How Long Do Hearing Aids Last?
You’ve just been fitted with your first set of hearing aids. They’re great! But the big question on your mind is, how long will these hearing aids last? Will I have to go through this whole process again in a year?
Hearing aids last anywhere from 3 to 7 years, depending on the hearing aid style, changing personal hearing needs, and advances in technology. Here, we’ll explore the factors that contribute to the life of your hearing aids.
Hearing Aid Models
Behind-the-ear hearing aids will typically last longer than In-the-ear models. This is because In-the-ear hearing aids are exposed to more moisture, sweat, and ear wax. These cause damage to the hearing aid, reducing hearing aid life. Behind-the-ear models are exposed to less corrosive elements, so will often last longer. To prolong the life of your hearing aids, clean them daily and store in a dry place with the battery door open.
Lifestyle and Changes in Hearing
How long your hearing aid will last depends on your lifestyle. If you are usually in quiet environments, and wear your hearing aids for only 12 hours every day, it makes sense that the hearing aids will last longer. If you wear your hearing aids for long periods, and are often in noisy or complex sound environments, your hearing aids work harder and wear out faster. There is no way to say that one model will always last exactly so many years, since each person will place different strains on the hearing aid.
Another factor to consider is changes to your hearing. Hearing deteriorates with time, so your hearing aid needs to change as well. Even if your hearing aid lasts for 10 years, it may not be right for you, or provide the amplification that you need. The severity of your hearing loss also affects the life of a hearing aid. With greater amplification needs, the hearing aids will age more quickly.
Advancements in Hearing Technology
Sometimes changing hearing aids has nothing to do with the age of the hearing aid. New, more advanced hearing aids are released every year, with new features and programs that can revolutionize the way you hear. After 5 years, your hearing aid is 5 generations behind, and most manufacturers stop producing replacement parts, so servicing old hearing aids can be a challenge.
A good analogy is comparing your hearing aids to a computer. After a few years the computer is out of date. It’s slow, and some programs won’t work at all. Even if your hearing aids still work, it might be time for an upgrade. The constant improvements in hearing technology means most people don’t wait for their hearing aid to break before upgrading. They want to get the benefits of the newest programs and features to get the most out of their hearing aids.
When Is It Time to Update?
Hearing aids aren’t made to last forever. They can’t keep up with your hearing needs or advances in technology. Make sure to schedule annual hearing exams to check up on your hearing health. Since hearing loss is gradual, you might not realize your hearing aid isn’t providing the support you need. Ask about new advancements and technologies, and just maybe you’ll discover a program worth upgrading for.
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