While it might be true that older hearing aids are better than no hearing aids, it’s likely that what little benefit you get from them may be costly. Within the last few years, hearing aid technology has made considerable developments. A decade ago many of the features of current hearing aids weren’t even in development, going digital for instance.
When you decide it’s time to update, choosing the correct one will take some planning. First, you’ll have to get a hearing test to identify if your level of hearing loss has changed. Your choices will begin to be narrowed down when we identify your present level of hearing loss. Here are a few reasons why it’s probably time to upgrade.
Dependability of hearing aids
Older or even low-quality hearing aids have real problems, like that annoying buzz you hear every once in a while. And, what about feedback anytime you get close to a phone? Frequently, they will squeal with feedback for no distinct reason. Newer models compensate for common issues so that you hear feedback less frequently.
Volume isn’t enough
A decade ago hearing aids primarily specialized in correcting the volume. Hearing aids have a lot more technology and capability nowadays.
- Improved sound quality: Older hearing aid models had far lower quality of sound than modern-day models. This is the result of advances in digital signal processing, which allows hearing aids to more precisely reproduce sound. Modern hearing aids also frequently feature custom programs that are set for specific situations.
- Voice focus: With some newer models the user can use a voice focusing feature that lets them focus on particular voices they want to hear. The sound of the desired voice is detected and amplified by directionally arranged microphones. When somebody is talking quietly or in a loud setting, voice focus can be very helpful.
- Bluetooth capability: This feature allows hearing aids to sync to other devices, including smartphones, TVs, and other smart devices. Making phone calls or listening to music becomes simple with this.
- Background noise reduction: Feedback cancellation, noise filters, and directional microphones are a few of the many techniques utilized by modern hearing aids. Noise filters decrease unwanted noise while directional microphones are designed to detect sound directly in front of you. Feedback cancellation helps to counter the whistling sound that can manifest when hearing aids are not fitted properly.
You have to switch out the batteries – a lot
Cost is always a consideration when it comes to a hearing aid upgrade. The new technology isn’t cheap, but neither is using old, outdated hearing aids. Analog devices need new batteries frequently. The costs will add up, particularly if you need to replace batteries every day or more.
Old hearing aids can potentially spend more time at the shop, also. If you view your hearing aid as a 1992 Buick, you get the idea. The costs of the continual repairs can get quickly out of hand.
You can’t hear your coworkers
Research reveals that people with neglected hearing loss will earn less. Doesn’t it seem sensible then, that better hearing aids would be a career advantage? You’ll have an easier time hearing what customers, coworkers, and your boss are saying to you. You won’t have to be concerned about whether you’ll miss important information or guidelines.
And with stronger communication, you will have a better quality of life. You’ll be able to communicate with people again. Get right back into being socially connected.
You want something more discreet
When you look in the mirror at your old hearing aid, what comes to mind? Clunky? Obvious? OMG? Some of the most considerable advantages that come with replacing old hearing aids are style and flexibility. Modern hearing aids come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. You can have one nestled into your ear so nobody will ever notice it, or you can make a fashion statement with a visible hearing aid in your favorite color.
If you’re considering getting new hearing aids, or if you already have them but you’re not happy with the results, think about upgrading to a newer model. Technology has come a long way in the last few years, and there are now hearing aids available that can do things that were never possible in the past. Get in touch with us for a consultation.