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How Soon do Hearing Aids Need to be Upgraded?

Audiologist fits a hearing aid on mature man ear while visit a hearing clinic.

Once you get used to your hearing aid, it’s hard to be without it. Your hearing aids are, after all, your connection to the world around you. But it will occasionally need to be updated or replaced just like all technology.

A hearing aid’s average lifespan

A hearing aid will normally last 3 to 7 years. But that’s not a set in stone rule, and you’ll need to have your hearing assessed periodically to be sure your hearing aid is still the best option for your lifestyle. Technology is continuously improving and some hearing aids need replacing sooner than others so it’s good to be open to other solutions should your hearing change.

Your hearing aid lifespan might be influenced by these factors

So hearing aids have a “typical” longevity of 3 to 7 years. So hearing may last much longer for some individuals. How long your hearing aids will last is determined by quite a few factors:

  • Build quality: It can be costly to purchase hearing aids. But, as with most things in life, you generally get what you pay for. Your hearing aid will last longer if it has more robust construction.
  • How often your hearing aids are worn: The more often you wear your hearing aids, the sooner they will need to be replaced. Having said that, modern hearing aids are built to last. Maybe, a better way to put it is that the more frequently you cycle power settings (turn the device off and on), the sooner you may need to get a new hearing aid.
  • Functionality: Hearing aids have been keeping up with constantly changing technology. You may want to upgrade your hearing aid if you want the clearest sound or if you want to connect with you your smart-devices including your phone or TV.
  • Proper care & maintenance: A hearing aid is like most other pieces of technology in many ways so it should last longer if you maintain it better. So, cleaning your hearing aid and doing routine maintenance according to the manufacturer’s advice is something you should always do.
  • Changes to your hearing: If you’re an adult and you use a hearing aid, you’ve probably selected one of those very small, easy to conceal devices. Those devices have the right amount of power you require and are extremely precisely fine-tuned. If your hearing loss gets worse, you might need to upgrade to a more powerful model.

Can you make your hearing aids last longer?

It’s significant to note that hearing aids are a really personal thing. Usually, they will be custom molded to the shape of your ears and programmed to your specific requirements. They are also a considerable investment. So it’s a common goal 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 they can. Try not to let them get wet and don’t drop them if you can help it. Of course, doing the required cleaning and maintenance is essential.

You’ll normally be able to get a good five years out of your hearing aid. You might or might not get more than that. But ultimately, you will have to make a choice. You will probably, inevitably, want some of the features that modern hearing aids provide. So, contact us to make an appointment for a hearing exam right away. We’ll help you find out which hearing aid is right for you.

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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