When should I upgrade my hearing aids?
This is a popular question we hear from our patients, and the answer requires some thought. While hearing aids normally have a life-span of 3-7 years, there are a few cases in which you may desire to upgrade sooner.
Here are 4 reasons you may want to consider a hearing aid upgrade.
1. Your hearing aids are no longer working well
If your hearing aids are not functioning as effectively as they used to, the first option to consider is cleaning or repair.
Hearing aids are exposed to earwax, moisture, and other debris, so your hearing aids may simply need a cleaning. In other cases, the electronics within the hearing aids need repair, but otherwise the hearing aids remain effective.
If your hearing aids are harmed beyond repair, however, or if they are past their standard life-span, you may wish to upgrade to a new set.
2. Your hearing requirements are not being met
Let’s say you obtain a new job that necessitates a lot of speaking on the phone, which has regularly been a problem for you with your current hearing aids. You learn about a new model of hearing aid that can stream calls wirelessly from your iPhone straight to your hearing aids, resulting in clear sound that you can freely adjust. In this scenario, you might want to upgrade your hearing aids to accommodate your new hearing requirements.
It’s a good idea to make a list of all the situations in which your current hearing aids are not performing to your preference. Then, by talking with a hearing specialist, you can find the hearing aids that can better satisfy your needs.
3. Your hearing has changed
Hearing can and does change through the years, and it’s possible that your present hearing aids, while sufficient at first, are now incapable of handling your hearing loss. If this is the situation, you will need a new hearing examination and a new pair of hearing aids programmed to correspond to your hearing loss.
4. You want to take advantage of new technology
Hearing aid technology is evolving quickly; just 10 years ago it would have sounded like science fiction to believe that you could stream music wirelessly from your iPod to your hearing aids. Every year, extraordinary new functionality is added to new hearing aid models, and you may find that you’d like to take advantage of the new technology.
For instance, maybe you just purchased a new Apple Watch and you discovered that some of the new hearing aid types are compatible. If you wish to control your hearing aids with the watch, you would need to upgrade to a appropriate model.
The decision to upgrade your hearing aids in the end boils down to answering two questions:
- Are my current hearing aids fulfilling all of my listening needs?
- Is there new technology or functionality that I would like to take advantage of?
Hearing aid technology is evolving rapidly, and many of our patients are surprised to find out what the new hearing aid models are capable of. And the truth is, you can’t really answer the second question without knowing what’s available to you.
If you would like to know what some of your options are, give us a call today and we’ll show you all the available technology and how it could make your life better and easier. You might be surprised at what you discover.