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Old Hearing Aids Should be Upgraded

Small robot made of old tech is suggesting those with old hearing aids upgrade to new digital hearing aids.

If you have an ancient dinosaur of a hearing aid, it’s time to upgrade it. It’s usually difficult to know whether your hearing aids actually should be replaced. You purchased your hearing aids ten years ago, and they still manage to work, right?

Older hearing aids may possibly be better than none, but what’s the actual cost of not upgrading. We have made many major advancements in hearing aid development in last few years. A decade ago many modern features weren’t even in design phases. Since then we’ve moved from analog to digital, for starters. Take into consideration some reasons why it is time for you to be thinking about a new hearing aid.

Reliability is a Challenge With Older Hearing Aids

There is an annoying buzz you can hear sometimes with out of date or less expensive hearing aids. It’s not very enjoyable when you go near a phone and your out of date hearing aids start to feedback. At times that unpleasant feedback comes out of nowhere, too. “What now”?

You Can’t Keep Denying That Your Hearing Aid Fails When You Most Need it

You’ve become used to lingering off to the side in silent introspection while everyone else is engaging in the banter. How distressing was that time when your grandson sang you a song he learned but you could only hear little bits and pieces? You just pretended that you heard it but you didn’t.

If you don’t upgrade to new hearing aids, you will keep having all of these issues. The attention 10 years ago was on raising the volume. Today’s technology filters out annoying 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

One concern when shopping for new hearing aids is definitely cost. Wearing old dated hearing aids won’t be any less expensive than buying new ones over time. Out of date hearing aids are analog technology and that means that it’s time to replace batteries constantly. If you are changing the battery every day, or even more often than that, the cost adds up.

Old hearing aids break regularly and require repair service. You can compare it to dealing with an old car. It’s in the shop more than it’s in your ear and repairs are not cheap.

Believe it or Not we Currently Have Smart Technology

Bluetooth capability is a major feature in new hearing aid technology. Older analog devices won’t have that. Having Bluetooth built into your digital hearing aid means that it’s compatible with your phone, your computer, maybe even your television (unless they’re a decade old, too.)

Communicating is The Key to Living

Hearing problems will almost certainly result in a smaller pay rate according to studies. Doesn’t it make sense then, that better hearing aids would certainly be a career advantage? You will hear your boss and customers better. You will follow directions without wondering whether you got it right and will take part in essential conversations without having to worry about whether your hearing aids will work or not.

Of course, better communication means a better quality of life, also. No more getting caught in the middle of discussions that you can’t even hear. Go ahead and socialize liberally now that you can hear.

You Just Want Your Hearing Aid to be Cooler

When you look in the mirror at your old hearing aid, what comes to mind? Clunky? Noticeable? Seriously?? One of the most important advantages that come with replacing those old hearing aids is stylishness and flexibility. There is a never-ending variety of customizations possible with modern hearing aids like size, color, and shape. If you want to make a fashion statement, pick a custom color, or maybe pick out one that is invisible inside the ear.

Indications That it’s The Right Time to Upgrade

At this point you know all of the reasons to upgrade your hearing aids. However, some telltale clues will reveal that your hearing aid is an antique:

  • Your hearing has changed. you’re not hearing as well as you used to even with the hearing aid in your ear.
  • Your life has changed, and your hearing aid has a rough time keeping up. It’s a chore to remove it just so you can talk on the phone, or maybe you’ve changed jobs and now you need to deal with more background noise.
  • Your hearing aid won’t stop cutting out. It just isn’t reliable anymore, and that’s a big problem.
  • You know for a fact your hearing aid is analog. Ouch, time to go digital.
  • Your hearing aid is heavy. Clunky, older technology weighs a lot.
  • Your hearing aid is all you see when you look in a mirror. That old technology is really bulky, too.
  • You are replacing the batteries constantly. Contemporary hearing aids are more energy efficient and some come with rechargeable batteries.

It’s not brain surgery. If you’ve had your hearing aids for more than seven years, it’s time to upgrade and hear better. Contact a hearing aid professional to get started.

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