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If you are the proud owner of a new pair of hearing aids, congratulations! Under the right care, your new aids should last long into the future. Many people continue to use the same pair of hearing aids for years, and you might find that these aids do everything to support your hearing needs for a long time. Now that you have hearing aids, you might be curious exactly how long you can expect them to last. Although it would be nice to have an expiration date in mind, many factors lead an individual to replace their hearing aids. Let’s consider a few of the warning signs to let you know that you should begin to plan for new hearing aids. In some cases, the warning sign can be more urgent, so we will consider those factors, as well.
Lack of Functionality
Some people have hearing aids that are fully functional for their needs for many years. Others find that they are seeking better functionality over time. The latest hearing aids use advanced technology to identify and amplify the sound of human speech, and many of them can reduce background noise, as well. Some aids use digital signal processors (DSPs) to modify the profile of sound in ways that make it easier to understand what others have to say. If you find that the functionality of your hearing aids leaves something wanting, you can contact our offices to learn about some of these developments in audio quality.
Newly Available Technology
Closely related to these changes in audio quality are new technologies and functions that add features you would like in a hearing aid. Older models use analog signal processing and replaceable batteries, but the newest models have digital signal processing and rechargeable batteries. Most new hearing aids are also equipped with Bluetooth Connectivity, making it possible not only to stream audio directly to your aids but also to control the settings on your hearing aids with an app on your smartphone. These features can make your life easier, and many people choose to get new hearing aids when these features become available. Even though your older aids might do the basic function of audio amplification, you might be interested in other features such as water resistance and feedback reduction.
Serious Repairs or Malfunctions
Most hearing aids are incredibly resilient and don’t require repair or maintenance for a long time. However, in the event that your hearing aids are damaged, you might find that buying new aids is a wiser choice. Some repairs can be done with relatively low cost, but others can be pricey. If your hearing aids require a repair that exceeds or comes close to their value, you might take the opportunity to upgrade our aids. Although you might be able to repair your hearing aids for less than the price of a new pair, you might be able to get new aids for just a little bit more, and that investment might be the wiser choice in the long run.
Changes in Your Hearing Needs
In the above cases, you might find that an upgrade to your hearing aids awaits you in the future. However, if you notice a change in your hearing ability, you should not delay making an appointment for a hearing test. Some people have changes in their hearing ability that make their old hearing aids ineffective at facilitating communication. As we know, untreated hearing loss can have detrimental effects on your physical, mental, and cognitive health. Even if you wear hearing aids that are insufficient for your needs, you can incur some of these similar issues with health and wellness. Any perceptible change in your hearing ability is reason enough to schedule a hearing test. Even if you can continue using the same hearing aids, our professionals will want to update your chart with the latest information about your needs. If your condition continues to worsen, we can let you know when it becomes necessary to get new hearing aids that can meet your needs. With proper care, maintenance, and regular hearing tests, you should be able to use your hearing aids long into the future, but remain aware of these warning signs that newer aids will better meet your needs.