If you still have an old-fashioned ear trumpet at hand than clearly, it’s time to upgrade. Coming to that realization when you wear conventional hearing aids is more difficult, however, so how do you know? You purchased your hearing aids a decade ago, and they still do the job, 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 cost. Hearing aid tech has advanced in the past several years. It’s gone from analog to digital, for starters, and there are features now that weren’t even invented a decade ago. Consider some reasons why you should be thinking about an upgrade.
Old Hearing Aids Are Not Very Reliable
Outdated or even poor-quality hearing aids have real issues like that irritating buzz you hear every now and again. And it’s always a good time when you get close to a phone and your hearing aid begins to feedback. At times that shrill feedback comes out of nowhere, too. Now why is it feeding back?
You’ve Gotten Complacent With Its Failings
You’ve become accustomed to pondering why the sound of traffic is so noisy or to sitting quietly while everybody else has engaging conversation. Don’t forget the time your grandchild sang you a great song she learned at school, but you only heard parts of her song because your hearing aids kept cutting out. Of course, you still clapped.
All of these are drawbacks associated with old hearing aids. Turning up the volume was the primary objective in hearing aids a decade ago. Now, unwanted noise can be filtered out and modern hearing aids can do many other really amazing things.
Old Hearing Aids Will Cost You More Money
When you’re thinking about a hearing aid upgrade, cost is a big factor. The new technology is not cheap, but neither is wearing an old, obsolete hearing aid. You will be constantly buying new batteries with an analog hearing aid. If you are purchasing 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Out of date hearings aids can potentially need repair, also.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 shop more than it is in your ear and repairs are not cheap.
Nowadays, we Have Smart Technology
Many modern hearing aids have Bluetooth capabilities. You won’t get that in an analog unit. Having Bluetooth integrated into your digital hearing aid means that it’s compatible with your computer, your phone, possibly even your tv (unless they’re a decade old, too.)
The Secret to Everything is Communication
Studies show that hearing loss can mean a lower paycheck. Doesn’t it make sense then that better hearing aids would be a career asset? It will be easier to hear what customers and your boss are saying. You won’t have to worry about missing some important information or if your hearing aid battery will die when you need it most.
Of course, better communication means an improved quality of life, also. You won’t need to go sit by yourself when people are talking. Jump right in and engage with the people around you.
You Really Want a More Stylish Looking Hearing Aid
What do you think when you check yourself out in the mirror with that old hearing aid? Clunky? Obvious? Oh my god? One of the most considerable benefits that come with replacing old hearing aids is versatility and style. Modern hearing aids come in a number of shapes, sizes, and colors. You can have one hidden so tightly into 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.
Clues That It’s Time
Now you know all the reasons you should want a hearing aid upgrade, but not what to specifically look for that says your device is at risk of being called an antique. Here are a few telling indications that the time has come:
- There are changes in your hearing. You don’t hear as good as you once did even with the hearing aid in your ear.
- Your life has evolved, and your hearing aid has a hard time keeping up. It’s a chore to take it out just to use the phone, or maybe you’ve changed jobs and now have to deal with more background noise.
- Your hearing aid randomly cuts out. It’s simply not dependable anymore, and that’s an issue.
- You know for a fact your hearing aid is analog. You ought to go digital as soon as you can.
- Your hearing aid is heavy. Clunky, old technology weighs more.
- Your hearing aid sticks out like a sore thumb. That old technology occupies a lot of space, too.
- You are replacing the batteries every day. Contemporary hearing aids are more energy efficient, and some come with rechargeable batteries.
It’s an easy decision. If you’ve had your hearing aids for seven years or more, it’s time to trade up and hear better.