If you are walking around with an old-fashioned ear trumpet at hand than plainly, it’s time to upgrade. Making that call when you have conventional hearing aids is trickier, though, so how does one know? You got your hearing aids a decade ago, and they still get the job done, right?
While it could be true that older hearing aids are better than nothing, it’s likely that what little advantage you get from using them comes at a price. Hearing aid tech has progressed in the last several years. It’s advanced from analog to digital, for one thing, and there are features now that weren’t even in the design phase a decade ago. Start thinking about some reasons why you should be thinking about an upgrade.
Old Hearing Aids Are Not Very Reliable
Cheaper or older hearing aids frequently have an aggravating buzzing sound. What about that feedback any time you get near a phone, that’s enjoyable. That deafening feedback sometimes happens for no obvious reason. What caused it now?
You’ve Gotten Complacent With Its Failings
You’ve become accustomed to wondering why the sound of traffic is so noisy or to going off quietly while everybody else has stimulating discussions. Remember when your hearing aid kept dropping out when you were trying to hear your grandchild perform a song and you could only hear parts of what they were singing. You still clapped, though.
These are all weaknesses connected with old hearing aids. Raising the volume was the main objective in hearing aids ten years ago. Now, undesirable noise can be filtered out and modern hearing aids can do many other really awesome things.
The Old Ones Are Wasting Money
When you’re considering upgrading your hearing aid, cost is a major consideration. You will need to make a preliminary purchase with new hearing aids but old ones will also be expensive over time. Analog hearing aids need new batteries frequently. If you are purchasing new batteries on a daily basis, or even more often than that, the costs add up.
Repair costs can also soar with out dated hearing aids. If you think of your hearing aid like you think of a 1992 car you would understand where we are coming from. Repairs are expensive and it’s always in the repair shop.
Smart Tech is a Thing Now
Many contemporary hearing aids come with Bluetooth functionality. An analog device won’t have that feature. Your phone, tablet, and even your computer can be connected, via Bluetooth, to your hearing digital aid.
Communication is The Key to Everything
It has been found by research, that you may earn less money if you suffer from hearing loss. Doesn’t it seem sensible then that better hearing aids would be a career asset? It will be easier to hear what your boss and customers are saying. You will follow directions without being concerned whether you heard it right and have essential conversations without worrying about whether your hearing aids will hold up or not.
And clearly you will have an improved quality of life if you have effective communication skills. You don’t have to sit like a wallflower during conversations anymore. Don’t hesitate to get right in and engage with others.
You Really Want a Sleeker Looking Hearing Aid
When you look in the mirror at your old hearing aid, what words come to mind? Awkward? Totally obvious? Oh my god? Versatility and style are some of the more significant reasons to replace your hearing aid. Today’s hearing aids come in a variety of colors, sizes, and shapes. You can wear a visible one in your favorite color or an internal one hidden from sight inside your ear.
Indications That It’s Time
Now you see why a hearing aid upgrade is worthwhile, so it’s time to learn what makes a hearing aid obsolete. Here are a few telling signs that the time has come:
- Your hearing has changed. You don’t hear as good as you used to even with the hearing aid in your ear.
- Your outdated hearing aid just can’t keep up with your evolving life. Every time you need to use the phone, you have to take it out and background noise has become a real challenge.
- Your hearing aid keeps cutting out. You just can’t count on it working when you most need it.
- You know for sure that your hearing aid is analog. Ouch, go digital right away.
- Your ears feel weighted down. Analog hearing aids weigh a lot.
- Your hearing aid is the only thing you see when you look in a mirror. That obsolete technology occupies a lot of space, also.
- You constantly need to switch out the batteries. Modern hearing aids are frequently rechargeable and are also more energy efficient.
It’s an easy choice. It’s time to upgrade your hearing aids if they’re more than 7 years old.