When should I upgrade my hearing aids?
This is a frequent question we hear from our patients, and the answer requires some thought. While hearing aids traditionally have a life-span of 3-7 years, there are a few situations in which you may desire to upgrade earlier.
Here are 4 reasons you may want to consider an upgrade.
1. Your hearing aids are no longer working 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 particles, so your hearing aids may simply need a cleaning. Other times, the electronics within the hearing aids require repair, but otherwise the hearing aids are still effective.
If your hearing aids are harmed beyond repair, on the other hand, or if they are beyond their regular life-span, you might want to upgrade to a new set.
2. Your hearing requirements are not being fulfilled
Let’s say you obtain a new job that will require a lot of speaking on the phone, which has always been a challenge for you with your current hearing aids. You hear about a new kind of hearing aid that can stream phone calls wirelessly from your iPhone straight to your hearing aids, producing clear sound that you can conveniently fine-tune. In this situation, you may want to upgrade your hearing aids to cater to your new hearing needs.
It’s a smart idea to create a list of all the situations in which your present hearing aids are not operating to your liking. Then, by speaking with a hearing specialist, you can identify the hearing aids that can better satisfy your needs.
3. Your hearing has changed
Hearing can and does change through the years, and it’s a possibility that your present hearing aids, while initially sufficient, are now incapable of dealing with your hearing loss. If this is the situation, you will require a new hearing test and a new set of hearing aids programmed to match your hearing loss.
4. You want to reap the benefits of the latest technology
Hearing aid technology is improving quickly; just 10 years ago it would have seemed like science fiction to expect that you could stream music wirelessly from your iPod to your hearing aids. Every year, surprising 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, perhaps you just bought a new Apple Watch and you learned that a couple 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 basically 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 benefit from?
Hearing aid technology is evolving rapidly, and most of our patients are surprised 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.