If you still have an old-school ear trumpet at hand than clearly, it’s time for an upgrade. Coming to that realization when you wear conventional hearing aids is trickier, though, so how does one know? You got your hearing aids a decade ago, and they still get the job done, 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 price. In the past several years, hearing aids have advanced significantly. It’s advanced from analog to digital, for starters, and there are features now that weren’t even in the design phase 10 years ago. Start thinking about some reasons why it’s time for you to be thinking about an upgrade.
Old Hearing Aids Are Not Very Reliable
Lower quality or older hearing aids often have an annoying buzzing sound. What about that feedback every time you get close to a phone, that’s enjoyable. At times that shrill feedback comes out of nowhere, too. Now why is this happening?
You’ve Gotten Complacent With Its Failings
You are used to going to a quiet place while everybody around you engages in conversation or wondering why the air conditioner is so noisy. Recall the time your grandchild performed a beautiful song for you, but you only heard parts of what she sang because your hearing aids kept cutting out. You still clapped, though.
Outdated hearing aids have all of these types of problems. Raising the volume was the main goal in hearing aids ten years ago. Now, unwanted noise can be filtered out and modern hearing aids can do lots of other really awesome things.
Old Hearing Aids Can be Expensive
Cost is always a factor when it comes to an upgrade. You will need to make a preliminary purchase with new hearing aids but old ones will also be expensive over time. Analog hearing aids need new batteries frequently. If you are purchasing new batteries on a daily basis, or even more often than that, the costs can get very high.
Out of date hearings aids can potentially need repair, too. If you think of your hearing aid like you think of a 1992 car you would get the point. Repairs are expensive and it’s always in the shop.
Nowadays, we Have Smart Tech
Many contemporary hearing aids come with Bluetooth capabilities. An analog device won’t come with that feature. Your phone, tablet, and even your computer can be connected, via Bluetooth, to your hearing digital aid.
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 an asset to your career if you had newer hearing aids. You will be able to hear your boss and customers better. You will be capable of following directions without being concerned whether you heard it right and have critical conversations 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 strong communication skills. You won’t have to go sit by yourself while people are having conversations. Don’t hesitate to get right in and engage with others.
You Really Want a Sleeker Looking Hearing Aid
How do you feel when you check yourself out in the mirror with that old hearing aid? Awkward? Obvious? Does this make me look old? Flexibility and style are some of the most significant reasons to upgrade your hearing aid. Today’s hearing aids come in a number of colors, sizes, and shapes. You can have one hidden so tight into your ear that no one will even 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 to 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. Here are some telltale signs that the time has come:
- There are changes in your hearing. You don’t hear as well as you used to even with the hearing aid in.
- Your old hearing aid just can’t keep up with your evolving life. It’s a chore to take it out just to use the phone, or perhaps you’ve changed jobs and now have to deal with more background noise.
- Your hearing aid randomly cuts out. You really can’t count on it working when you need it most.
- You know for sure your hearing aid is analog. You need to go digital as soon as possible.
- Your hearing aid seems heavy. Awkward, 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 new, technology was much bigger.
- You constantly have to change the batteries. Contemporary hearing aids are frequently 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 trade up and hear better.