How Soon do Hearing Aids Need to be Replaced?

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

It’s hard to be separated from your hearing aid after you get used to having one. Your hearing aids are, after all, your connection to the world around you. But it will occasionally have to be upgraded or swapped out just like all technology.

The typical lifespan of a hearing aid

From 3 to 7 years will be the normal lifespan of a hearing aid. But that’s not a set in stone rule, and you’ll need to have your hearing tested occasionally to be certain your hearing aid is still the best option for your lifestyle. Technology is always advancing and some hearing aids need replacing more rapidly than others so it’s good to be open to other options should your hearing change.

Your hearing aid lifespan might be influenced by these factors

So hearing aids have an “average” longevity of 3 to 7 years. So hearing might last much longer for some individuals. Here are a few factors that will establish how long your hearing aid should last:

  • Functionality: Hearing aids have been keeping up with constantly changing technology. If you want your hearing aids to connect with your smartphone, TV, or other devices, or to just have the clearest sound, you may want to upgrade.
  • 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 should last.
  • Proper care & maintenance: Like any piece of technology, it will last longer the better you care for it. That’s why you should always clean your hearing aids and do regular maintenance in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Changes to your hearing: If you’re a grownup and you wear a hearing aid, you’ve most likely decided on one of those very tiny, easy to hide devices. Those devices have the right amount of power you need and are very precisely calibrated. You may need to switch to a more powerful device if your hearing gets worse.
  • How often your hearing aids are used: The more you use your hearing aids, the sooner they will have to be replaced. But that’s not always the situation, modern hearing aids are made to be used for a long time. 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 might need to get a new hearing aid.

Can you make your hearing aids last longer?

It’s important to note that hearing aids are a very personal thing. Usually, they will be custom molded to the shape of your ears and tuned to your particular 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 this is a very achievable goal. The best thing you can do if you want your hearing aid to last is take good care of it. Try not to drop them or get them wet. Obviously, doing the required cleaning and maintenance is essential.

You’ll usually be able to get a good five years out of your hearing aid. You might or might not get more than that. But eventually, you will have to decide. Inevitably, more modern hearing aids provide features you will probably want. So, call us to schedule 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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