What is the Expected Lifespan of a Contemporary Hearing Aid?

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With proper care, hearing aids can last for several years, but their effectiveness depends on whether they’re programmed to your present level of hearing loss. Getting routine hearing exams is key to making sure your hearing aids are programmed and fit correctly. Assuming correct programming and fitting, here’s a guideline for their longevity.

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 have a limited period of optimum functionality. Even sophisticated electronics, like your state-of-the-art TV, will eventually warrant an upgrade. It’s not surprising, then, that hearing aids also function within a lifespan.

Typically, hearing aids last anywhere from 2 to 5 years, although technological developments might prompt earlier upgrades. Here are a number of the most prominent factors influencing the lifespan of your hearing aids:

  • Type: Inside-the-ear and behind the ear are the two main models of hearing aids. Behind-the -ear models will usually last 6 to 7 years due to the enhanced protection from moisture in comparison to inside-the-ear models which will typically last from 3 to 5 years.
  • Batteries: While most hearing aids use internal rechargeable batteries, the type of battery can impact overall longevity.
  • Construction: Modern hearing aids are built from various materials, from nano-coated plastics, to metal to silicon. If you are particularly accident prone, materials that are on the more durable side would be a better choice for longevity.
  • Maintenance: Needless to say, you will get a longer life from your hearing aid with conscientious care. Regular cleaning and maintenance will substantially prolong functional longevity.

While the estimated lifespan is based on typical usage, neglecting to use or maintain your hearing aids may impact their effectiveness. Professional check-ups and cleaning sessions are crucial to provide proper fit and functionality, especially considering potential 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 warrant an earlier upgrade:

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

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

Wondering if your hearing aids could use an upgrade? Schedule an appointment for a consultation with us right away.

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.


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