If you still have an old-fashioned ear trumpet at hand than obviously, it’s time for an upgrade. Coming to that realization when you wear conventional hearing aids is more difficult, however, so how does one know? Your decade old hearing aids still work, right?
While it might be true that older hearing aids are better than nothing, it’s likely that what little advantage you get from using them comes at a cost. In the last several years, hearing aids have advanced significantly. Some of the functions of modern hearing aids hadn’t even been designed 10 years ago. For one thing, they’ve gone from analog to digital. Consider some reasons why you should be thinking about an upgrade.
Old Hearing Aids Are Not Very Reliable
Cheaper or older hearing aids often have an annoying buzzing sound. How about that feedback any time you get near a phone, that’s enjoyable. At times that high pitched feedback comes out of nowhere, too. Now why is this happening?
You’ve Become Desensitized to its Low Quality
You’re used to sitting in quiet self-reflection while everyone around you take part in conversation or questioning why the air conditioning unit is so loud. Do you remember that time when your hearing aid wouldn’t stop cutting out when you were trying to hear your grandchild perform a song and you only heard some of what they were singing. You still clapped, though.
Older hearing aids have all of these kinds of problems. A decade ago the focus was on turning up the volume. Nowadays, hearing aids perform magic tricks such as filtering out background noise, so say goodbye to the air conditioner.
The Old Ones Are Wasting Money
When you’re considering upgrading your hearing aid, cost is a major consideration. The new technology is not cheap, but neither is wearing an old, obsolete hearing aid. You will be continually buying new batteries when you have an analog hearing aid. If you are buying new batteries on a daily basis, or even more often than that, the costs can get very high.
Out of date hearings aids can potentially need repair, also. If you picture your hearing aid as a 1992 Buick, you’ll get the point. It’s in the repair shop more than it’s in your ear and repairs are not cheap.
Smart Technology is a Thing Now
Most modern hearing aids come with Bluetooth functionality. An analog hearing aid won’t have that feature. Having Bluetooth built into your digital hearing aid means that it connects to your phone, your computer, perhaps even your tv (unless they’re ten years old, too.)
Communication is The Secret to Everything
It has been revealed by research, that you could earn less money if you suffer from hearing loss. So it’s apparent that it would be a benefit to your career if you had newer hearing aids. You will be able to hear customers and your boss better. You won’t have to stress out about missing some important information or if your hearing aid battery will die when you need it most.
Obviously, better communication means an improved quality of life, too. You don’t need to sit like a wallflower in the middle of discussions anymore. Jump in and get involved with the people around you.
You Just Want Your Hearing Aid to be Cooler
How do you feel when you look at yourself in the mirror with that old hearing aid? Clunky? Obvious? Oh my god? Versatility and style are some of the most considerable reasons to update your hearing aid. Contemporary hearing aids come in various colors, sizes, and shapes. You can wear a visible one in your favorite color or a discrete one tucked invisibly inside your ear.
How to Know That it’s Time For an Upgrade
Now you see why a hearing aid upgrade is important, so it’s time to find out what makes a hearing aid obsolete. 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 changed, and your hearing aid has a hard time keeping up. It’s a pain to take it out just to talk on the phone, or perhaps you got a new job and now have to cope with more background noise.
- Your hearing aid randomly quits working. It’s just not dependable anymore, and that’s problematic.
- It’s clear that you have an analog device. You need to go digital as soon as you can.
- Your hearing aid seems heavy. Analog hearing aids weigh more.
- Your hearing aid is all you see when you look in a mirror. That obsolete technology occupies a lot of space, also.
- You need to replace the batteries constantly. Contemporary hearing aids are more energy efficient, and some come with rechargeable batteries.
It’s not brain surgery. It’s time to replace your hearing aids if they’re more than 7 years old.