When to Upgrade Your Hearing Aids

by | 07/20/2022 | Hearing Aids, Patient Resources

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If you’ve had your hearing aids for several years now, you may be wondering if it’s time to go for an upgrade. While hearing aids typically last for up to 7 years, most people will upgrade them at four years. 

That’s because hearing aids, like any other device, are prone to wear and tear, and with time, they become inefficient. How soon you’ll have to upgrade your hearing aid depends on how well the instrument is built or how well it’s maintained. 

But there are other reasons why you may want to upgrade your hearing aids. These include: 

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Changes in Your Hearing

To get the most out of your hearing aids, they need to be set to your hearing prescription. But this changes with time, especially if you have age-related hearing loss, which is a degenerative condition and will worsen as you get older. 

If you find that your hearing aids aren’t meeting your prescription, it may be time to go for an adjustment. But sometimes, your hearing care professional can’t improve the fitting, and you may need to upgrade to a more powerful device or one with new capabilities that meet your hearing needs.

Life Changes

Sometimes, a change in your living situation, family life, occupation, or outside interests can come with new demands that your hearing aids cannot handle. 

For example, if you have a new job with many meetings and calls or work in a noisy environment such as a construction site, it can mean a change in your hearing needs. 

Or perhaps you’ve taken on a new sport, and your current hearing aids don’t meet all the technological/lifestyle functions that you require while ‘on the move.’

Regardless of the change, if your hearing aids can’t meet your current hearing needs, you’ll need to upgrade to hearing aids with new capabilities and more power. 

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If Your Hearing Aids are Outdated

Older hearing aids don’t function as efficiently as newer models. Over the past eight years, hearing technology advances have allowed hearing aids to have more sound with increased bandwidths and amplitudes. 

When the brain has access to more sound, it is similar to exercising different muscles. The more muscles used, the better the workout. Similarly, the more input the brain gets, the better it can discriminate between sounds, leading to improved cognition. 

Over the last few years, studies have shown that hearing loss is closely related to dementia and cognitive decline. Improved technology ensures that a person is “feeding” their brain with the most sound input possible. 

Today’s modern hearing aids are smarter and have microchips that enhance comprehension, reduce fatigue and refine your overall hearing experience. They adjust automatically and optimize performance to take the strain off your brain.

Upgrade Your Hearing Aids

Upgrading your hearing aids can significantly improve your quality of life. At All About Hearing, we are committed to your hearing health. 

We have a trade-in program for all hearing aids, and for this year, everyone who trades-in their old devices will get $500 per device credited toward new ones. 

We use the old hearing aids as a loaner or pass them along if someone truly needs them but cannot afford them. 

We can help you select the perfect hearing aids that suit your hearing needs, better match your style, and within your budget. 

If you or a loved one is ready to upgrade their devices or simply want advice on your options, call us today to find out more.

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Brian Martin

Brian was born in San Angelo, Texas, and moved to Odessa at the age of 5. Brian, at a very early age, had a love of music and sound. At the age of 13 Brian started to play guitar. He graduated from Permian High School and after graduation went on tour playing music and to this day, still plays in the Midland-Odessa area. Brian has been married to his high school sweetheart, Amy, for 25 years and they have one son. His family means the world to him. Over the years Brian has opened up for acts like Jason Aldean, Spencer Davis Group, Denny Laine from Wings, and many other top name groups. As life slowed down the time came for Brian to take his passion for music and sound and apply it to Audiology. Brian loves helping people and his great grandmother’s deafness and his own challenges with hearing loss drove him to become a State Licensed Hearing Instrument Specialist. Brian is a member of the International Hearing Society (IHS), and the Texas Hearing Aid Association (THAA). His care for his clients and his knowledge of the industry has lead to many people being helped in their hearing journey.

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