You know it’s time to upgrade your hearing aid if you’re still using one of those old-school ear trumpets. When you wear conventional hearing aids, making that call is more difficult. Your decade old hearing aids still function, right?
While it could be true that older hearing aids are better than nothing, it’s likely that what little benefit you get from them comes at a price. In the past few years, hearing aids have advanced dramatically. It’s advanced from analog to digital, for one thing, and there are features now that weren’t even in the design phase 10 years ago. Think about some reasons why it’s time for you to be thinking about an upgrade.
Old Hearing Aids Are Unreliable
Cheaper or older hearing aids often have an annoying buzzing noise. And it’s always a fun time when you get near a phone and your hearing aid starts to feedback. Sometimes that high pitched feedback comes from nowhere, too. What caused it this time?
You’ve Gotten Complacent With Its Failings
You’re now used to wondering why the sound of traffic is so loud or to going off quietly while everybody else has engaging conversation. Don’t forget the time your grandchild performed a beautiful song for you, but you could only hear every other word because your hearing aids kept going out. You still clapped, though.
Older hearing aids have all of these types of issues. Ten years ago the attention was on turning up the volume. Today, hearing aids perform magic tricks like filtering out background noise, so no more noisy air conditioner.
Old Hearing Aids Are Bleeding Money
Expenses are always an issue when considering an upgrade. You will have to make a preliminary investment with new hearing aids but older ones will also be expensive over time. Analog hearing aids require new batteries frequently. If you are purchasing new batteries every single day, or even more often than that, the costs can get very high.
Repair costs can also be very high with out dated hearing aids. If you think of your hearing aid like you think of a 1992 car you would understand where we are coming from. It’s in the repair shop more than it is in your ear and repairs are not cheap.
Smart Tech is a Thing Now
Bluetooth capability is a newer technology that has transformed hearing aid capability. You won’t get that in an analog device. Having Bluetooth built into your digital hearing aid means that it’s compatible with your phone, your computer, perhaps even your television (unless they’re ten years old, too.)
Communication is The Secret to Everything
It has been revealed by research, that you may earn less money if you suffer from hearing loss. Doesn’t it seem sensible then that better hearing aids would be a career asset? You will hear your boss and customers better. You won’t need to stress out about missing some important piece of information or if your hearing aid battery will quit when you need it most.
Of course, better communication means an improved quality of life, as well. You won’t have to go sit alone while people are talking. Jump right in and get involved with the people around you.
You Really Want a More Stylish Looking Hearing Aid
When you look at your old hearing aid in the mirror, how do you feel? Clunky? Obvious? Oh my god? One of the most considerable perks that come with upgrading old hearing aids is style and flexibility. Contemporary hearing aids come in a variety of colors, sizes, and shapes. You can wear a visible one in your favorite color or an internal one hidden from sight inside your ear.
How to Know When it’s Time For an Upgrade
Now you see why a hearing aid upgrade is worthwhile, 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. You don’t hear as well 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. It’s a pain to take it out just to use the phone, or maybe you’ve changed jobs and now have to cope with more background noise.
- Your hearing aid keeps quitting. You really 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 ears feel heavy. Awkward, old technology weighs more.
- Your hearing aid is the only thing you see when you look in a mirror. That old technology takes up a lot of space, also.
- You constantly need to replace the batteries. Modern hearing aids are often rechargeable and are also more energy efficient.
It’s an easy choice. If you’ve had your hearing aids for more than seven years, it’s time to upgrade and hear better.