If you still have an old-fashioned ear trumpet in hand than obviously, it’s time to upgrade. When you use conventional hearing aids, making that call is more tricky. Your ten year old hearing aids still function, right?
While it may be true that older hearing aids are better than nothing, chances are what little benefit you get from them comes at a cost. In the past few years, hearing aids have advanced dramatically. Some of the functions of modern-day hearing aids hadn’t even been designed a decade ago. For one thing, they’ve advanced from analog to digital. Why should you be considering an upgrade? Here are some good reasons.
Old Hearing Aids Are Unreliable
Cheaper or older hearing aids often have an aggravating buzzing noise. What about that feedback any time you get near a phone, that’s enjoyable. That loud feedback occasionally occurs for no noticeable reason. What caused it now?
You’ve Become Desensitized to its Low Quality
You’re now used to wondering why the sound of traffic is so noisy or to sitting quietly while everyone else has interesting conversation. Recall 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.
Older hearing aids have all of these types of issues. Raising the volume was the primary goal in hearing aids a decade ago. These days, hearing aids do magic tricks like filtering out background noise, so say goodbye to the air conditioner.
The Old Ones Are Bleeding Money
Cost is always an issue in relation to an upgrade. You will need to make an initial purchase with new hearing aids but old ones will also be expensive with time. You will be continually replacing batteries when you have an analog hearing aid. If you are buying new batteries every single day, or even more than once a day, the costs can get very high.
Repair costs can also soar with out dated hearing aids. 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.
Nowadays, we Have Smart Technology
Most contemporary hearing aids have Bluetooth functionality. You won’t find that in an analog device. Having Bluetooth built into your digital hearing aid means that it’s compatible with your phone, your computer, perhaps even your television (unless they’re ten years old, as well.)
The Key to Everything is Communication
It has been found by research, that you could earn less money if you suffer from hearing loss. Doesn’t it seem sensible then that better hearing aids would be a career asset? It will be easier to hear what your boss and customers are saying. You will follow directions without wondering if you heard it right and have essential conversations without worrying about whether your hearing aids will hold up or not.
And clearly you will have an improved quality of life if you have effective communication skills. You don’t need to sit like a wallflower in the middle of conversations anymore. Jump in and engage with the people around you.
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? Obvious? Oh my god? Flexibility and style are some of the most considerable reasons to replace your hearing aid. You can get hearing aids in lots of colors, shapes, and sizes nowadays. You can wear a visible one in your favorite color or a discrete one hidden from sight inside your ear.
How to Know When it’s Time For an Upgrade
Now you recognize why a hearing aid upgrade is necessary, now it’s time to learn what makes a hearing aid obsolete. The time has come and here are the indications:
- Your hearing has changed. You don’t hear as well as you used to even with the hearing aid in place.
- Your old hearing aid just can’t keep up with your changing life. Whenever you have to use the phone, you have to remove it and background noise has become a real issue.
- Your hearing aid keeps quitting. It’s simply not reliable anymore, and that’s a problem.
- It’s obvious that you have an analog hearing aid. Ouch, go digital fast.
- Your hearing aid seems heavy. Clunky, old technology weighs more.
- Your hearing aid juts out like a sore thumb. That obsolete technology takes up a lot of space, too.
- You need to replace the batteries constantly. Modern hearing aids are frequently rechargeable and are also more energy efficient.
It isn’t brain surgery. If you’ve had your hearing aids for more than seven years, it’s time to upgrade and hear better.