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How long will my hearing aids last?

As we age or as we are exposed to sudden or loud noises, our hearing deteriorates and many of us require the use of hearing aids to enhance our hearing abilities. But how long can we expect hearing aids to last?

In this blog, we will explore the factors that affect the lifespan of hearing aids, common causes of hearing aid failure, and tips on how to extend the life of your hearing aids.

Factors that affect hearing aid longevity

Not all hearing aids are created equally, and it actually shows in the price tag. Some hearing aids have basic features, while others are equipped with AI and other unique features.

Below are factors that affect hearing aid lifespan:


Ideally, hearing aids are designed to withstand daily wear and tear, since they are meant to be used regularly. Hearing aids are made of various materials including metal, plastic, silicon, polymer, titanium, etc. The material used to make a hearing aid is a big determinant of a hearing aid’s lifespan. Over time, a device will succumb to structural degradation. Hearing aids with durable materials (i.e protective nano-coating, waterproof, etc.), the longer a hearing aid is expected to last.

Frequency of cleaning and maintenance

Hearing aids should be cleaned daily. Before you sleep, you should remove the hearing aids, clean them up from any visible dirt and allow the device to air out. Think about it – hearing aids can easily accumulate earwax, bodily secretions, oil, etc. Hearing aids can be likened to dentures – you need to clean them regularly.

Additionally, hearing aids also need professional cleaning and maintenance, at least once or twice a year. Of course, if you notice something different with your hearing aid, you need to see your hearing care provider right away.


Your lifestyle plays a key role in your hearing aid’s lifespan. Your daily grind can affect your hearing aids. Whether you are actively engaged in sports, exposed to extreme temperatures, or fancy walking in the rain, these external factors and more can definitely take a toll on your hearing device.

Hearing aid style

Did you know that hearing aid styles can also pre-determine the lifespan of your hearing aid? Behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids are considered to be the toughest style of hearing aid. In comparison to in-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids, BTEs can withstand daily wear and tear mainly because they do not sit in the inner ear (where the environment is damp and humid).

Body physiology

The wearer’s unique body physiology can also affect the hearing aid’s lifespan. Some persons produce more sweat, oil, and earwax than others, which would mean that their hearing aids would be much more susceptible to moisture.

Hearing aid technology updates

Just like smartphones, modern hearing aids also have their own software updates. Regular technology updates are being released for newer models, and unfortunately, older models and styles may not be able to accommodate the said updates.

That being said, it may be a good time to see your hearing care provider and get recommendations if the time comes when your hearing aid is no longer supported by the recent software updates.

Signs that your hearing aids need replacement or adjustments

If you notice any of the following signs below, you need to see your hearing care provider to learn more about the next steps you need to take:

  • Fluctuating or decreasing volume
  • Experiencing feedback or having your hearing aids “whistle”
  • Suspected increase in hearing loss
  • Battery issues/charging issues

At the end of the day, you are the best judge of the status of your hearing device. If you have been using it every day, you will definitely notice any changes in its performance. Make sure to check with an audiologist right away to prevent problems from blowing up.

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