If you are one of the estimated 48 million Americans with a hearing loss, you may wear a hearing aid device. Hearing aids can be a life changing investment. They can open up a world of sound.
Once you’ve adjusted to your hearing aid devices, it’s hard to imagine no longer having them. But like everything else, hearing aid devices don’t last forever.
How Often Should You Replace Your Hearing Aids?
Hearing aid devices can last up to 10 years. Some people have hearing aid devices that have lasted even longer! The average lifespan of a hearing aid device is 5 years. A number of things can impact how long your hearing aid will last, including:
- Maintenance – Maintaining your hearing aid appropriately can help extend its lifespan. For tips on maintaining your hearing aids, click here.
- Wear and Tear – The more often you wear your hearing aid devices, the more wear and tear they are potentially exposed to.
- Build – Like many electronics, the build of your hearing aid device can impact how long it lasts. We recommend working with your local hearing healthcare specialist to find a hearing aid device that’s right for you.
If your hearing aid devices are not working as well as they once did, you may be thinking about new ones. There are, however, other reasons you may need to consider replacing your hearing aids. Let’s take a closer look at these reasons.
Your Hearing has Changed
Is it your hearing? Or is it the hearing aid device? Even if you protect your hearing, it is possible that your hearing loss has worsened. If you have noticed a difference in the performance of your hearing aid devices, you may need a hearing assessment.
Changes to your lifestyle may also mandate new hearing aid devices. Changes could include a new occupation, living situation or hobbies. If, for example, you’re spending a lot more time in a noisy environment, your device requirements may have changed.
If your hearing aid device issues coincide with lifestyle changes, book an appointment with your hearing healthcare specialist. They will be able to assess if your current devices are still appropriate. They may even be able to make adjustments to your devices right then and there!
Technology continues to change and evolve over time. The hearing aid industry is no different. Advances in hearing aid technology introduces new features and options. You may find that newer hearing aid devices have more features than your older devices.
Hearing aids are also continuing to improve the listening experience. Newer devices can help minimize background noise and help improve your listening environment.
If you feel that you could be getting more out of your hearing aid devices, it may be time for an upgrade. If you’d like to explore further, please get in touch with the hearing specialists at Anderson Audiology. Call us on 702-997-2964 or click here to request an appointment online.