How old is your hearing device? 

If you’re struggling to remember when you bought the device, chances are its several years old. As a rule of thumb, a hearing aid should provide around five to seven years of good service, but more than that and it becomes less reliable. But aside from a faithful device eventually wearing out, what are the signs it’s time to get a new hearing aid?

1.     Changes in hearing

Our hearing is much like our eyesight in that it changes over time (and sadly not for the better.) As the years go by its likely your hearing will undergo subtle changes and it could be that as these accumulate, a device that fitted your needs four years ago no longer does so now. In the same way you undergo regular eye checks and require a new prescription for your spectacles, so your hearing needs change. 

Depending on the extent of your hearing loss, an annual hearing test is a good idea. And this is where it also pays to build up a rapport with your hearing care provider. Not only can they advise you on the best device for your current needs, but they may be able to reprogram an existing device to cope with your current changes.

2.     Changes in opinion

When you were first diagnosed with hearing loss it might be you were a reluctant adopter of a basic hearing device. But as you get used to improved hearing, your opinion can change and you may be more prepared to try a more advanced model.

A more sophisticated device can offer features such as directional microphones and background noise cancelling programs, or be waterproof or Bluetooth enabled. There are many different way an updated device can improve your listening experience, and now may be the time to say yes to change.

3.     Changes in finances

If your financial situation has improved, then don’t wait for your current device to wear out before changing it. Investigate the advances changes in technology have brought about and consider investing in a rechargeable hearing aid or one that is smaller and more discrete. This doesn’t mean you have to ditch the previous aids, instead keep them as a spare.

4.     Changes of lifestyle

Perhaps you’ve taken up a new hobby since being fitted with your original device. If that activity is more physical, such as swimming, hiking, riding, or playing tennis, then you want to be able to keep up with the club banter but without worrying about your hearing device dislodging or not working as it should.

By its very nature physical activity makes you perspire and moisture can interfere with the smooth functioning of a hearing device, so consider changing to a water-resistant or waterproof style instead.

Remember, hearing is crucial to your overall health, so don’t settle for second best when a new hearing device could improve your quality of hearing. If you’re experiencing any of the above issues, talk with your hearing care provider today to find out if you need a new hearing aid!