When is it Time to Replace Your Hearing Aid?

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

If you still have an old-fashioned ear trumpet in hand than plainly, it’s time to upgrade. When you wear conventional hearing aids, coming to that realization is more tricky. Your decade old hearing aids still function, right?

It’s possible that you are better off having obsolete hearing aids than having none, what’s the real cost? Hearing aid technology has progressed in the last few years. Some of the functions of modern hearing aids hadn’t even been invented a decade ago. For one thing, they’ve advanced to digital from analog. Consider some reasons why it’s time for you to be thinking about an upgrade.

Old Hearing Aids Are Not Very Reliable

Cheaper or older hearing aids frequently have an irritating buzzing noise. And it’s always a great time when you get close to a phone and your hearing aid begins to feedback. Occasionally that high pitched feedback comes from nowhere, too. Now why is this happening?

You’ve Become Desensitized to its Poor Quality

You’re used to going to a quiet place while everybody around you participates in conversation or wondering why the air conditioning unit is so noisy. Do you remember when your hearing aid kept dropping out when you were trying to hear your grandchild perform a song and you only heard some of what they were singing. You still clapped, though.

Older hearing aids have all of these types of issues. Ten years ago the focus was on raising the volume. Today, hearing aids do magic tricks like filtering out background noise, so no more noisy air conditioner.

Outdated Hearing Aids Can be Expensive

When you’re considering a hearing aid upgrade, cost is a major consideration. The new technology is not cheap, but neither is wearing an old, out-of-date hearing aid. You will be continually replacing batteries when you have an analog hearing aid. If you are replacing the batteries on a daily basis, or even more than once a day, the costs add up.

Repair costs can also escalate with out dated hearing aids. If you think of your hearing aid like a 1992 Buick, you’ll get the point. Repairs are expensive and it’s always in the repair shop.

Nowadays, we Have Smart Tech

Most contemporary hearing aids have Bluetooth functionality. You won’t get that in an analog unit. Your phone, tablet, and even your computer can be connected, via Bluetooth, to your hearing digital aid.

Communication is The Key to Everything

It has been revealed by research, that you could earn less money if you have hearing loss. So it’s obvious that it would be an asset to your career if you had better hearing aids. You will hear customers and your boss better. You will follow directions without being concerned whether you heard it right and have important conversations without worrying about whether your hearing aids will hold up or not.

And clearly you will have an improved quality of life if you have strong communication skills. You won’t need to go sit alone while people are talking. Jump right in and get involved with the people around you.

You Just Want Your Hearing Aid to be More Stylish

What do you think when you check yourself out in the mirror wearing that old hearing aid? Embarrassing? Obvious? Oh my god? One of the most significant benefits that come with upgrading old hearing aids is versatility and style. Contemporary hearing aids come in a number of colors, sizes, and shapes. You can wear a visible one in your favorite color or an internal one tucked invisibly inside your ear.

How to Know That it’s Time to Upgrade

Now you understand all the reasons you should want a hearing aid upgrade, but not what to specifically look for that says your device may end up being called an antique. Here are a few telltale signs that the time has come:

  • There are changes in your hearing. You don’t hear as well as you used to even with the hearing aid in your ear.
  • Your old hearing aid just can’t keep up with your evolving life. It’s a pain to take it out just to use the phone, or maybe you got a new job and now have to cope with more background noise.
  • Your hearing aid randomly cuts out. You just can’t count on it functioning when you need it most.
  • You know for sure your hearing aid is analog. Ouch, go digital right away.
  • Your hearing aid is heavy. Analog hearing aids weigh a lot.
  • Your hearing aid is all you see when you look in a mirror. That old technology takes up a lot of space, as well.
  • You constantly have to replace the batteries. Modern hearing aids are more energy efficient, and some come with rechargeable batteries.

It isn’t rocket science. It’s time to upgrade your hearing aids if they’re more than 7 years old.

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