Hearing aids are important medical devices that connect you to the world around you, including your loved ones. It’s important to stay on top of your hearing health, including knowing when to upgrade your devices, to ensure you get the most benefit possible. Below we review the signs it’s time to upgrade your hearing aids.
Your Hearing Has Changed
Hearing loss is a progressive condition, meaning it develops and worsens over time. Because of this, the results of your hearing test when you first got your devices may not be the same as it is now. The experts at Topeka ENT recommend getting your hearing retested every year. It may be the case that your devices simply need to be reprogrammed, but eventually, you may need to upgrade to more powerful devices.
Your Hearing Aids Are Over Five Years Old
Hearing aids are built to last. However, hearing technology advances so rapidly, if your devices are more than five years old, you could be missing out on amazing new features that improve your hearing in more complex environments. Today’s state-of-the-art features include:
- Detecting and minimizing background noise/wind noise
- Selecting and amplifying the voice of the speaker in front of you
- Programming via smartphone app
- Connectivity to Bluetooth-enabled devices
Your Lifestyle Has Changed
If you’ve picked up a new hobby, or if you’re simply getting back to enjoying pre-pandemic activities once again, you may find that your hearing aids aren’t performing as well as you need them to. Whether you’ve picked up hiking at Kansas Historical Society Nature Trail or invested in a tablet to enjoy movies on, talk to your audiologist about what your new hearing needs are.
You’re in a Better Place Financially
It’s often the case that when you first got your hearing tested, you were surprised to learn you’d need hearing aids, leading to you purchasing a budget model. If your financial situation has improved, it means you can invest in a set of hearing aids that better suit your hearing and lifestyle needs.
For more information about today’s hearing technology or to schedule an appointment with an expert audiologist, call Topeka ENT today.