When Should I Update My Hearing Aids?

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If you have been living with hearing aids for a few years now, it’s likely you can’t imagine ever going back. With enhanced hearing you are able to not only hear the people around you but feel more confident and likely to try new things. Now that you’ve become accustomed to this increased quality in life, it’s hard to imagine life without hearing aids- however, just like any electronic device they get old and need to be updated.

Hearing aids are a big investment so it’s important to get as much enhanced hearing as possible, however, there comes a point where your current pair may become too old to fully serve you any longer. So, when do you know it’s time for an upgrade in your hearing health? We’ve highlighted a few common signs that it’s time.

How long do hearing aids last?

Hearing aids on average last around five years. While this may not seem like that much time, it’s important to understand just how much work these tiny devices do every day. It’s recommended that you wear your hearing aids every day, from the moment you wake up till the time you go to sleep. In addition to this they go everywhere with you—only to be removed when bathing or any activity concerning water and moisture. That’s a lot of action for your hearing aids. We can recommend care routines to ensure you get the most out of your hearing aids but even so, they will get worn out eventually. 

Common signs it’s time to replace your hearing aid

While five years is the average, some hearing aids wear out sooner than others depending on how you care for them. With no set time frame, it’s important to use your own judgment to decide when it’s time to replace yours. We are always here for feedback and support around your hearing and hearing aids but paying attention to common signs can help you know for yourself when it’s time to invest in new hearing aids.

Your hearing has changed

Hearing loss is progressive, meaning it won’t always stay the same. In many instances it gets more severe over time. While we can update your program as your hearing loss changes, your current hearing aids may just not be able to provide the power you need as your hearing loss progresses from moderate to severe. If you find that it is increasingly difficult to hear, it’s time to schedule a hearing exam. Based on your results we can help you find the best hearing aids just for you.

There are changes to your lifestyle or circumstances

Things change, and believe it or not, it’s not always for the worse. Changes in your life may mean that the current hearing aids you are using may not be working for you any longer. For instance, if you’ve recently taken up exercise now that you have more time post retirement, it may be a good idea to have hearing aids which can handle wind suppression and the elements. 

Conversely, aspects of your health may change which impact mobility or dexterity, meaning you need a more accessible model. Stay on top of your health by making sure the hearing aids you have support your everyday life.

You want to try a different type of device

Hearing aids have come a long way in just a short time. You may have heard the buzz around all the new features which improve usability and sound quality. If you are curious about what newer hearing aids can do for you, we are here to help. There are a lot of new functions, styles and features. We can help you balance the pros and cons with your price point to find the best option just for you!

Investing in healthy hearing

Hearing aids are a big investment. Fortunately, we know the ins and outs of new hearing aids, features, and styles. Many people think that once they start using hearing aids, their journey is complete. In truth, hearing loss is an ongoing journey. Don’t worry, we are here to help you navigate the ever-changing market and options available. Schedule your next hearing exam with us. We are honored to go on this journey towards healthy hearing with you!