It May be Time to Upgrade Your Hearing Aids, But How do You Know?

Small robot made of old tech is suggesting those with old hearing aids upgrade to new digital hearing aids.

If you are walking around with an old-fashioned ear trumpet in hand than obviously, it’s time to upgrade. Making that call when you wear conventional hearing aids is more difficult, though, so how do you know? You bought your hearing aids ten years ago, and they still get the job done, right?

While it could be true that older hearing aids are better than nothing, it’s likely that what little benefit you get from them comes at a price. Hearing aid technology has advanced in the past several years. Some of the functions of contemporary hearing aids hadn’t even been invented 10 years ago. For starters, they’ve gone from analog to digital. Start thinking about some reasons why it’s time for you to be thinking about an upgrade.

The Old One Isn’t That Dependable

Cheaper or older hearing aids often have an annoying buzzing sound. How about that feedback every time you get close to a phone, that’s enjoyable. That loud feedback sometimes happens for no noticeable reason. Now why is it feeding back?

You’ve Become Desensitized to its Low Quality

You’re used to going to a quiet place while everyone around you is involved in conversation or questioning why the air conditioning unit is so loud. Don’t forget the time your grandchild performed a beautiful song for you, but you could only hear every other word because your hearing aids kept going out. Of course, you still clapped.

All of these are weaknesses associated with old hearing aids. Raising the volume was the main objective in hearing aids ten years ago. These days, hearing aids perform magic tricks such as filtering out background noise, so say goodbye to the air conditioner.

Old Hearing Aids Will Cost You More Money

Expenses are always an issue in relation to an upgrade. The new technology is not cheap, but neither is wearing an old, out-of-date hearing aid. You will be continually replacing batteries when you have an analog hearing aid. You can understand how costly it will be, buying new batteries at least once every day.

Old hearings aids can potentially spend more time at the shop, too. If you picture your hearing aid like a 1992 Buick, you’ll get the point. Repairs are expensive and it’s always in the repair shop.

Nowadays, we Have Smart Technology

Bluetooth capability is a newer technology that has transformed hearing aid capability. An analog device won’t have that feature. Your tablet, phone, and even your computer can be connected, via Bluetooth, to your hearing digital aid.

The Key to Everything is Communication

It has been revealed by research, that you could earn less money if you suffer from hearing loss. Doesn’t it seem sensible then that newer hearing aids would be a career asset? You will hear customers and your boss better. You will be capable of following directions without wondering if you got it right and have critical conversations without worrying about whether your hearing aids will hold up or not.

And clearly you will have a better quality of life if you have effective communication skills. You won’t need to go sit alone when people are having conversations. Feel free to get right in and connect with others.

You Only Want Your Hearing Aid to be More Stylish

When you look in the mirror at your old hearing aid, what words come to mind? Clunky? Totally obvious? Does this make me look old? Versatility and style are some of the more significant reasons to replace your hearing aid. You can purchase hearing aids in numerous colors, sizes, and shapes nowadays. You can have one hidden so tight in your ear that no one will ever notice it, or you can make a fashion statement with an out of the ear hearing aid in your favorite color.

Signs That It’s Time

Now you understand all the reasons you should want a hearing aid upgrade, but not what you should specifically look for that says your device is at risk of being called an antique. The time has come and here are the signs:

  • Your hearing has changed. You don’t hear as good as you used to even with the hearing aid in your ear.
  • Your life has evolved, and your hearing aid has a difficult time keeping up. Whenever you need to use the phone, you have to remove it and background noise has become a real problem.
  • Your hearing aid intermittently quits working. It’s simply not dependable anymore, and that’s problematic.
  • It’s obvious that you have an analog hearing aid. You ought to go digital as soon as possible.
  • Your ears feel weighted down. Analog hearing aids weigh a lot.
  • Your hearing aid sticks out like a sore thumb. That old technology occupies a lot of space, also.
  • You are replacing the batteries every day. Modern hearing aids are more energy efficient, and some come with rechargeable batteries.

It’s an easy choice. If you’ve had your hearing aids for more than seven years, it’s time to trade up and hear better.

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