When should I update my hearing aids?

Continual technological improvements are a great benefit to hearing instruments. That also means that older hearing aid models may not offer newer, more beneficial features that have been developed. That being said, not all older hearing aid models need to be updated, as your current models might be functioning well for your specific needs. If you have noticed changes in your listening experience or if you’ve recently learned that your hearing abilities have changed, you may be looking to upgrade to a new pair of hearing aids.

Hearing aids have a life expectancy, like all technology.

Hearing aids have a lifespan of about three to seven years. Some people have them even longer. The build of the hearing device, its maintenance over time, and the wear and tear are all factors that influence how long it will last.

Of course, when a hearing device is no longer working, you may opt for repair or you may be eligible for new hearing aids. There are many reasons, however, to make an appointment with a hearing health professional even when all is in order. A few are explored here.

Has your hearing changed?

Age-related hearing loss is degenerative and worsens with age, so you always want your hearing aids to be performing at their best. If they aren’t performing well, it may be time to schedule a visit to our team at Audibel for an adjustment. Over time, an older hearing aid may no longer serve the range of needs your hearing requires. It’s possible that an upgrade to a more powerful device is in order, or one that is capable of serving your changing needs.

Has your life changed

Changes in different aspects of your life can have an impact on how well your hearing aids serve you. A new job, living environment, activities and hobbies, or family can place new demands on your hearing aids. You may have to acclimate to environmental noise at a new workplace, like a busy office or a bustling restaurant. Changes to your family unit—marriage, moving in with loved ones or assisted living—can also require new or more sophisticated hearing aids. If you led a relatively quiet lifestyle when you were originally fitted for hearing aids, any of these changes could warrant a more powerful, capable device.

New hearing instrument

In just a few years’ time, advances in hearing technology can make big strides in design, power, and available features. For example, Oticon hearing instruments are “smarter than ever, working with your brain to do a better job of separating conversation from background noise and preserving the spatial ‘soundscape’ of a room.” This is one of many new features that strengthen understanding and minimize mental fatigue. “The micro-brains inside these devices work hard to adjust automatically and optimize performance, to take the strain off your brain.”

There is also an aspect of fun to today’s advanced hearing aids, something one might not associate with a hearing device. They can easily connect to many smart devices you already use — televisions, computers, audio equipment, and smartphones. There are also more choices than ever before for size and fit: a wide range of colors, invisible devices, and newer, more comfortable external hearing aids.

It’s beneficial for these reasons, and many more, to follow current advances in hearing technology, no matter the performance of your current hearing aids. On your next visit to your hearing health professional at Audibel, ask about the latest advances in devices and technology. You might be surprised by what you learn!

Visit Us at Audibel

At Audibel, we provide comprehensive hearing health tests and hearing aid fittings. Our goal is to fit you with the best hearing aids to treat your specific needs. If you have found that your current pair of hearing aids are no longer providing you an optimal listening experience, come visit us. We can help you find an updated solution with the latest in technology to help you hear at your best. Contact us at Audibel today to learn more.