If you are walking around with an old-school ear trumpet at hand than obviously, it’s time to upgrade. When you use conventional hearing aids, coming to that realization is more challenging. You got your hearing aids 10 years ago, and they still do the job, right?
Maybe you are better off using obsolete hearing aids than not having one, what’s the real cost? Hearing aid tech has advanced in the last few years. It’s advanced from analog to digital, to begin with, and there are functions now that weren’t even invented 10 years ago. Why should you be considering an upgrade? Here are a few good reasons.
Old Hearing Aids Are Unreliable
Outdated or even poor-quality hearing aids have real issues like that irritating buzz you hear every now and then. And it’s always a good time when you get close to a phone and your hearing aid starts to feedback. That loud feedback sometimes happens for no apparent reason. What caused it now?
You’ve Become Desensitized to its Low Quality
You’re now used to pondering why the sound of traffic is so loud or to going off quietly while everyone else has interesting conversation. Do you remember when your hearing aid kept dropping out when you were trying to listen to your grandchild perform a song and you could only hear some of what they were singing. You still clapped, though.
These are all failings connected with old hearing aids. Ten years ago the emphasis was on raising the volume. Nowadays, unwelcome noise can be filtered out and modern hearing aids can do lots of other really awesome things.
Older Hearing Aids Can be Expensive
Cost is always a factor when considering an upgrade. You will need to make a preliminary investment with new hearing aids but old ones will also be costly over time. You will be constantly replacing batteries with an analog hearing aid. If you are replacing the batteries every single day, or even more often than that, the costs can get very high.
Out of date hearings aids can potentially need repair, also. If you think of your hearing aid like you think of a 1992 car you would understand where we are coming from. It’s in the shop more than it is in your ear and repairs are not cheap.
Nowadays, we Have Smart Technology
Bluetooth connectivity is a newer technology which has revolutionized hearing aid functionality. You won’t get that in an analog unit. Having Bluetooth integrated into your digital hearing aid means it connects to your phone, your computer, maybe even your tv (unless they’re a decade old, as well.)
Communication is The Secret to Everything
It has been shown by research, that you could earn less money if you suffer from hearing loss. So it’s obvious that it would be an asset to your career if you had better hearing aids. You will hear your boss and customers better. You won’t need to be concerned about missing some important piece of information or if your hearing aid battery will die when you need it most.
And obviously you will have a better quality of life if you have good communication skills. You don’t have to sit like a wallflower in the middle of discussions anymore. Feel free to get right in and connect with others.
You Really Want a More Stylish Looking Hearing Aid
How do you feel when you look at yourself in the mirror with that old hearing aid? Clunky? Totally obvious? Oh my god? One of the most substantial advantages that come with upgrading old hearing aids is flexibility and style. Modern hearing aids come in a variety of colors, sizes, and shapes. You can wear a visible one in your favorite color or a discrete one hidden from sight inside your ear.
How to Know That it’s Time For an Upgrade
Now you recognize why a hearing aid upgrade is important, so now it’s time to learn what makes a hearing aid obsolete. Here are some telling indications that the time has come:
- Your hearing has changed. You don’t hear as good as you once did even with the hearing aid in.
- Your old hearing aid just can’t keep up with your evolving life. It’s a pain to take it out just to use the phone, or maybe you’ve changed jobs and now have to cope with more background noise.
- Your hearing aid intermittently quits working. You just can’t rely on it working when you need it most.
- It’s obvious that you have an analog hearing aid. You need to go digital as soon as possible.
- Your ears feel heavy. Analog hearing aids weigh more.
- Your hearing aid juts out like a sore thumb. That obsolete technology takes up a lot of space, also.
- You are replacing the batteries every day. Contemporary hearing aids are more energy efficient, and some come with rechargeable batteries.
It’s an easy decision. If you’ve had your hearing aids for more than seven years, it’s time to trade up and hear better.