Understanding the Lifespan of Hearing Aids: How Long Should they Last?

When it comes to investing in hearing aids, understanding their lifespan is crucial for optimal usage and cost effectiveness. Usually, hearing aids last about 5 years. But, how long they last depends on how well you take care of them.

Firstly, it’s essential to note that most manufacturer warranties cover repairs for up to 3 years, leaving users with 2 years where any repairs would typically be out-ofpocket expenses. Given the considerable cost of hearing aids, it’s important to take proactive steps in caring for them.

Daily maintenance plays a significant role in prolonging the lifespan of hearing aids. Keeping them clean and free from wax buildup is essential. Additionally, storing them in a dry environment away from moisture is crucial. Since humidity can affect the functionality of hearing aids, we strongly advise that you store them in an appropriate environment away from moisture or humidity (for instance do not store them in your bathroom, kitchen, laundry or even an open window).

Understanding the Lifespan of Hearing Aids

Sometimes it is difficult to avoid humidity in the warmer months or even sweat can interfere with your devices – Therefore we recommend attending your hearing services provider for your review appointments.

At Ear Studio we help our clients take care of their devices and have particular methods and machines that we can remove debris and humidity build up to keep their devices working to their optimal level of performance. Just as you regularly service your car to keep it running well, it’s important to maintain and service your hearing aids too.

Comparing the lifespan of hearing aids to other technologies, such as mobile phones, offers valuable perspective. While 5 years may seem relatively short, considering the rapid advancements in technology, it’s consistent with the lifespan of many consumer electronics. What was once considered cutting-edge technology in hearing aids may become outdated within a few years due to ongoing innovations.

You also may discover, after 5 or 6 years, repair options can become limited as manufacturers may discontinue certain parts. This can pose challenges for individuals seeking repairs beyond the typical lifespan of their devices.

From the Australian government’s standpoint, it’s provision of hearing aids for eligible pensioners every 5 years supports this timeframe as a reasonable life expectancy for hearing aids. This shows that hearing aid technology keeps changing and over time particular devices may even become unsuitable for the wearer as their needs may also change. This supports the fact you will occasionally need to update them.

At Ear Studio, we understand the importance of addressing hearing health needs comprehensively. As a privately owned and independent audiology clinic, we offer support to individuals at various stages of their hearing journey, whether they are just beginning or seeking upgrades. Whether you’re eligible for government subsidies or privately funding your devices, our dedicated team is here to assist you.

If you’re considering a hearing test or contemplating upgrading your hearing devices, we encourage you to reach out to our friendly team. You can contact us on 02 9159 6122 or visit our website for more information or to schedule an appointment online. We look forward to partnering with you on your journey to better hearing.