You know it’s time to upgrade your hearing aid if you’re walking around with one of those old-fashioned ear trumpets. When you use conventional hearing aids, making that call is more tricky. You purchased your hearing aids 10 years ago, and they still do the job, right?
While it may be true that older hearing aids are better than no hearing aids, it’s likely that what little benefit you get from them comes at a price. Hearing aid technology has advanced in the past several years. Some of the features of contemporary hearing aids hadn’t even been designed 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.
Your Old One Isn’t That Dependable
Outdated or even low-quality hearing aids have serious issues like that aggravating buzz you hear every now and again. And it’s always a fun time when you get close to a phone and your hearing aid begins to feedback. Occasionally that shrill feedback comes from nowhere, too. Now why is this happening?
You’ve Gotten Complacent With Its Failings
You are used to sitting in quiet self-reflection while everyone around you engages in conversation or wondering why the air conditioning unit is so noisy. Remember that time when your hearing aid kept cutting out while you were trying to listen to your grandson sing a song and you could only hear some of what they were singing. Of course, you still clapped.
Old hearing aids have all of these types of issues. A decade ago the focus was on raising the volume. Now, undesirable noise can be filtered out and modern hearing aids can do lots of other truly awesome things.
Old Hearing Aids Are Bleeding Money
When you’re thinking about upgrading your hearing aid, expense is a big factor. You will need to make an initial investment with new hearing aids but older ones will also be costly over time. You will be continually buying new batteries when you have an analog hearing aid. If you are replacing the batteries every single day, or even more often than that, the costs can get very high.
Repair costs can also be very high with older hearing aids. If you think of your hearing aid like you think of a 1992 car you would understand where we are coming from. Repairs are expensive and it’s always in the repair shop.
Today, we Have Smart Tech
Bluetooth capability is a newer technology which has transformed hearing aid functionality. An analog device won’t have that feature. Your phone, tablet, and even your computer can be connected, via Bluetooth, to your hearing digital aid.
The Secret to Everything is Communication
It has been revealed by research, that you could earn less money if you suffer from hearing loss. Doesn’t it make sense then that newer hearing aids would be a career asset? You will be able to hear customers and your boss better. You won’t have to be concerned about missing some essential piece of information or if your hearing aid battery will die when you need it most.
And clearly you will have a better quality of life if you have effective communication skills. You won’t have to go sit alone while people are talking. Jump in and engage with the people around you.
You Only Want Your Hearing Aid to be More Stylish
When you check out your old hearing aid in the mirror, how do you feel? Embarrassing? Totally obvious? Does this make me look old? Flexibility and style are some of the more significant reasons to replace your hearing aid. Contemporary hearing aids come in various colors, sizes, and shapes. You can have one tucked so tight into your ear that no one will even notice it, or you can make a fashion statement with an out of the ear hearing aid in your favorite color.
Signs That It’s Time
Now you see why a hearing aid upgrade is important, now it’s time to find out what makes a hearing aid obsolete. Here are some telling signs that the time has come:
- Your hearing has changed. Even when you have the hearing aids in your ears, it seems like you don’t hear as well.
- Your life has changed, and your hearing aid has a hard time keeping up. Every time you need to talk on the phone, you have to remove it and background noise has become a real issue.
- Your hearing aid keeps cutting out. It’s simply not reliable anymore, and that’s an issue.
- You know for sure your hearing aid is analog. You should go digital as soon as you can.
- Your ears feel weighted down. Clunky, old technology weighs a lot.
- Your hearing aid is the only thing you see when you look in a mirror. That old technology occupies a lot of space, also.
- You are replacing the batteries constantly. Contemporary hearing aids are frequently rechargeable and are also more energy efficient.
It’s an easy decision. If you’ve had your hearing aids for more than seven years, it’s time to upgrade and hear better.