What is Hearing Aid life span ?
common repairs required by hearing aids are based on
dirt and debris blocking the microphones and the
In other words, the
majority of repairs required are sue to poor/low
maintenance. Your hearing healthcare professional will
review with you how to maintain your hearing aids, how
to keep them clean and dry, how to change batteries etc.
In-The-Ear (ITE), In The
Canal (ITC), and Completely In the Canal (CIC) aids have
their working parts in the ear mould, and therefore tend
to need repairing more often than Behind-The-Ear (BTE)
Nonetheless, if the
hearing aids are well maintained, generally speaking,
they can last 5 to 7 years.
How to maintain your hearing aid ?
not to get your hearing aids wet. If they do become
wet, open the battery door and remove the battery,
wipe the outside with a dry cloth and then allow the
hearing aids to dry in open air.
Always store your
hearing aids in a safe place away from children and
Always store your
batteries in a dry place and keep them away from
moisture (swimming pool, sink, shower, rain).
Each evening, remove
your hearing aids before going to bed. Try to get
into the habit of opening the battery door whenever
you are not using them. This ensures that they are
turned off and enables the instruments to dry out
during the night.
What Questions Should be asked before
buying a Hearing Aid?
There are many questions you should ask
before purchasing a new hearing aid. The most important
is "Do I have permanent hearing loss? and if so... Who
should I see about this?"
Many people do not have permanent hearing loss and
instead have hearing problems caused by ear wax, which
can be removed by your GP. Sometimes middle ear
infections cause a temporary hearing problem which can
be eliminated after medical treatment.
Before purchasing hearing
aids, a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation should be
should ask the hearing aid dispenser questions about
charges for the hearing evaluation, dispensing fee(s),
and future servicing and repair.
You should also inquire
about the trial period policy and what fees are
refundable if you return the hearing aid(s) during the
Additionally you should
ask about the warranty coverage for your hearing aid as
well as options for insuring the device.
How often do I need to
change the hearing aid battery ?
Hearing aid batteries
should be changed about every 7 to 14 days based on 16
hours per day use cycle.
The exact schedule for
changing batteries depends on the amount of time the
hearing aids are worn and the power consumed over time.
Most new digital hearing
aids have battery warning indicators. Before the battery
goes out, the hearing aid will beep to indicate that it
needs to be changed.