How Often Should You Replace Your Hearing Aids?
Your hearing aid is now something that you have to take care of. It is an electrical device that has many parts. Though there are some easy repairs that can be made, some issues are damaging beyond repair. If one thing falls out of whack, it is important to know when you should purchase a new pair. Here are some signs you should replace your hearing aid.
A change in health
Eyesight health is the same thing as physical health. Though it may not be as obvious, your hearing changes over time. As months or years go by, you may notice that your current device is not as strong enough to help you as it used to be. If you have severe-to-profound hearing loss but still take advantage of standard hearing aids, consider switching it up by opting for stronger hearing aids.
Keep in mind that the health of your body is all connected. A change in health in one area of your body can affect other areas. To illustrate, say you develop arthritis. It can be difficult to operate and maintain an in-the-ear hearing aid. You may need to consider doing away with that type of hearing aid and instead go for the behind-the-ear hearing aid. You can even get some models that are rechargeable. It all depends on where your health is.
Old hearing aid
Hearing aids experience wear and tear just like everything else you own and use all day, every day. You could expect to see damage to your hearing aid over time. Since it is in constant use, it is more susceptible to minor damages that can easily turn into bigger damages. As a rule of thumb, your hearing aid should hold up for at least three to seven years.
If you are thinking of replacing your current hearing aid for a new hone, ensure that is one that uses the latest technology.
Most hearing aids live a double life as a small computer that performs algorithms. Those algorithms are used strategically to improve your user experience. For example, it may be able to recognize and cut out background noise or the roaring wind noise, identify and louden the speaker directly, it may be easily customizable because of its app and it has the ability to connect to your Bluetooth devices.
Your life looks different now
That is what life is all about. Some aspects of life are constantly changing. Things change, including your lifestyle. Getting a hearing aid replacement is a great idea if you have experienced major lifestyle changes. Some of those changes can be anything like getting a new phone or finding new interests. It is best that you always have a hearing aid that does all that you need. Let us say that you have taken an interest in more outdoor events like hiking or skiing. You want to make sure that you have a hearing aid that is able to stand up to the harsh climates. This would be a situation in which getting a new hearing aid would make sense.
On the other hand, if you realize that you are not as active as you used to be, it may be time to replace your current hearing aid. You can downgrade to something with much more basic functions since you may not need your hearing aid to work that hard since you spend most of your time in places that make it simpler to hear.
Assuming that an improvement in your finances is not considered a major life change, more money is another reason it would make sense to replace your hearing aid. It could be that when you first got your hearing aid, the only thing that mattered was whether or not you could afford to purchase your hearing aid. Your first one may have been very elementary in function. Now that you have a change in financial situation, you may be able to upgrade to a better device.
Your perspective toward hearing aids changed
You may have fallen into the category of people who never felt the need to get a hearing aid despite being diagnosed with hearing loss. There are a lot of people around the world just like you. We understand getting a hearing aid can be intimidating and many people are hesitant to buy their first hearing aid. If you know about your needs are when it comes to a hearing aid, you will be better off.
If you are still unsure about the best time to replace your hearing aid, we at Pacific Audiology Clinic can help. Give us a call at 503-719-4208