If you are walking around with an old-fashioned ear trumpet at hand than clearly, it’s time for an upgrade. When you wear conventional hearing aids, coming to that realization is more challenging. Your ten year old hearing aids still work, right?
Maybe you are better off having older hearing aids than not having one, what’s the real cost? In the last few years, hearing aids have advanced dramatically. Some of the functions of contemporary hearing aids hadn’t even been invented a decade ago. For one thing, they’ve advanced to digital from analog. Consider some reasons why it’s time for you to be considering an upgrade.
Old Hearing Aids Are Not Very Reliable
Lower quality or older hearing aids frequently have an aggravating buzzing sound. How about that feedback any time you get close to a phone, that’s a lot of fun. Sometimes that high pitched feedback comes from nowhere, too. Now why is this happening?
You’ve Become Desensitized to its Poor Quality
You’ve become accustomed to pondering why the sound of traffic is so noisy or to sitting quietly while everybody else has interesting conversation. Remember when your hearing aid kept cutting out while you were trying to listen to your grandson sing a song and you could only hear parts of what they were singing. But you still clapped.
Older hearing aids have all of these types of issues. Ten years ago the attention was on turning up the volume. Nowadays, hearing aids perform magic tricks such as filtering out background noise, so no more noisy air conditioner.
Outdated Hearing Aids Will Cost You More Money
Expenses are always an issue when it comes to an upgrade. Newer technology is not cheap, but neither is wearing an old, obsolete hearing aid. Analog hearing aids need new batteries frequently. You can understand how expensive it will be, replacing batteries at least once every 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. It’s in the repair shop more than it is in your ear and repairs are not cheap.
Smart Tech is a Thing Now
Most contemporary hearing aids have Bluetooth capabilities. An analog device won’t have that feature. Your phone, tablet, and even your computer can be connected, using Bluetooth, to your hearing digital aid.
The Secret to Everything is Communication
Studies show that hearing loss can mean a lower paycheck. Doesn’t it seem sensible then that newer hearing aids would be a career asset? It will be easier to hear what your boss and customers are saying. You will be capable of following directions without wondering if you got it right and have important discussions without worrying about whether your hearing aids will hold up or not.
Of course, better communication means a better quality of life, too. You don’t need to sit like a wallflower in the middle of conversations anymore. Jump in and engage with the people around you.
You Only Want Your Hearing Aid to be Cooler
When you look at your old hearing aid in the mirror, how do you feel? Clunky? Totally obvious? Does this make me look old? One of the most considerable advantages that come with replacing old hearing aids is design and flexibility. Modern hearing aids come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. You can have one hidden so tightly in your ear that nobody will ever see it, or you can make a fashion statement with a visible hearing aid in your favorite color.
How to Know That it’s Time to Upgrade
Now you see why a hearing aid upgrade is necessary, so now it’s time to find out what makes a hearing aid obsolete. The time has come and here are the indications:
- Your hearing has changed. You don’t hear as well as you used to even with the hearing aid in.
- Your life has changed, and your hearing aid has a hard time keeping up. Every time you need to use the phone, you have to remove it and background noise has become a big problem.
- Your hearing aid keeps quitting. It’s just not dependable anymore, and that’s an issue.
- You know for sure your hearing aid is analog. You should go digital as soon as you can.
- Your hearing aid seems heavy. Clunky, old technology weighs more.
- Your hearing aid is the only thing you see when you look in a mirror. Back when that old hearing aid was made, technology was a lot bigger.
- You are replacing the batteries every day. Contemporary hearing aids are more energy efficient, and many are rechargeable.
It’s not rocket science. It’s time to replace your hearing aids if they’re more than 7 years old.