When Should I Update My Hearing Aids?

When Should I Update My Hearing Aids?

Hearing aids are an essential device that millions of people rely on to navigate daily life. These instruments are designed to be highly durable, lasting 5 – 7 years. But similar to all devices that are used regularly, hearing aids can be impacted by daily wear and tear. It is critical to maintain your device by cleaning it regularly, having it professionally serviced, and storing it properly. This supports longevity and performance, allowing you to have an optimal experience. It is also important to know when you should update your hearing aids. There are a few signs that suggest you could benefit from a new device. This includes the following: 

  • Your hearing aids aren’t working as well. Hearing aids, like all electronic devices, have a lifespan. For hearing aids, this can be up to 7 years depending on the specific type and model. Hearing aids are worn constantly so they can experience impact from daily wear and tear. This includes being exposed to moisture, earwax, sweat, and other natural substances that collect in the ear. These substances can accumulate on your hearing aid and contribute to various issues with your device. This is why cleaning your device thoroughly and regularly is important. But eventually, hearing aids do reach the end of their lifespan, and a few signs of this include: 
    • batteries are not lasting as long and you are replacing them often. 
    • The hearing aid turns off randomly. 
    • you experience feedback noise that is making it more challenging to hear. 
    • you frequently experience malfunctions or issues. 

In addition to being aware of these specific signs, you will also know when your device doesn’t seem to be working as well as it once did. This could mean that it is time to replace your hearing aid. 

  • Your hearing needs to change. Hearing loss exists on a spectrum so your hearing needs can change over time. Impaired hearing can be experienced mildly to more profoundly which shapes the specific type of treatment you receive. If your impairment changes, you may need to update your hearing aids to meet your new hearing needs. This highlights the importance of having your hearing assessed regularly. Hearing tests should be incorporated into annual health check-ins. This allows your hearing healthcare provider to track your hearing health and identify any changes you may experience. It also ensures that your hearing aids are tailored to the specifics of your hearing loss.

 

  • You experience life changes. When selecting hearing aids, a range of lifestyle factors informs the type of device that would work best for you. This includes the type of environment you work in, the social activities you engage in, the climate you live in, and hobbies that are part of your life. These factors illuminate the different types of sounds and environments you regularly experience and the type of amplification and other features you need to best support your hearing through that. So if any of these major lifestyle factors change, that could indicate that you may want to also update your hearing aid. 


  • You are interested in the latest technologies and features. Today’s hearing aids offer a variety of features and technologies that are designed to make hearing as easy and pleasant as possible. If you are interested in upgrading your features then you should consider getting a new hearing aid. A few of today’s features include: 
    • Wireless connectivity: using Bluetooth technology, hearing aids can wirelessly connect to other devices. This allows them to stream audio directly which delivers enhanced sound quality.  
    • Noise reduction: this feature separates background noise from the speech and sound you want to hear. It then reduces background noise which makes hearing easier, this is especially useful in more challenging listening environments. 
    • Tinnitus masking: tinnitus is one of the most common symptoms of hearing loss. This feature is designed to alleviate tinnitus by emitting low levels of white noise. 

Additional innovative features include voice recognition, apps to manage your hearing aid settings and even mask mode settings that help clarify speech coming from someone who is wearing a mask. 

We work with leading brands and the various hearing aids they produce. Contact us today to learn more about what your options are and which devices could be best for you!