Is It Time to Upgrade Your Hearing Aids?

man with hearing aid

So, you’ve had the same hearing aids for some time and you’re starting to wonder, “Is it time for a new pair?” Considering the significant investment represented by a pair of typical hearing aids, it’s no wonder people hesitate at the thought of them becoming obsolete. But just like all high-tech devices, hearing aids can’t last forever, particularly if your hearing ability and other needs change over time (which they normally do). There’s also some incredible new technology available now, and more advances on the horizon.

With that in mind, here are six questions to ask yourself in order to help you reach a decision:

  1. I’ve had my current hearing aids for:
    • One-three years
    • Three-five years
    • Five-seven years
    • More than seven years
  2. My hearing aids are working:
    • Perfectly
    • Mostly well, but occasionally need servicing
    • All right, but need repairs more often than in the past
    • Not well, they need repairs regularly
    • Poorly
  3. I can hear _______ with my current hearing aids:
    • Extremely well
    • Pretty well
    • Okay
    • Not as well as I used to
    • Poorly
  4. My hearing needs at work have changed
    • Yes
    • No
  5. My hearing needs at home/socially have changed
    • Yes
    • No
  1. My current hearing aids allow me to:
    • Hear and keep up with conversations easily in echoing or crowded and noisy environments
    • Listen to audio clearly from TVs, smartphones, and all the other devices I want
    • Hear well on the golf course, while taking a walk, or in similarly windy situations
    • Help me hear well even though I have little-to-no hearing in one of my ears
    • Enjoy music in all its fullness and clarity
    • Maintain the level of discretion I desire with regards to appearance and when making program, volume, or other adjustments
    • Hold telephone conversations with ease

Try before you buy

If you’re still on the fence about whether to stick with your current hearing aids, remember that most hearing care professionals will be happy to let you try out the latest technology during a trial period to help you determine whether an upgrade is in order. At the very least, talk to your hearing care professional about having your hearing tested if it has been awhile since your last one.