Do you remember when you first got your hearing aids? How nice it was not to concentrate so hard to understand a conversation? How pleasant it was for everybody else that you didn’t have to turn the TV up to such a high volume? All of the wonderful sounds you could hear again? If you’ve had your hearing aids for a few years, are you sure you’re still hearing that well?
Here are six things to consider to consider when deciding if it’s time for new hearing aids. If one or more sound familiar, it might be time to talk to one of us about your options.
- How old are your current aids? Hearing devices last an average of five years. Manufacturers typically stop making parts for devices after about five years and will not even service devices that are more than seven years old.
- Have you experienced a change in health, vision or dexterity? If you are not as easily able to clean your devices or replace batteries, it might be a good idea to change to a different model that is more easily operated and maintained.
- Has your hearing worsened? It is not uncommon to have patients complaining that their hearing aids don’t work as well as they used to, but after testing it’s found that the devices are fine and the hearing has dropped. Often times this can be resolved by updating the hearing aid’s prescriptive levels. But if your hearing has significantly worsened, it might be time for a stronger or higher fidelity devices.
- Do you want to hear your “best” or “just better”? Most people replace their hearing aids every four to five years. The hearing aids themselves will last longer, but technology significantly improves about every four years. Like other electronics, hearing aids are rapidly advancing while becoming less expensive. You can often purchase lower-priced new hearing devices with a wider frequency response and better sound quality than a premium technology pair bought just a few years ago.
- Do you have special hobbies or a unique lifestyle? Woodworking, snorkeling and horseback riding are all examples of activities that can cause trouble with hearing aids. Thankfully, today’s devices can be water, dust or shockproof. Even better, these are available at all price and all levels of technology.
- Do you have a new attitude about hearing aids? Most people are hesitant about getting their first pair of hearing aids. Along with considering sound quality and hearing aid dependability, new users typically consider size, style and “invisibility” of their first hearing aids. By the time the second set of hearing aids is being debated, most people have changed their thoughts and prioritize fidelity, clarity and features before invisibility.
If you are wondering if your current hearing aids are still giving you their best, we invite you to come in for a free, no-obligation test drive of new devices. We like to test and compare your existing hearing aids with new instruments. That way, we’ll all know if you’re still hearing the way you ought to with your current devices, or, if new, more modern instruments will offer a significant improvement.