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How Frequently do Hearing Aids Need to be Replaced?

Small robot made of old tech is suggesting those with old hearing aids upgrade to new digital hearing aids.

If you have an outdated dinosaur of a hearing aid, it’s time to upgrade it. It’s usually difficult to know whether your hearing aids actually should be replaced. Your hearing aids seem like they still work, right? Did you realize those hearing aids are more than 10 years old?

Older hearing aids will probably be better than none, but what’s the actual expense of not upgrading. In the last few years, hearing aid technology has come a long way. 10 years ago many modern functions weren’t even in design phases. Since then we’ve moved from analog to digital, to begin with. It’s definitely time to start thinking about an upgrade. Think about some reasons why.

Dependability is a Challenge With Older Hearing Aids

Older or even cheap hearing aids have many issues such as that aggravating buzzing you hear every now and then. How about that awful feedback anytime you go close to a phone, that’s enjoyable. Then suddenly for no apparent reason at all, it begins to make weird noises. What caused it this time?

Just Because You’ve Grown Accustomed to it Quitting, That Doesn’t Mean it’s ok

You’ve become used to lingering off to the side in silent thought while others are engaging in the conversation. How about that time when your hearing aids wouldn’t stop quitting while your grandson was singing a little song he practiced at school. But you still clapped.

If you don’t make the upgrade to new hearing aids, you will keep having all of these issues. The focus ten years ago was on raising the volume. Today’s technology filters out annoying loud background noise such as a humming fan. That fan was really not as noisy as those obsolete hearing aids made it seem.

Out of Date Technology Will Wind up Costing You More

Cost is only one off many factors when purchasing new hearing aids. If you carefully consider all the factors, you will come to realize that older outdated hearing aids will wind up costing you more than new ones. Older outdated devices are analog and that means new batteries constantly. It can be costly to replace your batteries once or even a couple of times every day.

Older hearing aids break on a regular basis and require repair. You can compare it to dealing with an old car. It’s in the repair shop more than it is in your ear and repairs are not cheap.

Believe it or Not we Currently Have Smart Technology

Bluetooth capability is a major feature in new hearing aid technology. Older analog devices don’t have that. Having Bluetooth built into your digital hearing aid means it’s compatible with your smartphone, your computer, and maybe even your television (unless they’re 10 years old, too.)

In Your World, if You Can’t Communicate Your Lost

Hearing problems will most certainly lead to a lower pay rate according to studies. Doesn’t it make sense then, that quality hearing aids would certainly be a career asset? You will hear your boss and customers better. No more worry over whether you lost crucial information, or whether your hearing aids will stop working at the worst time.

Of course, better communication means a higher quality of life, also. No more getting stuck in the middle of discussions that you can’t even hear. Go ahead and socialize liberally now that you can hear.

The Question is, Why Shouldn’t Your Hearing Aids be More Fashionable

How do you really feel when you see yourself in the mirror with those out of date hearing aids on? Clunky? Obvious? Oh my god? When you replace your older hearing aids you have the significant benefit of improved flexibility and superior style. Current hearing aids come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. If you want to make a fashion statement, pick a custom color, or maybe go with one that is invisible inside the ear.

Signs That It’s Time to Upgrade

At this point you know all of the reasons to upgrade your hearing aids. However, some telltale clues will indicate that your hearing aid is obsolete:

  • Your hearing has changed. you’re not hearing as well as you used to even with the hearing aid in .
  • Your life has changed, and your hearing aid has a hard time keeping up. It’s a chore to take it out just to have a conversation on the phone, or maybe you’ve changed jobs and now you have to deal with more background noise.
  • Your hearing aid keeps cutting out. It just isn’t reliable anymore, and that’s a concern.
  • You know for sure your hearing aid is analog. Ouch, go digital fast.
  • Your hearing aid is heavy. Clunky, older technology weighs a lot.
  • Your hearing aid is all you see when you look in a mirror. That old technology is really bulky, too.
  • You are replacing the batteries every day. Modern hearing aids are more energy efficient and have rechargeable batteries.

It’s not rocket science. If you’ve owned your hearing aids for more than seven years, it’s time to upgrade and hear better. Contact a hearing aid professional to get started.

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