Lifespan of Kids' Hearing Aids: What Parents Can Expect
If your child has been diagnosed with hearing aids you’re probably wondering about their lifespan. Kids’ hearing aids, much like adults’, have a lifespan of about three to seven years, but there are lots of factors that come into play. Let’s look at them.
Kids’ Hearing Aids Lifespans: Why Replace?
Generally speaking a hearing aid will live three to seven years with regular use and upkeep. This will include some repairs along the way. Most hearing aids have a warranty that covers these repairs over their lifespan.
There are a few reasons hearing aids are replaced.
First, changes in hearing can require new hearing aids. A significant depreciation in hearing is a good reason to change hearing aids. Second, a major change in lifestyle is often a reason to replace hearing aids. If your child has always lived in a quiet place but is suddenly moving to a city or going into a noisier setting in school they may need a new hearing aid. Another reason to get new hearing aids is technology advancements. When hearing aids were made with streaming capabilities, for example, many people with hearing loss upgraded to this technology.
During its lifetime, a hearing aid will need repairs from normal wear and tear. Eventually these repairs can become more costly than a new device, which is a final reason hearing aids get replaced.
Children with hearing aids will need to have the earmolds replaced or refitted every few months while they are growing, but this is simple and not the same as replacing the hearing aid itself.
Prolonging the Lifespan of Kids’ Hearing Aids
With proper care, the lifespan of your child's hearing aids can hit or stretch beyond the seven-year mark. Here’s how to help that happen:
- Keep the hearing aid dry. Water is one of the biggest enemies to hearing aids, especially if the circuitry gets wet. Never allow your child to wear a hearing aid swimming and be sure to use an air pump to dry it out after exposed to moisture like rain or sweat or even when in a humid climate.
- Change the batteries regularly. Corroded batteries can fry the inside of a hearing aid. Be sure that batteries are changed regularly. If the prongs have a buildup of corrosion, bring them in to be cleaned by an expert. Removing hearing aid batteries at night can extend the life of the batteries and the hearing aid by lessening chances for corrosion.
- Keep hearing aids out while doing hair. Hair dryers and hair spray can reduce the lifespan of hearing aids. Keep hearing aids out while styling hair.
- Don’t skip appointments. Regular appointments with your child’s audiologist and maintenance on your child’s hearing aids will keep them working for longer. Don’t skip appointments.
- Pay attention. If your child is complaining about their hearing aid, go get it looked at. As with most things: It’s better to catch a problem in the beginning when it can still be fixed and hasn’t grown to the point of breaking.
With regular use and maintenance, hearing aids can last upwards of seven years. Be sure to follow our advice to prolong your child’s hearing aids’ lifespan so that you can get the most out of these devices.