What To Do With Old or Used Hearing Aids
When purchasing hearing aids, one of the most important factors to consider is the lifespan of each model. On average, most hearing aids will need to be replaced after five years of wear and tear. Hearing aid technology advances quickly, so your device may become outdated. More importantly, your hearing changes as you age. That’s why it’s recommended that you take a new hearing test every year.
While you may extend the life of the hearing aids to seven years with proper maintenance—including regular cleaning and storage in a dry place—upgrading your hearing aids will ensure you’re reaching your hearing potential and optimal quality of life. But don’t throw away your old hearing aids. Consider keeping, selling, trading in, or donating them instead.
We asked Amy Sarow, Au.D, a Michigan-based audiologist and Forbes Health Advisory Board member, what she suggests to her patients.