If you are walking around with an old-school ear trumpet at hand than clearly, it’s time for an upgrade. Making that call when you have conventional hearing aids is trickier, though, so how do you know? You got 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 nothing, chances are what little benefit you get from them comes at a price. Hearing aid technology has progressed in the past several years. It’s advanced from analog to digital, for one thing, and there are functions now that weren’t even invented 10 years ago. Consider some reasons why you should be considering an upgrade.
Your Old One is Not That Reliable
Lower quality or older hearing aids often have an annoying buzzing noise. And it’s always a fun time when you get close to a phone and your hearing aid begins to feedback. At times that shrill feedback comes from nowhere, too. What caused it now?
You’ve Become Used to Its Failings
You’re used to going to a quiet place while everyone around you take part in conversation or questioning why the air conditioning unit is so loud. Recall the time your grandchild sang you a great song she learned at school, but you only heard parts of what she sang because your hearing aids kept going out. You still clapped, though.
Old hearing aids have all of these types of issues. Ten years ago the emphasis was on raising the volume. Nowadays, hearing aids perform magic tricks such as filtering out background noise, so say goodbye to the air conditioner.
Old Hearing Aids Are Bleeding Money
When you’re thinking about upgrading your hearing aid, cost is a big factor. You will have to make an initial purchase with new hearing aids but old ones will also be costly with time. Analog hearing aids need new batteries frequently. You can understand how costly it will be, replacing batteries at least once a day.
Repair costs can also soar 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 Technology
Bluetooth connectivity is a newer technology that has revolutionized hearing aid functionality. An analog device won’t come with 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.)
The Secret to Everything is Communication
Studies show that hearing loss can mean a reduced paycheck. Doesn’t it make sense then that newer hearing aids would be a career asset? You will hear customers and your boss better. You won’t need to worry about missing some crucial information or if your hearing aid battery will quit when you need it most.
Obviously, better communication means an improved quality of life, too. You won’t have to go sit by yourself while people are having conversations. Jump right in and get involved with the people around you.
You Just Want Your Hearing Aid to be More Stylish
How do you feel when you check yourself out in the mirror with that old hearing aid? Clunky? Obvious? Oh my god? One of the most substantial benefits that come with upgrading old hearing aids is flexibility and style. Today’s hearing aids come in a number of colors, sizes, and shapes. You can wear a visible one in your favorite color or an internal one tucked invisibly inside your ear.
Clues That It’s Time
Now you recognize why a hearing aid upgrade is important, so it’s time to find out what makes a hearing aid obsolete. Here are some telltale indications that the time has come:
- There are changes in your hearing. Even when you have the hearing aids in, it seems as if you don’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’ve changed jobs and now have to cope with more background noise.
- Your hearing aid keeps quitting. It’s simply not dependable anymore, and that’s problematic.
- It’s clear that you have an analog hearing aid. You need to go digital as soon as possible.
- Your ears feel heavy. Analog hearing aids weigh more.
- Your hearing aid is the only thing you see when you look in a mirror. Back when that old hearing aid was new, technology was a lot bigger.
- You are replacing the batteries every day. Modern 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 more than seven years, it’s time to trade up and hear better.