If you are walking around with an old-school ear trumpet at hand than obviously, it’s time for an upgrade. When you use conventional hearing aids, coming to that realization is more challenging. You bought your hearing aids a decade ago, and they still get the job done, right?
It’s possible that you are better off having obsolete hearing aids than not having one, what’s the real cost? Hearing aid technology has advanced in the last several years. It’s gone from analog to digital, for starters, and there are features now that weren’t even in the design phase a decade ago. Start thinking about some reasons why it’s time for you to be considering an upgrade.
Old Hearing Aids Are Not Very Reliable
Cheaper or older hearing aids often have an irritating buzzing noise. What about that feedback whenever you get near a phone, that’s enjoyable. Sometimes that high pitched feedback comes from nowhere, too. Now why is it feeding back?
You’ve Gotten Used to Its Failings
You’re used to sitting in quiet self-reflection while everybody around you is involved in conversation or questioning why the air conditioning unit is so noisy. Do you remember that time when your hearing aid kept cutting out when you were trying to hear your grandchild perform a song and you only heard parts of what they were singing. You still clapped, though.
Older hearing aids have all of these kinds of issues. Raising the volume was the primary goal in hearing aids a decade ago. These days, 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 thinking about a hearing aid upgrade, expense is a major consideration. Newer tech is not cheap, but neither is using an old, obsolete hearing aid. You will be constantly replacing batteries when you have an analog hearing aid. You can imagine how costly it will be, replacing batteries at least once every day.
Old hearings aids can potentially spend more time at the shop, too. If you think of your hearing aid like a 1992 Buick, you’ll get the point. It’s in the shop more than it is in your ear and repairs expensive.
Smart Tech is a Thing Now
Bluetooth capability is a newer technology that has transformed hearing aid functionality. You won’t find that in an analog device. Your phone, tablet, and even your computer can be connected, using Bluetooth, to your hearing digital aid.
Communication is The Key to Everything
It has been found by research, that you will earn less money if you have hearing loss. Doesn’t it seem sensible then that newer hearing aids would be a career asset? It will be easier to hear what your boss and customers are saying. You will be capable of following directions without being concerned whether you got it right and have important conversations without worrying about whether your hearing aids will hold up or not.
And obviously you will have a better quality of life if you have effective communication skills. You won’t have to go sit alone while people are having conversations. Don’t hesitate to get right in and engage with others.
You Really Want a More Stylish Looking Hearing Aid
When you look in the mirror at your old hearing aid, what words come to mind? Clunky? Totally obvious? Does this make me look old? Flexibility and style are some of the more considerable reasons to upgrade your hearing aid. Today’s hearing aids come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. You can have one tucked so tightly into your ear that no one will ever see it, or you can make a fashion statement with an out of the ear hearing aid in your favorite color.
Signs That It’s Time
Now you understand all the reasons 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. Here are some telling signs that the time has come:
- There are changes in your hearing. You don’t hear as good as you used to even with the hearing aid in place.
- Your outdated hearing aid just can’t keep up with your evolving life. Whenever you need to talk on the phone, you have to remove it and background noise has become a real challenge.
- Your hearing aid randomly cuts out. You really can’t rely on it working when you need it most.
- You know for a fact your hearing aid is analog. Ouch, go digital right away.
- Your ears feel weighted down. Awkward, old technology weighs more.
- Your hearing aid is the only thing you see when you look in a mirror. That old technology takes up a lot of space, as well.
- You constantly need to switch out the batteries. Contemporary hearing aids are more energy efficient, and some are rechargeable.
It’s an easy choice. It’s time to replace your hearing aids if they’re more than 7 years old.