When investing in hearing technology, our patients do so with the hope that the hearing aids will last for many years. Properly cared for, hearing aids can last for a long time—some of our patients are wearing hearing aids they purchased over ten years ago! However, other factors besides the condition of your current aids can influence the decision to purchase new hearing technology. Here are a few of those reasons:
- Your hearing has changed. While consistent usage of hearing aids will help to retain the ability to understand speech, your hearing loss may worsen over time. As that happens, the hearing loss can become more than your aids can handle. At that point it is time to look as something new.
- Your health has changed. Sometimes falls, strokes, diabetes or other conditions can decrease your ability to handle small hearing devices and batteries. In those instances, many people turn to larger devices or even implanted devices such as Lyric.
- Your career has changed. An increase or change in responsibilities can mean more interaction with people and /or electronic devices. Newer technology is meant to handle meetings and social interactions better, as well as interface with smart phones, tablets, computers, and office phone systems. If you find yourself struggling in the workplace, you might want to consider an upgrade.
- Your hobbies have changed. Hearing loss can interfere with some popular hobbies such as sport, music /theater appreciation, and other popular pastimes. As people reach retirement age, they tend to have more time for these activities than they had before, making their hearing needs different than they were before.
- Your finances have changed. Often people buy the cheapest hearing aid they can, sacrificing some quality for the lower price. However, a beneficial change in financial situations can give people the freedom to get the features that they really want and need in their hearing devices. In this case, you may want to check into a trade-in or trade-up program.
- Your attitude about hearing aids has changed. We find that first-time hearing aid purchasers are often very influenced by vanity factors—they don’t want anyone to know they are wearing hearing aids and so they are influenced more by what the hearing aid looks like than how it functions. When previous hearing aid users come in to upgrade, we find that they care much less about cosmetics and more about functions, sound quality and battery life.
If you find yourself in any of these categories, please give us a call to set up your complimentary hearing consultation with one of our award-winning audiologists. We will examine your ears, test your hearing, discuss your current technology and changing needs, then let you try new technology free for a week to decide if upgrading is beneficial for you! Call 801-770-0801 to schedule your appointment today!