When you find something you really like and it works well for you, you don’t want to give it up. Hearing aids are no different. Once you’ve found a comfortable and reliable device, you probably hesitate to make a switch. Picking out a new hearing aid can be challenging; the longer you’ve had your device, the more overwhelming the decision may seem.
But there comes a point when you'll need to retire your old devices. And, it doesn’t have to be overwhelming or worrisome. Here are a few of the signs the time has come.
1. Your Hearing Has Changed
Hearing loss often changes with age, so if you’ve had your hearing aids for a while, they may no longer match your needs. If you’ve experienced progressive hearing loss, chances are you’ll need a new device to support your new prescription.
What’s the best way to find out if your devices still hold up? Test your hearing regularly with a doctoral-level audiologist. Keeping a close eye on how well your devices support your hearing will let you know when it’s time for new ones.
2. Frequent or Costly Repairs
Does it seem like every time you turn around, you’re taking your hearing devices back for repairs? Did you just get an estimate for repairs and wonder if it would be cheaper to just get a new device? Is your device over five years old? It is likely there are better technologies to help you hear your best?
If so, it’s probably time to look into getting a new device. A hearing aid is like any other piece of equipment; with age, it begins to break down. Because the technology is so sophisticated, repairs can add up—if the model is outdated, you may not even be able to get it repaired.
If your device is in for more repair one to two times per year, you may want to start your search for a new device. There may be big improvements in technology and performance that could help you more than you realize.
3. They’re More Than Five Years Old
Just as age plays into how frequently you’ll need to make repairs or how costly those repairs will be, the age of your hearing aid is important to how functional it is. With the latest technological advancements, hearing aids can do more than ever before. For example, for some patients it makes sense to utilize wireless connectivity allowing you to utilize Bluetooth technology to connect to your phone and other devices.
If your devices are older; they may not incorporate this technology or they might be incompatible with, say, your brand new iPhone. The programming or software in your devices also may become outdated, which means you could benefit from updated processing to adjust to the sound environment or better adjust for speech.
4. You Want the Best
There are many available technology options and levels. Don’t be fooled by inexpensive technologies. When it comes to hearing aid technology, you get what you pay for and investing in good technology that is programmed and fit to your specific prescription and unique needs is critical to overall success. Depending on how your life situation has changed in the last few years and your experience with hearing aids, you may want to invest in better technology. In the end, you’ll be more satisfied. You don’t just want to hear; you want to hear your very best!
5. A Change in Lifestyle
Your financial situation may have changed since you got your last devices—but your lifestyle might have changed, too. Did you recently retire? If so, you may find you spend less time inside at the office and more time enjoying outdoor activities or maybe living in a more active and socially engaging community. Your hearing aids can adapt to the activities you enjoy pursuing.
Don’t settle for old or low-end technology that isn’t designed for your best performance. When you book an appointment with a doctoral-level audiologist, you can be sure to find the best device for your lifestyle. We are always focused to help find the best technology while being sensitive to your personal budget.