Hearing aids are becoming increasingly popular due to their ability to improve hearing in people of all ages. However, they are not indestructible. They require proper protection and maintenance to ensure they last and function properly.
Here, I’ll discuss the importance of daily cleaning and maintenance of hearing aids and how to keep your hearing aids in tip-top shape.
I also want to tell you about the different features available and how to make the most of them. And I’ll answer the age-old question, “How long do hearing aids last?”
Hearing Aids Have Come a Long Way
Over the last decade or so, hearing aids have experienced a major transformation. Thanks to advancements in digital technology, today’s hearing aids come with various features to treat multiple degrees of hearing loss.
Digital hearing aids, now the most commonly used type of hearing aids, have become significantly more powerful over the last two decades.
Digital hearing aids use tiny, computerized chips that convert sound into digital signals. They can also be programmed to the individual user’s hearing preferences, allowing for a more personalized listening experience.
Wireless hearing aids can now connect directly to other audio devices, such as phones, TVs, and computers, allowing users to stream audio to their hearing aids.
Finally, modern hearing aids come with a range of features that make them easier to use for a wide range of people. These include automatic volume adjustment, directional microphones, feedback cancellation, and noise reduction.
Are these distinct from digital hearing aids?
The Lifespan of Hearing Aids
Generally, hearing aids last somewhere between three and seven years, with in-the-ear models typically lasting four to five years and behind-the-ear hearing aids lasting five to six years.
This difference in lifespan is due to the construction of the hearing aid and the way it is worn.
In-the-ear hearing aids are more exposed to sweat and earwax, as they sit directly on the ear, while behind-the-ear hearing aids are housed in a compartment that sits on the ear, protecting it from the moisture of everyday wear.
However, the longevity of the hearing aid also depends on how well it fits into your lifestyle. If your hearing has changed, the hearing aid may not be able to meet the demands of your new hearing abilities.
How to Protect Your Hearing Aids
Determining which category you fall into will help you make the next step to better hearing.
Using Hearing Aids for a Long Time—For those who have had hearing aids for a while, you know the benefits. But because technology is advancing so quickly, it may be time for an upgrade to take advantage of new features.
First Set of Hearing Aids—If you are on your first set, then it’s crucial to have good habits for maintenance to keep them working over the long term. We can help develop a routine that will protect your investment for years to come.
Candidate for Hearing Aids—Many people wait too long to get hearing aids, which can cause more damage. To confirm if you would benefit from hearing aids, schedule a hearing assessment to get a detailed analysis of how you hear.
Extend the Life of Your Hearing Aids
Proper maintenance habits will protect your hearing aids and ensure they always work optimally.
Daily Maintenance Tips:
- Clean the hearing aid by wiping off the outside of the device with a dry, soft cloth.
- Remove any debris from the microphone and receiver using a thin brush or a toothpick.
- Check the earmold for any wax buildup and clean it with a damp cloth.
Monthly Maintenance Tips:
- Have the hearing aid professionally cleaned and inspected by a hearing healthcare provider.
- Check the volume and adjust it as necessary.
- Ensure that the device is still fitting correctly and make any necessary adjustments.
Annual Maintenance Tips:
- Replace any components that may be worn or damaged.
- Check the tubing for any signs of wear and replace it as necessary.
- Check the batteries and replace.
How Sounds Audiology Helps You and Your Family
Wearing hearing aids can provide a range of benefits, from improving relationships to enabling an active and independent social life. Having them for a long time is our number one priority.
At times, however, you may require an upgrade to meet your lifestyle demands. At Sound Audiology, our experienced and knowledgeable team can advise you on when an upgrade is necessary or what options might be best for you.
If you or a loved one are considering upgrading your hearing devices, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at any of our Tri-City locations or schedule a hearing assessment right now.
We are more than happy to provide you with the support you need to achieve better hearing.