How Regularly do Hearing Aids Need to be Upgraded?

Small robot made of old tech is suggesting those with old hearing aids upgrade to new digital hearing aids.

That out of date ear horn is definitely not modern and must be replaced. The question is, should I do it now, or should I hold off? You purchased your hearing aids ten years ago, and they still seem to function, right?

Do you assume that your outdated hearing aids are good enough? Ask yourself “what is the actual cost”? We have made countless huge developments in hearing aid development in last few years. It’s changed from analog to digital, first of all, and there are features now that weren’t even in the design phase 10 years ago. It’s definitely time to consider an upgrade. Consider some reasons why.

Old Hearing Aids Quit Regularly

There is an annoying buzz you can hear on occasion with outdated or cheaper hearing aids. It’s not much fun when you go close to a phone and your outdated hearing aids start to feedback. Often times that harsh feedback comes out of nowhere, too. “What now”?

You Shouldn’t Keep Denying That Your Hearing Aid Usually Fails When You Most Need it

It’s not unusual for you to hang by yourself and miss out on the stimulating discussion. How sad was that time your grandson sang you a song he learned but you could only hear little bits and pieces? You just pretended that you heard it but you didn’t.

Outdated hearing aids come with all of these failings. The focus a decade ago was on increasing the volume. Today’s technology filters out irritating loud background noise like a humming fan. That fan was actually not as loud as those obsolete hearing aids made it sound.

Over Time Older Hearing Aids Can Cost You More

One consideration when purchasing new hearing aids is definitely cost. If you give some thought to all the factors, you will realize that older hearing aids will end up costing more than new ones. Older devices are analog technology and that means new batteries constantly. When you are changing the battery on a daily basis, or even more often than that, the cost adds up.

Let’s not forget the service costs with older outdated technology. You can compare it to dealing with an old car. Repairs are costly if your hearing aid is in the shop more than it’s in your ear.

Smart Technology Gives us Great Advantage Over Older Devices

Bluetooth capability is a major feature in new hearing aid technology. You can’t find that with an old analog device. With the new technology you hear the tv, Your cell phone, or your computer with your hearing aid.)

In Your Life, if You Can’t Communicate Your Lost

Hearing problems will almost certainly result in a lower pay rate according to studies. Doesn’t it make sense then, that quality hearing aids would definitely be a career asset? When working, it is essential to be able to hear your bosses directions or maybe even a customer’s request. You will follow directions without worrying about whether you got it right and will take part in essential conversations without having to worry about whether your hearing aids will work or not.

Of course, better communication means a higher quality of life, also. No more getting caught in the middle of discussions that you can’t even hear. Go ahead and mingle freely now that you can hear.

Did You Know How Awesome The Newer Hearing Aids Are?

How do you really feel when you see yourself in the mirror with those outdated hearing aids on? Clunky? Obvious? Oh my god? One of the most significant advantages that come with updating those old hearing aids is style and flexibility. There is an endless range of customizations available with contemporary hearing aids like size, color, and shape. If you would like to make a fashion statement, choose a custom color, or maybe pick one that is invisible in the ear.

How do You Know If the Time Has Come to Upgrade

Now you know all the reasons you should upgrade your hearing aids. However, some telltale clues will indicate that your hearing aid is an antique:

  • Your ability to hear has changed. you’re not hearing as well as you once did even with the hearing aid in place.
  • Your life has changed, and your hearing aid has a tough time keeping up. It’s difficult to remove it just so you can have a conversation on the phone, or maybe you’ve changed jobs and now you have to deal with more background noise.
  • Your hearing aid keeps quitting. It just isn’t reliable anymore, and that’s a big concern.
  • You know for a fact your hearing aid is not digital. Ouch, time to go digital.
  • Your hearing aid is heavy. Clunky, older technology weighs a lot.
  • Your hearing aid is all you see when you look in a mirror. That old technology is really bulky, too.
  • You are replacing the batteries constantly. Contemporary hearing aids are more energy efficient and some come with rechargeable batteries.

It’s not brain surgery. If you’ve had your hearing aids for more than seven years, it’s time to upgrade and hear better. Contact a hearing aid professional to get started.

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