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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-school ear trumpet at hand than plainly, it’s time for an upgrade. When you use conventional hearing aids, coming to that realization is more challenging. Your decade old hearing aids still work, right?

It’s possible that you are better off having older hearing aids than not having one, what’s the real cost? In the past several years, hearing aids have dramatically advanced. Some of the features of modern-day hearing aids hadn’t even been designed 10 years ago. For one thing, they’ve advanced from analog to digital. Consider some reasons why it’s time for you to be considering an upgrade.

Your Old One is Not That Dependable

Outdated or even poor-quality hearing aids have real issues like that aggravating buzz you hear every once in a while. And it’s always a fun time when you get near a phone and your hearing aid starts to feedback. That loud feedback sometimes occurs for no noticeable reason. What caused it now?

You’ve Become Desensitized to its Low Quality

You are used to sitting in quiet self-reflection while everybody around you is involved in conversation or questioning why the air conditioning unit is so loud. Don’t forget the time your grandchild sang you a great song she learned at school, but you could only hear parts of her song because your hearing aids kept going out. You still clapped, though.

Older hearing aids have all of these kinds of problems. Turning up the volume was the main goal in hearing aids a decade ago. Now, unwanted noise can be filtered out and modern hearing aids can do many other truly awesome things.

The Old Ones Are Wasting Money

Cost is always a factor in relation to an upgrade. Newer tech is not cheap, but neither is using an old, out-of-date hearing aid. You will be constantly replacing batteries when you have an analog hearing aid. You can understand how expensive it will be, buying new batteries at least once every day.

Old 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. It’s in the repair shop more than it is in your ear and repairs expensive.

Smart Technology is a Thing Now

Many contemporary hearing aids come with Bluetooth functionality. You won’t find that in an analog device. Your tablet, phone, and even your computer can be connected, using Bluetooth, to your hearing digital aid.

Communication is The Secret to Everything

It has been revealed by research, that you will earn less money if you have hearing loss. So it’s clear that it would be a benefit to your career if you had newer hearing aids. You will be able to hear your boss and customers better. You will be capable of following directions without being concerned whether you got it right and have important discussions without worrying about whether your hearing aids will hold up or not.

Obviously, stronger communication means an improved quality of life, as well. You won’t have to go sit by yourself when people are having conversations. Jump in and engage with the people around you.

You Only Want Your Hearing Aid to be Cooler

When you check out your old hearing aid in the mirror, what words come to mind? Awkward? Totally obvious? Does this make me look old? Flexibility and style are some of the more significant reasons to upgrade your hearing aid. You can buy hearing aids in lots of colors, shapes, and sizes now. You can have one concealed so tightly in your ear that no one will ever see it, or you can make a fashion statement with an out of the ear hearing aid in your favorite color.

How to Know When it’s Time For an Upgrade

Now you recognize why a hearing aid upgrade is worthwhile, now it’s time to determine what makes a hearing aid obsolete. Here are some telltale indications that the time has come:

  • There are changes in your hearing. Even when you have the hearing aids in your ears, it seems as if you don’t hear as well.
  • Your life has changed, and your hearing aid has a hard time keeping up. It’s annoying to take it out just to talk on the phone, or perhaps you’ve changed jobs and now have to deal with more background noise.
  • Your hearing aid randomly quits working. It’s simply not dependable anymore, and that’s problematic.
  • It’s clear that you have an analog hearing aid. Ouch, go digital right away.
  • Your ears feel heavy. Analog hearing aids weigh a lot.
  • Your hearing aid juts out like a sore thumb. Back when that old hearing aid was made, technology was much larger.
  • You are replacing the batteries every day. Contemporary hearing aids are usually rechargeable and are also more energy efficient.

It’s an easy choice. It’s time to upgrade your hearing aids if they’re more than 7 years old.

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