If you are walking around with an old-fashioned ear trumpet in hand than obviously, it’s time to upgrade. When you wear conventional hearing aids, coming to that realization is more difficult. Your decade old hearing aids still work, right?
While it could be true that older hearing aids are better than nothing, it’s likely that what little benefit you get from using them comes at a price. Hearing aid tech has progressed in the last several years. Some of the functions of modern hearing aids hadn’t even been invented 10 years ago. For starters, they’ve gone to digital from analog. Why should you be considering an upgrade? Here are some good reasons.
The Old Hearing Aid Isn’t That Dependable
Outdated or even poor-quality hearing aids have real problems like that irritating buzz you hear every now and then. And it’s always a fun time when you get near a phone and your hearing aid begins to feedback. At times that shrill feedback comes out of nowhere, too. Now why is this happening?
You’ve Become Desensitized to its Poor Quality
You’re used to sitting in quiet self-reflection while everybody around you engages in conversation or wondering why the air conditioner is so noisy. Remember 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. But you still clapped.
Older hearing aids have all of these types of issues. Raising the volume was the main goal in hearing aids ten years ago. Today, hearing aids do magic tricks like filtering out background noise, so no more noisy air conditioner.
Old Hearing Aids Are Wasting Money
When you’re considering upgrading your hearing aid, cost is a major consideration. You will have to make an initial investment with new hearing aids but old ones will also be expensive over time. You will be constantly buying new batteries with an analog hearing aid. If you are replacing the batteries on a daily basis, or even more often than that, the costs add up.
Old hearings aids can potentially need repair, also. If you think of your hearing aid like you think of a 1992 car you would understand where we are coming from. It’s in the repair shop more than it’s in your ear and repairs are not cheap.
Smart Tech is a Thing Now
Most modern hearing aids have Bluetooth capabilities. An analog device won’t come with that feature. Your phone, tablet, and even your computer can be connected, using Bluetooth, to your hearing digital aid.
The Secret to Everything is Communication
It has been found by research, that you could earn less money if you have hearing loss. So it’s apparent that it would be a benefit to your career if you had newer hearing aids. It will be easier to hear what customers and your boss are saying. You won’t have to worry about missing some important piece of information or if your hearing aid battery will quit when you need it most.
And obviously you will have a better quality of life if you have good communication skills. You won’t have to go sit alone while people are having conversations. Jump right in and get involved with the people around you.
You Really Want a More Stylish Looking Hearing Aid
When you check out your old hearing aid in the mirror, what words come to mind? Awkward? Totally obvious? Oh my god? Flexibility and style are some of the most considerable reasons to upgrade your hearing aid. Modern 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 know all the reasons why you should get a hearing aid upgrade, but not what to specifically look for that says your device may end up being called an antique. The time has come and here are the signs:
- There are changes in your hearing. Even when you have your hearing aids in your ears, it seems like you don’t hear as well.
- Your outdated hearing aid just can’t keep up with your evolving life. It’s annoying to take it out just to use the phone, or maybe you got a new job and now have to deal with more background noise.
- Your hearing aid randomly quits working. You really can’t rely on it working when you need it most.
- It’s obvious that you have an analog device. You need to go digital as soon as you can.
- Your ears feel heavy. Analog hearing aids weigh more.
- Your hearing aid is the only thing you see when you look in a mirror. That obsolete technology occupies a lot of space, too.
- You constantly have to change the batteries. Modern hearing aids are frequently rechargeable and are also more energy efficient.
It’s an easy decision. It’s time to replace your hearing aids if they’re more than 7 years old.