It may not always be clear when it is time to upgrade your hearing aids. In general you can expect your hearing aid to last 3 to 7 years. With proper care and maintenance there is no reason your hearing aid can’t last longer then that, but there are lots of variables that can affect the lifespan of a hearing aid like environment and hours of use.
We find that hearing aid users often fall into two groups, those who are interested in the latest technological advancements and those who could care less.
In today’s world of ever changing technology hearing aids are advancing quickly. New devices are smaller and smarter. They can connect to smartphones and enhance speech comprehension. Those patients who prefer to keep up with technology updates will purchase new aids every 2-3 years.
For those who aren’t concerned with the latest and greatest technology, there are a few ways you can tell you are due to upgrade your hearing aids:
- You don’t hear as well as you used too with your hearing aids. Your hearing can change over time. To some extent your hearing specialist will be able to adjust for changes to your hearing, but eventually you will need to upgrade your hearing aids for a model with more amplification.
- Your needs have changed. If you change jobs or pick up a new hobby your hearing aid may not be equipped to function in these new situations. For example: Your new job requires you to talk on the phone more and your hearing aid just doesn’t cut it.
- Your hearing aid just isn’t working as well as it used too. Despite frequent cleanings and maintenance appointments, your hearing aid is going through batteries faster and you hear buzzing and feedback more often. These are signs that the electronics are becoming worn out and need replacement.
Choosing to upgrade your hearing aids can be personal preference or happen out of necessity. Either way because you are already a hearing aid wearer you will have an easier time transitioning to new devices because you already have experience and knowledge of your hearing needs. At Hearing Lab you can try new hearing aids for 30-days to see how new technology can change the way you hear. Schedule you appointment for an updated hearing test today!