How long has it been since you have upgraded your hearing aid? If it’s been awhile since you’ve updated, you may be surprised at the improvements in hearing technology. If you find yourself pursuing a hearing aid for the first time, we can help guide you through the different options on the market and help pick the one that is best for you!
When Do You Need a New Hearing Aid?
Many audiologists advise getting a new hearing aid every five to seven years due to technology advances. New technology is emerging almost every two years, whether it’s a new platform, new chip, or new features that can make life more comfortable and convenient for hearing aid users.
If the hearing aid you use now is working, you may not feel a need to invest in a new pair, however; you might be surprised at the improvements made to hearing aids including how they amplify sound and cut down unwanted noise. An update to your hearing aid might improve your quality of life in unexpected ways.
Advancements in Hearing Aid Technology
Here are just a few ways in which hearing aid technology has improved dramatically over the last few years:
- Hearing aids are more water resistant than ever before. It’s still not advisable to submerge them in water but a little rain or moisture won’t hurt their functionality the way it did in years past.
- New hearing aids have improved speech clarity in noisy situations and reduced background noise.
- Hearing aids feature directional microphones and technology that analyzes and adapts to the environment to bring the best listening experience to the user such as: cutting down on road noise during driving, comfort in echo, reduced wind noise, etc…
- Feedback (squealing) should no longer be an issue.
Battery technology has also made great strides in recent years. Traditional batteries are still an option, but more brands are releasing rechargeable hearing aids. Some models feature a case that doubles as a charger so there’s no need to change out the batteries. Simply put the hearing aids in the case when you are not wearing them and they will charge automatically.
Bluetooth technology is expanding the features available to hearing aid users. Some hearing aid models can connect directly to a smartphone via an app eliminating the need for a companion device. Bluetooth adapters for cell phones, mp3 players, televisions, and other devices mean easy and convenient connections to these devices. There are even remote controls, so users can adjust the volume or change programs.
Finally, almost all hearing aids are smaller than in the past, making them both more comfortable and less noticeable.
Updating Your Hearing Technology
If you make the decision to upgrade your hearing aid, please call us to set up a hearing aid evaluation. At that appointment we will update your hearing test and can demonstrate devices on you. We can help guide you through deciding which level is appropriate for the user’s lifestyle from a basic hearing aid to a feature-rich premium device. We'll also help dispel common myths about choosing hearing aids.
Those new to using hearing aids may also want to take advantage of our auditory rehabilitation class. This 3 part class teaches about hearing loss, hearing aids and how to maximize the abilities of your hearing aids. Virginia ENT offers these classes at our West End and Midlothian locations.
Is it time to upgrade your hearing aid technology? Have questions about getting a new hearing aid? Contact Virginia ENT today to schedule an appointment and discuss your options.