If you are walking around with an old-fashioned ear trumpet in hand than obviously, it’s time for an upgrade. Coming to that realization when you have conventional hearing aids is more difficult, though, so how do you know? Your decade old hearing aids still work, right?
While it might be true that older hearing aids are better than no hearing aids, chances are what little benefit you get from using them comes at a cost. In the past several years, hearing aids have dramatically advanced. Some of the functions of modern hearing aids hadn’t even been invented a decade ago. For starters, they’ve advanced to digital from analog. Consider some reasons why you should be thinking about an upgrade.
Old Hearing Aids Are Unreliable
Lower quality or older hearing aids frequently have an aggravating buzzing sound. What about that feedback every time you get close to a phone, that’s a lot of fun. Occasionally that high pitched 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 everyone around you is involved in conversation or wondering why the air conditioner is so noisy. Do you remember when your hearing aid kept cutting out when you were attempting to listen to your grandchild perform a song and you could only hear some of what they were singing. But you still clapped.
All of these are drawbacks connected with old hearing aids. A decade ago the emphasis was on raising the volume. Today, hearing aids perform magic tricks like filtering out background noise, so say goodbye to the air conditioner.
Old Hearing Aids Are Wasting Money
Expenses are always a factor in relation to an upgrade. Newer technology is not cheap, but neither is using an old, obsolete hearing aid. You will be continually replacing batteries with an analog hearing aid. If you are purchasing new batteries every single day, or even more often than that, the costs add up.
Out of date hearings aids can potentially need repair, too. If you think of your hearing aid like a 1992 Buick, you’ll get the point. Repairs are expensive and it’s constantly in the repair shop.
Smart Technology is a Thing Now
Many modern hearing aids have Bluetooth functionality. 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.
The Key to Everything is Communication
Studies show that hearing loss can mean a lower paycheck. So it’s clear 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 be concerned about missing some key information or if your hearing aid battery will die when you need it most.
And obviously you will have a better quality of life if you have effective communication skills. You won’t have to go sit by yourself when people are having conversations. Don’t hesitate to get right in and connect with others.
You Really Want a Sleeker Looking Hearing Aid
What do you think when you look at yourself in the mirror wearing that old hearing aid? Clunky? Totally obvious? Oh my god? Flexibility and style are some of the more considerable reasons to update your hearing aid. You can get hearing aids in numerous colors, shapes, and sizes nowadays. You can wear a visible one in your favorite color or an internal one hidden from sight inside your ear.
Signs That It’s Time
Now you recognize why a hearing aid upgrade is important, so now it’s time to learn what makes a hearing aid outdated. The time has come and here are the indications:
- There are changes in your hearing. Even when you have your hearing aids in your ears, it seems like you can’t hear as well.
- Your old hearing aid just can’t keep up with your changing life. Every time you have to use the phone, you have to remove it and background noise has become a real problem.
- Your hearing aid randomly cuts out. It’s simply not reliable anymore, and that’s a problem.
- You know for sure your hearing aid is analog. You need to go digital as soon as possible.
- Your hearing aid is heavy. Analog hearing aids weigh more.
- Your hearing aid juts out like a sore thumb. Back when that old hearing aid was made, technology was much larger.
- You are replacing the batteries constantly. Modern hearing aids are frequently rechargeable and are also more energy efficient.
It’s not rocket science. It’s time to upgrade your hearing aids if they’re more than 7 years old.