Storage and storage of hearing aids.
How hearing aids are kept at rest can also be a decisive factor in the life of hearing aids. For hearing aids with conventional batteries, be sure to open the battery compartment to prevent the batteries from leaking. A special dehumidifier will protect them from moisture and thus the devices will have a longer life. If you want to find out details about all the available care products, you can consult with your specialist, who will make the best recommendations.
For rechargeable hearing aids, you should know that lithium-ion batteries have a lifespan of about 5 years. Similar to mobile phones, battery life decreases as the device is used over time. If you notice that the battery runs out faster than usual, contact your specialist and consult to change the battery or you may need to change the hearing aid.
The physiology of the ear plays an important role in adapting to hearing aids
Some chemical components of the human body are harder and can discolor or degrade the parts of hearing aids more easily, either plastic or metal components. There are people who either have oily skin, or whose body produces a lot of earwax or excessive sweating – all of these factors can affect the life of the hearing aid. These natural factors cannot be easily controlled, and if you identify with one of these factors you should talk to your audiologist when choosing your hearing aid model.
Advances in technology. Is it necessary to replace an old hearing aid with a new one?
What are the disadvantages of an old hearing aid? First of all, technology is advancing a lot and you can lose important technological advances for the quality of your hearing. After about 10 years, the manufacturers of hearing aids stop the production of spare parts for old prostheses, which can make the repair very difficult, sometimes impossible. Also, the program with which the hearing aid is adjusted is updated and improved over time, for this reason an old hearing aid can become very difficult to adjust, an adjustment that may be necessary because hearing loss can change over time. The performance and features of hearing aids are advancing rapidly. The most advanced technology available 5-6 years ago will be found today on any device. There are patients who are very happy with the hearing aids they have had for several years, if they have been kept in good condition, but there are also many patients who want to benefit from the latest technologies that are completely changed once every 4-5 years. .
Significant changes in hearing loss
Everything we have described so far is related to the hearing aid, but it can happen in some cases that the patient’s hearing loss progresses significantly so that the hearing aid is no longer compatible. There may also be no changes in the patient’s hearing loss, but there may be changes in the patient’s lifestyle, for example the patient may want a hearing aid to connect to mobile devices or may want a rechargeable prosthesis. If the hearing aid you want to change is still functional, you can consult your audiologist to donate it to someone in need.