By Shelby Garrison, Au.D., Audiology Consultants
If you or a loved one has hearing loss and uses hearing aids, you may be wondering how long they will last and what you can do to extend their lifespan. Hearing aids are an investment, and with proper care, they can last for several years. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your hearing aids:
How Long Do Hearing Aids Last?
The lifespan of hearing aids varies depending on the type, brand, and level of care they receive. On average, most hearing aids last between five and seven years. Some factors that can affect their lifespan include:
- Frequency of use: If you use your hearing aids all day, every day, they may wear out faster than if you only use them occasionally.
- Environmental factors: Exposure to moisture, dust, or extreme temperatures can damage hearing aids and shorten their lifespan.
- Maintenance: Regular cleaning and maintenance can help prolong the life of your hearing aids.
Tips for Caring for Your Hearing Aids
- Clean your hearing aids regularly: Wipe down your hearing aids with a dry, soft cloth every day to remove dirt, dust, and earwax. Use a brush or cleaning tool to remove debris from the microphone, receiver, and sound port. Avoid using water or non-hearing aid safe cleaning solutions that could damage your hearing aids.
- Keep your hearing aids dry: Moisture can damage hearing aids, so be sure to remove them before swimming, showering, or engaging in water-related activities. Store them in a dry, cool place when not in use.
- Handle your hearing aids with care: Hearing aids are delicate instruments that can be easily damaged if dropped or mishandled. Always handle them with care and avoid exposing them to extreme temperatures.
- Schedule regular check-ups: Regular check-ups with your audiologist can help catch any issues before they become major problems. Your audiologist can also clean and adjust your hearing aids to ensure they are working properly.
By following these tips and taking good care of your hearing aids, you can help extend their lifespan and ensure that they are providing you with the best hearing experience possible. If you ever have any questions or concerns about your hearing aids, don’t hesitate to contact your audiologist for help.
Now is a great time to have your hearing checked! Audiology Consultants’ offices are located at 2215 East 52nd St., #2, Davenport, IA: 563-355-7712; 600 Valley View Dr., Moline, IL: 309-517-3889; Unity Point Clinic, 3426 North Port Dr., #500, Muscatine, IL: 563-264-9406; or Hammond Henry Hospital, 600 College Ave., Geneseo, IL: 309-944-9181.