If you have an outdated ear horn of a hearing aid, it’s time to upgrade it. The question is, should I do it now, or should I wait? You bought your hearing aids a decade ago, and they still seem to work, right?
Do you think that your old hearing aids are good enough? Ask yourself “what is the real cost”? In the last few years, hearing aid technology has come a long way. 10 years ago many advanced features weren’t even in design phases. Since then we’ve moved from analog to digital, to begin with. Take into consideration some reasons why it is time for you to be considering an upgrade.
Out Of Date Hearing Aids Quit Regularly
Older outdated or maybe even cheap hearing aids have many problems including that irritating buzzing you hear once in awhile. How about that feedback whenever you go anywhere near a phone, that’s enjoyable. Then for no apparent reason at all, it begins to make weird noises. “What now”?
You Shouldn’t Keep Denying That Your Hearing Aid Usually Fails When You Need it The Most
You’ve become used to sitting off to the side in silent thought while everyone else is engaging in the conversation. What about that time when your hearing aids wouldn’t stop shutting off while your grandson was singing a little song he practiced at school. But you still clapped.
If you don’t make the upgrade to new hearing aids, you will keep having all of these issues. With the last generation technology, we simply cranked up the volume. Today, hearing aids perform awesome tasks such as filtering out background noise. So no more air conditioner noise. That fan was really not as noisy as those obsolete hearing aids made it seem.
It Can be Expensive Keeping Old Hearing Aids
One consideration when you’re thinking of buying new hearing aids is certainly cost. Wearing old dated hearing aids won’t be any cheaper than getting new ones in the long run. Out of date devices are analog technology and that means new batteries constantly. If you are changing the battery on a daily basis, or even more frequently than that, the expense adds up.
Older hearing aids break on a regular basis and require repair service. Think about having to deal with an old car. It’s in the shop more than it’s in your ear and repair services are not cheap.
Smart Technology Gives us a Huge Advantage Over Outdated Devices
Bluetooth capability is an important feature in new hearing aid technology. You will never get that with an analog device. Having Bluetooth built into your digital hearing aid means that it’s compatible with your cell phone, your computer, maybe even your television (unless they’re a decade old, too.)
In Your World, if You Can’t Communicate Your Lost
Hearing loss will almost certainly lead to a smaller pay rate according to studies. Doesn’t it make sense then, that better hearing aids would be a career asset? You will hear your boss and customers better. No more worry over whether you may have missed important information, or whether your hearing aids will quit at the worst time.
Of course, stronger communication means a better quality of life, also. No more getting stuck in the middle of discussions that you can’t even hear. Jump right in and engage with the people around you.
Did You Know How Awesome The Newer Hearing Aids Are?
How do you really feel when you see yourself in the mirror with those out of date hearing aids on? Awkward? Obvious? Oh my god? One of the most important advantages that come with replacing those old hearing aids is style and flexibility. There is a never-ending range of personalizations available with modern hearing aids such as size, color, and shape. If you want to make a fashion statement, pick a custom color, or maybe pick one that is invisible inside the ear.
How do You Know When the Right Time Has Come For an Upgrade
At this point you know all of the reasons you should upgrade your hearing aids. However, some telltale clues will indicate that your hearing aid is an antique:
- Your ability to hear has changed. you’re not hearing as well as you used to even with the hearing aid in your ear.
- Your life has changed, and your hearing aid has a rough time keeping up. It’s annoying to take it out just so you can talk on the phone, or maybe you’ve switched jobs and now you have to cope with more background noise.
- Your hearing aid won’t stop quitting. It’s just not reliable anymore, and that’s a big problem.
- You know for sure that your hearing aid is analog. Ouch, go digital fast.
- Your hearing aid feels heavy. Clunky, old technology is heavier.
- Your hearing aid is all you see when you look in a mirror. That old technology is really bulky, too.
- You are replacing the batteries every day. Modern hearing aids are much more energy efficient and some come with rechargeable batteries.
It’s not brain surgery. If you’ve owned your hearing aids for more than seven years, it’s time to upgrade and hear better. Contact a hearing aid professional to get started.