You know it’s time to upgrade your hearing aid if you’re still using one of those old-school ear trumpets. Coming to that realization when you have conventional hearing aids is trickier, though, so how do you know? Your decade old hearing aids still work, right?
While it may be true that older hearing aids are better than no hearing aids, chances are what little advantage you get from them comes at a cost. In the past several years, hearing aids have dramatically advanced. It’s advanced from analog to digital, for one thing, and there are features now that weren’t even in the design phase a decade ago. Why should you be thinking about an upgrade? Here are a few good reasons.
Old Hearing Aids Are Unreliable
Cheaper or older hearing aids frequently have an aggravating buzzing sound. What about that feedback every time you get close to a phone, that’s a lot of fun. That loud feedback sometimes happens for no apparent reason. Now why is it feeding back?
You’ve Become Desensitized to its Poor Quality
You’ve become accustomed to wondering why the sound of traffic is so noisy or to sitting quietly while everyone else has stimulating conversation. Recall the time your grandchild performed a beautiful song for you, but you only heard every other word because your hearing aids kept cutting out. Of course, you still clapped.
These are all failings associated with outdated hearing aids. Ten years ago the focus was on turning up the volume. Now, undesirable noise can be filtered out and modern hearing aids can do lots of other truly awesome things.
Old Hearing Aids Are Wasting Money
Cost is always an issue in relation to an upgrade. You will have to make an initial investment with new hearing aids but older ones will also be expensive with time. You will be continually buying new batteries when you have an analog hearing aid. If you are replacing the batteries on a daily basis, or even more often than that, the costs add up.
Repair costs can also soar with older hearing aids. If you think of your hearing aid like a 1992 Buick, you get the idea. It’s in the shop more than it’s in your ear and repairs are not cheap.
Nowadays, we Have Smart Technology
Bluetooth connectivity is a newer technology that has revolutionized hearing aid functionality. You won’t find that in an analog unit. Your tablet, phone, and even your computer can be connected, via Bluetooth, to your hearing digital aid.
Communication is The Key to Everything
Studies show that hearing loss can lead to a lower paycheck. Doesn’t it make sense then that newer hearing aids would be a career asset? You will be able to hear your boss and customers better. You will be capable of following directions without being concerned whether you got it right and have critical conversations without worrying about whether your hearing aids will cut out or not.
And obviously you will have an improved quality of life if you have good communication skills. You won’t need to go sit alone while people are talking. Jump right in and engage with the people around you.
You Only Want Your Hearing Aid to be More Stylish
When you look at your old hearing aid in the mirror, what words come to mind? Awkward? Totally obvious? Does this make me look old? Versatility and style are some of the more significant reasons to upgrade your hearing aid. You can buy hearing aids in lots of colors, sizes, and shapes today. You can have one concealed so tightly in your ear that nobody will even notice it, or you can make a fashion statement with an out of the ear hearing aid in your favorite color.
How to Know That it’s Time to Upgrade
Now you understand all the reasons you should want a hearing aid upgrade, but not what you should specifically look for that says your device is at risk of being called an antique. Here are a few telltale signs that the time has come:
- There are changes in your hearing. Even when you have the hearing aids in, it seems like you don’t hear as well.
- Your life has evolved, and your hearing aid has a difficult time keeping up. Every time you have to talk on the phone, you have to remove it and background noise has become a big issue.
- Your hearing aid keeps cutting out. It’s just not reliable anymore, and that’s a problem.
- You know for a fact your hearing aid is analog. Ouch, go digital right away.
- Your hearing aid feels heavy. Awkward, old technology weighs a lot.
- Your hearing aid juts out like a sore thumb. Back when that old hearing aid was made, technology was a lot bigger.
- You are replacing the batteries constantly. Contemporary hearing aids are more energy efficient, and many are rechargeable.
It’s an easy choice. If you’ve had your hearing aids for seven years or more, it’s time to trade up and hear better.