Serving Patients in San Francisco, CA
How long will my hearing aids last?
You’ve had the same refrigerator since 1987, so you were surprised when your hearing aid specialist told you your new hearing aids will probably only last for three to five years. Why do so many major purchases—kitchen appliances, electronics, even cars—easily function for 10 to 15 years, but this tiny hearing device only lasts five?
We get this question all the time, and, believe it or not, there is a reasonable explanation.
Hearing Aids Are Engineering Marvels
If you are new to hearing aids, you may not have been overly impressed with the options and designs now available. However, if you’ve worn hearing aids in the past, you understand how far the technology has come in the last ten years. Today’s hearing aids can do more than anyone could have imagined even a few years ago. Weighing only a few ounces, these devices contain advanced technology, including the smallest precision microphone and speaker found in any technology anywhere. These parts are extremely delicate and inevitably wear with time and use. Unlike your solid old refrigerator, these tiny parts cannot feasibly be repaired or replaced.
Newer Is Better
You probably would not be happy with an older model hearing aid for very long anyway. Like with computers and smartphones, new features and options come along every year that you could greatly benefit from. If your hearing aid is already a few years old, you may be surprised to learn that new devices offer the following:
- In-the-ear, nearly invisible designs
- Digital technology
- Bluetooth technology to connect to your smartphone
- Smartphone control of settings and adjustments
- Waterproof designs
- Semi-permanent devices
- Compatibility with TV and movie theater sound systems
Along with getting better features, you may find that, as your hearing gets worse, you need a new hearing aid for optimum hearing ability anyway.
We Help You Get the Most Out of Your Hearing Aids
At True Sound Hearing Aid Center, we are dedicated to meeting your specific hearing needs and working within your budget. We will never push you to replace a hearing aid before you absolutely need to. We will educate you and help you take care of your device to extend the life as far as possible. When it is time to replace your device, we will discuss a range of options and price tags. Call us at (415) 689-7889 with any questions.