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

The normal lifespan of a hearing aid

A hearing aid will normally last 3 to 7 years. You will need to have regular hearing exams to be certain your current hearing aid is still the best solution for your hearing needs, and the 3 to 7 year lifespan isn’t etched in stone. Technology is always improving and some hearing aids wear out more rapidly than others so it’s good to be open to other options should your hearing change.

Your hearing aid longevity may be influenced by these factors

So, that’s just the typical life of a hearing aid. So hearing may last a lot longer for some people. How long your hearing aids will last is based on quite a few factors:

  • How frequently your hearing aids are used: The more often you use 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 often you cycle power settings (turn the device off and on), the sooner you may need to get a new hearing aid.
  • Build quality: It can be costly to invest in hearing aids. But, like with most things in life, you typically get what you pay for. The more robust the construction quality, the longer your hearing aid should last.
  • Proper care & maintenance: A hearing aid is similar to most other pieces of technology in a lot of ways so it should have a longer life if you maintain it better. That’s why you should always clean your hearing aids and perform routine maintenance in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Changes to your hearing: Most grownups go for those really small hearing aids that conceal easily. Those devices have the right amount of power you require and are extremely precisely calibrated. You may need to upgrade to a more powerful device if your hearing gets worse.
  • Functionality: Hearing aids have been keeping pace with continuously changing technology. You might want to upgrade your hearing aid if you want the sharpest sound or if you want to connect with you your smart-devices like your phone or TV.

Can you make your hearing aids last longer?

We have to recognize that hearing aids are really personal things. Usually, they will be specifically molded to the shape of your ears and programmed to your particular requirements. They are also a significant investment. So getting the most you can from your hearing aids is the prevalent goal.

And this is a very attainable goal. The most practical thing you can do if you want your hearing aid to last is take good care of it. Try not to get them wet or drop them. And be certain you do all the required cleaning and maintenance.

You’ll typically be able to get a good five years out of your hearing aid. You may or may not get more than that. But at some point, you will have to make a choice. Inevitably, more modern hearing aids provide features you will probably want. We can help you find the right hearing aid for you, so contact us right away for an evaluation.

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