How long do hearing aids last?

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Average lifespan of hearing aids

Hearing aids are tools that support patients experiencing hearing loss or hearing-related conditions. These devices do not have a shelf life or maximum time of use but are definitely subject to wear and tear. On average, hearing aids last 5 years, with their lifespan often ranging from 4 to 7 years, depending on care and maintenance. 

How are hearing aids made?

A generic hearing aid has three main components: 

  • The microphone, which captures sounds or vibrations from the surroundings and transmits them to the amplifier.
  • The amplifier, which intensifies the sounds picked up by the microphone and directs them to the speaker.
  • The loudspeaker, which channels the captured and amplified sounds into the ear, improving the patient's auditory perception.

These three components are quite sensitive to heat and external agents, so it is important to protect them from any kind of potentially harmful conditions. This is particularly important for in-the-ear devices as they often come into contact with earwax and other substances inside the ear.

Why choose Amplifon?

By choosing Amplifon as your hearing care provider, you’re choosing to be cared and looked after by qualified and experienced Audiologists who can help change the way you listen to the world around you.

Which factors will affect your hearing aids?

There are several factors that affect the functioning of hearing aids. Here are some suggestions to ensure optimal and proper maintenance of the device:

  • Avoid using abrassive cleaners or alcohol to prevent damaging electrical components.
  • Handle the device with clean, dry hands. In case of contact with wet surfaces, dry them as soon as possible by blotting.
  • Avoid the use of sharp objects when cleaning small components of the appliance.
  • Avoid direct contact with cosmetics of any kind.
  • Perform periodic hygiene and cleaning of the ears.
  • Remove the hearing aid when performing a CT scan or MRI.

When should I change my hearing aid?

A hearing aid can last as long as seven years without developing any problems.

However, there are key signs that may indicate the need for adjustment of the device, such as:

  • Volume fluctuation.
  • Hissing sound.
  • Booming sensation.
  • Sensation of diminished hearing.

The importance of regular check-ups

It is always important to check our hearing and not to underestimate the first signals our body gives us. This is why we invite you to visit the amplifon centre near you so that you can talk to specialists and undergo the various tests.

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How to increase the life of hearing aids?

Every hearing aid is designed and made to last as long as possible. However, it is essential to keep in mind that periodic maintenance on the device should be carried out approximately twice a year by your hearing care professional. This practice not only ensures the device's overall performance but also facilitates routine checks.

Hearing aids are an investment for your hearing

The ability to hear is a fundamental aspect of our lives. This is why it is important to carry out regular checkups with your audiologist to determine whether your hearing aid needs to be replaced or adjusted. This level of care is essential, as technological advances in hearing solutions and continuously emerging. 

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