You know it’s time to replace your hearing aid if you’re still using one of those old-fashioned ear trumpets. When you wear conventional hearing aids, making that call is more tricky. Your decade old hearing aids still function, right?
Maybe you are better off having older hearing aids than having none, what’s the real cost? Hearing aid tech has advanced in the last few years. It’s gone from analog to digital, for one thing, and there are functions now that weren’t even invented a decade ago. Why should you be contemplating an upgrade? Here are a few good reasons.
The Old One is Not That Reliable
Outdated or even poor-quality hearing aids have real issues like that aggravating buzz you hear every once in a while. How about that feedback any time you get close to a phone, that’s enjoyable. Occasionally that shrill feedback comes from nowhere, too. Now why is it feeding back?
You’ve Become Desensitized to its Low Quality
You’re now used to wondering why the sound of traffic is so noisy or to sitting quietly while everyone else has engaging discussions. Remember the time your grandchild sang you a great song she learned at school, but you could only hear parts of her song because your hearing aids kept cutting out. You still clapped, though.
All of these are failings associated with old hearing aids. Raising the volume was the primary objective in hearing aids a decade ago. Today, hearing aids do magic tricks like filtering out background noise, so say goodbye to the air conditioner.
Outdated Hearing Aids Can be Expensive
When you’re considering a hearing aid upgrade, cost is a major consideration. You will need to make a preliminary investment with new hearing aids but older ones will also be costly over time. Analog hearing aids require new batteries a lot. If you are replacing the batteries every single day, or even more than once a day, the costs can get very high.
Repair costs can also escalate with out dated hearing aids. 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 modern hearing aids have Bluetooth capabilities. An analog device won’t come with that feature. Having Bluetooth built into your digital hearing aid means it connects to your phone, your computer, possibly even your television (unless they’re ten years old, too.)
Communication is The Key to Everything
Studies show that hearing loss can mean a lower paycheck. So it’s apparent that it would be an asset to your career if you had better hearing aids. You will hear customers and your boss better. You will follow directions without being concerned whether you got it right and have critical interactions without worrying about whether your hearing aids will cut out or not.
And clearly you will have a better quality of life if you have good communication skills. You don’t need to sit like a wallflower during discussions anymore. Don’t hesitate to get right in and engage with others.
You Really Want a Sleeker Looking Hearing Aid
When you look in the mirror at your old hearing aid, how do you feel? Clunky? Obvious? Oh my god? Flexibility and style are some of the more considerable reasons to update your hearing aid. You can purchase hearing aids in numerous colors, sizes, and shapes these days. You can have one concealed so tightly into your ear that nobody will even see it, or you can make a fashion statement with a visible hearing aid in your favorite color.
Clues That It’s Time
Now you see why a hearing aid upgrade is important, so it’s time to determine what makes a hearing aid outdated. The time has come and here are the indications:
- Your hearing has changed. You don’t hear as good as you once did even with the hearing aid in your ear.
- Your outdated hearing aid just can’t keep up with your evolving life. Every time you have to use the phone, you have to take it out and background noise has become a real challenge.
- Your hearing aid randomly quits working. You just can’t rely on it working when you most need it.
- You know for a fact your hearing aid is analog. Ouch, go digital right away.
- Your hearing aid feels heavy. Awkward, old technology weighs more.
- Your hearing aid sticks out like a sore thumb. That obsolete technology occupies a lot of space, also.
- You constantly need to replace the batteries. 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.