When should I upgrade my hearing aids?
This is a popular question we hear from our patients, and the answer demands some thought. While hearing aids ordinarily have a life-span of 3-7 years, there are a few situations in which you may want to upgrade earlier.
Here are 4 reasons you may want to consider an upgrade.
1. Your hearing aids are no longer functioning well
If your hearing aids are not performing as well as they used to, the first option to look into is cleaning or repair.
Hearing aids are exposed to earwax, humidity, and other particles, so your hearing aids may merely require a cleaning. Other times, the electronics within the hearing aids require repair, but otherwise the hearing aids are still effective.
If your hearing aids are harmed beyond repair, however, or if they are past their standard life-span, you might wish to upgrade to a new set.
2. Your hearing requirements are not being fulfilled
Let’s say you land 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 hear about a new model of hearing aid that can stream calls wirelessly from your iPhone directly to your hearing aids, resulting in clear sound that you can easily modify. In this situation, you may want to upgrade your hearing aids to support your new hearing requirements.
It’s a smart idea to put together a list of all the circumstances in which your existing hearing aids are not functioning to your liking. Then, by talking with a hearing specialist, you can find the hearing aids that can better meet 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 require a new hearing examination and a new set of hearing aids programmed to match your hearing loss.
4. You want to take advantage of cutting edge technology
Hearing aid technology is improving rapidly; just ten years ago it would have sounded like science fiction to imagine that you could stream music wirelessly from your iPod to your hearing aids. Each year, incredible 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 a few of the new hearing aid models are compatible. If you want to control your hearing aids with the watch, you would need to upgrade to a compatible model.
The decision to upgrade your hearing aids in the end boils down to answering two questions:
- Are my current hearing aids meeting all of my listening requirements?
- Is there new technology or functionality that I would like to benefit from?
Hearing aid technology is advancing rapidly, and many of our patients are amazed to find out what the new hearing aid models are capable of. And the fact is, you can’t really answer the second question without knowing what’s available.
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 may be surprised at what you discover.