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When Should I Update My Hearing Aids?

Dr. Marina E. Kade Hearing Aids

Dr. Marina E. Kade

When it comes to new technology, it’s easy to know when it’s time to update your smartphone or tablet. You can see the difference in features, performance and design. Not so with hearing aids.


It’s not easy to know when it’s time for new hearing aids. They don’t get outdated like other devices because they are made to last up to five years before needing a battery change and most modern hearing aids have multiple batteries so you can change them at different times without having the need to replace your entire hearing aid system. But there are many other factors that come into play when deciding if it’s time for new hearing aids or not.


How do you know when it’s time for a change? We’ll explore some of the common signs in this post, and answer a few common questions about hearing aid upgrades.


Your lifestyle has changed


You may find that you need a hearing aid with a longer battery life or wireless capabilities as your lifestyle changes. If you’ve just changed employment, you might want to consider upgrading to a pair of hearing aids that are more technologically advanced. If you’ve started a new sport, you may want to invest in a set of hearing aids that are moisture or perspiration resistant.


The technology has changed


You may not be aware that hearing aids have changed a lot over the last few years. The technology has advanced, making them smaller, lighter and more comfortable than ever before. They can also connect to your smartphone and other devices through Bluetooth or wifi. 


If you are still using an older model it may be time for an upgrade as newer models offer better sound quality as well as improved battery life and water resistance features. Some devices even offer wireless streaming from streaming services like Spotify!


Your hearing has changed


If your hearing has changed, it’s important to see a hearing healthcare professional. Hearing loss is progressive and can worsen over time if left untreated. A hearing test may be able to determine whether or not you have a hearing loss that requires a stronger hearing prescription. If you do, you might need to upgrade your technology as not all hearing aids can cater to all levels of hearing loss.


Your current hearing aids keep breaking down


 If you keep having to repair your hearing aids, it might be best to just replace them. Or if the cost of repairs is going to be more than half the cost of a new hearing aid, it probably makes sense to buy a new one.


Your hearing aids are more than 5 years old.


Some people find that they can use their hearing aids longer than others. It all depends on how much use they get and how often they have to repair or replace them.


The lifespan of a hearing aid varies from model to model and from person to person. Some people find that their hearing aids last for several years, while others may need to get new ones every year or two.


As hearing aids age and accumulate wear and tear, their effectiveness diminishes. Your hearing loss may not be changing, but your hearing aid isn’t doing its job properly anymore. This means you’re likely not getting the most out of your device or the best possible results from therapy sessions with an audiologist or other health professional who can help you manage your condition. 


And if your device is damaged in any way — like if it gets dropped or seriously mishandled — then it could cause even more damage and make your hearing worse rather than better.


Updating your hearing aids can change your life and make you feel more connected to the world around you. If you have any questions or concerns, talk to us! We are experts in hearing and hearing aids. We can help you find the right solution for your needs, whether that’s updating your current hearing aids or getting a new pair of them. Additionally, if you have questions about the technology behind modern-day hearing aids and how they function in real life situations, we know about that too!