Most hearing aids last between three to seven years. While this may be the average, there are a number of factors that impact the lifespan of your hearing aid.
Hearing Aid Materials
Hearing aids can be made of plastic, metal, silicone, polymers and a number of other materials. Those that have a protective nanocoating are more resistant to water, dust and moisture.
Your hearing aids spend all day in a harsh environment exposed to moisture, sweat, sunlight oils from your skin, earwax, dust and debris. In addition to daily cleanings, you should visit your audiologist to have them professionally cleaned at least twice a year.
Storing of Hearing Aids
Storing your hearing aids correctly while not wearing them is crucial.
If your hearing aids contain disposable batteries, invest in a dehumidifier or simply open the battery door so the moisture can evaporate overnight.
If your hearing aids are rechargeable, always place them in their charging dock when you take them out.
Where They Are Worn
Wearing your hearing aids in a damp or dusty environment leads to more performance issues than those spending time in a safer environment. Your audiologist can provide you with information on accessories to help protect your device or instructions on protective measures you can try.
Hearing Aid Style
The behind-the-ear style of hearing aids has a longer lifespan than those that sit in the ear. This is because in-the-ear styles require more of the electrical components to sit in a damp environment.
Recent advancements in nanocoating on both the internal and external hearing aid components have made many of these styles more durable than ever before.
Your Body Physiology
Your body produces oil, sweat and earwax. If yours happens to produce more than the average person, this can have an impact on the life of your hearing aid.
It is important to bring your hearing aid in for routine maintenance. At these visits, your audiologist can replace and repair parts that may be damaged. Keeping your hearing aid in good working order helps prolong its life.
Your Unique Hearing Needs
Your degree of hearing loss can change over time. After a few years, you may require a level of power that your current hearing aid can no longer provide. In addition, certain hearing aids work best for specific listening lifestyles. If you have changed jobs, hobbies or club memberships, you may require a hearing aid with additional features.
To learn more about making your hearing aid last or to schedule an appointment with an expert, contact the Hearing Zone today.