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It’s hard to be without your hearing aid once you get used to using one. After all, your hearing aids are essential to connect to your world. But it will periodically need to be upgraded or replaced just like all technology.

The Normal Lifespan of a Hearing Aid

So the average hearing aid will last how long?The normal lifespan of a typical hearing aid will be anywhere from 3 to 5 years. But that’s not a hard and fast rule, and you need to have your hearing tested periodically to be 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 constantly changing.

Your Hearing Aid Longevity Might be Impacted by These Factors

But that’s just the average life of a hearing aid. Which means that hearing aids may last much longer for many people. How long your hearing aids will last is influenced by a number of factors:

  • How often you wear your hearing aids: To a certain degree, the more often you use your hearing aid, the sooner you’ll need to replace it. But modern hearing aids are manufactured to be used for long periods so that’s not always true. It’s really more valid to say that if you turn the power on and off a lot, you will need to replace your hearing aid sooner.
  • Build quality: It’s expensive to purchase hearing aids. 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 the reason why you should always clean your hearing aids and conduct regular upkeep just as the manufacturer suggests.
  • Functionality: Technology is constantly changing, and hearing aids have been changing too. If you want your hearing aids to sync up with your television, smartphone, or other devices, or to just have the clearest sound, you may want to upgrade.
  • Changes to your hearing: If you’re an adult and you use a hearing aid, you’ve probably gone with one of those very tiny, easy to hide devices. Those devices have the exact amount of power you need and are very precisely calibrated. You may need to switch to a more powerful hearing aid if your hearing gets worse.
  • The Hearing Aid’s Complexity: The more complex your hearing aid is, the more variables you have to contend with (meaning there’s more that can go wrong). Don’t get me wrong you might need that additional complexity, and often, it winds up being worth it. But additional complex technology does introduce a breakability factor. Modern hearing aids have gotten very clever about presenting more functionality via software rather than hardware, which is helpful.

Can You Make Your Hearing Aids Last Longer?

We have to acknowledge that hearing aids are pretty personal things. They may have custom molds and in many cases are programmed especially for you. Also, they are a considerable investment. So getting the most value for your money getting your hearing aid to last as long as possible is a prevailing goal.

And it’s one you can accomplish. Caring for your hearing aids is the best thing you can do to be certain that your hearing aids last as long as possible. Don’t get them wet or drop them. And be sure to do all the required maintenance and cleaning.

Your hearing aids should last a good five years. Whether it’s possible to get more than that is, often, up to chance. But sometimes it’s up to you. Inevitably, you will probably want the new features offered by modern hearing aids. So, schedule an appointment for a hearing exam today to find out which hearing aid is best for you.