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Physically, you will normally get a number of years out of your hearing aids, but as your degree of hearing loss changes, your hearing aids could need an update. Getting routine hearing exams is key to making sure your hearing aids are programmed and fit properly. Here are a number of tips to help you get the most from your hearing aids.

Do hearing aids have a lifespan?

Just like most products, hearing aids have a lifespan. Much like the perishability of milk or the longevity of canned goods, hearing aids also come with a limited period of optimum functionality. Even sophisticated electronics, like your state-of-the-art TV, will eventually warrant an upgrade. It’s no surprise, then, that hearing aids also operate within a lifespan.

Two to five years is a typical lifespan for modern hearing aids but as technology accelerates, you might want to upgrade sooner. Here are a few of the most notable factors affecting the lifespan of your hearing aids:

  • Construction: Modern hearing aids have diverse materials, from silicon to metal to nano-coated plastics. While manufactured for durability, the type of materials could effect longevity, especially if you’re prone to accidental drops.
  • Maintenance: Not surprisingly, conscientious care directly correlates with extended lifespan. Regular cleaning and maintenance will substantially prolong functional longevity.
  • Batteries: While the majority of hearing aids utilize internal rechargeable batteries, the type of battery can impact all-around longevity.
  • Type: Hearing aids come in two primary forms: inside-the-ear and behind-the-ear. Behind-the -ear models will normally last 6 to 7 years due to the enhanced protection from moisture compared to inside-the-ear models which will typically last from 3 to 5 years.

While the approximated lifespan is based on ordinary usage, neglecting to use or maintain your hearing aids might impact their efficiency. Considering potential earwax build-up, regular cleanings and check-ups are essential to optimal functionality and fit.

Expecting when to replace your hearing aids

As time passes, you might detect a decline in hearing aid performance, letting you know that it’s time for replacement. Here are a few situations where you might need to upgrade sooner:

  • Lifestyle shifts: You may 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 progresses, reprogramming becomes more and more necessary and it may become less expensive and time consuming to just get a new pair.
  • Technological advancements: Annual developments introduce state-of-the-art features that can noticeably improve hearing aid functionality, compelling consideration of newer models.

Forecasting the precise time frame for hearing aid upgrade proves challenging, given the multitude of variables. But 2 to 5 years is generally a dependable guideline.

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