When should I upgrade my hearing aids?
This is a popular question we hear from our patients, and the answer requires some thought. While hearing aids ordinarily have a life-span of 3-7 years, there are a few circumstances in which you may desire to upgrade sooner.
Here are 4 reasons you may want to consider an upgrade.
1. Your hearing aids are no longer functioning well
If your hearing aids are not operating as effectively as they used to, the first thing to consider is cleaning or repair.
Hearing aids are subjected to earwax, moisture, and other debris, so your hearing aids may merely need a cleaning. Other times, the electronics within the hearing aids need repair, but otherwise the hearing aids remain effective.
If your hearing aids are compromised beyond repair, however, or if they are past their normal life-span, you might want to upgrade to a new set.
2. Your hearing needs are not being met
Let’s say you obtain a new job that will require a lot of talking on the phone, which has regularly been a challenge for you with your existing hearing aids. You learn about a new type of hearing aid that can stream calls wirelessly from your iPhone straight to your hearing aids, producing clear sound that you can quickly adjust. In this scenario, you may want to upgrade your hearing aids to satisfy your new hearing requirements.
It’s a smart idea to put together a list of all the situations in which your current hearing aids are not operating to your preference. Then, by speaking with a hearing specialist, you can find the hearing aids that can better meet your needs.
3. Your hearing has changed
Hearing can and does change over time, and it’s possible that your present hearing aids, while initially sufficient, are now incapable of dealing with your hearing loss. If this is the case, you will require a new hearing test and a new pair of hearing aids programmed to accommodate your hearing loss.
4. You want to take advantage of cutting edge technology
Hearing aid technology is advancing quickly; just 10 years ago it would have seemed like science fiction to imagine that you could stream music wirelessly from your iPod to your hearing aids. Each year, remarkable new functionality is added to new hearing aid models, and you may find that you’d like to reap the benefits of the new technology.
As an example, maybe you just purchased a new Apple Watch and you discovered that some of the new hearing aid types are compatible. If you want to control your hearing aids with the watch, you would need to upgrade to a compatible model.
The decision to upgrade your hearing aids essentially boils down to answering two questions:
- Are my current hearing aids meeting all of my listening needs?
- Is there new technology or functionality that I would like to take advantage of?
Hearing aid technology is evolving quickly, and most of our patients are amazed to find out what the new hearing aid models are capable of. And the fact is, you can’t really answer the second question without knowing what’s available.
If you would like to learn about what some of your options are, give us a call today and we’ll show you all the available technology and how it could make your life better and easier. You may be surprised at what you find.