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Once you adjust to using a hearing aid, it’s difficult to be separated from it. Let’s face it, if you want to stay connected to the world, your hearing aids are essential. But it will occasionally need to be updated or replaced just like all technology.

The Normal Hearing Aid Lifespan

So how long can you expect the normal hearing aid to last? The average lifespan of a typical hearing aid will be between 3 and 5 years. But that’s not a strict rule, and you need to have your hearing examined regularly to make certain your hearing aid is still the best choice for you. Assuming your hearing doesn’t change, some models wear out more quickly than others and technology is continuously changing.

Factors That May Influence Your Hearing Aid Longevity

Because that’s just the average, right? Which means hearing aids could last much longer for many people. How long your hearing aids will last is determined by a number of factors:

  • Capability: Technology is constantly changing, and hearing aids have been keeping up. If you would like your hearing aids to sync up with your television, smartphone, or other devices, or to just have the sharpest sound, you may want to upgrade.
  • Your Hearing Changes: If you’re an adult and you have a hearing aid, you’ve likely gone with one of those very tiny, easy to hide devices. Those devices have the exact 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 frequently you use your hearing aids: So if you wear your hearing aid more frequently, you will need a new one sooner. But modern hearing aids are designed to be used for long durations so that’s not always the case. Maybe a better way to say it is that the more often you cycle power settings (turn the device on and off), the sooner you may have to get a new hearing aid.
  • Build quality: Hearing aids are costly. But, as with most things in life, you commonly get what you pay for. The better the build quality, the longer your hearing aid is likely to last.
  • Frequent care and maintenance: A hearing aid is like most other pieces of technology in many ways: it will last longer if you take better care of it. That’s why you should always clean your hearing aids and conduct regular maintenance just as the manufacturer suggests.
  • Complexity of the hearing aid: A lot more can go wrong with your hearing aid if it’s more complex because there are more variables to contend with. However, you might need that added sophistication, and usually, it ends up being worth it. But added complex technology does introduce a breakability factor. One thing that helps is that software upgrades rather than hardware upgrades have been skillfully employed for greater functionality in modern hearing aids.

Can You Make Your Hearing Aids Last Longer?

We need to recognize that hearing aids are pretty personal things. They might have custom molds and in many cases are programmed specifically for your ears. Also, they are a significant 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 sure that your hearing aids last as long as possible. Dropping them or getting them wet are things you should not do if possible. And be sure to do all the necessary maintenance and cleaning.

Your hearing aids should last around five years. Whether you will be able to get more than that is, often, up to chance. But sometimes the ball’s in your court. Inevitably, more modern hearing aids provide features you will most likely want. So, to determine which hearing aid is best for you, schedule a hearing test today.