New Year, New Hearing Aids?

Many people ask questions about the lifespan of hearing aids. The lifespan of a hearing aid is determined by a few factors: The individual’s hearing loss needs, technology available and durability of hearing aid components. As an individual’s hearing loss changes over time, the hearing aid may not have enough power and amplification available to account for the amount of hearing loss correctly. If the hearing aid is at it’s maximum output available for all parts, then it is time to look at upgrading to a new device to accommodate the hearing loss.

Hearing aid technology is progressing and getting more advanced each year. Usually, by the time 5 years has elapsed, there is a large gap between the older technology and the new hearing aid releases. Newer technology aims to produce clearer and cleaner sound quality in more and more difficult environments with each release. Hearing aids can process faster and faster with each release and that leads to a better ability to hear and understand conversations in background noise.

Taking proper care of hearing devices can lengthen the lifespan of hearing aids. Avoiding too much moisture throughout the years by using hearing aid dryers will keep the circuit inside of the hearing aids in good working order. Also, replacing wax traps and domes as instructed can also help keep the hearing devices working properly for a long time. If the devices are neglected, it could mean that the devices will need to be replaced sooner.

As the New Year comes around, insurance benefits also tend to renew. It is a good idea to check with your health insurance company about when your hearing aid benefits renew so that you can look into newer technology when the time comes.