When should I upgrade my hearing aids?
This is a regular question we hear from our patients, and the answer requires some thought. While hearing aids typically have a life-span of 3-7 years, there are a few cases in which you may want to upgrade sooner.
Here are 4 reasons you may want to consider a hearing aid upgrade.
1. Your hearing aids are no longer working well
If your hearing aids are not operating as effectively as they used to, the first thing to look into is cleaning or repair.
Hearing aids are subjected to earwax, humidity, and other debris, so your hearing aids may merely require a cleaning. In other cases, the electronics within the hearing aids need repair, but otherwise the hearing aids remain effective.
If your hearing aids are harmed beyond repair, on the other hand, or if they are beyond their natural life-span, you may wish to upgrade to a new pair.
2. Your hearing needs are not being met
Let’s say you land a new job that requires a lot of talking on the phone, which has always been a challenge for you with your current hearing aids. You hear about a new kind of hearing aid that can stream phone calls wirelessly from your iPhone straight to your hearing aids, resulting in clear sound that you can readily adjust. In this situation, you may want to upgrade your hearing aids to match your new hearing requirements.
It’s a great idea to make a list of all the situations in which your existing hearing aids are not performing to your liking. Then, by consulting with a hearing specialist, you can identify the hearing aids that can better satisfy your needs.
3. Your hearing has changed
Hearing can and does change over the years, and it’s a possibility that your present hearing aids, while sufficient at first, are now incapable of handling your hearing loss. If this is the case, you will require a new hearing exam and a new set of hearing aids programmed to accommodate your hearing loss.
4. You want to take advantage of new technology
Hearing aid technology is improving rapidly; just 10 years ago it would have seemed like science fiction to expect that you could stream music wirelessly from your iPod to your hearing aids. Every year, surprising new functionality is added to new hearing aid models, and you may find that you’d like to take advantage of the new technology.
For instance, perhaps you just bought a new Apple Watch and you discovered that some of the new hearing aid types are compatible. If you wish to control your hearing aids with the watch, you would need to upgrade to a appropriate model.
The decision to upgrade your hearing aids in the end boils down to answering two questions:
- Are my current hearing aids meeting all of my listening requirements?
- Is there new technology or functionality that I would like to take advantage of?
Hearing aid technology is evolving quickly, and many of our patients are amazed to learn what the new hearing aid models are capable of. And the fact is, you can’t really answer the second question without knowing what’s available to you.
If you would like to know what some of your options are, give us a call today and we’ll explain to you all the available technology and how it could make your life better and easier. You may be surprised at what you find.