How many years does a hearing aid last?
Purchasing a hearing aid is a big investment. A question everyone asks themselves when purchasing a device is “How long is this going to last me?”. Let us help ease your mind with these important and helpful tips to give your hearing aid longevity for as long as possible.
Materials used in hearing aid production – To get the longest amount of life from your hearing aid, you can purchase aids that have a protective nano-coating, keeping dust and moisture from adversely affecting the apparatus.
Cleaning Frequency – For cleaning the hearing aids, it’s important to stay on top of a good regimen. Some wearers surprisingly only have them cleaned once or twice a year, which can take a toll on them. We suggest cleaning them daily and having them professionally cleaned in a hearing clinic every three to four months.
Location hearing aids are worn – The environment around you can impact a device in a negative way if unaware of your surroundings. Damp and dusty environments effect performance issues. Consult a health care professional for ideas about protective measures if you work in an environment unsuited for hearing aids.
How hearing aids are stored – To keep hearing aids safer and last longer, store them with the battery door open, with the battery removed while inside of a hard protective case. A hearing health care professional can assist with the best type of storage case for your device. It is also recommended acquiring a case with a dehumidifier, keeping the device protected and dry.
Style of Hearing Aid – Most conventional wisdom tells that BTE hearing aids will last longer than ITE styles. The reason for this is due to the fact that more of the electronic components rest in the damp environment inside of the ear canal with ITE styles. With advancements in technology, including nano-coatings on both internal and external components, individuals purchasing aids will notice an increase in device durability all around.
The physiology of wearer’s body – Some individuals have body chemistries that are harder on their hearing aid. Those with very oily skin, tend to produce a lot of earwax or profusely sweat. Many of these issues are out of an person’s control, but if you do experience them it is important to discuss them with your hearing healthcare professional prior to purchase.
Frequency of maintenance – There are certain parts of a hearing aid that are readily replaceable such as wax guards, silicone earpiece tips, and earmold tubing. These parts are regularly replaced when undergoing routine maintenance from a health care professional. Maintaining all of the parts is crucial in keeping the device running properly for as long as possible.
Technological advancements – An unfortunate downside with hearing aids and other technology-based devices, are that usually after between five and ten years, manufacturers may stop producing replacement parts. The technology is always evolving and changing. Staying informed on newer models being released can allow you to benefit from the latest advancements as well as being able to readily replace any non-working components without issue.
For most devices, hearing aids have an estimated lifespan of anywhere from three to seven years. Depending on the style of aid, it could last longer. Hearing aids that are in-the-ear tend to last four to five years. Behind the ear style of hearing aids have a five to six-year lifespan. To learn more visit our website and find a clinic near you.