If you have an older ear horn of a hearing aid, it’s time to upgrade it. It’s often difficult to know whether your hearing aids actually need to be replaced. Your hearing aids seem like they still work, right? Did you realize they are more than a decade old?
Older hearing aids may well be better than none, but what’s the real expense of not updating. In the last few years, hearing aid engineering has come a long way. 10 years ago many modern features weren’t even in design phases. Since then we’ve moved from analog to digital, for starters. It’s absolutely time to start thinking about an upgrade. Think about several reasons why.
Out Of Date Hearing Aids Quit Regularly
Out of date or even cheap hearing aids have many issues like that annoying buzzing sound you hear every now and then. And what about that feedback whenever you go anywhere near a phone, that’s lots of fun. Often times that harsh feedback comes out of nowhere, too. What caused it this time?
Just Because You’ve Become Used to it Quitting, That Doesn’t Mean it’s ok
You’ve become used to sitting off to one side in quiet thought while others are engaging in the conversation. How about that time when your hearing aids wouldn’t stop shutting off while your grandson was singing a little song he practiced at school. You just pretended that you heard it but you didn’t.
If you don’t make the upgrade to new hearing aids, you will keep having all of these issues. With the past generation technology, we simply cranked up the volume. Nowadays, hearing aids perform awesome tasks such as filtering out background noise. So no more air conditioner noise. It was not really that loud.
Out of Date Technology Can Wind up Costing You More
One concern when shopping for new hearing aids is undoubtedly the cost. Wearing old dated hearing aids won’t be any cheaper than purchasing new ones over time. Older outdated devices are analog technology and that means that it’s time to replace batteries constantly. It can be expensive to replace the batteries once or even a couple of times every day.
Out of date hearing aids break regularly and need repair service. Think of it like having to deal with an old car or truck. Repair services are expensive if your hearing aid is in the shop more than it’s in your ear.
The Smart Technology in The Current Hearing Aids is a Great Advantage
Most modern hearing aids come with Bluetooth capabilities. Older analog devices won’t have that. Having Bluetooth built into your digital hearing aid means that it’s compatible with your cell phone, your computer, maybe even your television (unless they’re 10 years old, too.)
It’s Tough to Get by in The World if You Can’t Communicate.
Research shows that loss of hearing can mean a lower paycheck. What person wouldn’t want an asset to their career? high-quality hearing aids are that asset. You will be able to hear your boss and customers better. You will follow instructions without worrying about if you got it right and will take part in important discussions without having to worry about whether your hearing aids will work or not.
Of course, stronger communication means a higher quality of life, also. No more getting stuck in the middle of conversations that you can’t even hear. Go ahead and socialize liberally now that you can hear.
The Question is, Why Shouldn’t Your Hearing Aids be More Fashionable
When you look in the mirror at your out of date hearing aid, what comes to mind? Awkward? Noticeable? Oh my god? When you replace your older hearing aids you have the significant advantage of increased flexibility and refined style. There is a never-ending range of personalizations possible with modern hearing aids including size, color, and shape. You can have one tucked so tight into your ear, that no one will ever see it, or you might make a fashion statement by getting a visible hearing aid in your favorite color.
How do You Know When the Right Time Has Come For an Upgrade
Now you are aware of all the reasons you should upgrade your hearing aids. However, some telltale signs will reveal that your hearing aid is an antique:
- Your hearing has changed. you’re not hearing as well as you once did even with the hearing aid in your ear.
- Your life has changed, and your hearing aid has a hard time keeping up. It’s a pain to take it out just so you can have a conversation on the phone, or maybe you’ve changed jobs and now you need to manage more background noise.
- Your hearing aid keeps quitting. It’s just not reliable anymore, and that’s a problem.
- You know for a fact that your hearing aid is analog. Ouch, time to go digital.
- Your hearing aid is heavy. Clunky, older technology is heavier.
- Your hearing aid is all you see when you look in a mirror. That old technology is really bulky, too.
- You are replacing the batteries every day. Contemporary hearing aids are much more energy efficient and some come with rechargeable batteries.
It’s not rocket science. If you’ve owned your hearing aids for more than seven years, it’s time to trade up and hear better. Contact a hearing aid professional to get started.