The Average Lifespan of a Hearing Aid
When determining which pair of hearing aids to buy, everyone should consider how long hearing aids will last, but note, the lifespan of a hearing aid may vary depending on the brand and model. While most modern high-quality hearing aids, on average, can be expected to last somewhere between four and five years, two people can buy exactly the same hearing aid and have them last vastly different amounts of time. Here is more information about how long a hearing aid lasts, and what you can do to preserve your hearing aids for as long as possible.
How Long Do Hearing Aids Last?
Hearing aids have undergone something of a revolution in the past decade. With trends parallel to advancements in digital technology, hearing aids are packed with extraordinary features to treat all types of hearing loss.
As mentioned, on average, hearing aids have an estimated lifespan of four to five years. Depending on the style, some may last longer. This is due to the construction of the hearing aid, and the way they are worn. In-the-hear hearing aids are exposed to more moisture and higher temperatures due. As a result, they may experience more exposure to sweat and earwax. Behind-the-ear hearing aids are housed in a compartment that sits on your ear, keeping it away from the moisture of everyday wear.
You might be asking yourself, why don’t hearing aids last longer? Anything that is used that often is not going to have an extraordinary long life. Hearing aids are also exposed to the elements: air, moisture, wind, dirt, and wax for many hours a day. All this use and exposure contributes to the average lifespan of hearing aids. The materials used to make hearing aids also play a part. While plastic, metal, and silicon are durable, they are not invincible.
Factors & Variables that Impact the Lifespan of a Hearing Aid:
- Materials used to make hearing aids
- Frequency of cleaning
- Where hearing aids are worn
- How hearing aids are stored
- Hearing aid style
- An individual’s body physiology
- Frequency of maintenance
- Technological advancements
- Individual hearing needs
Hearing aids, when properly cared for and cleaned, can last you a long time. If you keep up regular maintenance and protect your hearing aids from moisture and other elements, your hearing aids should last you close to the full lifespan.
Have questions about hearing aid maintenance? If you would like to speak with one of our hearing care professionals, contact us today and schedule an appointment at a Kenwood Hearing Center near you.