Hearing Health Blog

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Once you get used to wearing a hearing aid, it’s difficult to be separated from it. After all, your hearing aids are crucial to connect to your world. But it will occasionally need to be updated or replaced just like all technology.

The Normal Hearing Aid Lifespan

So the typical hearing aid will last how long?3 to 5 years will be the average lifespan of a typical hearing aid. But that’s not a hard and fast rule, and you need to have your hearing checked regularly to make certain your hearing aid is still the best choice for you. Technology is continuously advancing and some hearing aids wear out more rapidly than others, assuming your hearing doesn’t change.

Your Hearing Aid Longevity May be Affected by These Variables

But that’s just the average life of a hearing aid. Which means that hearing aids might last much longer for many people. Here are a number of factors that will define how long your hearing aids will last:

  • How frequently your hearing aids are used: To a certain degree, the more frequently you wear your hearing aid, the sooner you’ll need a new one. But that’s not always the case, modern hearing aids are made to be used for long periods. It’s actually more accurate to say that if you turn the power on and off frequently, you will have to replace your hearing aid sooner.
  • Frequent care and maintenance: In a variety of ways, a hearing aid is like any other piece of technology: it will last longer if you take better care of it. That’s why you should always clean your hearing aids and do regular upkeep just as the manufacturer suggests.
  • Functionality: Hearing aids have been changing along with constantly changing technology. If you want your hearing aids to have the clearest sound, you might want to upgrade. This will also allow you to sync your device to your smartphone, television and other devices.
  • Build quality: Hearing aids are costly. But, as with most things in life, you commonly get what you pay for. The better the construction quality, the longer your hearing aid is likely to last.
  • The Hearing Aid’s Complexity: The more complex your hearing aid is, the more variables you have to contend with (meaning there’s more that can go wrong). Don’t get me wrong sometimes you need that added complexity, and usually, it winds up being worth it. But additional complex technology does present a breakability factor. One thing that helps is that software improvements instead of hardware upgrades have been skillfully implemented for better functionality in current day hearing aids.
  • Changes to your hearing: If you’re an adult and you use a hearing aid, you’ve likely gone with one of those very tiny, easy to hide devices. Those devices are usually very precisely calibrated and they have exactly the amount of power you need. So if your hearing gets worse (not ideal, obviously, but it does happen), you may need to change to a more powerful set of hearing aids.

Making Your Hearing Aids Last Longer

We need to recognize that hearing aids are pretty personal things. They might have custom molds and in the majority of cases are programmed specifically for you. They are also a significant investment. So getting the most value for your money getting your hearing aid to last as long as possible is a prevailing goal.

And it’s one you can accomplish. Caring for your hearing aids is the best thing you can do to make sure that your hearing aids last as long as possible. Try not to drop them or get them wet. And all the required maintenance and cleaning are things you should not ignore.

Your hearing aids should last around five years. It’s often up to chance whether you can make them last longer than this. But at some point when you have to make a decision. Ultimately, you will likely want the new features provided by more modern hearing aids. So, in order to determine which hearing aid is the best one for you, schedule a hearing exam right away.

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