How often do I need to replace hearing aids?

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How often do I need to replace hearing aids?

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Summary
  • Yes, hearing aids can be game-changing for your hearing health and general well-being. However, excellent results require vigilance with repairs and replacements.
  • Hearing aids typically last 3-7 years, with their lifespan influenced by factors such as usage, environment, and maintenance habits.
  • When it comes to battery life, rechargeable hearing aids last up to 24 hours on a full charge, while disposable batteries need replacing every 3-10 days.
  • Signs such as whistling, static, or reduced output may indicate a need for attention, but the decision to replace should be guided by professional evaluation.
  • Have more questions? Feel free to enquire online or get in touch via 0800 737 662 to chat with your local Resonate audiologist today!
  • Or read on in our Ultimate Guide to Hearing Aids.

Understanding hearing aid lifespan

The lifespan of a hearing aid depends on several factors, including usage, environmental factors, and your changing hearing needs. But among these considerations, maintenance habits will have the greatest impact, showing the importance of regular cleaning and proper care.

How long do hearing aids last?

On average, hearing aids tend to last 3 to 7 years. Yet it’s common for individuals to consider an upgrade around the 3 to 4-year mark due to noticeable declines in device performance.

Hearing aid battery life expectancy

Nowadays, most hearing aids are rechargeable, with batteries lasting 3-7 years, and a full charge lasting up to 24 hours. However, if you’re using devices that run on disposable batteries, hearing aid battery replacement tends to be required every 3-10 days.

How often do you have to replace a hearing aid?

You don’t need to replace your devices after a specific amount of time. However, it’s generally expected that hearing aids will begin to show signs of reduced performance after 3 years of use — much like an iPhone.

With this in mind, some individuals will opt to upgrade around the 3-year mark, getting their hands on the latest technology. Meanwhile, others will find their devices still functional and continue using them for a few more years.

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Signs that it's time to repair or replace

While hearing aids are incredible tools, they do require consistent care and maintenance to perform at their best. Recognising when your hearing aids might need attention is crucial for safeguarding their longevity and effectiveness. To simplify things, here’s a round-up of the key signs to look out for.

Common signs that your hearing aids need a service:

  • Whistling: Persistent feedback or whistling sounds often indicate that the device isn’t sitting correctly or that there’s a build-up of ear wax.
  • Static or fuzzy sound: An onset of static, fuzzy, or distorted sound might result from an internal malfunction, which many factors, such as moisture, could cause. 
  • Reduced output: Experiencing a decrease in volume is often caused by a decline in the device’s battery life, clogged tubing or receivers, or an internal malfunction.  

Do I need a new hearing aid?

Determining whether you need a new hearing aid is a decision best made with guidance from a hearing care professional. While certain signs may hint at issues with your device, many of these problems can be resolved with an adjustment or repair. So, it’s best to seek professional evaluation to determine if it’s time to replace your devices or if they simply need servicing.

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Resonate's solution: The Unlimited subscription

Hearing aids and devices have come a long way over the years, and while regular care and maintenance can reduce the risk of repair, the best peace of mind comes from a subscription service like Resonate Unlimited.

With Unlimited, you’ll receive rechargeable hearing aids valued at $10,000, complimentary device upgrades every three years, and free repairs and servicing — all for $90 per month. It’s that simple. The subscription is available to anyone living in New Zealand. Simply connect with your local Resonate studio via 0800 737 662 to learn more about the offering and how we can support your unique hearing needs.

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How often can you get free hearing aids?

Resonate Unlimited provides free hearing aid upgrades every three years, which is aligned with the release of new technology, as most manufacturers bring out new features/products every 2-3 years. That’s why, with Resonate, you can rest assured that you’re always equipped with the latest technology.

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Looking for hearing aid services in New Zealand?

Whether you’re interested in getting new hearing aids or seeking expert advice around maintenance and repairs, your local Resonate team is here to help. 

We have studios all across New Zealand, which you can visit at any time. You can also call us at 0800 737 662, email via hello@resonatehealth.co.nz or book an appointment online.

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