How Long Will My Hearing Aids Last?

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It’s hard to be without your hearing aid once you get used to using one. Let’s face it, if you want to stay connected to the world, your hearing aids are crucial. But just like any technology you use on a daily basis, it will periodically need to be replaced or upgraded.

The Typical Hearing Aid Lifespan

So how long can you expect the average hearing aid to keep working? The normal lifespan of a typical hearing aid will be between 3 and 5 years. But that’s not a strict rule, and you should have your hearing tested regularly to make sure your hearing aid is still the best choice for you. Assuming your hearing doesn’t change, some models age more rapidly than others and technology is constantly changing.

Your Hearing Aid Longevity May be Affected by These Variables

But that’s just the average life of a hearing aid. Which means that there are a lot of people who may see their hearing aids last much longer. How long your hearing aids will last is influenced by a number of considerations:

  • Build quality: It’s costly to buy hearing aids. But, as with most things in life, you normally get what you pay for. Your hearing aid will probably last longer if it is built better.
  • How often you wear your hearing aids: So if you use your hearing aid more often, you will need a new one sooner. But modern hearing aids are manufactured to be used for long durations so that’s not always the case. Maybe a better way to say it is that the more often you cycle power settings (turn the device on and off), the sooner you could need to get a new hearing aid.
  • Complexity of the hearing aid: A lot more can go wrong with your hearing aid if it’s more complex because there are more variables to contend with. However, sometimes you need that added sophistication, and usually, it ends up being worth it. But added complex technology does introduce a breakability factor. Advanced hearing aids have gotten quite wise about introducing more functionality via software instead of hardware, which does help.
  • Changes to your hearing: If you’re an adult and you have a hearing aid, you’ve likely gone with one of those very tiny, easy to hide devices. Those devices have the exact amount of power you require and are very precisely calibrated. So if your hearing becomes worse (not ideal, obviously, but it does happen), you may need to switch to a more powerful set of hearing aids.
  • Capability: Hearing aids have been changing along with constantly changing technology. If you want your hearing aids to have the sharpest sound, you might want to upgrade. This will also permit you to sync your device to your television, smartphone and other devices.
  • Maintenance and regular care: A hearing aid is like most other pieces of technology in many ways: it will last longer if you take better care of it. That’s the reason why you should always clean your hearing aids and conduct regular maintenance just as as per the manufacturer’s recommendation.

Can You Make Your Hearing Aids Last Longer?

We have to acknowledge that hearing aids are pretty personal things. In many instances, they are programmed specifically for your ears and may have custom molds. Also, they are a considerable investment. So it’s a common objective to get the most that you can from your hearing aid.

And it’s one you can achieve. Taking good care of your hearing aids is the best thing you can do to make certain that your hearing aids last as long as possible. Dropping them or getting them wet are things you should not do if possible. And all the needed maintenance and cleaning are things you should never ignore.

You’ll usually be able to get around five years out of a hearing aid. It’s often up to chance whether you can get more than this. But there comes a time when you have to make a decision. Ultimately, you will probably want the new features provided by more modern hearing aids. So, in order to find out what hearing aid is best for you, schedule a hearing test today.

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