When should I upgrade my hearing aids?
This is a regular question we hear from our patients, and the answer demands some thought. While hearing aids typically have a life-span of 3-7 years, there are a few circumstances 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 working well
If your hearing aids are not working as well as they used to, the first thing to look into is cleaning or repair.
Hearing aids are subjected to earwax, humidity, and other debris, so your hearing aids may simply 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, on the other hand, or if they are beyond their normal life-span, you might wish to upgrade to a new set.
2. Your hearing requirements are not being fulfilled
Let’s say you obtain a new job that requires a lot of speaking on the phone, which has regularly been a problem for you with your present hearing aids. You learn about a new brand of hearing aid that can stream phone calls wirelessly from your iPhone directly to your hearing aids, leading to clear sound that you can freely adjust. In this scenario, you might want to upgrade your hearing aids to cater to your new hearing needs.
It’s a smart idea to create a list of all the scenarios in which your existing hearing aids are not performing to your liking. 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 throughout the years, and it’s possible that your current hearing aids, while initially sufficient, are now incapable of dealing with your hearing loss. If this is the case, you will need a new hearing test and a new set of hearing aids programmed to match your hearing loss.
4. You want to take advantage of new technology
Hearing aid technology is evolving rapidly; 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, amazing 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 example, perhaps you just purchased a new Apple Watch and you learned that some of the new hearing aid models 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 requirements?
- Is there new technology or functionality that I would like to benefit from?
Hearing aid technology is evolving rapidly, and many of our patients are surprised to discover 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 explain to you all the available technology and how it could make your life better and easier. You might be surprised at what you find.