That out of date ear horn is absolutely not modern and must be upgraded. The question is, should I do it today, or should I wait? Your hearing aids seem like they still work, right? Did you realize they are over 10 years old?
Outdated hearing aids may possibly be better than none, but what’s the real cost of not updating. In the past couple of years, hearing aid engineering has come a long way. It’s moved from analog to digital, first of all, and there are features now that weren’t even in the design phase 10 years ago. It’s absolutely time to start thinking about an upgrade. Give some thought to some reasons why.
Your Out of Date One is Not Reliable
Older or even cheap hearing aids come with many problems like that aggravating buzzing you hear every now and then. How about that awful feedback anytime you go close to a phone, that’s lots of fun. At times that harsh feedback comes all of a sudden with no explanation, too. What caused it this time?
Just Because You’ve Grown Accustomed to it Quitting, That Doesn’t Mean it’s ok
It’s not that unusual for you to sit by yourself and miss out on the stimulating conversation. How unfortunate was that time your grandson sang you a tune he learned but you could only hear little bits and pieces? But you still clapped.
Outdated hearing aids have all of these issues. The attention 10 years ago was on raising the volume. Today’s technology filters out irritating loud background noise such as a humming fan. It was never really that loud.
In The Long Run Older Hearing Aids Can Cost You More
The cost is only one off several factors when buying new hearing aids. When you think about all the factors, you will come to realize that older outdated hearing aids will wind up costing you more than new ones. Analog devices need new batteries regularly. If you are replacing the battery on a daily basis, or even more often than that, the expense adds up.
Don’t forget the repair costs with outdated technology. Think of it like having to deal with an old truck. It’s in the repair shop more than it is in your ear and repairs are not cheap.
The Smart Technology in The Current Hearing Aids is a Huge Advantage
Most modern hearing aids have Bluetooth capabilities. You will never find that with an old analog device. 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 ten years old, too.)
It’s Hard to Manage in Life if You Can’t Communicate.
Studies show that hearing loss often means a lower pay-rate. Who wouldn’t want an asset to their career? Newer hearing aids are that asset. You will be able to hear your boss and customers better. You will follow instructions without questioning whether you got it right and will take part in important conversations without having to worry about whether your hearing aids will work or not.
Of course, better communication means a better quality of life, also. No more getting caught in the middle of discussions that you can’t even hear. Go ahead and mingle freely now that you can hear.
The Question is, Why Shouldn’t Your Hearing Aids be More Stylish
When you look in the mirror at your old hearing aid, what comes to mind? Clunky? Obvious? Oh my god? One of the most important benefits that come with replacing old hearing aids is stylishness and flexibility. There is a never-ending range of personalizations available with modern hearing aids like size, color, and shape. If you want to make a fashion statement, choose a custom color, or maybe pick out one that is invisible in the ear.
How do You Know If the Right Time Has Come For an Upgrade
Now you know all the reasons you should upgrade your hearing aids. However, some telltale signs will indicate that your hearing aid is an antique:
- Your ability to hear has changed. you’re not hearing as well as you once did even with the hearing aid in your ear.
- Your lifestyle has changed, and your hearing aid has a tough time keeping up. It’s a chore to remove it just to have a conversation on the phone, or maybe you’ve changed jobs and now you need to deal with more background noise.
- Your hearing aid keeps cutting out. It just isn’t reliable now, and that’s a big problem.
- You know for sure that your hearing aid is not digital. 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 takes up a lot of space, too.
- You are changing the batteries every day. Contemporary hearing aids are more energy efficient and some come with rechargeable batteries.
It’s not brain surgery. If you’ve had your hearing aids for more than seven years, it’s time to trade up and hear better. Contact a hearing aid professional to get started.