When is the Right Time to Replace your Hearing Aid?
When is the right time to replace your hearing aid?
You’ve been using your current pair of hearing aids for a while now, and you may have noticed that it’s no longer working as well as you first started using it. You can’t hear conversations as well as before, nor things like the television or music. You may notice these symptoms with your loved ones who are using hearing aids if they are the ones using them.
So question is, when would be the right time to replace your hearing aids? This blog article will serve to help you better identify and decide your hearing aid replacement.
Lifespan of a hearing aid
Hearing aids can last from about 3 to 7 years (or an average of 5 years), depending on how well it’s been maintained and taken care of. Cleaning your hearing aid is not only for hygiene purposes, but also to keep your hearing aid working at tip-top condition and extend its lifespan.
For more information on good cleaning practices to extend the lifespan of your hearing aids, refer to our other article here.
Signs that you should replace your hearing aids
There are certain signs or symptoms that you should be aware of when considering whether or not you should replace your hearing aids. Often times, if you feel that you don’t hear as well as you used to when you first started using hearing aids, or that you’re struggling to hear conversations and certain sounds again, it’s usually a good sign that your current hearing aids no longer fulfill your hearing needs and should be replaced.
On top of that, if your hearing aids are at least 3 years old, you might want to consider replacing them as well, since even if you’re cleaning them regularly and doing proper maintenance procedures, hearing aids will not work as well as when they are new after a couple of years of usage.
If your hearing aids don’t work as well because you e.g. accidentally dropped it, it can damage the internal components and worsen in function. In most of these cases, your hearing aid should be replaced or you could send it for repair services at a hearing care clinic like The Hearing Centre.
Reasons people replace their hearing aids
There are plenty of reasons why people replace their hearing aids, aside from the fact that they are just not working as well as they used to. Let’s look at some of these reasons.
Hearing loss only worsens overtime. So even if one’s current pair of hearing aids may serve them well now, they may not accommodate to their needs a couple of years later, even if their hearing aids are still fully functional. Some patients may start to develop a different type of hearing loss (there are a total of 3 types), which may require them to start using a different type of hearing aids too.
Some users may also develop tinnitus (not because they are using hearing aids), and the ones they’re currently using does not provide tinnitus masking, which helps tinnitus patients better cope with their condition. In this case, their current pair of hearing devices may need to be replaced depending on the severity of tinnitus.
Greater purchasing power
A change in financial status is usually a good reason to spend more. Users can feel more comfortable either replacing their old ones or even upgrade into one with more functionalities, depending on their needs.
Changes in lifestyle
Lifestyles may change as people enter different phases of their lives or even pick up new hobbies. For example, someone who’s mostly sedentary and uses a simple pair of hearing aids will need a slightly different one when they start picking up a lifestyle where they interact with a lot of people. A job where interactions and hearing what the other party is saying is important will also prompt the need to replace their current hearing aids. Their new hearing aids would need to be effective at filtering out background noises so they can better hear voices.
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