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-school ear trumpet in hand than obviously, it’s time for an upgrade. When you wear conventional hearing aids, making that call is more difficult. Your decade old hearing aids still work, right?

Maybe you are better off having obsolete hearing aids than not having one, what’s the real price? Hearing aid tech has advanced in the last several years. It’s advanced from analog to digital, for starters, and there are functions now that weren’t even invented 10 years ago. Start thinking about some reasons why it’s time for you to be thinking about an upgrade.

Old Hearing Aids Are Not Very Reliable

Older or even low-quality hearing aids have real issues like that annoying buzz you hear every once in a while. What about that feedback whenever you get near a phone, that’s a lot of fun. That deafening feedback occasionally happens for no apparent reason. Now why is it feeding back?

You’ve Gotten Used to Its Failings

You’ve become accustomed to wondering why the sound of traffic is so noisy or to going off quietly while everybody else has engaging discussions. Do you remember that time when your hearing aid wouldn’t stop cutting out while you were trying to listen to your grandchild sing a song and you only heard some of what they were singing. You still clapped, though.

All of these are failings connected with outdated hearing aids. Ten years ago the attention was on turning up the volume. These days, hearing aids do magic tricks such as filtering out background noise, so say goodbye to the air conditioner.

Older Hearing Aids Can be Expensive

Cost is always a factor in relation to an upgrade. You will have to make a preliminary purchase with new hearing aids but old ones will also be costly over time. You will be constantly replacing batteries with an analog hearing aid. You can imagine how expensive it will be, replacing batteries at least once a day.

Old hearings aids can potentially need repair, too. If you think of your hearing aid like you think of a 1992 car you would get the point. It’s in the repair shop more than it’s in your ear and repairs expensive.

Today, we Have Smart Technology

Bluetooth connectivity is a newer technology that has revolutionized hearing aid capability. You won’t get that in an analog device. Your phone, tablet, and even your computer can be connected, via Bluetooth, to your hearing digital aid.

Communication is The Key to Everything

Studies reveal that hearing loss can mean a lower paycheck. Doesn’t it seem sensible then that better hearing aids would be a career asset? It will be easier to hear what your boss and customers are saying. You will be capable of following directions without wondering if you got it right and have critical interactions without worrying about whether your hearing aids will hold up or not.

Obviously, better communication means a better quality of life, as well. You don’t need to sit like a wallflower during discussions anymore. Feel free to get right in and connect with others.

You Really Want a More Stylish Looking Hearing Aid

When you check out your old hearing aid in the mirror, how do you feel? Clunky? Totally obvious? Oh my god? One of the most considerable advantages that come with replacing old hearing aids is flexibility and design. Contemporary hearing aids come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. You can have one concealed so tightly into your ear that nobody will ever see 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 to Upgrade

Now you recognize why a hearing aid upgrade is necessary, now it’s time to learn what makes a hearing aid obsolete. The time has come and here are the indications:

  • Your hearing has changed. Even when you have the hearing aids in your ears, it seems like you can’t hear as well.
  • Your life has evolved, and your hearing aid has a hard time keeping up. It’s a chore to take it out just to talk on the phone, or maybe you’ve changed jobs and now have to cope with more background noise.
  • Your hearing aid keeps quitting. You just can’t count on it functioning when you need it most.
  • You know for sure your hearing aid is analog. You ought to go digital as soon as you can.
  • Your hearing aid feels heavy. Clunky, old technology weighs more.
  • Your hearing aid juts out like a sore thumb. Back when that old hearing aid was made, technology was much larger.
  • 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 seven years or more, it’s time to trade up and hear better.

The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.


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