If you are walking around with an old-school ear trumpet at hand than plainly, it’s time to upgrade. Making that call when you wear conventional hearing aids is more difficult, though, so how do you know? Your decade old hearing aids still function, right?
Maybe you are better off using older hearing aids than having none, what’s the real price? In the last few years, hearing aids have dramatically advanced. It’s gone from analog to digital, for one thing, and there are functions now that weren’t even invented 10 years ago. Consider some reasons why it’s time for you to be considering an upgrade.
Old Hearing Aids Are Not Very Reliable
Outdated or even low-quality hearing aids have serious issues like that aggravating buzz you hear every now and again. How about that feedback any time you get near a phone, that’s a lot of fun. That loud feedback sometimes happens for no noticeable reason. Now why is it feeding back?
You’ve Become Desensitized to its Poor Quality
You’ve become accustomed to wondering why the sound of traffic is so loud or to sitting quietly while everybody else has stimulating discussions. Recall 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 problems. A decade ago the focus was on turning up the volume. Nowadays, hearing aids perform magic tricks like filtering out background noise, so no more noisy air conditioner.
Older Hearing Aids Will Cost You More Money
When you’re thinking about upgrading your hearing aid, expense is a big factor. You will have to make a preliminary investment with new hearing aids but older ones will also be costly with time. Analog hearing aids need new batteries frequently. You can imagine how costly it will be, buying new batteries at least once a day.
Repair costs can also soar with out dated hearing aids. If you think of your hearing aid as a 1992 Buick, you’ll get the idea. Repairs are expensive and it’s always in the repair shop.
Smart Tech is a Thing Now
Most contemporary hearing aids have Bluetooth functionality. An analog device won’t come with that feature. Your tablet, phone, and even your computer can be connected, using Bluetooth, to your hearing digital aid.
The Secret to Everything is Communication
Studies show that hearing loss can mean a reduced paycheck. Doesn’t it seem sensible then that newer hearing aids would be a career asset? You will hear your boss and customers better. You will follow directions without being concerned whether you got it right and have essential conversations without worrying about whether your hearing aids will hold up or not.
Needless to say, better communication means a better quality of life, as well. You won’t have to go sit alone while people are having conversations. Don’t hesitate to get right in and connect with others.
You Really Want a More Stylish Looking Hearing Aid
When you look at your old hearing aid in the mirror, what words come to mind? Clunky? Obvious? Oh my god? Flexibility and style are some of the most significant reasons to update your hearing aid. You can buy hearing aids in many colors, sizes, and shapes today. You can wear a visible one in your favorite color or an internal one tucked invisibly inside your ear.
Indications That It’s Time
Now you understand all the reasons why you should get a hearing aid upgrade, but not what to specifically look for that says your device is at risk of being called an antique. The time has come and here are the signs:
- Your hearing has changed. Even when you have the 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 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 cuts out. You really can’t count on it working when you need it most.
- You know for sure your hearing aid is analog. You should go digital as soon as possible.
- Your ears feel heavy. Clunky, old technology weighs a lot.
- Your hearing aid is the only thing you see when you look in a mirror. That old technology occupies a lot of space, as well.
- You are replacing the batteries every day. Modern hearing aids are more energy efficient, and some come with rechargeable batteries.
It isn’t rocket science. If you’ve had your hearing aids for seven years or more, it’s time to trade up and hear better.