How Soon do Hearing Aids Need to be Replaced?


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

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

A hearing aid’s typical lifespan

From 3 to 7 years will be the typical lifespan of a hearing aid. You will need to have regular hearing assessments to make sure your current hearing aid is still the best solution for your hearing requirements, and the 3 to 7 year lifespan isn’t etched in stone. As your hearing changes, your current hearing aid might not be the ideal option anymore and with constantly improving technology, some hearing aids will have to be upgraded sooner than others.

There are other things that will impact the lifespan of your hearing aids

So, that’s just the typical life of a hearing aid. Which means there are lots of people who may see their hearing aids last much longer. Here are a few factors that will determine how long your hearing aid should last:

  • Functionality: Technology is always advancing and hearing aids are keeping pace with those changes. If you want your hearing aids to sync with your smartphone, TV, or other devices, or to just have the clearest sound, you might want to upgrade.
  • Changes to your hearing: Most grownups pick out those really small hearing aids that hide easily. Those devices have the right amount of power you require and are very precisely calibrated. You may need to switch to a more powerful hearing aid if your hearing gets worse.
  • How often your hearing aids are worn: So if you wear your hearing aid more frequently, you will need a new one sooner. Having said that, modern hearing aids are made to last. Maybe, a better way to say it is that the more often you cycle power settings (turn the device off and on), the sooner you might need to get a new hearing aid.
  • Proper care & maintenance: A hearing aid is like most other types of technology in many ways so it should last longer if you maintain it better. That’s why you should always clean your hearing aids and conduct routine maintenance according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Build quality: Buying hearing aids can be a bit pricey. But, you usually get what you pay for, like with most things in life. The better the construction quality, the longer your hearing aid will last.

Can you make your hearing aids last longer?

We have to acknowledge that hearing aids are rather personal things. In most cases, they are programmed specifically for your ears and will likely have custom molds. They are also a considerable investment. So getting the most you can out of your hearing aids is the prevalent goal.

And it’s one you can achieve. Taking good care of your hearing aids is the most useful 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 possible. And be certain you do all the recommended maintenance and cleaning.

You’ll usually be able to get a good five years out of your hearing aid. Whether you can get more than that is, mostly, up to chance. But at some point, you will have to make a decision. Inevitably, more modern hearing aids offer features you will probably want. So, contact us to make an appointment for a hearing test right away. We’ll help you figure out which hearing aid is best for you.

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