Hearing aids are highly-developed pieces of technology, and their lifespan will vary depending on the type of device. In general, a properly maintained hearing aid will last for up to six years. After this point, it may be more cost-effective to purchase a new device rather than make continual repairs to the old one.
Tips to Make Your Hearing Aid Device Last Longer
From dropping to losing a small device, there are plenty of things that threaten the life of your hearing aid. Here are a few tips that can keep your device working longer and more reliably:
- Keep it clean. Hearing aids stay in close contact with a wearer’s skin, hair, and ear canal, making it perfectly situated to build up dirt and residue. Be sure to clean the inputs, battery compartment, and housing regularly with the wax pick that came with your device, and wipe the hearing aid down with a dry tissue to remove oils.
- Ban moisture. Moisture is the number one reason hearing aids need early replacement. A hearing aid is an electronic device, so it must be kept as dry as possible. Never wear your hearing aids while playing sports or at a pool, and do not leave them in the bathroom while showering. At night, open the casing to encourage moisture to evaporate, or store your aid in a dehumidifier.
- Conserve battery life. Hearing aid batteries need to be replaced every few weeks, especially if the device is worn every day. When storing the device for the night, remove the batteries to extend their life.
- Avoid damage. Always store your hearing aids in a safe place away from children and pets. A hard-shell case can protect the hearing aid if you need to remove it while you are out, and writing your name and phone number on the case will also help the finder get your device back to you if it has been lost.
If your hearing aid is not functioning as well as it used to, our hearing care providers can examine your device and get to the root of the problem. Call or visit us today to have our specialists clean and repair your existing hearing aid, or to take a look at a possible replacement device.