If you are walking around with an old-school ear trumpet in hand than plainly, it’s time for an upgrade. When you use conventional hearing aids, making that call is more tricky. You got your hearing aids ten years ago, and they still get the job done, right?
While it may be true that older hearing aids are better than no hearing aids, it’s likely that what little advantage you get from using them comes at a price. In the past few years, hearing aids have dramatically advanced. Some of the features of contemporary hearing aids hadn’t even been designed 10 years ago. For one thing, they’ve gone from analog to digital. Start thinking about some reasons why you should be thinking about an upgrade.
Old Hearing Aids Are Not Very Reliable
Outdated or even poor-quality hearing aids have real problems like that irritating buzz you hear every once in a while. And it’s always a great time when you get near a phone and your hearing aid begins to feedback. That deafening feedback occasionally occurs for no apparent reason. Now why is it feeding back?
You’ve Gotten Complacent With Its Failings
You’ve become accustomed to pondering why the sound of traffic is so noisy or to sitting quietly while everyone else has interesting discussions. Do you remember when your hearing aid kept cutting out when you were trying to hear your grandchild perform a song and you could only hear some of what they were singing. You still clapped, though.
Old hearing aids have all of these kinds of issues. Ten years ago the emphasis was on turning up the volume. Nowadays, unwanted noise can be filtered out and modern hearing aids can do many other really amazing things.
The Old Ones Are Wasting Money
Expenses are always a factor when it comes to an upgrade. The new technology is not cheap, but neither is using an old, out-of-date hearing aid. You will be continually buying new batteries with an analog hearing aid. You can understand how expensive it will be, buying new batteries at least once a day.
Repair costs can also escalate with out dated hearing aids. If you think of your hearing aid like you think of a 1992 car you would understand where we are coming from. It’s in the repair shop more than it is in your ear and repairs expensive.
Smart Technology is a Thing Now
Bluetooth connectivity is a newer technology that has revolutionized hearing aid capability. An analog device won’t have that feature. Your phone, tablet, and even your computer can be connected, using Bluetooth, to your hearing digital aid.
Communication is The Key to Everything
It has been shown by research, that you will earn less money if you suffer from hearing loss. Doesn’t it seem sensible then that newer hearing aids would be a career asset? It will be easier to hear what your boss and customers are saying. You won’t have to be concerned about missing some important information or if your hearing aid battery will quit when you need it most.
Obviously, better communication means a better quality of life, too. You won’t have to go sit by yourself while people are talking. Feel free to get right in and connect with others.
You Really Want a Sleeker Looking Hearing Aid
What do you think when you look at yourself in the mirror wearing that old hearing aid? Clunky? Totally obvious? Does this make me look old? One of the most significant benefits that come with replacing old hearing aids is flexibility and style. Modern hearing aids come in a number of shapes, sizes, and colors. You can wear a visible one in your favorite color or an internal one tucked invisibly inside your ear.
Signs That It’s Time
Now you recognize why a hearing aid upgrade is necessary, so it’s time to learn what makes a hearing aid obsolete. The time has come and here are the signs:
- There are changes in your hearing. You don’t hear as well as you once did even with the hearing aid in place.
- Your life has changed, and your hearing aid has a hard time keeping up. It’s annoying to take it out just to talk on the phone, or maybe you’ve changed jobs and now have to cope with more background noise.
- Your hearing aid keeps cutting out. It’s simply not reliable anymore, and that’s an issue.
- You know for a fact that your hearing aid is analog. Ouch, go digital fast.
- Your hearing aid feels heavy. Analog hearing aids weigh more.
- Your hearing aid is all you see when you look in a mirror. Back when that old hearing aid was made, technology was a lot bigger.
- You constantly need to switch out the batteries. Modern hearing aids are frequently rechargeable and are also more energy efficient.
It’s an easy decision. If you’ve had your hearing aids for seven years or more, it’s time to upgrade and hear better.