When should I upgrade my hearing aids?
This is a typical question we hear from our patients, and the answer requires some thought. While hearing aids ordinarily have a life-span of 3-7 years, there are several circumstances in which you may desire to upgrade earlier.
Here are 4 reasons you may want to consider a hearing aid upgrade.
1. Your hearing aids are no longer functioning well
If your hearing aids are not operating as well as they used to, the first thing to look into is cleaning or repair.
Hearing aids are exposed to earwax, humidity, and other debris, so your hearing aids may merely require a cleaning. Other times, the electronics within the hearing aids require repair, but otherwise the hearing aids are still effective.
If your hearing aids are harmed beyond repair, however, or if they are past their average life-span, you may want to upgrade to a new pair.
2. Your hearing requirements are not being met
Let’s say you secure a new job that necessitates a lot of speaking on the phone, which has consistently been a challenge for you with your present hearing aids. You hear about a new model of hearing aid that can stream calls wirelessly from your iPhone directly to your hearing aids, leading to clear sound that you can readily fine-tune. In this situation, you might want to upgrade your hearing aids to satisfy your new hearing requirements.
It’s a good idea to make a list of all the instances in which your existing hearing aids are not performing to your preference. Then, by speaking with a hearing specialist, you can identify the hearing aids that can better fulfill your needs.
3. Your hearing has changed
Hearing can and does change throughout the years, and it’s a possibility that your current hearing aids, while sufficient at first, are now incapable of handling your hearing loss. If this is the case, you will need a new hearing assessment and a new set of hearing aids programmed to correspond to your hearing loss.
4. You want to make the most of the latest technology
Hearing aid technology is advancing rapidly; just 10 years ago it would have seemed like science-fiction to believe that you could stream music wirelessly from your iPod to your hearing aids. Every year, incredible new functionality is added to new hearing aid models, and you may find that you’d like to reap the benefits of the new technology.
For example, maybe you just bought a new Apple Watch and you discovered that some of the new hearing aid types are compatible. If you wish to control your hearing aids with the watch, you would need to upgrade to a appropriate model.
The decision to upgrade your hearing aids ultimately comes down to answering two questions:
- Are my current hearing aids fulfilling all of my listening needs?
- Is there new technology or functionality that I would like to take advantage of?
Hearing aid technology is evolving rapidly, and many of our patients are surprised to learn what the new hearing aid models are capable of. And the fact is, you can’t really answer the second question without knowing what’s available to you.
If you would like to learn about what some of your options are, give us a call today and we’ll explain to you all the available technology and how it could make your life better and easier. You may be surprised at what you find.