If you still have an old-school ear trumpet at hand than plainly, it’s time for an upgrade. When you wear conventional hearing aids, making that call is more difficult. Your decade old hearing aids still work, right?
Maybe you are better off having older hearing aids than having none, what’s the real price? Hearing aid tech has progressed in the last few years. Some of the features of contemporary hearing aids hadn’t even been designed a decade ago. For one thing, they’ve gone to digital from analog. Why should you be considering an upgrade? Here are a few good reasons.
Old Hearing Aids Are Unreliable
Older or even poor-quality hearing aids have serious problems like that annoying buzz you hear every once in a while. And it’s always a great time when you get close to a phone and your hearing aid starts to feedback. That noisy feedback occasionally happens for no apparent reason. Now why is it feeding back?
You’ve Gotten Complacent With Its Failings
You’re now used to pondering why the sound of traffic is so noisy or to sitting quietly while everyone else has interesting discussions. Don’t forget the time your grandchild performed a beautiful song for you, but you only heard parts of what she sang because your hearing aids kept cutting out. You still clapped, though.
Outdated hearing aids have all of these kinds of problems. A decade ago the attention was on turning up the volume. Nowadays, unwelcome noise can be filtered out and modern hearing aids can do many other really awesome things.
Outdated Hearing Aids Will Cost You More Money
When you’re thinking about a hearing aid upgrade, expense is a big factor. You will have to make an initial investment with new hearing aids but old ones will also be expensive over time. You will be constantly buying new batteries when you have an analog hearing aid. You can understand how expensive it will be, replacing batteries at least once a day.
Old hearings aids can potentially need repair, too. If you think of your hearing aid like you think of a 1992 car you would understand where we are coming from. Repairs are expensive and it’s constantly in the shop.
Smart Technology is a Thing Now
Most modern hearing aids come with Bluetooth capabilities. An analog hearing aid won’t have that feature. Your phone, tablet, and even your computer can be connected, using Bluetooth, to your hearing digital aid.
The Secret to Everything is Communication
It has been revealed by research, that you could earn less money if you have 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 will be capable of following directions without wondering if you got it right and have critical discussions without worrying about whether your hearing aids will hold up or not.
And obviously you will have a better quality of life if you have strong communication skills. You don’t have to sit like a wallflower during discussions anymore. Jump right in and engage with the people around you.
You Only Want Your Hearing Aid to be Cooler
When you check out your old hearing aid in the mirror, what words come to mind? Awkward? Totally obvious? Does this make me look old? One of the most considerable perks that come with replacing old hearing aids is versatility and design. Modern hearing aids come in various colors, sizes, and shapes. You can have one concealed so tight into your ear that nobody will even see it, or you can make a fashion statement with an out of the ear hearing aid in your favorite color.
Indications That It’s Time
Now you recognize why a hearing aid upgrade is necessary, so now it’s time to find out what makes a hearing aid outdated. Here are some telltale signs that the time has come:
- There are changes in your hearing. Even when you have the hearing aids in, it seems like you don’t hear as well.
- Your outdated hearing aid just can’t keep up with your changing life. It’s annoying to take it out just to talk on the phone, or perhaps you got a new job and now have to deal with more background noise.
- Your hearing aid intermittently quits working. It’s simply not reliable anymore, and that’s a problem.
- It’s obvious that you have an analog hearing aid. Ouch, go digital right away.
- Your ears feel heavy. Analog hearing aids weigh more.
- Your hearing aid sticks out like a sore thumb. Back when that old hearing aid was new, technology was much bigger.
- You are replacing the batteries every day. Contemporary hearing aids are more energy efficient, and some are rechargeable.
It isn’t rocket science. If you’ve had your hearing aids for seven years or more, it’s time to trade up and hear better.