When Should I Update My Hearing Aids

When Should I Update My Hearing Aids

On average, hearing aids last about 5 years. However, some hearing aid wearers may want to replace their devices after 3 years, while others enjoy the same pair of hearing aids for up to 7 years. So how do you know when you should update your hearing aids or which devices you should choose? Here are a few factors to consider.

Your Hearing Aids Aren’t Working

The most obvious time to update your hearing aids is when they are no longer working. For most devices, this could be anywhere from 5 to 7 years or more. If you clean your hearing aids every day and do small repairs as needed, your hearing aids will last a number of years. And if your hearing changes during those years, we can easily recalibrate your devices, so they perfectly match your hearing needs.

Factors that affect your hearing aids include how well they have been cleaned and maintained over the years, how many hours a day they’re worn, and if you have an active lifestyle that exposes the devices to more dirt, dust, moisture, and perspiration. 

Changes in Hearing

Have you experienced a major change in your hearing abilities? If your hearing loss changes significantly, the programs and settings on your current devices might not be the best for your hearing needs. Changes in hearing is one of the main reasons people update their hearing aids. Sometimes your hearing will change beyond the capabilities of your current hearing aids, and you’ll need to update your devices for more power.

Changes in Lifestyle

Have you recently retired or had other lifestyle changes? This may be a great time to update your hearing aids. Your hearing aids have programs and settings that match your lifestyle. For example, you may have connectivity features that help you hear at work. But if you’re retiring and plan to spend more time with the grandkids, you may want hearing aids with different features that help you hear outdoors, reduce feedback, and help you hear high-pitched sounds, like the voices of your grandchildren.

New Hearing Technology

Another reason people choose to upgrade their hearing aids is to take advantage of new hearing technology. Hearing aids get better every year. During your annual hearing test, you may find out about several new features that weren’t available when you got your hearing aids. 

Some of the latest features include connectivity features that allow you to connect your hearing aids right to your phone for wireless audio streaming. You can stream phone calls and other audio right to your ears so you’ll never strain to hear on the phone again! These hearing aids can also connect to any other Bluetooth-enabled devices such as the TV or your computer, giving you comfortable listening across all your devices. 

Other new technology includes advanced programs that reduce listening effort and make it easy to hear in places with background noise. These new features improve understanding and reduce listening fatigue. Some devices work so well they give you better than normal hearing in certain listening environments. 

Cost Considerations

Before you decide to upgrade your hearing aids, take a look at your health insurance. If your hearing aids are covered, you may have some limitations on how often you can upgrade your devices. For example, some plans will provide coverage for one pair of hearing aids every 3 years. It’s a good idea to check with your insurance provider before making this decision.

Funding the upgrade yourself? Then feel free to upgrade your devices any time. We recommend updating your hearing aids every 3 to 7 years to make sure your hearing aids are effective in helping you hear.

Reconnect to the Sounds of Your Life!

So how often should you update your hearing aids? As you can see, there’s not a straightforward answer to this question. It all depends on how well your hearing aids are working for your current hearing needs and lifestyle, and if you’re getting the features you want.

If you’re on the fence about getting new hearing aids, visit us for a consultation. We’ll show you your best options based on your hearing needs and budget, and help you weigh the pros and cons of updating your hearing aids.