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Q&A: Upgrading Your Hearing Aids

Q: How often should I update my hearing devices?

A: That’s a good question we’ve addressed with many patients and their loved ones. The short answer is that a hearing device should typically be replaced about every three to six years or so.

Really, however, the answer is a bit more involved. Several factors may figure into whether it’s time to update your hearing instruments. They include:

  • Level and sophistication of the hearing technology
  • Quality of upkeep and maintenance throughout use
  • Potential changes in your hearing ability or listening lifestyle
  • Condition and performance of your existing hearing devices

Here are five potential signs you need fresh hearing technology:

Device Malfunctioning

You do all the recommended maintenance, but things still aren’t right: Replaced batteries drain quickly; sound is still muffled after you change wax guards. The occasional repair is one thing, but regular malfunctions mean it’s time to replace your devices.

Hearing Level Has Changed

Your hearing changes over time because of age, loud sounds, or other health issues. Often we can adjust your programming to meet your new needs, but sometimes your hearing changes so much that you require a different level of technology.

Often we can adjust your programming to meet your new needs, but sometimes your hearing changes so much that you require a different level of technology.

Repairs Seem Costly

With older devices, the parts are often scarce or the model is discontinued. Sometimes repairing your devices costs enough that it makes more sense to replace them with new hearing aids.

Technology Evolving

Devices have advanced significantly — with better filtering of background noise, rechargeability without the hassle of disposable batteries, tinnitus management, wireless streaming from smartphones and other audio sources, and even fall detection and built-in translation capabilities, depending on the device.

New Interests or Environments   

When your lifestyle changes, your tech might need to also. Took up a sport? You’ll probably need moisture resistance. Switched from an office job to a gig outdoors? You’ll likely experience a different  noise level now.

Hearing your best is more critical than ever in our changing world — with in-person and virtual communication both playing important roles in today’s new normal. If you think it might be time to update your hearing devices, please don’t wait. Contact us today to get your questions answered or to schedule a consultation and tech demo. We’re ‘HEAR’ to help!

How is your hearing? Check it now by answering these questions

Check your hearing

  1. Do people seem to mumble or speak in softer voices than they used to?
  2. Do you feel tired or irritable after a long conversation?
  3. Do you sometimes miss key words in a sentence, or frequently need to ask people to repeat themselves?
  4. When you are in a group or in a crowded restaurant, is it difficult for you to follow the conversation?
  5. When you are together with other people, does the background noise bother you?
  6. Do you often need to turn up the volume on your television or radio?
  7. Do you find it difficult to hear the doorbell or the telephone ring?
  8. Is carrying on a telephone conversation difficult?
  9. Do you find it difficult to pinpoint where an object is from the noise it makes (e.g., an alarm clock or telephone)?
  10. Has someone close to you mentioned that you might have a problem with your hearing?

How did you do?

Your answers to these questions can provide an early indication of whether your hearing is impacted. If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may be experiencing some hearing loss. We urge you to contact us and schedule a visit.

What Should I Ask Before Buying Or Upgrading My Hearing Aids?

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Q: How do I really know if I need new hearing aids?

Maintaining regular evaluations will help us make accurate recommendations as your hearing needs— and technology options—evolve over time. Much like computer and phone technology, hearing technology has been advancing dramatically every 3-5 years. Make sure you understand your options. Many new devices can connect with phones, TVs, computers, and radios to enhance your listening experience.

Q: There are so many hearing aids. Which one is right for me now?

It depends on your level of hearing difficulty and how you live your life. There are no one-size-fits-all solutions, despite what some retailers would have you believe. Do you find yourself in a lot of high-noise environments? Do you lead a quieter lifestyle? Is your hearing loss on the high or low end of the sound-frequency spectrum? Understanding who you are and how you like to spend your time is central to finding the most effective technology options, no matter if it’s your first set or if you are ready for an upgrade.

Q: Who is fitting my technology? Why does this matter?

Having an experienced professional who is not only dedi- cated to helping you achieve your better-hearing goals, but one who understands the importance of fine-tuning your instruments after your initial fitting is the difference between achieving better hearing and putting your tech- nology in a drawer in frustration. Make sure your provider is skilled at working with all makes and models of hearing aids, and can make expert recommendations when you decide that it’s time for new technology. Your provider is essential to bringing your hearing into focus: Contact us.