A question often asked by potential clients, particularly people new to hearing aids is ‘how long will my hearing aids last’. Being based in the north of England I will sometimes be asked ‘will these new fangled hearing aids see me out lad?’
Roughly translated the question could be ‘will my hearing aids last a lifetime?. The answer to that question has to be how long the client expects to be around! On average clients tend to upgrade (or at least consider upgrading) around five or six years after the initial purchase and there are a number of factors that make this figure typical.
Hearing aid technology is in a constant state of development and improvement, as a rough rule of thumb each of the manufacturers we supply releases a new range of technology that supercedes the last. Hearing aid chip technology improves at a similar trajectory as computer chip technology so typically each new range of hearing aids has about twice the processing speed, twice the on board memory etc.
This extra performance is used to enhance existing features and introduce new ones, so by the time you have two or three new releases of technology you can expect to see reasonable improvements in performance from your old hearing aids to your new ones.
Also at around five or six years hearing aids are usually starting to be a little past their sell by date, often becoming less reliable with age and use. They can of course be regularly serviced and with a little care you can extend the life of your hearing aids.
The majority of hearing aids we supply at Digital Hearing Care have a five year warranty as standard (most suppliers offer a two year warranty), and when the five year warranty expires it often starts our clients thinking it is maybe time to consider an upgrade.
The five year rule for considering upgrading hearing aids obviously is not hard and fast, our business has been in existence for around ten years. We have some early clients still using the same hearing aids supplied eight or nine years ago and some ‘early adopters’ that hear about the very latest technology in our regular newsletters and want to have the best hearing quality possible, opting to pay for the latest and best. I have a number of clients well into their third set of hearing aids in ten years of hearing aid supply.
People also obviously lose hearing aids, drop them on the floor accidentally and stand on them, leave them on the table for the dog to mistake as a biscuit, drop them down the toilet accidentally and any other number of accidental loss and damage that might need a replacement early on. Our advice – always insure your hearing aids! The easiest most cost effective way being to add your hearing aids onto the all-risks section of your home insurance policy.
If you have hearing aids that are five years old or more maybe it is time to start considering the great new technology around, check out our hearing aid prices and ask for a hearing assessment, we have a UK wide network of independent hearing aid audiologists to hand to help you should you need it.