Hearing aids don’t last forever. A variety of factors can help you choose the ideal time to upgrade your hearing aids. Here are some signs to look out for when the time comes for an upgrade:

Your Hearing Aids Are Not Working Properly

Hearing aids typically last three to four years, although they can last longer if you look after them properly. After three years, your hearing aid may stop being reliable. 

  • Rechargeable batteries can stop holding a charge, and the aids may stop giving you the good performance you need. If your hearing aids are giving intermittent problems, this can mean a battery problem. 
  • Old hearing aids may also start producing odd sounds or changing volume.
  • Wear and tear can also damage hearing aids.

Your hearing doctor can help you decide whether it’s worth repairing your devices or whether you should replace them.

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Your Hearing Has Changed

Recalibration can go a long way towards getting your hearing aids up to speed, but as your hearing degenerates, you may need more powerful hearing aids. 

If this is the case, you can often trade in the old ones to be refurbished and given to somebody else.

It’s normal for your hearing loss to increase over time, although properly using your aids should slow down this process considerably.

Your Life Has Changed

Changes in your lifestyle may mean you need features your hearing aids don’t have. If you are engaged in a lot of conference calls, and your hearing aids won’t connect to the computer or tablet you’re using, or if you are spending more time in noisy environments, you may need new hearing aids.

Even lifestyle changes such as getting married, moving in with your family, or moving to a retirement community and socializing more may mean you need new hearing aids.

You Need Or Want an Upgrade

Hearing aid technology is improving all the time. Maybe your old hearing aids aren’t connecting properly with your new phone. If you are getting older, you might want to get hearing aids with fall detection, especially if you live alone. 

  • If you are taking up an active sport, your current aids might not be rugged enough to handle your sport’s demands.
  • You might want a hearing aid that works better with your brain (which can help with comprehension and reduce fatigue). 
  • You might find that a newer device simply fits better and is more comfortable. When you were first diagnosed, you might have been told you needed an over-the-ear device, but now they have “invisible” hearing aids that could work for you.

We Are Here to Guide You

At The House of Hearing, we can help you find the perfect hearing aids for your situation and help you to keep up with all the changes in your life. 

We can also take your old devices as trade-ins or donate them in your name to a charity (some charities will take older, cheaper hearing aids and refurbish them for low-income recipients or people in other countries).

Contact us to find out how we can get you a hearing aid upgrade that fixes any problems and improves your lifestyle.

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Josh Hankins, BC-HIS

Josh has worked with the House of Hearing since 2011. He attended school at Weber State and Utah State University where he studied computer science. In 2013, he completed his licensing and became board-certified as a hearing instrument specialist. Josh’s strengths center around working with sound and using hearing devices to improve hearing. He is an expert at configuring high technology devices and their accessories, as well as setting up the smallest and most invisible devices. His patients see him as someone who is friendly, thorough, and patient. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Liz, and their three young daughters. They live in Riverton. He likes jogging and mountain biking, working on his car, rock music, and traveling. He will talk your ear off if you get him going about high-quality sleep or smart home gadgets.