When Should I Update My Hearing Aids?

When Should I Update My Hearing Aids?

Dr. Kevin H. Ivory

Dr. Kevin Ivory, Au.D., CCC-A received his Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He then went on to earn his Doctor of Audiology degree from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, one of the top 10 audiology residential programs in the country.
Dr. Kevin H. Ivory

If you’ve had hearing aids for a couple of years now, you probably know what an invaluable tool they are in every aspect of your life. You already know the importance of your hearing aids functioning at their highest capacity, but like anything your hearing aids life span is not infinite.

How does one know when it is time to replace their hearing aids? There are many factors to consider when replacing and/or upgrading your hearing aids.

Are your current hearing aids still working well?

To perform well, hearing aids require regular maintenance and occasional technical repair. Hearing aids exposed to allot of wear and tear as ideally, they go everywhere you go. They are exposed to rain, excessive humidity, extreme temperatures, dust, dirt and perhaps more. Depending on the type of hearing aid you wear and your lifestyle, your hearing aids will most likely require regular maintenance.

Without regular maintenance, the performance of your hearing aids may change gradually over time, as microphones, speakers, and other important technical components become clogged with moisture, wax, and other debris.  If your hearing aids aren’t performing well, you should consider cleaning and/or repairing them before purchasing new hearing aids.  Visit us at La Canada at least every year to make sure your hearing aids are still functioning to their highest potential

Are your current hearing aids still meeting your hearing needs?

Try writing down five specific hearing needs. This can include some thing as basic as “hearing over the phone” to “hearing your significant other while watching your favorite television program together.” Once you have your list ask your self if your hearing aids are delivering a significant benefit to you in the situations you listed? If your hearing aids are enhancing your hearing in the situations that matter to you, it may be premature to consider new hearing aids.

Are your current hearing aids correct for your hearing prescription?

When you first get hearing aids, we at La Canada Hearing will make sure that we help you find the best hearing aids to fit your prescription. To get the most from your hearing aids, they need to be set to your hearing prescription.  If you don’t believe that your hearing aids are meeting your hearing prescription, we can help you to improve the fitting. This may require an adjustment of your hearing aids’ digital programming, or some type of cleaning or repair of the devices. If the fitting cannot be improved, your hearing aids may not be adequate for your hearing loss, and you should consider replacing them.

Are the advantages of new hearing aid technology worth it to you?

Advances in hearing technology have introduced a lot of features that weren’t available just a few years ago.  The latest hearing instruments are smarter than ever working in conjunction with your brain to do a better job of separating conversation from background noise. The newest hearing aid features now enhance comprehension and reduce fatigue. The micro-brains inside these devices work hard to adjust automatically and optimize performance, to take the strain off your brain.

Today’s advanced hearing aids are more fun, too. They can connect easily to all the new electronic devices around you — TVs, computers, smartphones, audio equipment and more. Should you look at upgrading your hearing aids, just to have the latest technology, even if your current hearing aids are functioning just fine? It’s important to do the research and investigate the new technologies and see if there is anything available that might improve your hearing and your life.  If the cost of the new hearing aids feels equal to the benefits you will receive then the latest hearing aids can be a great investment for you.

Visit us at La Canada Hearing

Regardless if it’s time for a new set of hearing aids or just a tune up, visit us at La Canada Hearing to make sure your hearing aids are still working for you.  We will ensure that your hearing aids are at their best fit and working to their highest potential.  If it is time to invest in new hearing aids, we will be there to help you weigh out all the options and find the best hearing aids for your lifestyle.