If you still have an old-fashioned ear trumpet at hand than obviously, it’s time for an upgrade. When you use conventional hearing aids, making that call is more tricky. Your decade old hearing aids still function, right?
Maybe you are better off having older hearing aids than having none, what’s the real cost? In the last few years, hearing aids have advanced dramatically. It’s advanced from analog to digital, to begin with, and there are features now that weren’t even in the design phase 10 years ago. Why should you be contemplating an upgrade? Here are a few good reasons.
Old Hearing Aids Are Not Very Reliable
Lower quality or older hearing aids frequently have an aggravating buzzing noise. How about that feedback every time you get close to a phone, that’s a lot of fun. That loud feedback sometimes happens for no noticeable reason. What caused it now?
You’ve Become Desensitized to its Poor Quality
You’ve become accustomed to pondering why the sound of traffic is so loud or to sitting quietly while everyone else has interesting conversation. Remember that time when your hearing aid kept dropping out while you were trying to hear your grandchild perform a song and you could only hear parts of what they were singing. You still clapped, though.
Older hearing aids have all of these types of issues. Raising the volume was the main objective in hearing aids ten years ago. Nowadays, unwanted noise can be filtered out and modern hearing aids can do many other really amazing things.
Older Hearing Aids Will Cost You More Money
When you’re thinking about upgrading your hearing aid, cost is a big factor. You will have to make a preliminary investment with new hearing aids but older ones will also be costly over time. Analog hearing aids require new batteries frequently. If you are purchasing new batteries every single day, or even more than once a day, the costs add up.
Repair costs can also soar with older hearing aids. If you think of your hearing aid like you think of a 1992 car you would understand where we are coming from. Repairs are expensive and it’s always in the repair shop.
Smart Technology is a Thing Now
Most contemporary hearing aids have Bluetooth functionality. An analog hearing aid won’t have that feature. Your tablet, phone, and even your computer can be connected, via Bluetooth, to your hearing digital aid.
Communication is The Key to Everything
It has been revealed by research, that you will earn less money if you have hearing loss. So it’s obvious that it would be a benefit to your career if you had better hearing aids. You will be able to hear your boss and customers better. You won’t have to stress out about missing some crucial piece of information or if your hearing aid battery will quit when you need it most.
And obviously you will have an improved quality of life if you have good communication skills. You don’t have to sit like a wallflower in the middle of conversations anymore. Feel free to get right in and connect with others.
You Just Want Your Hearing Aid to be More Stylish
What do you think when you look at yourself in the mirror wearing that old hearing aid? Clunky? Totally obvious? Does this make me look old? Versatility and style are some of the more considerable reasons to replace your hearing aid. You can get hearing aids in lots of colors, sizes, and shapes nowadays. You can have one concealed so tightly into your ear that nobody will ever see it, or you can make a fashion statement with an out of the ear hearing aid in your favorite color.
How to Know When it’s Time For an Upgrade
Now you understand all the reasons why you should get 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 indications:
- Your hearing has changed. You don’t hear as well as you used to even with the hearing aid in.
- Your life has evolved, and your hearing aid has a difficult time keeping up. It’s a chore to take it out just to talk on the phone, or perhaps you got a new job and now have to deal with more background noise.
- Your hearing aid randomly quits working. You just can’t rely on it functioning when you need it most.
- It’s clear that you have an analog hearing aid. Ouch, go digital right away.
- Your hearing aid seems heavy. Clunky, old technology weighs a lot.
- Your hearing aid sticks out like a sore thumb. That old technology occupies a lot of space, too.
- You need to replace the batteries every day. Modern hearing aids are frequently rechargeable and are also more energy efficient.
It’s an easy choice. It’s time to upgrade your hearing aids if they’re more than 7 years old.