How To Know When It’s Time To Get New Hearing Aids

Hearing aids are invaluable devices that empower individuals with hearing loss to engage fully in conversations, enjoy their favorite activities, and connect with the world around them. However, like any technology, hearing aids have a lifespan, and there may come a time when upgrading to a new pair becomes necessary. Over time, we can put our favorite technology through a lot of wear and tear, and that’s normal and all a part of daily usage. 

Hearing aids endure exposure to:
  • Perspiration and body oils
  • Earwax
  • Hair spray
  • Lotion
  • Makeup
  • Rain and humidity
  • Dust, pollen, etc.

    Plus, harsh environments like:
  • Accidental drops to the ground
  • Rattling around in purses, backpacks, and/or gym bags
  • Getting twisted and turned while being put in and taken out, etc.
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Alongside doing whatever maintenance you can on your own, we encourage you to make it a habit to see a hearing care professional for hearing aid cleaning and checks.

When it’s time to upgrade your hearing aids

By the time we approach the average lifespan of our hearing aids—five years*—it’s sensible to consider investing in new devices rather than fixing your old ones. Why? At the five-year mark, it’s not unusual for hearing aids to need more frequent repairs due to the inner components inevitably breaking down from exposure to the elements of daily life.

*Note: It’s wise to have your hearing checked every year to monitor for any changes. Significant changes in your hearing might also affect your decision to upgrade your hearing aids.

Here are a few other reasons to upgrade your hearing aids:

  • Changes in Hearing Needs: Changes in your hearing needs, such as an increase in the severity of your hearing loss or shifts in your lifestyle and communication preferences, may warrant a transition to new hearing devices with advanced features and functionalities tailored to your current requirements.
  • Changes in Lifestyle or Activities: Changes in your lifestyle or daily activities, such as starting a new job, pursuing hobbies that require better hearing abilities, or engaging in frequent social interactions, may necessitate a reevaluation of your hearing aid options to ensure they align with your evolving needs and preferences.
  • Evaluating Overall Satisfaction: Take a moment to reflect on your overall satisfaction with your current hearing aids. If you feel frustrated, dissatisfied, or limited by your devices, it may be worth exploring newer options that offer a better fit, improved performance, and enhanced user experience.

Knowing when to get new hearing aids is an important decision that can significantly impact your auditory wellness and quality of life. By paying attention to signs of decreased performance, changes in your hearing needs, physical wear and tear, and overall satisfaction with your current devices, you can make informed choices about upgrading to new hearing devices that better meet your needs and preferences. Please contact us for expert guidance and support if you need clarification on whether it’s time for an upgrade.

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