Have you considered purchasing your first set of hearing aids, or are you thinking of upgrading your current hearing device? Hearing experts recommend replacing your hearing aids every four to five years, but it can be tricky to know when it is the right time for you.
Hearing aids are an investment, and it’s not an insignificant financial decision to purchase a new set. Here are some of our top tips on when to bite the bullet.
You’re finding it hard to keep up with conversations
If you’ve been wearing hearing aids for a while, but have been having trouble hearing, it may be time for replacements. Hearing gradually evolves over time, and if in a couple of years, you haven’t had a hearing test, your listening could have gotten worse without you knowing. At the time you bought your current device, your hearing aids were programmed to suit your hearing requirements back then but if your listening needs have changed, your hearing aids might not be able to keep up.
One of the first indications that you may not be well served by your hearing aids is that you are struggling to follow discussions. As your hearing changes it’s going to be more difficult for you to understand individuals. At this point you should book a hearing test to reassess your hearing requirements.
You’ve experienced a change in lifestyle
While your hearing aids may have fit your lifestyle when you bought them, some changes in your everyday habits may imply that a new set of hearing aids is due.
Maybe you’ve taken up a new active hobby such as jogging, hiking, yoga, or even swimming. There are many new models which are better suited to active pursuits. With smaller models that fit easily in your ear canal, you can move freely without losing the capacity to hear.
Your current hearing aid needs frequent repairs
Hearing aids consist of delicate parts that can be damaged by moisture, earwax, debris, and sweat exposure. Some individuals will encounter more hearing aid issues than others, depending on the environment you use them, individual ear features, and wearing habits.
If your hearing aids are not frequently cleaned and serviced, these issues can get much worse. Wax stuck in receivers can be cleaned out and some components can be exchanged, but the performance of hearing aids will eventually decline over time.
You want to take advantage of new technology
Manufacturers of hearing aids are continually developing their hearing aid technology. For example, most now offer rechargeable hearing aids that are fantastic for users who travel frequently or are continuously on the go.
If you’ve found out about a new hearing aid functionality that you think will benefit your career, it may be time to book an appointment with your hearing healthcare professional. They can give you the opportunity to view and test the hearing aid and inform you on how you can best leverage the technology to benefit your specific lifestyle.
It’s a good time financially
If you receive public or other third-party funding, there may be restrictions to how often your hearing aids can be replaced. Information on Medicaid legislation can be found on the website of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA).
Or if you buy your hearing aids privately, perhaps when you purchased your first pair of hearing aids a few years ago, you needed the most basic and cost-effective option. But if you are able to afford a more sophisticated device now, it may be time to upgrade.
Do you need more information? We can help you make the right decision here at Hearing Group. We conduct hearing tests and can examine your present devices to determine whether they are correct for your current hearing requirements. A thorough cleaning and a few repairs could return them to their past glory. We might even be able recalibrate your current devices to suit your present hearing requirements, depending on the device.
We have a wide range of advanced hearing technology to choose from if you are set on new hearing aids, and we will work with you to identify the ideal device to help you improve your quality of life. Contact us today for a consultation.