When should I upgrade my hearing aids?
This is a common question we hear from our patients, and the answer requires some thought. Although hearing aids typically have a life-span of 3-7 years, there are a few cases in which you may want to upgrade earlier.
Here are 4 reasons you may want to consider a hearing aid upgrade.
1. Your hearing aids are no longer performing well
If your hearing aids are not functioning as well as they used to, the first thing to look into is cleaning or repair.
Hearing aids are exposed to earwax, moisture, and other debris, so your hearing aids may simply need a cleaning. Other times, the electronics within the hearing aids need 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 normal life-span, you might wish to upgrade to a new set.
2. Your hearing requirements are not being met
Let’s say you secure a new job that necessitates a lot of talking on the phone, which has regularly been a challenge for you with your current hearing aids. You learn about a new brand of hearing aid that can stream calls wirelessly from your iPhone directly to your hearing aids, resulting in clear sound that you can freely modify. In this scenario, you may want to upgrade your hearing aids to support your new hearing requirements.
It’s a smart idea to create a list of all the scenarios in which your existing hearing aids are not functioning to your liking. Then, by consulting with a hearing specialist, you can discover the hearing aids that can better meet your needs.
3. Your hearing has changed
Hearing can and does change over the years, and it’s a possibility that your existing hearing aids, while sufficient at first, are now not capable of dealing with your hearing loss. If this is the situation, you will require a new hearing assessment and a new set of hearing aids programmed to match your hearing loss.
4. You want to reap the benefits of new technology
Hearing aid technology is evolving quickly; just 10 years ago it would have sounded like science-fiction to believe that you could stream music wirelessly from your iPod to your hearing aids. Each year, remarkable 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 instance, perhaps you just bought a new Apple Watch and you learned that some 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 compatible model.
The decision to upgrade your hearing aids essentially boils down to answering two questions:
- Are my current hearing aids fulfilling all of my listening requirements?
- Is there new technology or functionality that I would like to benefit from?
Hearing aid technology is advancing quickly, 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 to you.
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.