If you have an older ear horn of a hearing aid, it’s time to upgrade it. It’s usually challenging to recognize whether your hearing aids really need to be replaced. You bought your hearing aids ten years ago, and they still seem to work, right?
Do you assume that your outdated hearing aids are good enough? Ask yourself “what is the real cost”? We have made many huge advancements in hearing aid technology in past few years. It’s moved from analog to digital, to begin with, and there are functions now that weren’t even in the design phase 10 years ago. It’s definitely time to consider an upgrade. Consider a few reasons why.
Dependability is a Problem With Old Hearing Aids
There is an annoying buzz you can hear on occasion with outdated or cheaper hearing aids. How about that awful feedback whenever you go near a phone, that’s lots of fun. Then for no apparent reason at all, it begins to make noises. What caused it this time?
Even Though You’ve Become Complacent About it Failing, That Doesn’t Mean it’s Not a Problem.
You’ve become used to sitting off to the side in quiet introspection while others are engaging in the banter. How about that time when your hearing aids wouldn’t stop shutting off while your grandson was singing a little song he practiced at school. But you still clapped.
If you don’t make the upgrade to new hearing aids, you will keep having all of these issues. With the past generation technology, we simply turned up the volume. Today, hearing aids accomplish amazing tasks like filtering out background noise. So say goodbye to that air conditioner noise. That fan was really not as loud as those old hearing aids made it sound.
In The Long Run Older Hearing Aids Will Cost You More
One concern when you’re thinking of buying new hearing aids is undoubtedly the cost. Keeping your old dated hearing aids won’t be any less expensive than buying new ones ultimately. Analog devices require new batteries a lot. If you are replacing the battery every day, or even more frequently than that, the cost adds up.
Don’t forget the service costs with older technology. Think of it like having to deal with an old car. It’s in the repair shop more than it is in your ear and repair services are not cheap.
Smart Technology Gives us Great Advantage Over Older Devices
Bluetooth capability is a major feature in new hearing aid technology. Obsolete analog devices won’t have that awesome feature. Having Bluetooth built into your digital hearing aid means it’s compatible with your cell phone, your computer, maybe even your television (unless they’re ten years old, too.)
Communication is The Key to Everything
Hearing loss will most certainly lead to a lower pay rate according to studies. Doesn’t it make sense then, that better hearing aids would definitely be a career asset? You will be able to hear your boss and customers better. You will follow directions without wondering whether you got it right and will take part in essential discussions without having to worry about whether your hearing aids will work or not.
Of course, better communication means a better quality of life, also. It’s not necessary to sit like a wallflower in the middle of discussions any longer. Jump in and connect with the people all around you.
You Would Really Like Your Hearing Aid to be Cooler
How do you really feel when you see yourself in the mirror with those out of date hearing aids on? Clunky? Noticeable? Oh my god? When you replace your obsolete hearing aids you get the significant benefit of increased flexibility and refined style. There is a never-ending range of personalizations available with contemporary hearing aids such as size, color, and shape. You can have one concealed so tightly into your ear, no one will ever see it, or you can make a fashion statement with a visible hearing aid in your favorite color.
Is it Time to Buy a New Hearing Aid?
At this point you are aware of all of the reasons you should upgrade your hearing aids. Nevertheless, some telltale signs will indicate that your hearing aid is an antique:
- Your hearing has changed. You don’t hear as well as you once did even with the hearing aid in place.
- Your lifestyle has changed, and your hearing aid has a difficult time keeping up. It’s annoying to take it out just so you can have a conversation on the phone, or maybe you’ve switched jobs and now you need to manage more background noise.
- Your hearing aid won’t stop quitting. It just isn’t reliable anymore, and that’s a problem.
- You know for sure your hearing aid is analog. Ouch, time to go digital.
- Your hearing aid is heavy. Clunky, old technology weighs a lot.
- When you look in the mirror, your hearing aid is all you can see. That old technology takes up a lot of space, too.
- You are changing the batteries every day. Contemporary hearing aids are much more energy efficient and some come with rechargeable batteries.
It’s not rocket science. If you’ve owned your hearing aids for more than seven years, it’s time to upgrade and hear better. Contact a hearing aid professional to get started.