If you have an older ear horn of a hearing aid, it’s time to upgrade it. It’s often tricky to know whether your hearing aids really should be replaced. You purchased your hearing aids a decade ago, and they still seem to work, right?
Do you assume that your outdated hearing aids are fine? Ask yourself “what is the actual cost”? In the past couple of years, hearing aid engineering has come a long way. A decade ago many modern functions weren’t even in design phases. Since then we’ve changed from analog to digital, for starters. It’s absolutely time to think about an upgrade. Consider several reasons why.
Out Of Date Hearing Aids Quit Regularly
There is an annoying buzz you can hear sometimes with outdated or less expensive hearing aids. How about that awful feedback whenever you go close to a phone, that’s enjoyable. Often times that harsh feedback comes out of nowhere, too. “What now”?
Even Though You’ve Become Complacent About it Failing, That Doesn’t Mean it’s Not a Problem.
It’s not unusual for you to hang by yourself and miss out on the stimulating discussion. How sad was the time when your grandson sang you a tune he learned but you could only hear little bits and pieces? You had to pretend that you heard it but you didn’t.
Outdated hearing aids have all of these failings. The focus a decade ago was on increasing the volume. Today’s technology filters out frustrating loud background noise such as a humming fan. That fan was actually not as noisy as those obsolete hearing aids made it sound.
It Can be Expensive Having Old Hearing Aids
One concern when you are purchasing new hearing aids is undoubtedly the cost. When you carefully consider all the factors, you will come to realize that out of date hearing aids will wind up costing you more than new ones. Analog devices require new batteries a lot. When you are changing the battery daily, or even more frequently than that, the cost adds up.
Out of date hearing aids break regularly and require repair service. Think about having to deal with an old car. Repair services are costly if your hearing aid is in the shop more than it’s in your ear.
Believe it or Not we Currently Have Smart Technology
Bluetooth capability is an important feature in new hearing aid technology. You will never get that with an analog device. Having Bluetooth built into your digital hearing aid means it’s compatible with your cell phone, your computer, and maybe even your television (unless they’re 10 years old, too.)
Communication is The Key to Everything
Studies indicate that loss of hearing can mean a lower pay-rate. Who wouldn’t want an asset to their career? high-quality hearing aids are that asset. When at work, it is important to be able to hear your bosses instructions or maybe even a customer’s questions. No more stress over whether you may have missed crucial information, or whether your hearing aids will stop working at the worst time.
Of course, better communication means a higher quality of life, as well. No more getting caught in the middle of discussions that you can’t even hear. Jump in and engage with the people all around you.
You Would Really Like Your Hearing Aid to be Cool
When you look in the mirror at your out of date hearing aid, what comes to mind? Clunky? Noticeable? Seriously?? One of the most important benefits that come with updating old hearing aids is stylishness and flexibility. Current hearing aids come in a wide array of shapes, sizes, and colors. If you would like to make a fashion statement, choose a custom color, or maybe go with one that is invisible inside the ear.
When is it Time to Invest in a New Hearing Aid?
Now you know all the reasons you should upgrade your hearing aids. Nevertheless, some telltale signs will reveal that your hearing aid is obsolete:
- Your hearing has changed. You don’t hear as well as you used to even with the hearing aid in .
- Your life has changed, and your hearing aid has a difficult time keeping up. It’s a pain to take it out just to talk on the phone, or maybe you’ve changed jobs and now you have to cope with more background noise.
- Your hearing aid keeps cutting out. It’s just not reliable now, and that’s a problem.
- You know for a fact that your hearing aid is analog. Ouch, time to go digital.
- Your hearing aid is heavy. Clunky, old technology weighs a lot.
- Your hearing aid is all you see when you look in a mirror. That old technology takes up a lot of space, too.
- You are changing the batteries constantly. Contemporary hearing aids are much more energy efficient and some come with rechargeable batteries.
It’s not rocket science. If you’ve had your hearing aids for more than seven years, it’s time to trade up and hear better. Contact a hearing aid professional to get started.