You know it’s time to replace your hearing aid if you’re walking around with one of those old-school ear trumpets. When you wear conventional hearing aids, making that call is more difficult. You got your hearing aids a decade ago, and they still get the job done, right?
While it could be true that older hearing aids are better than nothing, chances are what little benefit you get from using them comes at a cost. In the last few years, hearing aids have advanced dramatically. It’s advanced from analog to digital, for starters, and there are features now that weren’t even invented a decade ago. Consider some reasons why you should be considering an upgrade.
Old Hearing Aids Are Not Very Reliable
Cheaper or older hearing aids frequently have an irritating buzzing sound. What about that feedback whenever you get close to a phone, that’s enjoyable. At times that shrill feedback comes from nowhere, too. Now why is this happening?
You’ve Become Desensitized to its Poor Quality
You’ve become accustomed to wondering why the sound of traffic is so loud or to going off quietly while everyone else has interesting discussions. Do you remember when your hearing aid wouldn’t stop dropping out when you were attempting to hear your grandchild perform a song and you could only hear some of what they were singing. Of course, you still clapped.
Older hearing aids have all of these types of problems. Raising the volume was the main goal in hearing aids ten years ago. Today, hearing aids do magic tricks such as filtering out background noise, so no more noisy air conditioner.
The Old Ones Are Wasting Money
When you’re thinking about a hearing aid upgrade, expense is a big factor. You will have to make an initial investment with new hearing aids but old ones will also be expensive with time. You will be continually replacing batteries when you have an analog hearing aid. You can understand how costly it will be, replacing batteries at least once a day.
Repair costs can also be very high with older hearing aids. If you think of your hearing aid as a 1992 Buick, you get the point. Repairs are expensive and it’s constantly in the repair shop.
Smart Technology is a Thing Now
Most contemporary hearing aids come with Bluetooth functionality. An analog hearing aid won’t have that feature. Your tablet, phone, and even your computer can be connected, via Bluetooth, to your hearing digital aid.
Communication is The Key to Everything
Studies show that hearing loss can mean a reduced paycheck. So it’s clear that it would be an asset to your career if you had newer hearing aids. You will be able to hear customers and your boss better. You won’t need to stress out about missing some crucial information or if your hearing aid battery will die when you need it most.
And obviously you will have a better quality of life if you have strong communication skills. You don’t need to sit like a wallflower during conversations anymore. Jump right in and engage with the people around you.
You Really Want a Sleeker Looking Hearing Aid
What do you think when you look at yourself in the mirror wearing that old hearing aid? Awkward? Obvious? Does this make me look old? One of the most substantial benefits that come with upgrading old hearing aids is flexibility and style. Today’s hearing aids come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. You can have one hidden so tightly in your ear that nobody will even notice it, or you can make a fashion statement with an out of the ear hearing aid in your favorite color.
How to Recognize When it’s Time For an Upgrade
Now you see why a hearing aid upgrade is necessary, so now it’s time to find out what makes a hearing aid outdated. The time has come and here are the signs:
- There are changes in your hearing. Even when you have your hearing aids in your ears, it seems as if you don’t hear as well.
- Your old hearing aid just can’t keep up with your evolving life. Every time you have to use the phone, you have to remove it and background noise has become a big problem.
- Your hearing aid keeps cutting out. It’s simply not dependable anymore, and that’s problematic.
- It’s obvious that you have an analog device. Ouch, go digital right away.
- Your hearing aid is heavy. Analog hearing aids weigh a lot.
- Your hearing aid juts out like a sore thumb. That obsolete technology occupies a lot of space, also.
- You constantly have to change the batteries. Contemporary hearing aids are more energy efficient, and some come with rechargeable batteries.
It’s not rocket science. It’s time to replace your hearing aids if they’re more than 7 years old.