The majority of people in Scottsdale with hearing loss are already benefiting from the use of hearing aids. But nothing lasts forever, and at some point, it will be time to upgrade to a new pair of hearing aids. Knowing when to do so will help prevent harmful side effects such as depression, dementia and diabetes, and will ensure you continue to enjoy a higher quality of life.
How Long Will Hearing Aids Last?
Hearing aids are sophisticated electronic devices built to exacting standards, but that doesn’t mean they are indestructible. They come into daily contact with moisture, heat, earwax and dirt, all of which will eventually affect performance. Fortunately, you won’t have to replace them with the frequency you do your smartphone; with proper care and a commitment to regular cleaning and maintenance, you can expect your hearing aids to last about five to seven years.
They say a new car loses value the minute you drive it off the dealer’s lot. The sad but inevitable fact is, all electronic products have a limited lifespan. Mechanical problems will crop up or better technology will become available, making older versions less effective (or worse, obsolete). Over the past decade, a slew of technological advances has swept the hearing aid market; features such as Bluetooth® connectivity and rechargeable batteries have resulted in a new generation of devices with improved functionality and sound.
This doesn’t mean you should resign yourself to replacing your hearing aids every few years. Keeping them clean on a daily basis will help extend their lifespan; use a soft, dry cloth and gently wipe down all exterior surfaces. A cleaning tool or soft brush can help with those hard-to-reach places. Change the wax filter often and protect your hearing aids from moisture. Take them out if you’re washing your face or using hairspray; when it’s raining outside, wear a hat or use an umbrella. Fortunately, this isn’t a huge issue in Arizona! Regular clean-and-check appointments with your Scottsdale audiologist will ensure early detection of any problems and should help keep them running smoothly for a long time.
When Should I Upgrade?
Despite your best efforts at care and maintenance, at some point it will be time to replace your hearing aids. Consider upgrading when the following conditions apply:
- Your hearing aids are 5+ years old.
- Your hearing aids have visible damage or do not work as efficiently as before.
- Your hearing aids have previously been repaired at least once.
- Your hearing loss worsens, and your current hearing aids aren’t powerful enough to compensate for the additional loss.
- Newer, better technology is available for your specific hearing needs.
When you’re ready to buy new hearing aids, schedule an appointment with your Scottsdale audiologist. They will help you narrow down your options and may let you “try before you buy” in order to make your decision an easier one.