There are many conflicting articles focusing on the longevity of hearing aids. In my practice, the average life is between 4-6 years but there are many factors that will impact the lifespan of a hearing aid:
- How long you wear you’re hearing aids on a daily basis. For example, if you wear your hearing instruments 12 hrs./day, that equates to 4400 hrs. per year or 20,000 hours over a 5-year period.
- Frequency of cleaning: We encourage all of our patients to use a soft dry toothbrush to clean the hearing aids on a daily basis. If you fail to do so, the hearing aids will break down frequently. Ask you hearing care professional for AUDIOWIPES as well.
- Where hearing aids are worn: In general, the ultra-small “custom” hearing aids have poor reliability statistics and will be replaced 1-2 yrs. sooner than other styles.
- A person’s body physiology: Many patients create excessive cerumen buildup (wax) and profusely sweat. Sweat creates moisture which commonly invades the circuit and shuts down the hearing aid. An electronic dehumidifier is recommended to dry out the hearing instruments.
- Frequency of Maintenance: Just like a car needs periodic oil and filter changes, tire rotations, etc. you’re hearing aids should be checked by a hearing healthcare professional at least two times year. If that Practice does not schedule you for these visits in advance, I would go somewhere else.
Dr. Izzy is always available to answer all of your important questions about most hearing care issues. He can be reached at 732-818-3610 or visit us at gardenstatehearing.com. Our offices are in Toms River, Manahawkin, and Whiting.