Time to get new hearing aids? Here are a few reasons to consider when deciding if it’s time for a re-fitting or technology upgrade.
You’ve had them for over five years
With people encouraged to wear their hearing aids for all waking hours, it’s no wonder that devices encounter their fair share of wear and tear. The average lifespan of a hearing aid is five to six years, typically because any parts needing repair become obsolete, or new technology becomes available. Don’t forget to keep your hearing aids maintained to keep them working well for as long as possible. Your audiologist can also help with advice as to how best to look after your hearing aids.
Your hearing needs change
Hearing health can change over time, as can your lifestyle. Your audiologist can assist in determining whether an upgrade to your hearing aids is required, based on your type and severity of hearing loss, as well as your communication needs and goals. For example, if you’re currently wearing an older style of hearing aid, you may be interested in upgrading to a newer model with in-built Bluetooth capacity, which enables direct streaming of phone calls, navigation systems and media.
Your hearing aids are beyond repair
Your hearing aids may have made a tasty meal for the dog, or went through the wash in the pocket of your jeans – sometimes the rough and tumble of everyday life can result in your hearing aids needing to be replaced. The durability of devices can also depend on their style (for example, in-the-ear models are typically prone to more breakdowns over time than those worn behind the ear), or factors such as your level of activity, how well you care for them and even where you live, as humidity and dust can also play a part in a device’s lifespan.