If you still have an old-fashioned ear trumpet in hand than plainly, it’s time for an upgrade. Making that call when you have conventional hearing aids is trickier, however, so how do you know? You got your hearing aids a decade ago, and they still do the job, right?
Maybe you are better off using obsolete hearing aids than not having one, what’s the real price? Hearing aid tech has advanced in the past few years. It’s gone from analog to digital, to begin with, and there are functions now that weren’t even invented a decade ago. Why should you be considering an upgrade? Here are some good reasons.
The Old Hearing Aid Isn’t That Reliable
Outdated or even low-quality hearing aids have serious issues like that aggravating buzz you hear every now and then. And it’s always a good time when you get near a phone and your hearing aid begins to feedback. Occasionally that high pitched feedback comes out of nowhere, too. Now why is it feeding back?
You’ve Become Used to Its Failings
You’ve become accustomed to pondering why the sound of traffic is so noisy or to sitting quietly while everybody else has engaging discussions. Do you remember that time when your hearing aid wouldn’t stop cutting out when you were trying to hear your grandchild perform a song and you could only hear some of what they were singing. But you still clapped.
Older hearing aids have all of these kinds of problems. A decade ago the focus was on raising the volume. These days, hearing aids perform magic tricks like filtering out background noise, so no more noisy air conditioner.
Outdated Hearing Aids Can be Expensive
When you’re thinking about a hearing aid upgrade, expense is a major consideration. You will need to make a preliminary purchase with new hearing aids but older ones will also be expensive over time. Analog devices require new batteries frequently. You can understand how costly it will be, replacing batteries at least once every day.
Repair costs can also be very high with older hearing aids. If you picture your hearing aid as a 1992 Buick, you’ll get the point. 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 which has transformed hearing aid capability. You won’t find that in an analog unit. Having Bluetooth integrated into your digital hearing aid means it’s compatible with your computer, your phone, possibly even your tv (unless they’re ten years old, too.)
The Secret to Everything is Communication
Studies show that hearing loss can lead to a reduced paycheck. So it’s apparent that it would be a benefit to your career if you had better hearing aids. You will hear your boss and customers better. You will follow directions without being concerned whether you got it right and have essential discussions without worrying about whether your hearing aids will cut out or not.
And obviously you will have a better quality of life if you have effective communication skills. You don’t have to sit like a wallflower during discussions anymore. Don’t hesitate to get right in and connect with others.
You Really Want a Sleeker Looking Hearing Aid
When you look at your old hearing aid in the mirror, what words come to mind? Clunky? Obvious? Does this make me look old? One of the most significant advantages that come with upgrading old hearing aids is style and versatility. Contemporary hearing aids come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. You can have one hidden so tight in your ear that no one will ever see it, or you can make a fashion statement with a visible hearing aid in your favorite color.
How to Recognize When it’s Time For an Upgrade
Now you understand all the reasons you should get a hearing aid upgrade, but not what you should specifically look for that says your device is at risk of being called an antique. The time has come and here are the signs:
- There are changes in your hearing. You don’t hear as well as you once did even with the hearing aid in place.
- Your outdated hearing aid just can’t keep up with your changing life. Whenever you have to use the phone, you have to take it out and background noise has become a big challenge.
- Your hearing aid keeps cutting out. You just can’t rely on it functioning when you need it most.
- It’s clear that you have an analog device. Ouch, go digital fast.
- Your hearing aid feels heavy. Analog hearing aids weigh a lot.
- Your hearing aid juts out like a sore thumb. That obsolete technology occupies a lot of space, too.
- You are replacing the batteries constantly. Contemporary hearing aids are usually rechargeable and are also more energy efficient.
It’s not brain surgery. If you’ve had your hearing aids for more than seven years, it’s time to upgrade and hear better.