What is the Expected Lifespan of a Modern Hearing Aid?

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Physically, you will usually get a number of years out of your hearing aids, but as your level of hearing loss changes, your hearing aids may need an upgrade. Similar to prescription glasses, hearing aids are customized to accommodate 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?

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, such as your state-of-the-art TV, will eventually warrant an upgrade. It’s no surprise, then, that hearing aids also function within a lifespan.

Typically, hearing aids last anywhere from 2 to 5 years, although technological developments could encourage earlier upgrades. However, the lifespan of your hearing aids is dependent on a number of factors:

  • Type: Hearing aids come in two main forms: inside-the-ear and behind-the-ear. Inside-the-ear models, exposed to the ear canal’s sweat and debris, usually last around five years, while behind-the-ear models last for around 6 to 7 years as a result of their enhanced protection against moisture and debris.
  • Construction: Contemporary hearing aids are built from various materials, from nano-coated plastics, to metal to silicon. While designed for durability, the type of materials might effect longevity, particularly if you’re prone to accidental drops.
  • Maintenance: Not surprisingly, diligent care directly correlates with extended lifespan. Regular cleaning and upkeep will substantially prolong functional longevity.
  • Batteries: Modern hearing aids almost always utilize rechargeable batteries now, but battery type can certainly effect longevity.

While the approximated lifespan is based on ordinary usage, failing to wear or maintain your hearing aids may 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 an upgraded when, over time, you start to notice a decline in the performance of your hearing aid. However, certain circumstances may justify an earlier upgrade:

  • Technological advancements: You might consider an upgrade to a more current and advanced model that has recently been released.
  • Lifestyle shifts: You might decide it’s time for an upgrade when you have a change of lifestyle and realize you require some new features.
  • Hearing changes: As hearing loss advances, recalibration becomes more and more important and it might become less expensive and time consuming to just get a new set.

Forecasting the precise time period for hearing aid upgrade proves to be a challenge, given the wide range of variables. Still, a general guideline of 2 to 5 years offers a reliable reference frame.

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