Like any electronic device, what was cutting edge a few years ago is now outdated. The same is true for your hearing aid. While these devices are built to last, there are some signs that you may be in need of an upgrade.
Below are five signs you should consider getting a new hearing aid.
Your Hearing Aid Is Old
The lifespan of a hearing aid is between five to seven years. While your device may still be working after that time, you are not getting the same level of amplification you were when your hearing aid was new.
In addition, even the best cared for device will begin to show signs of wear and tear. Your hearing aids spend all day in your ear, in contact with moisture, dirt and earwax. Over time, these can affect the inner mechanics of the device.
You’ve Changed Your Lifestyle
There are a lot of factors that go into your audiologist’s decision of which hearing aid is right for you. One major factor is your listening lifestyle. Those who spend most of their time at home require much less technology than someone leading meetings and traveling frequently.
If you have started a new job, picked up a new hobby or simply found yourself in new environments, an updated hearing aid with more power and additional features may be needed.
Your Health Has Changed
As we age, our health changes. While you may have been fine fiddling with small buttons and nobs a few years ago, a diagnosis of arthritis can impact your dexterity. A larger device or a more advanced model that can be controlled from a wireless remote or smartphone application may be needed.
Your Finances Have Improved
Hearing aids can range in price from affordable to expensive. If your financial situation has improved, it may be worth upgrading to a more advanced device, which can provide a superior hearing experience.
Your Attitude Has Changed
It takes some getting used to when you are first told you need a hearing aid. Many are not ready to make that commitment and instead opt for a personal sound amplification product (PSAP), which are significantly less expensive and offer only simple amplification.
After wearing this device for a little while, you may find yourself changing your attitude on hearing aids, especially when can see how helpful being able to hear again can be. If you are interested in upgrading your hearing aid or learning more about what the new devices can do for you, contact the experts at Aaron’s Hearing Aid & Audiology Center today