If you have an obsolete dinosaur of a hearing aid, it’s time to replace it. It’s usually tough to know whether your hearing aids actually need to be replaced. You purchased your hearing aids ten years ago, and they still seem to function, right?
Outdated hearing aids may possibly be better than none, but what’s the real expense of not upgrading. We have made countless major developments in hearing aid development in past few years. 10 years ago many advanced functions weren’t even in design phases. Since then we’ve changed from analog to digital, for starters. It’s absolutely time to start thinking about an upgrade. Think about several reasons why.
Reliability is a Problem With Out of Date Hearing Aids
There is an annoying buzz you can hear sometimes with out of date or cheaper hearing aids. It’s not much fun when you go close to a phone and your outdated hearing aids start to feedback. Then for no apparent reason at all, it begins to make noises. What caused it this time?
Just Because You’ve Become Used to it Failing, That Doesn’t Mean it’s ok
It’s not that unusual for you to sit by yourself and miss out on the stimulating conversation. How distressing was the time when your grandson sang you a song he learned but you could only hear little bits and pieces? You just pretended that you heard it but you didn’t.
Old hearing aids come with all of these issues. With the past generation technology, we simply cranked up the volume. Today, hearing aids accomplish amazing tasks such as filtering out background noise. So no more air conditioner noise. It was not really that loud.
Old Technology Will End up Costing More
One concern when shopping for new hearing aids is definitely cost. Keeping your old dated hearing aids won’t be any cheaper than purchasing new ones over time. Older hearing aids are analog technology and that means new batteries constantly. If you are changing the battery daily, or even more frequently than that, the cost adds up.
Older hearing aids break regularly and will need repair. Think of it like having to deal with an old car. It’s in the repair shop more than it is in your ear and repairs are not cheap.
Believe it or Not we Currently Have Smart Technology
Bluetooth capability is an important feature in new hearing aid technology. Old analog devices don’t have that awesome feature. Having Bluetooth built into your digital hearing aid means it’s compatible with your smartphone, your computer, maybe even your television (unless they’re a decade old, too.)
Communicating is The Key to Living
Studies indicate that loss of hearing can often mean a lower paycheck. Doesn’t it make sense then, that better hearing aids would be a career asset? You will hear your boss and customers better. You will follow directions without worrying about whether you got it right and will have important conversations without worrying about whether your hearing aids will hold up or not.
And everybody knows that good quality communication is the cornerstone of quality living. It’s not necessary to sit alone like a wallflower in the middle of conversations anymore. Jump right in and engage with the people all around you.
You Just Want Your Hearing Aid to be Cooler
How do you really feel when you see yourself in the mirror with those out of date hearing aids on? Clunky? Obvious? Seriously?? When you upgrade your old hearing aids you have the significant benefit of improved flexibility and refined style. Today’s hearing aids come in a range of shapes, sizes, and colors. If you want to make a fashion statement, pick a custom color, or maybe choose one that is invisible in the ear.
Signs That It’s Time to Upgrade
Now you are aware of all the reasons you should upgrade your hearing aids. Nevertheless, some telltale clues will reveal that your hearing aid is obsolete:
- Your hearing has changed. You don’t hear as well as you once did even with the hearing aid in your ear.
- Your life has changed, and your hearing aid has a hard time keeping up. It’s difficult to remove it just to talk on the phone, or maybe you’ve switched jobs and now you need to manage more background noise.
- Your hearing aid keeps quitting. It just isn’t reliable any longer, and that’s a problem.
- You know for a fact that your hearing aid is analog. Ouch, go digital fast.
- Your hearing aid feels heavy. Clunky, older technology is heavier.
- When you look in the mirror, your hearing aid is all you can see. That old technology is really bulky, too.
- You are changing the batteries every day. Contemporary hearing aids are more energy efficient and some come with rechargeable batteries.
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. Contact a hearing aid professional to get started.