That out of date ear horn is certainly not cutting-edge and has to be replaced. The question is, should I do it now, or should I wait? Your hearing aids seem like they still work, right? Can you believe those hearing aids are over 10 years old?
Out of Date hearing aids may be better than none, but what’s the real cost of not updating. In the past couple of years, hearing aid technology has come a long way. A decade ago many advanced functions weren’t even in design phases. Since then we’ve changed from analog to digital, to begin with. It’s absolutely time to consider an upgrade. Consider a few reasons why.
Out Of Date Hearing Aids Fail Frequently
Older or even low-quality hearing aids come with many problems like that annoying buzzing sound you hear every now and then. It’s not much fun when you go near a phone and your outdated hearing aids start to feedback. Sometimes that unpleasant feedback comes all of a sudden with no explanation, too. “What now”?
Just Because You’ve Grown Accustomed to it Quitting, That Doesn’t Mean it’s ok
It’s not unusual for you to sit by yourself and miss the stimulating conversation. What about that time when your hearing aids wouldn’t stop quitting while your grandson was singing a little song he learned at school. You just pretended that you heard it but you didn’t.
If you don’t make the upgrade to new hearing aids, you will keep having all of these problems. The attention ten years ago was on increasing the volume. Current technology filters out frustrating loud background noise like a humming fan. That fan was actually not as noisy as those obsolete hearing aids made it seem.
It Can be Expensive Keeping Old Hearing Aids
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 When you think about all the factors, you will come to realize that out of date hearing aids will wind up costing you more than new ones. Older outdated devices are analog technology and that means new batteries constantly. When you are changing the battery daily, or even more frequently than that, the expense adds up.
Don’t forget the service costs with outdated technology. Think of it like having to deal with an old car. It’s in the shop more often than it is in your ear and repairs are not cheap.
Smart Technology Gives us a Huge Advantage Over Older Devices
The majority of modern hearing aids come with Bluetooth technology. You won’t get that in an old analog device. Having Bluetooth built into your digital hearing aid means it’s compatible with your smartphone, your computer, maybe even your television (unless they’re 10 years old, too.)
It’s Hard to Manage in The World if You Can’t Communicate.
Studies show that loss of hearing can mean a smaller paycheck. Doesn’t it make sense then, that better hearing aids would definitely be a career advantage? You will hear your boss and customers better. No more having to worry over whether you lost essential information, or whether your hearing aids will stop working at the worst time.
And everybody knows that good quality communication is the foundation of quality living. No more getting caught in the middle of discussions that you can’t even hear. Go ahead and interact liberally now that you can hear.
Did You Know How Awesome The Newer Hearing Aids Are?
When you glance in the mirror at your out of date hearing aid, what comes to mind? Clunky? Noticeable? Seriously?? When you upgrade your obsolete hearing aids you get the significant advantage of greater flexibility and superior style. Today’s hearing aids come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. If you would like to make a fashion statement, select a custom color, or maybe pick one that is invisible in the ear.
How do You Know When the Right Time Has Come For an Upgrade
Now you are aware of all of the reasons you should upgrade your hearing aids. Nevertheless, some telltale signs will indicate that your hearing aid is an antique:
- Your ability to hear has changed. You don’t hear as well as you used to even with the hearing aid in your ear.
- Your life has changed, and your hearing aid has a tough time keeping up. It’s annoying to remove it just so you can have a conversation on the phone, or maybe you’ve changed jobs and now you have to deal with more background noise.
- Your hearing aid keeps cutting out. It just isn’t reliable any longer, and that’s a big concern.
- You know for sure that your hearing aid is not digital. Ouch, time to go digital.
- Your hearing aid feels heavy. Clunky, older technology is heavier.
- 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 constantly. Modern hearing aids are more energy efficient and some come with rechargeable batteries.
It’s not rocket science. 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.