Audiology & Hearing Care of SWFL - Bonita Springs, FL

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

If you still have an old-school ear trumpet in hand than obviously, it’s time for an upgrade. Coming to that realization when you wear conventional hearing aids is trickier, though, so how do you know? You purchased your hearing aids a decade ago, and they still get the job done, right?

It’s possible that you are better off using obsolete hearing aids than having none, what’s the real cost? Hearing aid technology has progressed in the past several years. Some of the features of modern hearing aids hadn’t even been invented a decade ago. For starters, they’ve advanced from analog to digital. Consider some reasons why it’s time for you to be thinking about an upgrade.

Your Old One is Not That Dependable

Cheaper or older hearing aids often have an aggravating buzzing sound. And it’s always a great time when you get close to a phone and your hearing aid begins to feedback. That deafening feedback occasionally happens for no noticeable reason. Now why is this happening?

You’ve Gotten Complacent With Its Failings

You’ve become accustomed to wondering why the sound of traffic is so loud or to sitting quietly while everyone else has engaging discussions. Do you remember that time when your hearing aid wouldn’t stop cutting out when you were attempting to listen to your grandson sing a song and you only heard some of what they were singing. Of course, you still clapped.

These are all drawbacks associated with outdated hearing aids. Turning up the volume was the main objective in hearing aids a decade ago. Now, undesirable noise can be filtered out and modern hearing aids can do many other really awesome things.

Old Hearing Aids Are Bleeding Money

Expenses are always an issue when it comes to an upgrade. Newer tech is not cheap, but neither is using an old, obsolete hearing aid. You will be constantly replacing batteries when you have an analog hearing aid. If you are purchasing new batteries every single day, or even more often than that, the costs can get very high.

Repair costs can also escalate with older hearing aids. If you picture your hearing aid like a 1992 Buick, you get the point. Repairs are expensive and it’s constantly in the repair shop.

Smart Tech is a Thing Now

Most contemporary hearing aids come with Bluetooth capabilities. An analog hearing aid won’t come with that feature. Your tablet, phone, and even your computer can be connected, using Bluetooth, to your hearing digital aid.

Communication is The Secret to Everything

Studies reveal that hearing loss can mean a reduced paycheck. So it’s obvious that it would be an asset to your career if you had newer hearing aids. It will be easier to hear what your boss and customers are saying. You will follow directions without being concerned whether you got it right and have critical conversations without worrying about whether your hearing aids will cut out or not.

And clearly you will have an improved quality of life if you have strong communication skills. You won’t have to go sit alone when people are talking. Jump right in and get involved with the people around you.

You Really Want a Sleeker Looking Hearing Aid

When you look at your old hearing aid in the mirror, how do you feel? Embarrassing? Obvious? Does this make me look old? Versatility and style are some of the most significant reasons to replace your hearing aid. Modern hearing aids come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. You can have one tucked so tight in your ear that no one will ever notice it, or you can make a fashion statement with a visible hearing aid in your favorite color.

Clues That It’s Time

Now you recognize why a hearing aid upgrade is worthwhile, now it’s time to determine what makes a hearing aid outdated. The time has come and here are the indications:

  • Your hearing has changed. You don’t hear as good as you once did even with the hearing aid in your ear.
  • Your outdated hearing aid just can’t keep up with your changing life. Every time you need to talk on the phone, you have to remove it and background noise has become a big issue.
  • Your hearing aid intermittently quits working. It’s simply not reliable anymore, and that’s problematic.
  • You know for a fact your hearing aid is analog. Ouch, go digital right away.
  • Your hearing aid seems heavy. Analog hearing aids weigh a lot.
  • Your hearing aid juts out like a sore thumb. That obsolete technology takes up a lot of space, as well.
  • You need to replace the batteries every day. Contemporary hearing aids are often rechargeable and are also more energy efficient.

It’s an easy choice. It’s time to upgrade your hearing aids if they’re more than 7 years old.

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