This is a question that we address everyday with our patients and their loved ones! The short answer is that a hearing device should typically be replaced about every five to seven years or so. In reality, however, the answer is a bit more involved. Several factors may determine whether or not it’s time to update your hearing instruments. They include:
- Level and sophistication of the hearing technology
- Potential changes in your hearing sensitivity, lifestyle, or overall health
- Condition and performance of your existing hearing devices
Here are a few potential signs you may need fresh hearing technology:
You do all the recommended maintenance, but things still aren’t right: Replaced batteries drain quickly; sound is still muffled after you change wax guards. The occasional repair is normal, but regular malfunctions may mean it’s time to replace your devices.
Hearing Level Has Changed
Your hearing changes over time because of age, loud sounds, or other health issues. Often we can adjust your programming to meet your new needs, but sometimes your hearing changes so much that you require a different level of technology or a different type of device all together.
Repairs Seem Costly
With older devices, the parts are often scarce or the model is discontinued. Sometimes repairing your devices costs enough that it makes more sense to replace them with new hearing aids.
Devices have advanced significantly over the years with better filtering of background noise, rechargeability without the hassle of disposable batteries, tinnitus management, and wireless streaming from smartphones.
Hearing your best is more critical than ever in our changing world — with in-person and virtual communication both playing important roles in today’s new normal. If you think it might be time to update your hearing devices, please don’t wait to contact us to get your questions answered or to schedule a hearing aid consultation.