You know it’s time to upgrade your hearing aid if you’re walking around with one of those old-school ear trumpets. Coming to that realization when you have conventional hearing aids is more difficult, however, so how does one know? You bought your hearing aids ten years ago, and they still get the job done, right?
It’s possible that you are better off having older hearing aids than having none, what’s the real cost? Hearing aid technology has advanced in the past few years. Some of the functions of modern-day hearing aids hadn’t even been designed 10 years ago. For starters, they’ve gone from analog to digital. Why should you be thinking about an upgrade? Here are some good reasons.
The Old Hearing Aid Isn’t That Dependable
Lower quality or older hearing aids often have an irritating buzzing noise. And it’s always a great time when you get near a phone and your hearing aid starts to feedback. That deafening feedback occasionally occurs for no obvious reason. What caused it now?
You’ve Become Used to Its Failings
You’ve become accustomed to pondering why the sound of traffic is so loud or to going off quietly while everyone else has engaging discussions. Do you remember that time when your hearing aid kept cutting out while you were trying to listen to your grandchild sing a song and you only heard some of what they were singing. But you still clapped.
These are all failings linked to old hearing aids. Raising the volume was the primary objective in hearing aids a decade ago. Today, hearing aids perform magic tricks such as filtering out background noise, so no more noisy air conditioner.
Outdated Hearing Aids Will Cost You More Money
When you’re thinking about a hearing aid upgrade, cost is a big factor. You will need to make a preliminary purchase with new hearing aids but old ones will also be costly with time. You will be constantly buying new batteries when you have an analog hearing aid. You can imagine how expensive it will be, purchasing new batteries at least once every day.
Out of date hearings aids can potentially need repair, also. If you think of your hearing aid as a 1992 Buick, you get the point. It’s in the repair shop more than it is in your ear and repairs expensive.
Smart Tech is a Thing Now
Bluetooth connectivity is a newer technology that has revolutionized hearing aid functionality. You won’t find that in an analog device. Having Bluetooth built into your digital hearing aid means that it’s compatible with your computer, your phone, perhaps even your television (unless they’re a decade old, as well.)
Communication is The Key to Everything
It has been shown by research, that you will earn less money if you suffer from hearing loss. Doesn’t it seem sensible then that better hearing aids would be a career asset? You will hear customers and your boss better. You won’t need to worry about missing some essential piece of information or if your hearing aid battery will quit when you need it most.
Of course, better communication means a better quality of life, too. You don’t need to sit like a wallflower during conversations anymore. Don’t hesitate to get right in and connect with others.
You Only Want Your Hearing Aid to be Cooler
When you look in the mirror at your old hearing aid, how do you feel? Clunky? Obvious? Oh my god? One of the most considerable advantages that come with upgrading old hearing aids is design and versatility. Contemporary hearing aids come in various colors, sizes, and shapes. You can have one tucked so tightly in 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 That it’s Time to Upgrade
Now you know all the reasons why you should want a hearing aid upgrade, but not what to specifically look for that says your device is at risk of being called an antique. Here are some telling signs that the time has come:
- Your hearing has changed. You don’t hear as good as you used to even with the hearing aid in.
- Your life has evolved, and your hearing aid has a difficult time keeping up. Whenever you have to use the phone, you have to take it out and background noise has become a real challenge.
- Your hearing aid randomly cuts out. It’s just not reliable anymore, and that’s a problem.
- You know for a fact your hearing aid is analog. You ought to go digital as soon as you can.
- Your hearing aid feels heavy. Analog hearing aids weigh more.
- Your hearing aid is the only thing you see when you look in a mirror. That obsolete technology takes up a lot of space, as well.
- You need to replace the batteries constantly. Contemporary hearing aids are more energy efficient, and many come with rechargeable batteries.
It’s an easy choice. If you’ve had your hearing aids for seven years or more, it’s time to upgrade and hear better.