Hearing aids are useful devices for improving overall quality of life. About 28.8 million U.S. adults could benefit from the use of hearing aids.
Sometimes, upgrading your device can be necessary due to changes in your personal needs or because of exciting technological advancements. There are a few reasons to consider upgrading your devices. Your hearing specialist can help you assess what’s right for you so you can make the most of your coffee chats at Kaldi’s Social House.
Your Hearing Aids are Older than Five Years
Hearing aid technology is consistently advancing, so devices older than five years may be outdated. Newer models can function more efficiently and provide you with new or improved features.
Features you may not have had in older models include:
- The ability to connect to external devices via Bluetooth®.
- The ability to program your hearing aid via smartphone.
- Minimization of background noise and the ability to hear a speaker in front or to the sides of you.
Not only could a newer hearing aid provide you with improved features, but your current hearing aid likely has some wear and tear. Even with proper maintenance, exposure to moisture, ear wax and sweat can cause damage over time.
You’re Experiencing Health or Lifestyle Changes
As you age, you may experience worsening hearing loss, even if you already have hearing aids. Sometimes, older devices don’t meet your current hearing needs, and you will be better suited with a pair that provides more amplification.
Alternatively, maybe you picked up a new hobby, and you need a device that can sustain more wear and tear. For those, there are waterproof and sweatproof devices available. Or perhaps you’ve changed jobs and need the ability to stream video or other sounds directly to your hearing aids. Hearing aids have a wide range of capabilities, and your audiologist or hearing aid expert can help you determine what’s most suitable for you.
You Want More Advanced Hearing Aids
It’s natural for it to take time to adjust to hearing aids. As you wear them longer over time, you may determine the pair you have isn’t right for you. Additionally, when you first purchased hearing aids, you may have selected a basic option. If your financial situation is different, you may now have the experience and finances to select an upgraded option confidently.
It can be confusing to know when it’s the right time for new hearing aids. The experts at Hearing Center Silver Spring are happy to work with you to navigate the change. Call us to schedule an appointment to learn more.