When thinking about whether it’s time to upgrade your hearing aids, there are a few things you might want to consider.
How are your current hearing aids functioning, and are they fully meeting your hearing needs? If they are functioning well, and servicing your needs at present, then they’re probably fine as they are. It’s important to keep them clean and well protected against the elements as they are a complicated piece of engineering and should always be treated with due respect, just as you would your new phone. Because they sit inside your ear canal, they will likely require occasional cleaning from wax buildup and other external factors depending on your lifestyle.
Like all microphones and other recording devices, the quality of sound will depend on a clear and unobstructed path from one end of the device to the other. Some types of hearing aids can go for years without needing a clean, while others may require regular maintenance. With some you can clean them yourself pretty easily, while others may require professional cleaning. In a few cases the hearing aids may require a small repair with replacement components being inserted at the factory and may not actually need to be replaced entirely. In any case, you should always get them looked at when you get your hearing checked because if your hearing aids aren’t performing as well as they could be, you might be missing out on quality of sound, through no fault of your hearing.
Which leads us to the next point. Do your hearing aids match up with your current hearing needs and prescription? Think about what your specific hearing needs are, create a list and check off whether your current hearing aids are doing the job to the best of their ability. If not, you might need to upgrade them. Likewise, ensure that your hearing aids have been set by your hearing specialist to meet your current prescription and adequately fulfil your needs.
Other factors to consider are whether there have been new technological advances that may help your hearing, and whether those advancements are worth your money to upgrade. The first will depend on how long it’s been since you got your current hearing aids and whether any advances in technology would make a significant difference to your hearing.
Let us know in the comments how often you upgrade your hearing aids, and if you have any further tips for others please let us know.