When should I upgrade my hearing aids?
This is a frequent question we hear from our patients, and the answer demands some thought. While hearing aids normally have a life-span of 3-7 years, there are several cases in which you may desire to upgrade earlier.
Here are 4 reasons you may want to consider a hearing aid upgrade.
1. Your hearing aids are no longer functioning well
If your hearing aids are not functioning as effectively as they once did, the first thing to look into is cleaning or repair.
Hearing aids are subjected to earwax, moisture, and other particles, so your hearing aids may merely need a cleaning. In other cases, the electronics within the hearing aids require repair, but otherwise the hearing aids remain effective.
If your hearing aids are harmed beyond repair, however, or if they are past their standard life-span, you might want to upgrade to a new pair.
2. Your hearing needs are not being fulfilled
Let’s say you obtain a new job that requires a lot of speaking on the phone, which has consistently been a challenge for you with your present hearing aids. You hear about a new brand of hearing aid that can stream calls wirelessly from your iPhone straight to your hearing aids, leading to clear sound that you can easily fine-tune. In this scenario, you may want to upgrade your hearing aids to match your new hearing needs.
It’s a good idea to put together a list of all the circumstances in which your current hearing aids are not operating to your liking. Then, by consulting with a hearing specialist, you can discover the hearing aids that can better satisfy your requirements.
3. Your hearing has changed
Hearing can and does change throughout the years, and it’s possible that your present hearing aids, while initially sufficient, are now incapable of dealing with your hearing loss. If this is the case, you will require a new hearing examination and a new pair of hearing aids programmed to match your hearing loss.
4. You want to make the most of cutting edge technology
Hearing aid technology is improving quickly; just ten years ago it would have sounded like science-fiction to expect that you could stream music wirelessly from your iPod to your hearing aids. Each year, extraordinary 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, maybe you just bought a new Apple Watch and you discovered that a couple 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 compatible model.
The decision to upgrade your hearing aids ultimately comes down to answering two questions:
- Are my current hearing aids meeting all of my listening needs?
- Is there new technology or functionality that I would like to take advantage of?
Hearing aid technology is evolving quickly, 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 to you.
If you would like to learn about 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 find.