When should I upgrade my hearing aids?
This is a frequent 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 working well
If your hearing aids are not performing as well as they once did, the first option to consider is cleaning or repair.
Hearing aids are exposed to earwax, moisture, and other particles, so your hearing aids may merely require a cleaning. In other cases, the electronics within the hearing aids need repair, but otherwise the hearing aids are still effective.
If your hearing aids are compromised beyond repair, on the other hand, or if they are past their regular life-span, you may wish to upgrade to a new set.
2. Your hearing requirements are not being met
Let’s say you land a new job that will require a lot of talking on the phone, which has regularly been a problem for you with your current hearing aids. You hear about a new type of hearing aid that can stream calls wirelessly from your iPhone directly to your hearing aids, resulting in clear sound that you can conveniently fine-tune. In this situation, you might want to upgrade your hearing aids to provide for your new hearing requirements.
It’s a great idea to create a list of all the situations in which your existing hearing aids are not performing to your liking. Then, by speaking with a hearing specialist, you can identify the hearing aids that can better meet your requirements.
3. Your hearing has changed
Hearing can and does change over time, and it’s possible that your current hearing aids, while initially sufficient, are now not capable of dealing with your hearing loss. If this is the case, you will need a new hearing exam and a new set of hearing aids programmed to correspond to your hearing loss.
4. You want to take advantage of new technology
Hearing aid technology is evolving rapidly; just 10 years ago it would have seemed like science-fiction to imagine that you could stream music wirelessly from your iPod to your hearing aids. Every year, amazing new functionality is added to new hearing aid models, and you may find that you’d like to reap the benefits of the new technology.
For instance, maybe you just bought a new Apple Watch and you learned that a few of the new hearing aid types 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 essentially comes down to answering two questions:
- Are my current hearing aids fulfilling all of my listening needs?
- Is there new technology or functionality that I would like to benefit from?
Hearing aid technology is evolving rapidly, and most of our patients are surprised to learn 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.
If you would like to learn about what some of your options are, give us a call today and we’ll show you all the available technology and how it could make your life better and easier. You might be surprised at what you find.