The lifespan of a hearing aid depends a great deal upon the wearer. With proper care—and assuming your hearing doesn’t change drastically over time—your hearing aids could last five or six years. If your hearing aids are often exposed to moisture and dirt and you don’t clean them regularly, they will not last that long. Also, you may choose to upgrade before your hearing aids actually go bad to take advantage of new technology.
Let’s look at some of the factors that will affect the life of your hearing aid.
A Hearing Aid’s Worst Enemies
If you are hoping to get a full five or six years out of your hearing aids, you must take proper care of them, which means avoiding the four elements that do the most harm. When these things can’t be avoided, you must take the time to clean and dry them thoroughly. A hearing aid’s four worst enemies include:
- Shock. Dropping your hearing aids or handling them roughly can break the delicate inner workings of the device. Keeping a storage case anywhere you frequently remove your hearing aids is a good idea for keeping them safe. Don’t just put them on a bathroom counter at night. Instead, put them in a case and keep them in a drawer.
- Temperature change. It is not extreme temperatures that damage hearing aids as much as frequent changes from one extreme to another. Going in and out of heated buildings in a cold Pennsylvania winter can create condensation on your hearing aids which can damage them. Be aware of frequent temperature changes and dry off any moisture that develops.
- Moisture. Unless you have invested in a moisture-resistant or waterproof hearing aid, your hearing aids cannot tolerate any kind of wetness. This includes water from rain, hairspray, sweat, a swimming pool, bath, or shower. Take steps to keep them dry when you are in a wet environment and always remove and dry them off when you accidentally get them wet.
- Wax and grit. Earwax and grit will normally build up in your ears and on your hearing aids. Gentle cleaning every day will keep the speakers and ports on your device clear of these damaging substances. If you have spent some time gardening or on the beach, remove your hearing aids and clean them as soon as you can.
Why You May Not Want a Five-Year-Old Hearing Aid
Even if you are diligent and manage to keep your hearing aids in good working order for several years, you may choose to upgrade before they actually fail in order to take advantage of the new features and better technology that emerge every year. Compatibility with cell phones and sound systems, waterproof casings, better sound quality, and sleeker designs may tempt you to trade in your outdated devices. Another reason to get new hearing aids even if your old ones still work is a significant change in hearing that could benefit from a different hearing aid model.
Whatever Your Goals Are, We Will Support You
At Tru-Tone Hearing Aid Centers, we support our clients in whatever path they choose for their hearing aids. We will teach you how to properly care for your hearing aids and provide maintenance and repairs if you want to extend the life of your devices, or we can show you the latest and greatest models as they come out if you are interested in the newest technology. Schedule a free hearing evaluation now to learn more about our services.