When should I upgrade my hearing aids?
This is a common 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 instances 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 used to, the first thing to look into is cleaning or repair.
Hearing aids are exposed to earwax, humidity, and other debris, so your hearing aids may merely require a cleaning. In other cases, 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 past their standard life-span, you might want to upgrade to a new set.
2. Your hearing needs are not being fulfilled
Let’s say you obtain a new job that will require a lot of speaking on the phone, which has regularly been a challenge for you with your existing hearing aids. You learn about a new kind of hearing aid that can stream calls wirelessly from your iPhone directly to your hearing aids, leading to clear sound that you can quickly fine-tune. In this scenario, you may want to upgrade your hearing aids to match 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 operating to your preference. 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 possible that your present hearing aids, while sufficient at first, are now not capable of handling your hearing loss. If this is the case, you will require a new hearing exam and a new set of hearing aids programmed to complement your hearing loss.
4. You want to make the most of the latest technology
Hearing aid technology is evolving quickly; just 10 years ago it would have seemed like science-fiction to believe that you could stream music wirelessly from your iPod to your hearing aids. Each year, surprising 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, maybe you just bought a new Apple Watch and you discovered that a couple of the new hearing aid models are compatible. If you want to control your hearing aids with the watch, you would need to upgrade to a suitable model.
The decision to upgrade your hearing aids in the end comes 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 surprised to discover what the new hearing aid models are capable of. And the truth is, you can’t really answer the second question without knowing what’s available.
If you would like to know 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.