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How Long Do Hearing Aids Last?

As with all pieces of technology, the durability and lifespan of hearing aids are dependent on many factors. We are asked frequently how long hearing aids last, so we know this is important to address. Keep in mind, however, that two people can buy the exact same hearing aid and have them last for very different lifespans.

Now it should be said that with all things, these are “best practices” but each individual piece will have its own specific care instructions and lifespan. We encourage you to do your research when it comes time to get hearing aids for yourself or a loved one.

Hearing Aid Lifespan

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On average, a hearing aid has an estimated lifespan of three to seven years. Some styles may last longer than others, though. Styles such as in-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids typically last three to five years, while behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids will last an average of five to seven years.

How Can I Improve the Lifespan of My Hearing Aids?

The lifespan of a hearing aid depends on many factors. Care of the hearing instrument is an important factor. To maximize the life of your hearing aids, you should avoid moisture and store your hearing aids in a dry place.

Keep in mind, certain things will impact how long one will last.

There are 9 key factors to be mindful of when considering a hearing aid’s lifespan:

1. Individual hearing needs

2. An individual’s body physiology

3. Hearing aid style

4. Where it is worn

5. Materials used to make it

6. How it’s stored

7. How frequently it’s cleaned

8. Frequency of maintenance

9. Technological advancements

Some of these, you can’t impact. You can’t change what a specific piece is made of or where you wear it. You can be more informed when making purchases, however. But be advised that some pieces (when made of durable pieces) can be a bit more uncomfortable. So, you have to weigh what’s more important – longevity or comfort.

Other Tips to Improve Your Hearing Aid Lifespan

There are some additional things you can do to help improve your hearing aid lifespan. One of them is changing the batteries regularly and opening the battery door when not using the aid. Take the batteries out of the aid completely if you are not wearing the aid for a prolonged time.

Keep devices free of earwax by using the provided cleaning brush to gently remove any earwax or debris that may be on the device. Change your wax filters periodically.

Handle with care. Hearing aids are durable but avoid dropping them on hard surfaces. When they aren’t in use, store them in a safe place. Be sure to keep out of reach for children and pets.

Schedule a visit with your provider at least once every 4 to 6 months for a thorough cleaning and check-up. If you have problems with wax buildup, you may need to schedule professional cleanings more often.

We hope this article helps you feel more confident in improving the lifespan of your hearing aids. Please leave a comment below or contact us with questions you have.