recalibration becomes more and more necessary and it might become less expensive and time consuming to simply buy a new pair.
  • 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.

When you consider the large number of variables, it can be rather difficult to exactly predict when an upgrade will be necessary. Nevertheless, a general guideline of 2 to 5 years offers a dependable reference point.

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