How to know when to replace your hearing aids

Modern hearing aids are much more advanced than their predecessors. The new ones use the most advanced microelectronics, computer processors, wireless radios, and are built to extremely intricate specifications to ensure the absolute best hearing possible. Including in this process, features such as moisture, dust and dirt resistance are added so the hearing aids can be as durable as possible.

Unfortunately, this does not mean that hearing aids never break down or will last forever.

When hearing aids are used exactly how they are designed to be worn — meaning every day all day long — they will be exposed to plenty of elements and surroundings. This can include perspiration, body oils, ear wax, hair spray, lotion, makeup, rain, humidity, dust, pollen, and more!

Furthermore, hearing aids get dropped, rattled around in purses and backpacks, tossed, turned and twisted while placing them in and out of the ear, and even more. Overall, they can withstand a lot, while usually still continuing to work.

A Typical Lifespan is Five Years

Taking in all that information, the average life of a hearing aid is approximately five years. This, of course, is if the wearer cleans and maintains the hearing aids on a normal routine basis and their hearing healthcare professional checks and cleans them at least every six months.

It is not unusual, however, for hearing aids to require a few repairs. When hearing aids make it to the five-year mark, buying new hearing aids as opposed to repairing your old ones is something to seriously consider. As tough as today’s hearing aids are, over time the components can fail from daily exposure to the elements. In this case, upgrading your hearing aids to the latest technology is a better investment than continuously repairing your old ones.

Every Year Hearing Aid Technology Improves

Purchasing new hearing aids won’t just supply you with a more reliable set. During the time you wore the older devices, hearing aid technology will have advanced quite a bit. This means better sound quality, better hearing in noise, advancements in wireless technology, more accessory options, streaming capabilities and more life-enhancing features.

Like all technology, hearing aids continue to improve. Investing in new hearing aids regularly provides reliable hearing aids that give you the best hearing possible, which is always the most important part of the whole process. The return on investment with hearing aids is always priceless as well.

You can try before you buy

If you happen to be in the market for new hearing aids, we can help. Call (888) 919-6824 or click here and we’ll connect you with an experienced hearing healthcare professional who can show you our latest hearing aid technology!

P.S. Don’t forget to have your hearing checked every year to track any changes in your hearing. This could also play a role in the decision to replace your current hearing aids.

By Starkey Canada