If you are walking around with an old-fashioned ear trumpet in hand than clearly, it’s time for an upgrade. Coming to that realization when you wear conventional hearing aids is more difficult, however, so how does one know? Your ten year old hearing aids still function, right?
It’s possible that you are better off having obsolete hearing aids than having none, what’s the real cost? Hearing aid tech has advanced in the last few years. It’s advanced from analog to digital, for one thing, and there are features now that weren’t even invented a decade ago. Think about some reasons why it’s time for you to be considering an upgrade.
Old Hearing Aids Are Unreliable
Cheaper or older hearing aids often have an irritating buzzing noise. What about that feedback whenever you get near a phone, that’s a lot of fun. At times that shrill feedback comes from nowhere, too. Now why is this happening?
You’ve Become Desensitized to its Poor Quality
You’re used to sitting in quiet self-reflection while everyone around you is involved in conversation or wondering why the air conditioning unit is so noisy. Don’t forget the time your grandchild performed a beautiful song for you, but you only heard parts of what she sang because your hearing aids kept cutting out. But you still clapped.
These are all weaknesses connected with outdated hearing aids. Ten years ago the focus was on turning up the volume. Nowadays, undesirable noise can be filtered out and modern hearing aids can do lots of other truly amazing things.
Old Hearing Aids Are Wasting Money
Cost is always an issue when considering an upgrade. You will need to make a preliminary investment with new hearing aids but older ones will also be expensive over time. Analog devices require new batteries frequently. If you are buying new batteries on a daily basis, or even more often than that, the costs can get very high.
Repair costs can also escalate with out dated hearing aids. If you think of your hearing aid like you think of a 1992 car you would get the point. It’s in the repair shop more than it is in your ear and repairs expensive.
Today, we Have Smart Technology
Many modern hearing aids have Bluetooth functionality. You won’t find that in an analog device. Having Bluetooth built into your digital hearing aid means that it’s compatible with your phone, your computer, possibly even your tv (unless they’re a decade old, as well.)
Communication is The Key to Everything
Studies show that hearing loss can mean a reduced paycheck. So it’s apparent that it would be a benefit to your career if you had better hearing aids. It will be easier to hear what your boss and customers are saying. You will be capable of following directions without being concerned whether you got it right and have critical discussions without worrying about whether your hearing aids will hold up or not.
Needless to say, stronger communication means an improved quality of life, as well. You don’t have to sit like a wallflower in the middle of conversations anymore. Jump in and get involved with the people around you.
You Really Want a Sleeker Looking Hearing Aid
How do you feel when you look at yourself in the mirror with that old hearing aid? Clunky? Obvious? Does this make me look old? One of the most substantial benefits that come with upgrading old hearing aids is design and versatility. Contemporary hearing aids come in various colors, sizes, and shapes. You can wear a visible one in your favorite color or an internal one hidden from sight inside your ear.
Clues That It’s Time
Now you recognize why a hearing aid upgrade is worthwhile, so now it’s time to learn what makes a hearing aid obsolete. Here are some telltale signs that the time has come:
- Your hearing has changed. Even when you have the hearing aids in your ears, it seems like you don’t hear as well.
- Your old hearing aid just can’t keep up with your evolving life. Whenever you need to use the phone, you have to take it out and background noise has become a real problem.
- Your hearing aid keeps cutting out. You just can’t rely on it working when you need it most.
- You know for a fact that your hearing aid is analog. Ouch, go digital fast.
- Your ears feel weighted down. Clunky, old technology weighs more.
- Your hearing aid is all you see when you look in a mirror. That obsolete technology occupies a lot of space, too.
- You are replacing the batteries constantly. Modern hearing aids are more energy efficient, and some come with rechargeable batteries.
It isn’t rocket science. If you’ve had your hearing aids for more than seven years, it’s time to trade up and hear better.