Sometimes your hearing deteriorates with you realizing it. This might have happened before you needed a hearing aid, but it can happen after as well. It can be hard to decide when you need an upgrade for your hearing aid and what is available. In this article we look at some of the things to look out for if you have a hearing device, so you know when it’s a good time to upgrade.
Know The Average Lifespan Of A Hearing Aid
Hearing aids might seem like a medical device that continued to work forever, like a pacemaker or a joint replacement. It’s not. A hearing aid is more like a computer or smartphone that becomes obsolete and requires an upgrade every so often.
A typical hearing aid will operate reliably for between three to seven years, after which it will start to become outdated and lose its functionality. This is about the same length of time you might expect to keep a computer or smartphone. Newer and better models become available.
Although your hearing aid may only last you around five years on average the next model you get is likely to be more advanced with better features and better sound quality. It’s always advisable to upgrade your hearing aid when possible.
What Affects The Lifespan Of A Hearing Aid
As with most technology these days a hearing aid has a shelf life of around five years. However, this lifespan can be greater or less depending on how the device is used and treated. Those who care and maintain their device are likely to get more use out of it.
A hearing device is an earpiece that sits in a warm, moist and waxy environment most of the day. Although they are manufactured to cope with these conditions it is also the reason your hearing device will decline over time. Improve the lifespan of your hearing aids with proper device maintenance.
Variables that will affect your device’s performance include the way it is built, how well it is maintained, how much wear and tear it gets and what age the device is. If you notice a decline on the functionality of your device, it may be time to change it.
Signs Your Hearing Device Needs An Upgrade
Do you remember when your hearing first became affected? It might have been difficult to hear someone in conversation or a struggle to listen to the television or computer. However, many people don’t notice the onset of their hearing issues.
This can be the same with a hearing device. Many people don’t realize the functionality has declined or the battery life is going down. It happens gradually, imperceptibly so you have to look out for it.
If your hearing device is older than three years you should be aware that there may be some issues with it soon. You might find that your hearing once again starts to deteriorate even when the device is switched on, or that the battery doesn’t taste the way it should. In this case you should visit your audiologist.
You’ve Had A Change To Your Job Or Lifestyle
When you change your job it’s a good time to change your hearing aid too. This will mean that you get off on the right foot. Also, when you change your lifestyle, such as retiring from your jobs it’s an equally good time to upgrade – you don’t want hearing issues to get in the way of doing what you love.
Based on the changes to your job or lifestyle, think of the next three to five years and what you expect to achieve. You need a hearing device that will be with you all the way and support your life goals. That might mean one that has adaptive noise capabilities for outdoor adventures or restaurant dining.
At this point in your life it’s worth consulting your audiologist to discuss what you’re looking for in a hearing device. They might suggest specific devices suitable for your activities, like swimming, hiking or woodworking. Now is the time to optimize your hearing to match your life goals.
Don’t Lag Behind The Latest Technology
As with most technology hearing aids become more advanced every year and upgrades are available. While it may not be possible to continuously upgrade it is worth staying up to date as far as possible. Having the most up to date device means you don’t miss out on new features and better-quality sound.
It’s advisable to go for a hearing exam with your audiologist at least once a year. This is especially true if you wear a hearing device. Your audiologist will test your hearing and offer you the most appropriate upgrade for your hearing requirements. To find out more about Kampsen Hearing contact us today at (813) 369-5692.