Most audiologists recommend replacing your hearing aids every three to five years, however it varies by patient and device. Fortunately, there are signs to help you know when it is time for new hearing aids.
Just like most devices, eventually hearing aids begin to decline. This can happen for a number of reasons, including the age of the hearing aids. As new technology emerges, older technology phases out and can stop working. Using outdated technology negatively affects your hearing. It can lead to ringing in the ears and can cause strain on your ears, further declining your ability to hear. Earwax build-up, dirt, moisture and heat can also cause damage to your hearing aids. Hearing aids block the ear canal which can cause earwax to build-up and clog the hearing aids, damaging them. If you are outside on a humid day or participating in water activities, moisture can get into your hearing aids and cause damage to them as well.
Upgrading your hearing aids will ensure you have the best and latest technology and features. For instance, hearing aids now come in smaller sizes that fit inside the ear, making them less visible and invasive. The Lyric by Phonak is a great example of today’s 100% invisible hearing aid models. Hearing aids also now offered in wireless form. Wireless hearing aids allow you to connect to Bluetooth devices such as smartphones, tablets and TVs. For example, the Oticon S hearing aid is perfect for those wanting to upgrade to wireless hearing aids. It is rechargeable so it charges at night and lasts throughout the next day. The new rechargeable feature for hearing aids makes wearing hearing aids even more convenient.
In addition to issues related directly to the device, changes in individual patients may also warrant an upgrade to new hearing aids. Lifestyle changes such as new social environments, new work duties or opportunities or new hobbies may lead to the need for new hearing aids. Your hearing ability and needs can also change overtime. For example, ears become sensitive to certain sounds or decline with age.
Putting off getting new hearing aids can lead to more problems such as making your hearing loss even worse. Left untreated, this can lead to bigger social and mental health issues such as dementia or depression. If you are ready to upgrade your hearing aids and need help finding the best pair, call New Generation Hearing Centers for a free consultation.