When Is It Time To Update Your Hearing Aid?

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If you experience hearing loss, hearing aids can be a very beneficial addition to your life. One minute you are feeling alienated and frustrated about your inability to keep up with a discussion, and the next your social life is thriving again. This is critical for the millions of people who are experiencing a decline in their hearing since it helps to prevent loneliness and mental health disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.

It is important to note that there is no way to guarantee that a hearing aid will last indefinitely; they won’t. Electronic items have generally short life spans, which means you will have to replace them at some point. The issue is determining when the most appropriate time for replacement is. When your present devices are in fine working order, the last thing you want to do is to toss them away and fork out for new ones. 

Fortunately, you can be on the lookout for warning signals of them being past their best and needing to be replaced. When you notice the signs of your hearing aid being outdated, it’s probably time to start looking into a replacement pair. 

They Are Around Four or Five Years Old

In terms of technical longevity, a piece of hearing equipment can endure anywhere between three and seven years in most situations. Some may last for a longer period of time depending on the manufacturer, model and how well they are maintained. However, on average, the capabilities will begin to deteriorate around the four or five-year point.

This is due to the fact that the technology contained within the assistance will not be as innovative as it was earlier. It is also possible that dirt and dust have accumulated or that the hardware has experienced general wear and tear. Whatever the case, it is better to start looking for a replacement as soon as possible. In any other case, your equipment could malfunction and cause you to lose your hearing.

Whenever in doubt, you can consult with an audiologist and get their advice. You could get several more years out of it with a thorough cleaning.

Your Hearing Is Deteriorating

The quality of your hearing is another factor that you might not have considered. Your hearing may deteriorate over time, and if this occurs, your current hearing aids will no longer be adequate. You will require hearing aids that have been fitted and calibrated to your evolving specifications in order to function properly.

What criteria do you use to determine this? For starters, the quality of the sound that is received by the instrument will be diminished. However, if the device is new and does not exhibit any warning signs, it is most likely your ears that are the source of the problem. Alternatively, you can decide to stop wearing your hearing aids and see if your hearing is the same or worse without them.

An appointment with an audiologist will resolve the situation because they will be able to identify the underlying source of the problem.

Your Lifestyle Has Changed

Your existing devices, if they are programmed to assist you in specific scenarios, will become less useful if you spend less time in those settings in the future. For example, you used to work from the comfort of your own home office and now have a new job taking calls in a busy office or working in a factory.

As a result, your hearing instruments will be inadequate for the job, and it is, therefore, necessary to replace them. You should consult with an audiologist to determine which technologies are most appropriate for your needs. Inform them of any changes, no matter how insignificant they may appear to be and pay attention to what they have to say.

You should apply the same principles to both your personal and professional lives. A good example is the addition of a new member to the family. After all, as a parent, it is imperative that you pay attention to your child’s sounds. 

Technology Has Evolved

When new technology enters the market, it is sometimes necessary to upgrade existing equipment. Purchasing a new pair of hearing aids every year may be unpalatable, but it is required if the most recent model would improve your hearing and quality of life.

The key is to keep on top of the situation and fit the features to your own needs and situations. It is recommended that you choose a more modern device if you want something that adjusts the volume and settings automatically in response to the environment. Alternatively, if you require something that eliminates the requirement for a sophisticated user interface, a mobile application will be ideal.

When in doubt, your audiologist is the ideal person to consult because they will be able to educate you about the most recent devices available. Call Nola Aronson’s Advanced Audiology today at (661) 250-6781.