If you are walking around with an old-school ear trumpet in hand than obviously, it’s time for an upgrade. When you wear conventional hearing aids, making that call is more tricky. You purchased your hearing aids 10 years ago, and they still do the job, right?
Maybe you are better off having obsolete hearing aids than having none, what’s the real cost? Hearing aid tech has progressed in the last few years. It’s advanced from analog to digital, for starters, and there are features now that weren’t even invented a decade ago. Why should you be considering an upgrade? Here are a few good reasons.
Old Hearing Aids Are Not Very Reliable
Cheaper or older hearing aids often have an annoying buzzing noise. And it’s always a great time when you get near a phone and your hearing aid begins to feedback. That deafening feedback sometimes occurs for no obvious reason. Now why is it feeding back?
You’ve Become Desensitized to its Low Quality
You’re used to going to a quiet place while everyone around you take part in conversation or questioning why the air conditioning unit is so loud. Don’t forget the time your grandchild performed a beautiful song for you, but you only heard every other word because your hearing aids kept going out. But you still clapped.
These are all drawbacks associated with old hearing aids. A decade ago the emphasis was on raising the volume. These days, hearing aids do magic tricks like filtering out background noise, so no more noisy air conditioner.
Old Hearing Aids Are Bleeding Money
Expenses are always a factor when considering an upgrade. Newer tech is not cheap, but neither is using an old, obsolete hearing aid. Analog hearing aids need new batteries frequently. If you are purchasing new batteries on a daily basis, or even more than once a day, the costs add up.
Repair costs can also escalate with out dated hearing aids. If you think of your hearing aid as a 1992 Buick, you get the point. It’s in the shop more than it is in your ear and repairs are not cheap.
Today, we Have Smart Tech
Most contemporary hearing aids come with Bluetooth functionality. An analog device won’t have that feature. Having Bluetooth built into your digital hearing aid means it’s compatible with your phone, your computer, perhaps even your tv (unless they’re a decade old, as well.)
The Secret to Everything is Communication
Studies reveal that hearing loss can lead to a reduced paycheck. So it’s obvious that it would be a benefit to your career if you had newer hearing aids. You will be able to hear your boss and customers better. You won’t need to worry about missing some crucial information or if your hearing aid battery will die 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 by yourself when people are having conversations. Jump right in and get involved with the people around you.
You Really Want a More Stylish Looking Hearing Aid
What do you think when you look at yourself in the mirror wearing that old hearing aid? Embarrassing? Obvious? Does this make me look old? Flexibility and style are some of the more significant reasons to replace your hearing aid. You can buy hearing aids in lots of 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.
Indications That It’s Time
Now you understand all the reasons why you should get a hearing aid upgrade, but not what to specifically look for that says your device may end up being called an antique. Here are some telling signs that the time has come:
- Your hearing has changed. You don’t hear as good as you used to even with the hearing aid in.
- Your outdated hearing aid just can’t keep up with your evolving life. Whenever you have to talk on the phone, you have to remove it and background noise has become a real challenge.
- Your hearing aid keeps quitting. You really can’t count on it working when you most need it.
- It’s clear that you have an analog hearing aid. Ouch, go digital right away.
- Your ears feel weighted down. Analog hearing aids weigh more.
- Your hearing aid juts out like a sore thumb. Back when that old hearing aid was new, technology was much bigger.
- You constantly need to replace the batteries. Modern hearing aids are more energy efficient, and many come with rechargeable batteries.
It’s an easy choice. If you’ve had your hearing aids for more than seven years, it’s time to upgrade and hear better.