How Long Can You Expect Your Hearing Aids to Last?

Hearing aid specialist fitting hearing aid into patient's ear.

With correct care, hearing aids can last for several years, but their effectiveness depends on their alignment with your current level of hearing loss. Comparable to prescription glasses, hearing aids are personalized to support your specific auditory needs, requiring regular reassessment. Assuming appropriate programming and fitting, here’s a guideline for their longevity.

Is there a lifespan for hearing aids?

Similar to most commodities, hearing aids have a lifespan. Hearing aids will have a period of optimal efficiency much like any device will. Even sophisticated electronics, like your state-of-the-art TV, will eventually warrant an upgrade. So it most likely won’t come as a surprise that hearing aids also have a lifespan.

Two to five years is a typical lifespan for contemporary hearing aids but as technology accelerates, you might want to update sooner. However, the lifespan of your hearing aids is dependent on several factors:

  • Type: Inside-the-ear and behind the ear are the two primary types of hearing aids. Behind-the -ear models will normally last 6 to 7 years due to the increased protection from moisture compared to inside-the-ear models which will typically last from 3 to 5 years.
  • Batteries: While the majority of hearing aids utilize internal rechargeable batteries, the type of battery can influence overall longevity.
  • Maintenance: Not surprisingly, conscientious care directly correlates with increased lifespan. Functional longevity is considerably extended by regular maintenance and cleaning.
  • Construction: Modern hearing aids have diverse materials, from silicon to metal to nano-coated plastics. While manufactured for durability, the choice of materials could impact longevity, particularly if you’re prone to accidental drops.

Failure to routinely wear and maintain your hearing aids can have an effect on lifespan as estimated longevity is based on typical usage. Professional check-ups and cleaning courses are essential to provide proper fit and functionality, especially considering possible wax build-up.

When to expect replacement

You might find that it’s time for an upgraded when, over time, you start to notice a drop in the performance of your hearing aid. However, certain situations may justify an earlier upgrade:

  • Technological advancements: Yearly developments introduce cutting-edge features that can noticeably improve hearing aid functionality, compelling consideration of newer models.
  • Lifestyle shifts: Evolving lifestyles might necessitate features such as waterproofing or improved durability, compelling an upgrade to better suit your needs.
  • Hearing changes: Substantial changes in hearing levels require recalibration for best results, prompting consideration of a new pair of hearing aids.

When you consider the large number of variables, it can be relatively difficult to exactly predict when an upgrade will be necessary. But 2 to 5 years is usually a dependable guideline.

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The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.