When Is It Time To Replace Hearing Aids?

We all own electronic equipment. Most of us replace our cell phones, television sets, and sound systems as technology improves and we are usually wowed with the new features and changes.

Technology keeps improving. Most ears appreciate the difference in sound quality, better hearing in noise, and better hearing in general, when exposed to new technology. Accessories have improved as well. This begs the question: How often should we replace our hearing aids?

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Did you know that the average lifespan of a set of hearing aids is 4 to 6 years? Over time, hearing aids will lessen in performance. A reduction in efficiency can be due to the age of the instruments, how they have been handled or cared for, or the number of years they have been worn. Individual differences in body chemistry can also play a role. Individuals with oilier complexions may experience decreased performance as compared to those with normal or dry skin. Those who produce an abundance of earwax (cerumen) may also experience more issues with their hearing aids not working at their best.

Even if hearing aids appear to be working, as they age, the components may become weak and not provide the benefit that they once had. A hearing aid is a computerized piece of technology which operates in a dark and moist environment. Over time, the odds are that performance will be reduced.

It’s true that hearing aids can work beyond the time frame of 4-6 years. It depends on your body chemistry and how you care for your devices.

I spoke to a patient last week who recently replaced her four-year-old hearing aids. Her response was, “These new hearing aids are game changing. I thought that I would be switching back to my older hearing aids as I have done in the past. Now I hope that I will never have to put my old hearing aids on ever again.”

If you wish that you could hear better, consider replacing your current hearing instruments. Ask an audiologist. We’d be happy to help.

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