Hearing aids can last for 4 to 6 years. With regular maintenance as well as protection from moisture and earwax, you can further increase their useful life. However, if you have one of those outdated hearing aids, do you need to replace them? Let’s have a look at these three questions to determine whether you should replace your hearing aids or not:
1. Are the Current Hearing Aids Serving Their Purpose?
Your hearing go wherever you go and are exposed to a dozen environmental elements such as rain, humidity, and dirt. The part of the hearing aid that sits inside your ear canal is always exposed to earwax and moisture, so their quality will get compromised with time. If you feel that your hearing aids are not working well, the first step should be to get the hearing aids cleaned. If that doesn’t restore your hearing back to normal, then get it checked by an a hearing aid expert.
2. Are the Hearing Aids Meeting Your Current Hearing Needs and Prescriptions?
Prioritize your hearing needs such as the ability to drive and listen on speaker phone, listen to people at a party, and hear low-pitched sounds. Are your current hearing aids fulfilling these needs? If you are satisfied with the settings, then you don’t need to replace your hearing aids. As mentioned earlier, if the problem doesn’t lie with the hearing aid, then it’s possible that your hearing has deteriorated further. Get a “real-ear measurement” hearing test and get the hearing aid re-programmed. It might need a little readjustment and you should be able to hear clearly.
3. With All the Technologies Coming out, Should I Upgrade?
This is a tricky question and depends on what more you want from your hearing aids. Today, hearing aids are connected via Bluetooth to your mobile phone and give you the flexibility of choosing pre-programmed settings. For example, you might be at a party and want to enjoy the music, as well as talk with your friends. The specific hearing aid setting will allow you to lower the background noise, so that you can communicate easily. So, talk with your hearing provider and ask them to suggest a hearing aid with new technology that meets your needs.
The bottom line is – you should replace your hearing aids only when you feel they are not serving their purpose. It’s not enough for them to be just functional because this can compromise your hearing further. Sometimes, the hearing aid might need a little tweaking and in certain cases, you might need to replace it after all.
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