You know it’s time to upgrade your hearing aid if you’re walking around with one of those old-school ear trumpets. When you wear conventional hearing aids, making that call is more tricky. You purchased your hearing aids 10 years ago, and they still get the job done, right?
While it might be true that older hearing aids are better than no hearing aids, it’s likely that what little advantage you get from them comes at a price. Hearing aid technology has progressed in the past few years. Some of the features of contemporary hearing aids hadn’t even been designed 10 years ago. For one thing, they’ve advanced to digital from analog. Start thinking about some reasons why you should be considering an upgrade.
Your Old Hearing Aid is Not That Reliable
Cheaper or older hearing aids frequently have an annoying buzzing sound. And it’s always a great time when you get near a phone and your hearing aid begins to feedback. That deafening feedback sometimes occurs for no obvious reason. What caused it this time?
You’ve Become Complacent With Its Failings
You’re used to sitting in quiet self-reflection while everybody around you is involved 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 parts of her song because your hearing aids kept going out. But you still clapped.
Old hearing aids have all of these kinds of problems. Turning up the volume was the primary objective in hearing aids a decade ago. These days, hearing aids do magic tricks such as filtering out background noise, so no more noisy air conditioner.
The Old Ones Are Wasting Money
Expenses are always a factor when it comes to an upgrade. Newer technology is not cheap, but neither is wearing an old, obsolete hearing aid. You will be continually replacing batteries when you have an analog hearing aid. You can understand how costly it will be, replacing batteries at least once a day.
Out of date hearings aids can potentially need repair, too. If you think of 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 are not cheap.
Today, we Have Smart Technology
Most contemporary hearing aids come with Bluetooth capabilities. An analog device won’t have that feature. Having Bluetooth built into your digital hearing aid means it connects to your computer, your phone, possibly even your tv (unless they’re ten years old, too.)
Communication is The Key to Everything
Studies show that hearing loss can mean a reduced paycheck. So it’s obvious that it would be a benefit to your career if you had newer hearing aids. It will be easier to hear what customers and your boss are saying. You won’t need to be concerned about missing some crucial information or if your hearing aid battery will die when you need it most.
And obviously you will have a better quality of life if you have good communication skills. You don’t need to sit like a wallflower during conversations anymore. Jump in and engage with the people around you.
You Just Want Your Hearing Aid to be More Stylish
When you look at your old hearing aid in the mirror, how do you feel? Clunky? Obvious? Oh my god? One of the most significant perks that come with replacing old hearing aids is flexibility and design. Contemporary hearing aids come in a number of shapes, sizes, and colors. You can wear a visible one in your favorite color or a discrete one tucked invisibly inside your ear.
Clues That It’s Time
Now you see why a hearing aid upgrade is worthwhile, so it’s time to find out what makes a hearing aid outdated. The time has come and here are the indications:
- There are changes in your hearing. Even when you have your 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. It’s a chore to take it out just to use the phone, or perhaps you’ve changed jobs and now have to deal with more background noise.
- Your hearing aid randomly quits working. You really can’t count on it working when you need it most.
- You know for a fact that your hearing aid is analog. Ouch, go digital right away.
- Your ears feel weighted down. Analog hearing aids weigh a lot.
- Your hearing aid is all you see when you look in a mirror. Back when that old hearing aid was made, technology was much larger.
- You need to replace the batteries every day. Modern hearing aids are more energy efficient, and many come with rechargeable batteries.
It isn’t rocket science. If you’ve had your hearing aids for seven years or more, it’s time to trade up and hear better.