What’s The Average Lifespan Of A Hearing Aid?
Your hearing aids purchase is one of the best investments in your hearing health that you can make. As hearing aids can be rather pricy, most individuals hope to make their hearing aids last as long as possible.
At this time, modern digital hearing aids have an average lifespan of 3-7 years. Since you likely want your hearing aids to last closer to 7 years or beyond, the hearing health care specialists at The Hearing Clinic are here to help.
What Impacts The Lifespan Of Your Hearing Aids
There are a number of factors that impact the lifespan of your hearing aids. With many of these factors, you can control the impact on your hearing aids. For the ones that are uncontrollable, there are things you can do to mitigate the impact on your hearing aids.
Type of hearing aids
Depending on the type of hearing aids you chose, your hearing aids lifespan can vary. Behind-The-Ear (BTE) hearing aids are generally considered to be the longer-lasting hearing aids, as the main body of the hearing aid sits safely behind your ear. In-The-Ear (ITE) hearing aids styles require your hearing aids to be placed inside of your ear where the electronic components can come in contact with more moisture and earwax.
However, some of the disparity between these hearing aids styles are being closed as technology advances. If you are interested in an ITE style hearing aid but are concerned about the components becoming damaged, be sure to ask our hearing specialist about your options. Some hearing aids now come with nano-coating, which helps to protect your hearing aids from dust and moisture.
Where you live can have a significant impact on your hearing aids. For instance, say you live in an area that experiences high humidity levels. That dampness can impact your hearing aids, as they are susceptible to moisture damage.
Also, extreme heat or cold can cause damage to your hearing aids. Depending on where you live, you will need to make various accommodations for your hearing aids, such as wearing a hat over them in cold weather and using a hearing aid drying in humid areas.
Your personal physiology can work either for or against your hearing aid lifespan. For those who are prone to sweating or produce more earwax than others, your hearing aids may not last as long. If you have noticed that you tend to sweat more or your hearing aids often have built-up earwax, there are steps you can take, such as carrying a blotting cloth and cleaning your hearing aids midday.
Cleaning and maintenance routine
Hearing aids require regular cleaning and maintenance to stay in top working order. Without routine cleaning, moisture, earwax, and other debris can build up and damage your hearing aids and block sound conduction.
With the right hearing aid cleaning and maintenance tools, you can care for your hearing aids properly and keep them working for years to come.
Hearing aid materials
Modern hearing aids are continually being improved. However, even with regular improvements, hearing aid materials can’t last forever. The computer components in the hearing aids will wear down over time, especially if not properly cared for by the user. Also, the other structural parts that are made of silicone, metal, plastic, and other polymers will degrade given enough time.
Some of these degradable parts can be replaced, such as tubing and hearing aid battery doors. Careful handling and cleaning will also do much to preserve your hearing aids.
Your level of hearing loss
Your hearing needs can change over time, to the point where your current hearing aids are not effective enough in delivering sound. Our audiologist can reprogram your hearing aids to a certain extent to accommodate the changes in your hearing, but once your hearing loss is outside of the range of your hearing aids, you will need to upgrade to new devices.
Progressive hearing loss can be slowed down by using properly programmed hearing aids. By using your hearing aids regularly, you can reduce the strain on your hearing so that you can keep using your current hearing aids as long as possible.
If you are concerned that your hearing loss level has changed, and you can’t afford new hearing aids to accommodate the loss, you may be a good candidate for our hearing aid grant program.
Tips To Help Prolong Your Hearing Aids Lifespan
From cleaning tips to care insights, there are a number of things you can do to extend your hearing aids lifespan.
Clean hearing aids regularly - Hearing aids that are cleaned regularly will stay in better shape for longer. When it comes to day-to-day cleaning, all you really need to do is to wipe down your hearing aids with a microfiber cloth before putting them away for the night. Once a week, you should do a more thorough cleaning, using hearing aid tools to clean out any stuck earwax and other debris.
There are other components that may require you to change them out, such as the wax filter and hearing aid dome. Your hearing aid style will dictate what extra maintenance is required, which our audiologist will discuss with you when you receive your hearing aids.
Keep hearing aids dry - Like any other electronic, hearing aids need to stay as dry as possible. It is best to avoid wearing your hearing aids at times where you know you will be sweaty, like when you exercise or are going to the lake or beach. Even if you have no intention to get wet, accidents happen, and you don’t want them happening to your hearing aids.
If you live in a particularly humid area—or are prone to sweating—using a hearing aid dryer can help protect your hearing aids and extend their lifespan.
Change out batteries - Disposable hearing aid batteries can last from 3-22 days, depending on the hearing aid battery size. It is important that you stay on top of your hearing aid batteries.
When the batteries run low, it can leave you straining to hear properly. Also, as the hearing aid batteries run down, it makes your hearing aids work harder, which may burn them out more quickly. So, be sure to keep some fresh hearing aid batteries handy for when you need them.
Store hearing aids safely - Your hearing aids need to be safely stored when they are not in use. Hearing aids that are left loose on a bedside table or on top of a dresser are in danger of being knocked off, crushed, or having something spilled on them.
After you take out your hearing aids and wipe them down, be sure to store them in a hard case to protect your hearing aids from accidents.
Open battery doors at night - By opening your hearing aid battery doors at night, you allow for better air movement. The air circulation helps to dry out and protect your hearing aids. Also, by disrupting the electrical current, you can preserve the circuitry in your hearing aids.
Have professional hearing aid cleanings - Our audiologist has the tools to professionally deep clean your hearing aids. With quarterly professional cleaning, your hearing aids will be better maintained.
Remove hearing aids with care - When you take your hearing aids out, be sure you do it over a soft surface. Being dropped at all is very damaging for hearing aids, so if they do slip out of your hands as you take them out, doing it over a soft surface—such as having a towel over a counter—you can better protect your hearing aids.
Use clean hands only - Your hearing aids circuitry can become damaged by touching them without cleaning your hands. The oils in a person’s hand can shorten the life of your hearing aid batteries, and if there are any other debris, it can become trapped in your hearing aids. So, be sure to always wash and dry your hands before handling your hearing aids.
For specific questions about your hearing aids, you can always visit The Hearing Clinic. Our staff will be happy to find the answers you need.
Find Your Hearing Aids At The Hearing Clinic
Here at The Hearing Clinic, you can find a wide array of hearing aids. We can work with you to help you find the perfect hearing aids. Even better, you can utilize our test drive program.
With our hearing aid test drive program, you can pick a set of hearing aids that you would like to test out. Our audiologist will program your hearing aids, then you can take them for a week of testing.
If you are interested in having your hearing evaluated and testing out new hearing aids to see what suits you best, please contact us today to set up your appointment. We look forward to helping you achieve the best hearing possible!