When it comes to hearing aids, many users wonder when to get an upgrade. Is it best to wait until they break down beyond usability? Or are there advantages to upgrading more regularly?
The simple answer is that hearing aids, like anything that gets used daily, have a limited lifespan. They also advance quickly, with new models and features hitting the market every year.
Below, we explore some common reasons people upgrade as well as some tips to help you determine when it might be time for a new pair.
Your lifestyle or hearing abilities have changed significantly
One of the most common reasons people upgrade their hearing aids is because their current pair is no longer the best fit. A shift in your lifestyle or hearing abilities can often warrant an update in hearing technology.
Changes in your job, hobbies, interests, family life or living situation can put new and different demands on your hearing aids. For instance, more frequent trips to the golf course, a new job that requires conference calls, or more socialization in places with more background noise might all mean it’s time to upgrade your devices.
If you were originally fitted with hearing aids based on a pace or pattern of life that has now changed, this could create the need for hearing aids with different capabilities. After all, your day-to-day activities will have just as much of an impact on what makes a comfortable fit for you as your hearing abilities do.
You have had your hearing aids for several years
Another common reason people upgrade their technology is wear and tear.
Like clothing, hearing aids experience a certain amount of deterioration after a while. The typical lifespan of a hearing aid can be anywhere from three to five years, depending on the brand and model. Many can last even longer with the proper care.
However, if you’ve noticed your hearing aids are not performing as well as they once did, they may be experiencing wear and tear. Some telltale signs that it may be time to start thinking about a new pair include:
- Having to turn up the volume more often
- Difficulty hearing in situations that were not previously challenging
- Static or white noise from your hearing aids
- Frequent repairs
Hearing aids are small, complex devices, so to know for sure whether you need an upgrade versus a quick fix, it’s best to talk to a qualified expert. A quick call to your Hearing Care Professional can help you determine whether or not you need a repair or a replacement.
You want to try a new look (or new technology)
Many people upgrade their hearing aids before the typical three-year renewal mark because technology has advanced so quickly that the market’s newest offerings provide features their current hearing aids may not house—and that they simply can’t wait to have.
When it comes to innovation, hearing technology is on-par with other major electronics categories like cell phones and computers. New improvements with both aesthetics and features are almost always on the horizon, including smaller, smarter and more streamlined devices.