That out of date ear horn is absolutely not current and ought to be replaced. The question is, should I do it now, or should I wait? You purchased your hearing aids ten years ago, and they still manage to function, right?
Do you assume that your old hearing aids are fine? Ask yourself “what is the actual cost”? In the last few years, hearing aid engineering has come a long way. We’ve moved from analog to digital, for starters, and there are features now that weren’t even in the design phase 10 years ago. It’s absolutely time to consider an upgrade. Think about some reasons why.
Out Of Date Hearing Aids Fail Regularly
Out of date or even low-quality hearing aids have many problems like that aggravating buzzing sound you hear every now and then. How about that awful feedback anytime you go anywhere near a phone, that’s enjoyable. Then for no apparent reason at all, it starts to make weird noises. “What now”?
Even Though You’ve Become Complacent About it Quitting, That Doesn’t Mean it’s Not an Issue.
You’ve become accustomed to sitting off to one side in quiet thought while others are engaging in the banter. How about that time when your hearing aids wouldn’t stop shutting off while your grandson was singing a little song he practiced at school. But you still clapped.
If you don’t upgrade to new hearing aids, you will always have all of these problems. The attention 10 years ago was on increasing the volume. Today, hearing aids perform awesome tasks like filtering out background noise. So say goodbye to that air conditioner noise. That fan was actually not as noisy as those old hearing aids made it seem.
In The Long Run Older Hearing Aids Can Cost You More
The cost is only one off many factors when buying new hearing aids. Wearing old dated hearing aids won’t be any less expensive than getting new ones in the long run. Older hearing aids are analog and that means new batteries constantly. If you are replacing the battery every day, or even more frequently than that, the expense adds up.
Let’s not forget the repair costs with older outdated technology. Think about having to deal with an old car. Repairs are expensive when your hearing aid is in the shop more than it’s in your ear.
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 awesome feature. Having Bluetooth built into your digital hearing aid means it’s compatible with your phone, your computer, maybe even your television (unless they’re 10 years old, too.)
Communicating is The Key to Living
Studies indicate that hearing loss can often mean a lower pay-rate. Doesn’t it make sense then, that quality hearing aids would certainly be a career asset? When working, it is important to be able to hear your bosses instructions or maybe even a customer’s questions. You will follow instructions without worrying about whether you got it right and will take part in essential discussions without worrying about whether your hearing aids will work or not.
Of course, better communication means a better quality of life, also. You don’t have to sit alone like a wallflower during discussions any longer. Jump in and connect with the people around you.
You Would Really Like Your Hearing Aid to be Cooler
How do you really feel when you see yourself in the mirror with those outdated hearing aids on? Awkward? Obvious? Oh my god? One of the most significant advantages that come with replacing those old hearing aids is style and flexibility. There is an endless range of customizations possible with modern hearing aids like size, color, and shape. It’s possible to have one tucked so tightly into your ear, no one will ever notice it, or you might make a fashion statement by getting a visible hearing aid in your favorite color.
How do You Know When the Right Time Has Come to Upgrade
Now you know all the reasons you should upgrade your hearing aids. Nevertheless, some telltale signs will reveal that your hearing aid is obsolete:
- Your hearing has changed. You don’t hear as well as you once did even with the hearing aid in your ear.
- Your life has changed, and your hearing aid has a tough time keeping up. It’s a pain to take it out just to have a conversation on the phone, or maybe you’ve switched jobs and now you need to cope with more background noise.
- Your hearing aid keeps cutting out. It just isn’t reliable anymore, and that’s a problem.
- You know for a fact your hearing aid is not digital. Ouch, time to go digital.
- Your hearing aid is heavy. Clunky, older technology weighs a lot.
- When you look in the mirror, your hearing aid is all you can see. That old technology is really bulky, too.
- You are replacing the batteries every day. Contemporary hearing aids are much more energy efficient and some come with rechargeable batteries.
It’s not rocket science. If you’ve owned 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.