Lifespan of Hearing Aids Explained
Hearing aids are a big investment and you should know what to expect as far as their life expectancy when choosing which one is best for you. The average lifespan of hearing aids is about 5 years. In some cases, hearing aids can last for 10 to 12 years, especially if your hearing needs have not changed much in that time. Five years may not seem like a long time; however there are many reasons why you will likely want knew hearing aids in 5 years time.
Hearing Aids are Small and Delicate
Hearing aids are very small and made from light materials by design. These devices need to be small enough and light enough to fit into the human ear and not be too heavy for the ear to support it. Over the last several years, improvements have been made to better the sustainability and durability of the materials used to make hearing aids. The parts of hearing aids are now more water resistant including new coatings for the microphone and the body or shell of the hearing aid.
Hearing Aids Need Proper Care
One surefire way to get the most out of your hearing aid and extend the life expectancy is to take proper care of them. Follow our Hearing Aid Maintenance Guide for details on how to give your hearing aids the tender loving care they need to extend their life and keep hearing at your best. In addition to taking care of your hearing aids every day, you should also visit your hearing professional for your recommended appointment schedule in order to ensure that your hearing aids are performing optimally for you and that your hearing needs haven’t changed.
Hearing Aid Technology Improves Over Time
Even though hearing aids are a big investment, you likely would want to replace your hearing aids after five years because of the large leaps in technology. Hearing aids are improving at a very fast pace. Think of other technology you have; if your computer, or even your smartphone is five years old, you would likely be complaining about it being outdated, slow, and lacking the latest improvements. The same goes for hearing aids.
Your Hearing Needs Change Over Time
Your hearing needs change over time. It could be that you need a different hearing aid that is more powerful to help you hear better. In some cases, you might benefit from newer features, or perhaps a lifestyle change means that you no longer are using some of the features and a different listening device will suit you better. Every few years, it is always a good idea to re-evaluate your hearing aids to see if you have the pair that is best for you.
We are here to help educate you all about hearing aids and what the expected lifespan for them is as well as how to extend the use of your hearing aids for as long as possible. For more information, contact us today and schedule an appointment.