If you are walking around with an old-fashioned ear trumpet in hand than obviously, it’s time to upgrade. When you wear conventional hearing aids, coming to that realization is more tricky. Your ten year old hearing aids still work, right?
While it could be true that older hearing aids are better than no hearing aids, chances are what little benefit you get from them comes at a price. In the past few years, hearing aids have advanced substantially. It’s advanced from analog to digital, for starters, and there are features now that weren’t even invented a decade ago. Why should you be contemplating an upgrade? Here are some good reasons.
Old Hearing Aids Are Not Very Reliable
Older or even poor-quality hearing aids have real issues like that irritating buzz you hear every once in a while. What about that feedback whenever you get close to a phone, that’s enjoyable. Occasionally that shrill feedback comes from nowhere, too. Now why is it feeding back?
You’ve Become Desensitized to its Poor Quality
You’re now used to pondering why the sound of traffic is so noisy or to sitting quietly while everyone else has engaging conversation. Remember the time your grandchild performed a beautiful song for you, but you could only hear every other word because your hearing aids kept cutting out. You still clapped, though.
All of these are drawbacks connected with outdated hearing aids. Turning up the volume was the main goal in hearing aids ten years ago. Nowadays, unwanted noise can be filtered out and modern hearing aids can do lots of other truly amazing things.
Old Hearing Aids Are Wasting Money
When you’re thinking about a hearing aid upgrade, cost is a big factor. You will need to make an initial purchase with new hearing aids but older ones will also be costly with time. Analog hearing aids need new batteries a lot. You can imagine how costly it will be, buying new 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 get the point. It’s in the repair shop more than it’s in your ear and repairs expensive.
Today, we Have Smart Tech
Bluetooth connectivity is a newer technology that has transformed hearing aid functionality. You won’t get that in an analog device. Having Bluetooth integrated into your digital hearing aid means that it connects to your computer, your phone, maybe even your television (unless they’re ten years old, as well.)
The Key to Everything is Communication
Studies show that hearing loss can mean a reduced paycheck. Doesn’t it make sense 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 being concerned whether you heard it right and have important interactions without worrying about whether your hearing aids will hold up or not.
Of course, better communication means a better quality of life, also. You won’t have to go sit alone while people are talking. Feel free to get right in and connect with others.
You Really Want a Sleeker Looking Hearing Aid
What do you think when you check yourself out in the mirror wearing that old hearing aid? Clunky? Totally obvious? Oh my god? Versatility and style are some of the more considerable reasons to upgrade your hearing aid. You can get hearing aids in lots of colors, sizes, and shapes now. You can wear a visible one in your favorite color or an internal one tucked invisibly inside your ear.
Signs That It’s Time
Now you recognize why a hearing aid upgrade is worthwhile, so now it’s time to find out what makes a hearing aid outdated. Here are some telling indications that the time has come:
- Your hearing has changed. You don’t hear as good as you used to even with the hearing aid in your ear.
- Your old hearing aid just can’t keep up with your evolving life. It’s a pain to take it out just to talk on the phone, or maybe you’ve changed jobs and now have to cope with more background noise.
- Your hearing aid intermittently quits working. You really can’t count on it working when you need it most.
- It’s obvious that you have an analog device. Ouch, go digital fast.
- Your ears feel heavy. Clunky, old technology weighs more.
- Your hearing aid sticks out like a sore thumb. Back when that old hearing aid was new, technology was a lot bigger.
- You need to replace the batteries every day. 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.