If you are walking around with an old-school ear trumpet at hand than plainly, it’s time to upgrade. When you use conventional hearing aids, coming to that realization is more difficult. Your ten year old hearing aids still function, right?
While it may 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. In the past several years, hearing aids have dramatically advanced. It’s advanced from analog to digital, to begin with, and there are features now that weren’t even in the design phase 10 years ago. Start thinking about some reasons why you should be thinking about an upgrade.
Your Old One Isn’t That Dependable
Cheaper or older hearing aids frequently have an aggravating buzzing noise. What about that feedback whenever you get near a phone, that’s a lot of fun. That deafening feedback sometimes happens for no noticeable reason. Now why is it feeding back?
You’ve Become Desensitized to its Low Quality
You are used to going to a quiet place while everyone around you participates in conversation or wondering why the air conditioning unit is so noisy. Remember when your hearing aid kept cutting out while you were trying to listen to your grandchild sing a song and you could only hear parts of what they were singing. You still clapped, though.
These are all drawbacks connected with outdated hearing aids. A decade ago the emphasis was on turning up the volume. Now, undesirable noise can be filtered out and modern hearing aids can do many other truly amazing things.
Older Hearing Aids Can be Expensive
Expenses are always an issue when it comes to an upgrade. Newer tech is not cheap, but neither is wearing an old, out-of-date hearing aid. You will be constantly replacing batteries when you have an analog hearing aid. You can understand how expensive it will be, purchasing new batteries at least once every day.
Repair costs can also soar with older hearing aids. If you think of your hearing aid as a 1992 Buick, you get the idea. It’s in the shop more than it’s in your ear and repairs expensive.
Smart Tech is a Thing Now
Bluetooth capability is a newer technology which has transformed hearing aid capability. You won’t find that in an analog unit. Your tablet, phone, and even your computer can be connected, using Bluetooth, to your hearing digital aid.
Communication is The Key to Everything
Studies show that hearing loss can lead to a reduced paycheck. So it’s apparent that it would be a benefit to your career if you had better hearing aids. You will hear customers and your boss better. You won’t need to stress out about missing some essential information or if your hearing aid battery will die when you need it most.
And obviously you will have an improved quality of life if you have good communication skills. You don’t have to sit like a wallflower during discussions anymore. Jump in and engage with the people around you.
You Really Want a More Stylish Looking Hearing Aid
When you check out your old hearing aid in the mirror, how do you feel? Awkward? Totally obvious? Does this make me look old? One of the most considerable benefits that come with replacing old hearing aids is versatility and style. Contemporary hearing aids come in a number of colors, sizes, and shapes. You can wear a visible one in your favorite color or an internal one tucked invisibly inside your ear.
Signs That It’s Time
Now you recognize why a hearing aid upgrade is worthwhile, so now it’s time to determine what makes a hearing aid obsolete. The time has come and here are the indications:
- There are changes in your hearing. You don’t hear as well as you once did even with the hearing aid in place.
- Your outdated hearing aid just can’t keep up with your changing life. It’s a pain to take it out just to talk on the phone, or maybe you’ve changed jobs and now have to cope with more background noise.
- Your hearing aid randomly cuts out. It’s simply not dependable anymore, and that’s problematic.
- You know for a fact your hearing aid is analog. You should go digital as soon as possible.
- Your hearing aid seems heavy. Analog hearing aids weigh more.
- Your hearing aid is the only thing you see when you look in a mirror. That obsolete technology takes up a lot of space, also.
- You are replacing the batteries every day. Contemporary hearing aids are more energy efficient, and many are rechargeable.
It’s not brain surgery. If you’ve had your hearing aids for more than seven years, it’s time to upgrade and hear better.