When is it Time to Update 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 plainly, it’s time to upgrade. When you use conventional hearing aids, making that call is more tricky. Your ten year old hearing aids still work, right?

Maybe you are better off having obsolete hearing aids than having none, what’s the real cost? In the past few years, hearing aids have advanced dramatically. It’s gone from analog to digital, to begin with, and there are functions now that weren’t even invented 10 years ago. Why should you be thinking about an upgrade? Here are some good reasons.

Old Hearing Aids Are Unreliable

Cheaper 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 begins to feedback. At times that high pitched feedback comes from nowhere, too. Now why is this happening?

You’ve Become Desensitized to its Low Quality

You are used to sitting in quiet self-reflection while everyone around you participates in conversation or questioning why the air conditioning unit is so loud. Do you remember when your hearing aid wouldn’t stop cutting out while you were trying to listen to your grandchild perform a song and you could only hear some of what they were singing. Of course, you still clapped.

These are all drawbacks connected with outdated hearing aids. Turning up the volume was the primary objective in hearing aids a decade ago. Nowadays, unwanted noise can be filtered out and modern hearing aids can do many other truly awesome things.

Outdated Hearing Aids Can be Expensive

When you’re considering 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 expensive over time. You will be continually replacing batteries with an analog hearing aid. You can understand how expensive it will be, replacing batteries at least once a day.

Out of date hearings aids can potentially spend more time at the shop, also. 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 Tech

Most contemporary hearing aids have Bluetooth functionality. An analog device won’t have that feature. Your tablet, phone, and even your computer can be connected, using Bluetooth, to your hearing digital aid.

The Key to Everything is Communication

Studies show that hearing loss can lead to a reduced paycheck. So it’s clear that it would be an asset to your career if you had newer hearing aids. You will be able to hear customers and your boss better. You will follow directions without wondering if you heard it right and have essential conversations without worrying about whether your hearing aids will cut out or not.

And clearly you will have an improved quality of life if you have effective communication skills. You won’t have to go sit alone while people are having conversations. Don’t hesitate to get right in and connect with others.

You Only Want Your Hearing Aid to be Cooler

What do you think when you check yourself out in the mirror with that old hearing aid? Embarrassing? Obvious? Oh my god? One of the most significant benefits that come with replacing old hearing aids is versatility and design. You can buy hearing aids in lots of colors, sizes, and shapes now. You can wear a visible one in your favorite color or a discrete one hidden from sight inside your ear.

Signs That It’s Time

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

  • Your hearing has changed. Even when you have the hearing aids in your ears, it seems as if you can’t hear as well.
  • Your life has changed, and your hearing aid has a hard time keeping up. It’s a pain to take it out just to talk on the phone, or perhaps you got a new job and now have to deal with more background noise.
  • Your hearing aid intermittently cuts out. It’s simply not dependable anymore, and that’s problematic.
  • You know for a fact your hearing aid is analog. You should go digital as soon as possible.
  • Your ears feel heavy. Analog hearing aids weigh more.
  • Your hearing aid juts out like a sore thumb. That obsolete technology takes up a lot of space, as well.
  • You are replacing the batteries constantly. Modern hearing aids are more energy efficient, and some are rechargeable.

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. Schedule an appointment to see if hearing aids could benefit you.