If you are walking around with an old-fashioned ear trumpet in hand than clearly, it’s time for an upgrade. Making that call when you wear conventional hearing aids is trickier, however, so how do you know? You bought your hearing aids 10 years ago, and they still do the job, right?
Maybe you are better off using obsolete hearing aids than having none, what’s the real cost? Hearing aid technology has advanced in the past few years. It’s gone from analog to digital, for starters, and there are functions now that weren’t even in the design phase a decade ago. Why should you be considering an upgrade? Here are some good reasons.
Your Old Hearing Aid Isn’t That Dependable
Outdated or even low-quality hearing aids have real problems like that irritating buzz you hear every now and then. What about that feedback any time you get near a phone, that’s enjoyable. Occasionally that shrill feedback comes from nowhere, too. What caused it this time?
You’ve Become Used to Its Failings
You’re used to going to a quiet place while everybody around you engages in conversation or questioning why the air conditioning unit is so loud. Recall the time your grandchild sang you a great song she learned at school, but you only heard every other word because your hearing aids kept cutting out. You still clapped, though.
All of these are drawbacks associated with outdated hearing aids. Ten years ago the focus was on raising the volume. Nowadays, unwelcome noise can be filtered out and modern hearing aids can do lots of other really amazing things.
Old Hearing Aids Can be Expensive
When you’re considering a hearing aid upgrade, expense is a major consideration. You will need to make a preliminary purchase with new hearing aids but older ones will also be costly with time. Analog hearing aids need new batteries frequently. If you are replacing the batteries on a daily basis, or even more often than that, the costs add up.
Repair costs can also soar with older 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.
Today, we Have Smart Technology
Many modern hearing aids have Bluetooth capabilities. An analog device won’t come with that feature. Your phone, tablet, and even your computer can be connected, via Bluetooth, to your hearing digital aid.
The Key to Everything is Communication
It has been revealed by research, that you will earn less money if you suffer from hearing loss. Doesn’t it make sense then that newer hearing aids would be a career asset? It will be easier to hear what customers and your boss are saying. You won’t have to stress out about missing some key piece of information or if your hearing aid battery will quit when you need it most.
And clearly you will have an improved quality of life if you have effective communication skills. You won’t have to go sit alone while people are talking. Don’t hesitate to get right in and connect with others.
You Really Want a Sleeker Looking Hearing Aid
How do you feel when you look at yourself in the mirror wearing that old hearing aid? Clunky? Obvious? Oh my god? One of the most significant perks that come with replacing old hearing aids is flexibility and style. You can buy hearing aids in many colors, sizes, and shapes these days. You can wear a visible one in your favorite color or a discrete one hidden from sight inside your ear.
How to Know That it’s Time For an Upgrade
Now you see why a hearing aid upgrade is necessary, so it’s time to determine what makes a hearing aid outdated. The time has come and here are the signs:
- Your hearing has changed. You don’t hear as good as you once did even with the hearing aid in.
- Your old hearing aid just can’t keep up with your evolving life. Whenever you need to use the phone, you have to take it out and background noise has become a big issue.
- Your hearing aid intermittently cuts out. You really can’t count on it functioning when you most need it.
- You know for a fact that your hearing aid is analog. Ouch, go digital right away.
- Your hearing aid seems heavy. Awkward, old technology weighs a lot.
- Your hearing aid is all you see when you look in a mirror. That obsolete technology occupies a lot of space, too.
- You constantly have to replace the batteries. Modern hearing aids are frequently rechargeable and are also more energy efficient.
It’s an easy decision. It’s time to replace your hearing aids if they’re more than 7 years old.