If you recently purchased a hearing aid — especially if you paid for it out-of-pocket — then you’re probably pretty motivated to keep it going as long as you can.
Luckily, that’s mostly up to you. There are some things out of your control but there are plenty of things you can do extend the life of this small device that would amaze a computer engineer transported to the here-and-now from the 1950s.
You should expect to get at least three years out of a modern hearing aid. But you could get a decade too, depending on luck and good judgment.
First, what you can’t control. The fact is some people sweat more than others, or produce more earwax, or have oily skin. Or the trifecta. All of these things do nothing good for a hearing aid, so it’s possible you might have drawn the short straw when it comes to hearing aid longevity. Also, certain environments more prone to dusty and/or humid conditions can be a problem as well.
But, taking good short- and long-term care of your investment can better your odds.
Cleaning a hearing aid daily is a great first step. There are kits available that allow you to get rid of debris that will, eventually, muck up the works of any hearing aid.
Storage is also a key factor. An overnight dehumidifier case will not only protect you from knocking it onto the floor when reaching for the alarm clock in the morning, but will also remove moisture and do wonders for its life expectancy.
And once or twice a year it’s paramount to bring it into the shop and let your hearing health provider give the unit the once over, doing a deep clean while replacing any parts that are showing signs of wear and tear.
Like any investment, a hearing aid demands some preventive maintenance to allow it to reach its maximum potential.