Hearing aids help people communicate better, are more aware of their surroundings, have better relationships, and are more active in society. They also help the brain, which lowers the hazards of untreated hearing loss on one’s health. These advantages allow people to reestablish meaningful connections with others and themselves, and the rest of the world.
They are, however, an investment. When making a big purchase like hearing aids, it’s critical to do your research and have a well-informed opinion. Hearing aids come in various styles, technologies, and features, making it difficult to choose the right one. Choosing hearing aids that are right for you will be made easier with the help of your hearing healthcare practitioner and their recommendations.
The lifespan of a hearing aid is an important consideration when making a purchase decision, but several factors can impact this. Let’s take a look at some of these:
What affects how long your hearing aids last?
Hearing aids typically last between three and seven years. Hearing aid durability is affected by a wide range of factors, including the following:
How well you look after them: The care and maintenance of hearing aids are vital because even though these devices are quite durable, regular use and abuse can still affect them. Remember, they are used throughout the day in varied locations and for extended periods. That’s how moisture, dust, sweat, and other body fluids can degrade the materials used to produce hearing aids. Cleaning hearing aids regularly is essential (daily). If you don’t, your speakers’ lifespan will be shortened, and their sound quality will deteriorate. We recommend that you have your hearing aids professionally cleaned regularly in addition to cleaning them yourself.
Where you use your hearing aid: The types of environments you wear your hearing aids frequently might also affect their longevity. Using your gadget in an environment with high humidity, dust, or wind can significantly impact it. Consider talking to us about how to minimize the impact of environmental debris on your hearing health and how to prevent problems in the future.
How you store them: Appropriate storage protocol for hearing aids must be followed, which varies by device type. The best way to store hearing aids that use disposable batteries is with the battery door open to avoid moisture buildup. The use of a dehumidifier while keeping your hearing aids overnight can also be beneficial.
The type of hearing aid: There can be a wide range of differences in size and fit (in the ear vs. behind the ear) depending on the hearing. The design of the hearing aid affects how long it will survive as well, with behind-the-ear models having a higher chance of lasting longer. This may be because most of the device’s components are located behind the ear rather than in the ear, where they’d be more likely to accumulate moisture.
When is it time to get a new hearing aid?
If you’re wondering whether it’s time to replace your hearing aid, ask yourself whether these statements describe your situation.
Your hearing requirements have shifted
Have you noticed a significant decline in your hearing? The programs and settings on your current hearing aids may no longer meet your needs if your hearing loss worsens.
Your lifestyle has changed
Even though you bought hearing aids that were perfect for you when you first got them, your habits change with time, and you may need to get a new pair. Maybe you’ve started jogging, hiking, practicing yoga, or going swimming to help you live a more active lifestyle. Newer hearing aid types are better suited to these activities, even if that wasn’t the case when you bought your hearing aids.
Your current devices are always malfunctioning
No matter how well-made and well-suited to your needs, your hearing aids are, you may find that they break or have other technical faults more frequently than you would want. If your hearing aids are more than a decade old, you may have to send them back to the manufacturer for repair. If this is the case, switching to a new gadget will ensure dependability and smooth operation even if the old one breaks down.
You’re on the lookout for cutting-edge technology
New hearing aids may include novel features that improve your overall experience, so it’s worth looking into them. Whether it is artificial intelligence (AI), Bluetooth connectivity, or even health tracking, the latest hearing aids might be exciting enough to make you consider switching to keep up with the best technology.