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Physically, you will usually get several years out of your hearing aids, but as your level of hearing loss changes, your hearing aids could need an update. Similar to prescription glasses, hearing aids are personalized to support your specific auditory requirements, necessitating regular reassessment. Here are a few tips to help you get the most from your hearing aids.

Do hearing aids have a lifespan?

Similar to most commodities, hearing aids have a lifespan. Hearing aids will have a time frame of optimum efficiency much like any device will. Pretty much all electronic devices will either stop working at an optimal level or become antiquated and upgraded with newer more advanced technology eventually. So it likely won’t come as a surprise that hearing aids also have a lifespan.

Typically, hearing aids last anywhere from 2 to 5 years, although technological advancements might prompt earlier upgrades. Here are some of the most prominent factors affecting the lifespan of your hearing aids:

  • Construction: Modern hearing aids have diverse materials, from silicon to metal to nano-coated plastics. While designed for durability, the choice of materials may effect longevity, particularly if you are prone to accidental drops.
  • 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 moisture and debris, generally last around five years, while behind-the-ear models last for around 6 to 7 years as a result of their increased protection against moisture and dirt.
  • Maintenance: Needless to say, you will get a longer life from your hearing aid with diligent care. Regular cleaning and upkeep will substantially prolong functional longevity.
  • Batteries: Modern hearing aids nearly always utilize rechargeable batteries now, but battery type can definitely impact longevity.

While the approximated lifespan is based on ordinary usage, neglecting to wear or maintain your hearing aids might effect their effectiveness. Professional check-ups and cleaning courses are crucial to ensure proper fit and functionality, especially considering potential wax build-up.

Expecting when to replace your hearing aids

As time passes, you may detect a decline in hearing aid performance, letting you know that it’s time for replacement. However, certain situations may justify an earlier upgrade:

  • Technological advancements: Yearly innovations introduce state-of-the-art features that can significantly improve hearing aid functionality, prompting consideration of newer models.
  • Lifestyle shifts: Evolving lifestyles might demand features such as waterproofing or enhanced durability, compelling an upgrade to better suit your needs.
  • Hearing changes: Considerable alterations in hearing levels necessitate reprogramming for optimal results, prompting consideration of new hearing aids.

When you consider the large amount of variables, it can be rather hard to exactly predict when an upgrade will be needed. But 2 to 5 years is usually a dependable guideline.

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