Hearing Solutions - Yukon, OK

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With correct care, hearing aids can last for a number of years, but their effectiveness depends on their alignment with your existing level of hearing loss. Getting routine hearing exams is key to making sure your hearing aids are programmed and fit correctly. Here are some tips to help you get the most from your hearing aids.

Is there a lifespan for hearing aids?

Hearing aids absolutely have a lifespan much like most things. Hearing aids will have a time frame of optimal efficiency much like any device will. Even sophisticated electronics, like your state-of-the-art TV, will eventually warrant an upgrade. It’s no surprise, then, that hearing aids also function within a lifespan.

Two to five years is a typical lifespan for contemporary hearing aids but as technology advances, you may want to upgrade sooner. However, the lifespan of your hearing aids is dependent on a number of factors:

  • Maintenance: Not surprisingly, diligent care directly correlates with prolonged lifespan. Regular cleaning and upkeep will significantly prolong functional longevity.
  • Batteries: Modern hearing aids almost always use rechargeable batteries now, but battery type can definitely effect longevity.
  • Construction: Modern hearing aids have diverse materials, from silicon to metal to nano-coated plastics. While designed for durability, the type of materials might effect longevity, especially if you are prone to accidental drops.
  • Type: Hearing aids come in two primary forms: inside-the-ear and behind-the-ear. Behind-the -ear models will normally last 6 to 7 years due to the increased protection from moisture in comparison to inside-the-ear models which will generally last from 3 to 5 years.

Failure to regularly wear and maintain your hearing aids can have an impact on lifespan as calculated longevity is based on typical usage. Professional check-ups and cleaning sessions are crucial to provide proper fit and functionality, especially considering potential wax build-up.

When to anticipate replacement

You may find that it’s time for an upgraded when, over time, you begin to detect a decline in the performance of your hearing aid. Here are a few situations where you might need to upgrade sooner:

  • Technological advancements: You might consider an upgrade to a more current and sophisticated model that has recently been launched.
  • Lifestyle shifts: You may decide it’s time for an upgrade when you have a change of lifestyle and recognize that you need some new features.
  • Hearing changes: As hearing loss progresses, recalibration becomes more and more important and it might become less costly and time consuming to just get a new pair.

Forecasting the precise timespan for hearing aid replacement proves a challenge, given the wide range of variables. But 2 to 5 years is generally a dependable guideline.

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