In a world that anxiously anticipates the newest iPhone release date and always wants the most up-to-date equipment and technology, does it make sense to project that same energy towards hearing aid devices? Hearing aids are complex tools, and so it is important to understand when the right time is to consider investing in a new pair.
If your hearing aids are beyond repair, then of course all hearing aid providers are going to recommend a new set, but there are a few other reasons why you should consider upgrading your device.
1. Your device is older than five years old
Even if you got a top-of-the-line hearing aid five years ago, after five years of exposure to wax, moisture, the elements, and life in general – it’s probably a good idea to replace them. When you visit with your audiologist you can gain their opinion on whether or not they believe that your hearing aids don’t work as well as they used to work.
2. Technology evolves
Hearing aid devices are constantly evolving and receiving new and improved features and faster sound processing. From wireless connectivity and Bluetooth compatibility to just enhanced function with better noise suppression, having an up-to-date hearing aid can make your life significantly easier. If there is a current upgrade or technology feature that exists that your current hearing aid does not have that would be beneficial to you, definitely consider upgrading your device.
3. Your health has changed
There are certain hearing aid models that require dexterity and have manual controls. If you develop arthritis or a condition that makes turning tiny knobs or pressing small buttons a pain, it can be useful to change to a different hearing aid that is able to connect to a phone app or separate remote control. Hearing aid providers would be happy to help you switch to a more user-friendly model.
4. Your hearing needs are different
Maybe you have decided to become an avid hiker or that swimming every day is a priority. Although you went with a more basic model when you originally got diagnosed with hearing loss, you need a more complex model now that is water-resistant or is better at canceling out wind. Your hearing needs may also increase as you age and time goes on. Talk to your audiologist about what hearing aid they would recommend for your new lifestyle that would best fit your hearing loss level.
5. You are always getting repairs
If you are constantly making appointments with one of your hearing aid providers to get repairs done on your hearing aid, then it might be time to switch to a new one. When you need continuous repairs, it can end up costing you the same amount of money as buying a new device entirely. Plus, then you are gaining all the benefits of a newer hearing aid with a longer warranty as well.
Dr. Nikki is one of the best hearing aid providers around and she can help you to best decide on whether a new hearing aid device is right for you. We can offer you the support you need to gain control of your hearing! Make an appointment with us today!