Hearing aids have come a long way—they’re no longer big, bulky and obtrusive, they’re small, discreet and very powerful. If you already wear hearing aids, you’re most likely enjoying the benefits. Hearing aids are an investment, but like all technology, there comes a time when you need maintenance on your device and eventually an upgrade. Knowing when it’s time to upgrade or replace hearing aids will ensure that you continue to get the best results from your device.
Technology has made it easy to customize hearing aids to an individual’s type/degree of hearing loss, their lifestyle and their budget. With so many different features and types of hearing aids to choose from, you’re in luck—the right pair is out there. If you’re thinking about purchasing new hearing aids, here are a few guidelines to help you make a decision about when to upgrade your device.
When’s the best time to buy a new pair?
You can expect 3-5 years of life from your hearing aids—and sometimes even longer, depending on usage, care and maintenance. Here are a few scenarios when it would be a good time to purchase a new pair:
Your features could use an upgrade. Hearing aid technology is constantly evolving, and today’s models are more powerful, intuitive and discreet than before. If your hearing aids are a few years old, the newer generation of technology may have more advanced or updated features that you aren’t currently benefitting from like digital noise reduction, telecoil, FM compatibility, blue tooth compatibility, wind noise reduction, data logging and more. If you’re interested in taking a new pair for a test drive, you can schedule a hearing aid demo and try out the newest products. Find a clinic near you.
Your hearing aids are always breaking down. Did you know that hearing aid manufacturers produce parts for their hearing aids for about five years before they focus on the newer models? So if your hearing aids need a repair and are five years or older, the repair may be made with used parts. If your hearing aid is more than five years old and frequently in need of prepare, it’s probably a good time to consider new technology.
Your hearing aids are out of warranty. Most hearing aids will come with a one-year warranty straight from the manufacturer. This typically covers one year of loss, damage and repairs. Your provider will usually offer an extended two or three-year hearing aid warranty at the time of purchase. After that, you’re responsible for repairs and maintenance. If repairs become costly or frequent it may be worth investing in a new pair.
Your hearing loss has changed. Hearing can change over time. You may notice that with your current hearing aids it becomes harder to understand speech and sound. Even with hearing aids, getting an annual hearing screening will alert you to any changes in your hearing. Your hearing care professional may be able to adjust your current hearing aids to these changes, but if that’s not working you can start thinking about upgrading your device to better serve your current hearing needs.
How can I care for my hearing aid?
Here are tips to help you extend the life of your hearing aid:
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