If you still have an old-school ear trumpet in hand than plainly, it’s time to upgrade. When you use conventional hearing aids, making that call is more challenging. Your decade old hearing aids still function, right?
While it might be true that older hearing aids are better than no hearing aids, it’s likely that what little advantage you get from them comes at a price. In the last few years, hearing aids have advanced substantially. It’s advanced from analog to digital, to begin with, and there are features now that weren’t even invented a decade ago. Consider some reasons why it’s time for you to be considering an upgrade.
Old Hearing Aids Are Unreliable
Lower quality or older hearing aids often have an irritating buzzing sound. And it’s always a great time when you get close to a phone and your hearing aid starts to feedback. At times that shrill feedback comes out of nowhere, too. What caused it now?
You’ve Gotten Complacent With Its Failings
You’ve become accustomed to wondering why the sound of traffic is so loud or to going off quietly while everyone else has interesting conversation. Remember when your hearing aid wouldn’t stop dropping out while you were attempting to listen to your grandchild sing a song and you could only hear some of what they were singing. You still clapped, though.
Old hearing aids have all of these types of issues. Turning up the volume was the main goal in hearing aids a decade ago. Nowadays, unwanted noise can be filtered out and modern hearing aids can do many other really awesome things.
Outdated Hearing Aids Can be Expensive
Expenses are always an issue when it comes to an upgrade. You will have to make a preliminary purchase with new hearing aids but old ones will also be expensive with time. You will be constantly replacing batteries when you have an analog hearing aid. If you are replacing the batteries every single day, or even more often than that, the costs can get very high.
Out of date hearings aids can potentially need repair, also. 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 shop more than it is in your ear and repairs are not cheap.
Smart Technology is a Thing Now
Bluetooth capability is a newer technology that has revolutionized hearing aid functionality. You won’t find that in an analog device. Having Bluetooth integrated into your digital hearing aid means it connects to your phone, your computer, possibly even your television (unless they’re a decade old, too.)
The Key to Everything is Communication
Studies show that hearing loss can mean a reduced paycheck. So it’s obvious that it would be an asset to your career if you had better hearing aids. You will hear customers and your boss better. You won’t have to worry about missing some important piece of information or if your hearing aid battery will quit when you need it most.
Needless to say, better communication means an improved quality of life, also. You won’t need to go sit by yourself when people are talking. Jump right in and engage with the people around you.
You Really Want a Sleeker Looking Hearing Aid
When you look in the mirror at your old hearing aid, what words come to mind? Embarrassing? Obvious? Does this make me look old? One of the most significant perks that come with replacing old hearing aids is style and flexibility. You can purchase hearing aids in many colors, sizes, and shapes today. 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 understand all the reasons you should get a hearing aid upgrade, but not what to specifically look for that says your device may end up being called an antique. Here are some telling indications that the time has come:
- Your hearing has changed. Even when you have your hearing aids in, it seems as if you can’t hear as well.
- Your life has changed, and your hearing aid has a difficult time keeping up. Whenever you need to use the phone, you have to take it out and background noise has become a real problem.
- Your hearing aid intermittently quits working. You just can’t count on it functioning when you most need it.
- It’s obvious that you have an analog device. You ought to go digital as soon as you can.
- Your hearing aid is heavy. Clunky, old technology weighs a lot.
- Your hearing aid is the only thing you see when you look in a mirror. That obsolete technology occupies a lot of space, also.
- You constantly have to change the batteries. Contemporary hearing aids are more energy efficient, and some come with rechargeable batteries.
It’s not brain surgery. It’s time to upgrade your hearing aids if they’re more than 7 years old.