When it comes to hearing aid upgrades, you certainly don’t want to spend unnecessarily on a new pair of aids. As long as your current hearing aids meet all the necessary criteria, you can continue using them for years to come. However, it’s important to pay attention to problems or changes that might mean it’s time for an upgrade. There is no set rule for how often you need to upgrade your hearing aids, but there are some general principles to determine if you’ve overextended their usefulness for your life and hearing. Let’s look at a few considerations that could affirm that your hearing aids are in good working order or if you need to open yourself up to the possibility that the time for change has come!
Are Your Hearing Aids Functioning Properly?
The first warning sign that you might need an upgrade is a problem with functionality. If your aids aren’t doing what they should any longer, then you need to make sure to get them either repaired or replaced with a new device in proper working order. Some of the common problems with hearing aids can be resolved through some simple maintenance and cleaning.
A simple wipe-down with a clean, dry cloth can reveal waxy buildup that encroaches on the working components of the aids. If you notice that the microphone or speaker of the aids seems to be obscured by dirt, debris, or earwax, use that cloth to gently wipe it away. Cleaning kits are available over the counter to assist with some other cleaning practices, and some of these tools can help you get into hearing aid compartments without damaging them.
Moisture is another risk for hearing aids, and you might have suffered some rust or corrosion in the inner compartments of the aids over time, particularly if you live in a very humid climate or have accidentally submerged your aids in water. If your attempts at cleaning and drying your aids don’t restore their normal functioning, then it is time to contact your hearing healthcare provider to inquire about repair or replacement options.
Have You Noticed Changes in Your Hearing Ability?
If you can tell that your hearing ability has changed, then you might need to upgrade your aids. New aids, however, are not always necessary in this case. The first step is to schedule a hearing test with your provider. This test will be an opportunity to diagnose any changes in your hearing ability since the time you got your hearing aids. You might be able to change the settings on your existing hearing aids to get back in a state of clear communication and hearing.
However, for some people whose hearing loss has advanced, a more powerful set of hearing aids will be necessary to amplify sound to the proper level. After you have your hearing test, your provider will be able to walk you through all these decisions about which aids best suit your needs and your budget.
Are There Additional Features You Seek?
Even if your aids are functioning at a minimum and your hearing prescription has stayed the same, it is possible that new features are available in hearing aids that you’d like to explore. The latest hearing aids are truly “smart” devices, adapting automatically to the sound profile of the place in which you find yourself.
For some aids, you can use a smartphone app to set frequent zones requiring a different hearing profile, such as a quiet home versus a noisy public place where you like to go with family and friends.
Other attractive features include Bluetooth compatibility and the ability to sync media directly to your aids. With this feature in action, you can make sure that your phone ringer, notifications, and even music, podcasts, audiobooks, and television sound can stream directly to your hearing aids without needing to be amplified into the room first. In effect this feature allows you to combine environmental hearing assistance with the benefits of a pair of Bluetooth headphones in one.
If these features appeal to you, then contact us today! We can help pair you with new devices that are suited to your hearing needs and can support your overall health and well being.