There’s no denying that in the past decade, hearing aids have undergone something of a technological revolution. While analog hearing aids are still available, the majority of hearing aids available on the market today are digital hearing aids. With wireless connection to smartphones and sophisticated processing platforms, today’s hearing aids are smarter and sleeker than ever before.
Hearing aid technology comes in many different levels, to meet a diverse range of hearing loss needs. When you are being fitted for a hearing aid at Preferred Hearing Solutions, we work with you to determine the best hearing aid to meet your specific needs.
Over time, though, you may find that our hearing aids aren’t performing as well as they once did, or you may have had lifestyle changes that require different listening features. Here are some things to consider if you are thinking about updating your hearing aids.
How Long Do Hearing Aids Last?
Hearing aids tend to last anywhere between three to seven years, depending on the brand and the user. Daily maintenance and care of your hearing aids certainly prolong their shelf-life. Keeping them clean and moisture-free is an important part of hearing aid upkeep. Even so, hearing aids don’t last forever. If you have had your hearing aids for some time, and you’ve found that your hearing experience is not as good as it used to be, it may be time to consider updating your hearing aids.
Things to Consider
Hearing Aid Function: How is the sound? How are your listening experiences in different environments? Are conversations still clear and easy to follow? Is there a buzzing or whistling that just won’t go away no matter how many repairs you’ve had?
New Technology: In recent years, major hearing aid manufacturers have introduced new and advanced technology that greatly improves different aspects of the listening experience. There may be technology available now that addresses aspects of your hearing or eases your listening experience.
Your Hearing Abilities: Over time, our hearing abilities naturally change. Hearing aids that were prescribed a few years ago may not meet your needs now. This is why an annual hearing test is important: you stay on top of your hearing abilities and know when it’s time to update.
Hearing Aid Issues
Hearing aids are advanced pieces of technology that have been carefully designed and constructed, which is crucial since they are used every day! As such, they are subject to daily wear and tear.
Common problems for older hearing aids include: buzzing, whistling noises, fluctuating sound quality, sudden changes in volume, etc. If you’ve had your hearing aids repaired several times and problems persist, it may be time to replace your aids.
Changes in Your Hearing Abilities
The contemporary designer Bruce Mau once said, “Design is invisible, until it fails.” Your hearing aids should seamlessly fit into your life, doing their job, and being “invisible” in terms of function. If your listening experience has become exhausting or frustrating, it may be that your current pair of hearing aids no longer meet your hearing needs.
For people age 50 or older, hearing specialists recommend an annual hearing test. As your hearing changes, your current hearing aids may no longer provide the levels to meet your hearing needs. As a result, sounds may become less clear and speech recognition may become more difficult.
Changes in Your Lifestyle
Remember your first hearing aid consultation with us? In seeking the right hearing aids to meet your needs, we take into account your lifestyle, occupation, hobbies, and activities. We consider the locations in which you have difficulty hearing and how often you find yourself in situations with background noise. We strive to find the best hearing instruments to meet your specific hearing needs throughout your daily life.
If you’ve recently had major life changes, such as moving to a new space or getting a new job, you may find that you’re hearing differently. At the same time, there may be new technology available to provide better hearing in your current environment. Taking all of this into account, we’ll work with you to find a new pair of hearing aids to meet your current needs.[/cs_text][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][cs_section parallax=”false” style=”margin: 0px;padding: 45px 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_callout title=”Interested in learning more?” message=”For more information on hearing aids and the latest in hearing technology, contact us at Preferred Hearing Centers. ” type=”center” button_text=”Contact Us” circle=”false” button_icon=”lightbulb-o” href=”/contact/” href_title=”” target=””][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][/cs_content]