When should I upgrade my hearing aids?
This is a regular 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 performing as effectively as they once did, the first thing to consider is cleaning or repair.
Hearing aids are subjected to earwax, moisture, and other particles, so your hearing aids may merely require a cleaning. In other cases, the electronics within the hearing aids need repair, but otherwise the hearing aids are still effective.
If your hearing aids are damaged beyond repair, on the other hand, or if they are past their normal life-span, you might want to upgrade to a new pair.
2. Your hearing requirements are not being met
Let’s say you obtain a new job that requires a lot of speaking on the phone, which has always been a challenge for you with your existing hearing aids. You learn about a new brand of hearing aid that can stream phone calls wirelessly from your iPhone directly to your hearing aids, producing clear sound that you can conveniently adjust. In this scenario, you may want to upgrade your hearing aids to provide for your new hearing requirements.
It’s a smart idea to make a list of all the situations in which your existing hearing aids are not performing to your liking. Then, by speaking with a hearing specialist, you can discover the hearing aids that can better fulfill your needs.
3. Your hearing has changed
Hearing can and does change through the years, and it’s a possibility that your current hearing aids, while sufficient at first, 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 correspond to your hearing loss.
4. You want to make the most of the latest technology
Hearing aid technology is advancing quickly; just 10 years ago it would have sounded like science fiction to imagine that you could stream music wirelessly from your iPod to your hearing aids. Each year, powerful new functionality is added to new hearing aid models, and you may find that you’d like to take advantage of the new technology.
For example, perhaps you just bought a new Apple Watch and you discovered that a couple of the new hearing aid types are compatible. If you wish to control your hearing aids with the watch, you would need to upgrade to a appropriate model.
The decision to upgrade your hearing aids ultimately 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 rapidly, and many 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 to you.
If you would like to learn about what some of your options are, give us a call today and we’ll explain to you all the available technology and how it could make your life better and easier. You might be surprised at what you find.