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Is It Time to Upgrade Your Hearing Aids?

Posted by Associated Audiologists on Jun 27, 2017 9:00:00 AM

 

Is It Time to Upgrade Your Hearing Aids--.jpgUnfortunately, hearing aids don’t last forever. Like many other products in life, they too have a finite lifespan, needing replacement every five to seven years. Knowing this is important to determine if you need new hearing aids.

Now might be a good time to think about when you last replaced your hearing aids. Technology evolves and life habits change, meaning it may be time to upgrade to today’s hearing aids so you can hear your best. If you’re unsure whether you need to or why you should, keep reading.

Technological Advancements

Technology continues to evolve, and with it evolves hearing aid technology. If you’re having trouble understanding speech, if you’re experiencing noise problems, and if filtering out unwanted background noise is a problem, then it may be time to upgrade your hearing technology.

Hearing aids do more than simply amplify sounds. They include digital, adaptive, directional microphones to help pinpoint the speech you want to hear and impulse reduction to soften annoying, excessive sounds.

Does your current device connect wirelessly or over Bluetooth? Can you connect it with multiple devices in your home? These are just some of the perks included in new hearing aid technology. The latest models are compatible with several electronics: smartphones, televisions, telephones, so you can enjoy hearing with more ease.

New advancements can better process sound with features that enhance comprehension and connect to other electronic devices. If you’re missing some of these features now, it’s time to upgrade. The mechanics involved in hearing devices continue to improve with technological advancements. Smarter features in new hearing technology are worthwhile to improve your hearing.

Costly Repairs and Outdated Parts

Sometimes it makes more sense to replace the device outright. An older model may require extensive feature maintenance. Perhaps the device itself is no longer available or discontinued—as devices get older, it becomes harder to repair broken parts. Fixing devices could end up costing you more for models that are no longer in circulation.

If the manufacturer doesn’t supply the parts anymore, this is a very good indicator it’s time for new aids. Purchasing new aids that are compatible with today’s technology may be your best bet.

Think about the durability of your current hearing technology. Is it easily susceptible to dirt or moisture damage? New devices are made to better withstand these elements, becoming more secure with improved design durability. Today’s hearing aids include a variety of new options starting with basics such as color, fitting, style, and more.

Lifestyle Habits

As we age, our hearing changes. Aids that had been fit for you years ago may no longer be adequate. It’s not a matter of it being a bad device; it’s simply a matter of changes in your hearing, lifestyle and technology.

Changes in health could also interfere and impact your hearing, which is a good indication that it’s time for an aid that’s stronger, or one that caters to your different needs. More customization is available in newer hearing aids to accommodate both function and style.

As your lifestyle, occupation and hobbies change, you need hearing aids that keep up with them. Perhaps your first hearing aids were for a quiet lifestyle, but now you work in a noisy environment. Maybe you’ve recently moved and live in a more active, demanding social atmosphere requiring more of your hearing. These are just a few signs that it’s time for an upgrade to ensure you have the best fit.

Call us today to discuss upgrading your hearing technology. Your hearing is important, so make sure you have a device that works for you.

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Topics: Hearing Aids

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