With ongoing technological advancements, audiologists are discovering new ways to captivate and address hearing loss issues.

As audiologists, we get several questions about hearing aids, one of which includes when to upgrade hearing aids.

Updating your hearing aid is necessary to ensure that you are getting the most out of your device. In fact, even a simple upgrade to your device can see a significant advancement in your hearing.

However, with all the conflicting information available on the internet, it can be difficult to know the correct steps to take, such as when to upgrade hearing aids.

How Long Do Hearing Aids Last?

On average, hearing aids last between 4-6 years. However, this figure is different from person-to-person and is dependent on their level of maintenance and the device fitted.

If properly maintained and looked after, many people get as long as 10 years before upgrading!

Many factors may contribute towards someone upgrading their device, but the main reasons are changes to a person’s hearing or new technology.

With the rate that technology is advancing, hearing care progresses faster than ever before, meaning a new upgrade will be extremely beneficial.


When To Upgrade Hearing Aids?

Upgrading to new hearing aid technology is most dependent on the severity of a person’s hearing loss.

The greater the amount and severity of hearing loss, the more benefit will be realized from new technology.

Hearing aids are not just speaker systems; they are a medical aid for many people, allowing them to live a fulfilled life.

Hearing aid technology caters to all individuals, using expert technology to assist people daily. Functions such as improved speech in noise filtering and speech enhancement are a lifesaver for many people.

Why Is it Important To Know When To Upgrade Hearing Aids?

It is important to know when to update hearing aids when necessary as they are a crucial tool in helping individuals with hearing loss improve their quality of life.

When hearing aids are no longer meeting the needs of the wearer, they can cause frustration, isolation, and a decreased ability to communicate effectively.

Upgrading to a new device with better technology can provide better sound quality, noise reduction, and features like Bluetooth connectivity or rechargeable batteries.

Additionally, over time hearing aids may become worn, damaged, or outdated, making it difficult or impossible to repair them.

Wearing outdated or malfunctioning hearing aids can result in a decreased quality of life, so it is important to regularly assess the performance of your current device and consider upgrading when necessary.

A Consultation with an audiologist or hearing care professional can help determine if it is time to update your hearing aids. Each individual’s hearing journey is personal to themselves, meaning you decide when to upgrade. At Alabama Hearing Associates, we will always advise on the correct steps to take.

If you or a loved one is ready to upgrade your devices, or want advice on your options, contact our friendly team to see how we can help support you in your next steps to better hearing.

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Dr. Jan Liles

Dr. Liles earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Montevallo and her master’s degree from the University of Alabama. From 1991 to 2001, she worked with two ENT medical practices and initiated one of the first newborn hearing screening programs in the state. In 2002, she was awarded a doctorate in audiology from the University of Florida. Dr. Liles and her longtime best friend, Dr. Sheehy, founded Alabama Hearing Associates in January 2002.