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Could You Benefit from Upgrading Your Hearing Aids?

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Hearing aids are wonderful tools we use to counter hearing loss, helping people live full, actualized and supported lives. However, hearing aids are far from being a singular entity, as if there were only one model available for a range of hearing needs. As technology has developed, medical assistants have too, and hearing aids are no exception.

For that reason, newer hearing aids are replete with features that hearing instrument specialist (HIS) may deem appropriate for you, as well as additional functionalities that are nice to have. 

But could you benefit from upgrading your hearing aids, and should you?

Well, to answer the first question, if additional features such as Bluetooth connectivity, wireless functionalities, directional microphones, dual synchronization, dual audio inputs, and more are something you covet, then odds are, upgrading could be a great use of your time. However, it’s important to consider just what hearing aids you have though as certain styles may not adapt to certain functionalities, like Bluetooth.

In this post, we’ll discuss a few reasons as to why you may wish to upgrade:

Your Hearing Loss Is Progressing

It may be that your current hearing aid has simply stopped being fit for purpose due to hearing loss progressing. If that’s the case, it’s important to consult with your HIS first and foremost. They will be able to direct you to the appropriate model, make, and style of hearing aid necessary for your current needs, and from there, you may be able to inquire as to what hearing aid features may be available in this type.

Your Hearing Aid Is Damaged Or Old

Hearing aids are vital tools we use to help our hearing loss experience, but that doesn’t mean they last forever. Even with careful maintenance and cleaning, hearing aids may need replacement from time to time. This can be a great way to move into a newer model with added functionalities, but again, be sure to consult with your HIS for the best possible options right for you.

Your Hearing Aid & Glasses Aren’t Matching

It might sound somewhat surface-level, but many people find upgrading their hearing aids around the same time as they get new glasses can help them wear both comfortably, as not all hearing aid models conform to all glasses styles. Making sure they match and that they feel comfortable to wear can help you avoid feeling irritated, or having the hearing aid knocked by the frame or temple tip of the glasses. You shouldn’t have to pick between wearing one or the other when there are many options out there.

Of course, it’s important to recognize that unless directly recommended by an hearing specialist, the primary purpose of a hearing aid is to help with your hearing, and so always make sure you select a model for that utility more than anything else. However, additional features can’t hurt, and so it’s not necessarily a silly idea to opt for further functionality (such as direct smartphone control of the device), if you can, too. Be sure to browse your options, and feel comfortable in whatever upgrade is right for you.