When Should I Update My Hearing Aids?

When Should I Update My Hearing Aids?

If you have hearing loss you may be disappointed to discover that there is way to reverse, it. The good news however is that it can be treated effectively, according to the degree of hearing loss with hearing aids or cochlear implants. These amazing devices use digital technology to deliver amplified pitches and tones you’d otherwise struggle to hear, directly to your ears. As you can imagine, hearing aids quickly become essential to your well-being on a daily basis, making conversations easier to follow and allowing you to access more situations which would otherwise be exhausting and frustrating. 

Your hearing aids do a lot of work, day after day. Ideally, they should be worn every day from the moment you rise till it’s time to rest – only to be removed when swimming or bathing. This is a lot to ask from any current piece of electronics, especially ones so small and delicate which go with us everywhere we go. Inevitably they will need an upgrade and knowing when is essential to continued well-being and communication. So how do you know when it’s time to update your hearing aids? Here are a few factors to help you inform this decision:

You’ve had a change in hearing and/or health

Hearing is a progressive condition, which even with treatment can degrade over time. It’s important that your hearing aids continue to be appropriate for your degree of hearing loss. For instance, if your hearing aids have gone from severe to profound you may benefit from “power hearing aids” or cochlear implants. In other instances you may simply need a program adjustment. It’s important to continue to attend regular hearing exams to make sure your hearing aids are still doing the most for you.

Other health complications may also inform the usability of your hearing aids. For instance, if you develop arthritis, as is common for many as we age, this can impact your ability to adjust and use tinnier hearing aids. You may be better suited for larger hearing aids and rechargeable batteries to make the entire process easier.

Your hearing aids are more than 5 years old

We’ve noted that hearing aids do quite a lot of work. However, it still surprises people that their investment in hearing only lasts five to seven years. It’s important to take the best care possible to ensure that your hearing aids can do their best work for years to come. Even so if your hearing aids are reaching the mark of “old age” it’s important to revisit if they are still supporting you as much as a newer model may.

You want to take advantage of newer features 

Hearing aid technology is rapidly evolving offering better sound and an easier listening experience. This include all sorts of amazing features such as back ground noise reduction, directional microphones to follow specific conversations in noisy rooms, water resistance, rechargeable batteries, machine learning to automatically change settings and advanced Bluetooth connectivity. Once you experience some of these newer features you may wonder how you’ve ever listened with hearing aids without them!

You’ve made major lifestyle changes

Now that you have hearing aids you may look back and note all the changes you’ve made in your life. You may have become more social, active, and engaged in your community. You may also be more likely to stay more active and even pick up new hobbies and exercise routines. With these changes also comes different needs around hearing loss. You may benefit from enhanced wind reduction and water resistance to improve your hearing aid experience. 

On the other hand, you may have had a health setback which may inhibit your movement. You may not be able to socialize as much outside of your home, reducing the frequency in which you will need to rely on some of the features you previously invested in. It’s important to continue the conversation with us. We can talk about where your hearing and your lifestyle and find the best solution for your current needs.

You’ve changed your attitude toward hearing aids

Many people are very reluctant when they purchase their first hearing aids. In fact, it takes people up to 10 years on average to get hearing aids after first being diagnosed with hearing loss. However, it’s always a good time to investigate your hearing and find a preventative health regimen to ensure you can continue to stay connected, engaged and in love with your one amazing and precious life!