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With proper 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 customized to accommodate your specific auditory requirements, requiring regular reassessment. Assuming appropriate programming and fitting, here’s a guideline for their longevity.

Is there a lifespan for hearing aids?

Hearing aids absolutely have a lifespan much like most things. Much like the perishability of milk or the longevity of canned goods, hearing aids also come with a limited period of optimum performance. Pretty much all electronic devices will either stop working at an optimal level or become antiquated and upgraded with newer more sophisticated technology eventually. 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 developments may prompt earlier upgrades. Here are some of the most prominent factors influencing the lifespan of your hearing aids:

  • Batteries: Modern hearing aids almost always use rechargeable batteries now, but battery type can definitely 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 moisture and debris, usually last about five years, while behind-the-ear models last for approximately 6 to 7 years due to their increased protection against moisture and dirt.
  • Maintenance: Not surprisingly, diligent care directly correlates with extended lifespan. Regular cleaning and maintenance will substantially prolong functional longevity.
  • Construction: Modern hearing aids are constructed from various materials, from nano-coated plastics, to metal to silicon. While manufactured for durability, the choice of materials could impact longevity, especially if you’re prone to accidental drops.

While the approximated lifespan is based on ordinary usage, failing to use or maintain your hearing aids might effect their efficiency. Professional check-ups and cleaning sessions are essential to ensure proper fit and functionality, especially considering possible wax build-up.

When to anticipate replacement

You may find that it’s time for a replacement when, over time, you begin to notice a decline 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 important and it might become less costly and time consuming to just buy a new pair.
  • Lifestyle shifts: Evolving lifestyles may demand features such as waterproofing or enhanced durability, compelling an upgrade to better suit your needs.
  • Technological advancements: You may consider an upgrade to a more current and advanced model that has recently been launched.

Forecasting the precise time frame for hearing aid upgrade proves challenging, given the multitude of variables. Still, a general guideline of 2 to 5 years provides a reliable reference point.

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