Coastal Hearing Aid Center - Encinitas, CA

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Once you get used to wearing a hearing aid, it’s hard to be separated from it. Let’s face it, if you want to stay connected to the world, your hearing aids are key. But it will occasionally need to be upgraded or replaced just like any technology.

The Average Hearing Aid Lifespan

So the normal hearing aid will last how long?The average lifespan of a typical hearing aid is going to 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 make certain your hearing aid is still the best option for you. Technology is continuously changing and some hearing aids wear out more quickly than others, assuming your hearing doesn’t change.

Variables That May Impact Your Hearing Aid Longevity

But that’s only the average life of a hearing aid. Which means there are plenty of people who may have their hearing aids last far longer. Here are a few factors that will define how long your hearing aids will last:

  • Capability: Hearing aids have been changing along with constantly changing technology. If you want your hearing aids to have the sharpest sound, you might want to upgrade. This will also allow you to sync your device to your smartphone, television and other devices.
  • Regular care and maintenance: In a variety of ways, a hearing aid is like most other pieces of technology: the better you care for it, the longer it’ll last. As per the manufacturer’s recommendations, you should always do routine maintenance and also clean your hearing aids.
  • How often you use your hearing aids: To a certain degree, the more often you use your hearing aid, the sooner you’ll need a replacement. But that’s not always the case, modern hearing aids are made to be used for long periods. It’s actually more valid to say that if you turn the power on and off frequently, you will have to replace your hearing aid sooner.
  • Your Hearing Changes: Those little, easy to hide devices are will usually the choice of adults who wear hearing aids. Those devices have the exact amount of power you require and are very precisely calibrated. You might 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 sophistication, and usually, it winds up being worth it. But additional complex technology does introduce a breakability element. Modern hearing aids have gotten very clever about introducing more functionality via software instead of hardware, which does help.
  • Build quality: It’s expensive to buy hearing aids. But you normally get what you pay for, like with so many things. The better the build quality, the longer your hearing aid should last.

Can You Make Your Hearing Aids Last Longer?

We have to acknowledge that hearing aids are pretty personal things. In most instances, they are programmed specifically for your ears and might have custom molds. Also, they are a significant investment. So getting the most bang for your buck 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 make sure that your hearing aids last as long as possible. Don’t drop them or get them wet. And make sure you do all the necessary maintenance and cleaning.

Your hearing aids should last a good five years. It’s generally up to chance whether you can get more than this. But sometimes it’s up to you. Inevitably, you will likely want the new features provided by more modern hearing aids. So, schedule an appointment for a hearing test today to find out which hearing aid is the best one for you.

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