You know it’s time to replace your hearing aid if you’re still using one of those old-fashioned ear trumpets. When you wear conventional hearing aids, coming to that realization is more challenging. Your decade old hearing aids still function, right?
Maybe you are better off using obsolete hearing aids than having none, what’s the real cost? In the last few years, hearing aids have advanced dramatically. Some of the features of modern hearing aids hadn’t even been invented 10 years ago. For one thing, they’ve advanced from analog to digital. Why should you be thinking about an upgrade? Here are some good reasons.
Old Hearing Aids Are Unreliable
Lower quality or older hearing aids frequently have an annoying buzzing noise. And it’s always a good time when you get close to a phone and your hearing aid starts to feedback. That deafening feedback occasionally occurs for no apparent reason. Now why is it feeding back?
You’ve Gotten Complacent With Its Failings
You are used to going to a quiet place while everyone around you participates in conversation or wondering why the air conditioning unit is so noisy. Don’t forget the time your grandchild performed a beautiful song for you, but you could only hear every other word because your hearing aids kept going out. Of course, you still clapped.
Old hearing aids have all of these types of problems. Ten years ago the emphasis was on raising the volume. Nowadays, unwanted noise can be filtered out and modern hearing aids can do lots of other really amazing things.
Old Hearing Aids Are Bleeding Money
Cost is always a factor when considering an upgrade. Newer technology is not cheap, but neither is using an old, out-of-date hearing aid. Analog devices require new batteries frequently. If you are replacing the batteries every single day, or even more than once a day, the costs can get very high.
Repair costs can also be very high with older hearing aids. If you picture your hearing aid as a 1992 Buick, you’ll get the idea. It’s in the shop more than it’s in your ear and repairs expensive.
Smart Technology is a Thing Now
Bluetooth connectivity is a newer technology which has revolutionized hearing aid capability. An analog device won’t come with that feature. Having Bluetooth integrated into your digital hearing aid means it’s compatible with your phone, your computer, perhaps even your tv (unless they’re a decade old, too.)
The Key to Everything is Communication
It has been found by research, that you will 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. It will be easier to hear what your boss and customers are saying. You will be capable of following directions without wondering if you heard it right and have critical interactions without worrying about whether your hearing aids will hold up or not.
Of course, stronger communication means a better quality of life, as well. You won’t need to go sit alone when people are having conversations. Feel free to get right in and connect with others.
You Only Want Your Hearing Aid to be Cooler
When you check out your old hearing aid in the mirror, what words come to mind? Clunky? Totally obvious? Does this make me look old? Versatility and style are some of the more considerable reasons to update your hearing aid. Today’s hearing aids come in a variety 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 Recognize When it’s Time For an Upgrade
Now you know all the reasons why you should get a hearing aid upgrade, but not what to specifically look for that says your device may end up being called an antique. Here are some telltale signs that the time has come:
- Your hearing has changed. You don’t hear as well as you used to even with the hearing aid in.
- Your life has evolved, and your hearing aid has a difficult time keeping up. It’s annoying to take it out just to talk on the phone, or perhaps you got a new job and now have to cope with more background noise.
- Your hearing aid keeps cutting out. It’s simply not dependable anymore, and that’s a problem.
- You know for sure your hearing aid is analog. You ought to go digital as soon as possible.
- Your ears feel weighted down. Analog hearing aids weigh more.
- Your hearing aid is all you see when you look in a mirror. Back when that old hearing aid was new, technology was a lot larger.
- You constantly need to replace the batteries. Contemporary hearing aids are often rechargeable and are also more energy efficient.
It’s not brain surgery. It’s time to upgrade your hearing aids if they’re more than 7 years old.