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Small robot made of old tech is suggesting those with old hearing aids upgrade to new digital hearing aids.

If you are walking around with an old-fashioned ear trumpet in hand than clearly, it’s time for an upgrade. Making that call when you have conventional hearing aids is trickier, though, so how does one know? You purchased your hearing aids a decade ago, and they still get the job done, right?

It’s possible that you are better off using older hearing aids than having none, what’s the real price? In the past several years, hearing aids have dramatically advanced. Some of the functions of modern-day hearing aids hadn’t even been designed a decade ago. For starters, they’ve advanced to digital from analog. Think about some reasons why it’s time for you to be thinking about an upgrade.

Your Old Hearing Aid is Not That Reliable

Outdated or even low-quality hearing aids have serious issues like that aggravating buzz you hear every once in a while. How about that feedback any time you get close to a phone, that’s enjoyable. That noisy feedback sometimes happens for no apparent reason. Now why is this happening?

You’ve Gotten Complacent With Its Failings

You’ve become accustomed to wondering why the sound of traffic is so loud or to sitting quietly while everybody else has interesting conversation. Do you remember when your hearing aid kept cutting out while you were trying to listen to your grandson sing a song and you could only hear parts of what they were singing. You still clapped, though.

All of these are drawbacks associated with outdated hearing aids. Raising the volume was the primary goal in hearing aids a decade ago. These days, hearing aids do magic tricks like filtering out background noise, so say goodbye to the air conditioner.

Older Hearing Aids Can be Expensive

When you’re thinking about a hearing aid upgrade, cost is a major consideration. You will need to make an initial purchase with new hearing aids but old ones will also be costly over time. You will be constantly replacing batteries when you have an analog hearing aid. You can understand how costly it will be, replacing batteries at least once a day.

Out of date hearings aids can potentially need repair, too. If you think of your hearing aid like you think of a 1992 car you would understand where we are coming from. Repairs are expensive and it’s always in the repair shop.

Today, we Have Smart Tech

Many modern hearing aids have Bluetooth functionality. An analog hearing aid won’t have that feature. Your phone, tablet, and even your computer can be connected, using Bluetooth, to your hearing digital aid.

The Key to Everything is Communication

It has been shown by research, that you will earn less money if you suffer from hearing loss. So it’s obvious that it would be a benefit to your career if you had newer hearing aids. You will be able to hear customers and your boss better. You won’t have to be concerned about missing some essential piece of information or if your hearing aid battery will quit when you need it most.

Obviously, stronger communication means an improved quality of life, too. You won’t have to go sit by yourself when people are talking. Jump right in and get involved with the people around you.

You Just Want Your Hearing Aid to be Cooler

When you look in the mirror at your old hearing aid, how do you feel? Clunky? Obvious? Does this make me look old? Versatility and style are some of the most considerable reasons to upgrade your hearing aid. Modern hearing aids come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. You can wear a visible one in your favorite color or an internal one tucked invisibly inside your ear.

Clues That It’s Time

Now you know all the reasons you should get a hearing aid upgrade, but not what to specifically look for that says your device is at risk of being called an antique. The time has come and here are the indications:

  • There are changes in your hearing. Even when you have your hearing aids in your ears, it seems like you don’t hear as well.
  • Your life has evolved, and your hearing aid has a hard time keeping up. Every time you have to talk on the phone, you have to remove it and background noise has become a real issue.
  • Your hearing aid keeps cutting out. You just can’t rely on it working when you need it most.
  • It’s clear that you have an analog device. Ouch, go digital fast.
  • Your hearing aid is heavy. Awkward, old technology weighs a lot.
  • Your hearing aid is the only thing you see when you look in a mirror. Back when that old hearing aid was made, technology was much larger.
  • You are replacing the batteries constantly. Contemporary hearing aids are usually rechargeable and are also more energy efficient.

It’s not rocket science. It’s time to replace your hearing aids if they’re more than 7 years old.

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