Happy New Year! As we welcome in the new year and look forward to 2022, we tend to focus on our new year’s resolutions and the things we can do to improve our lives over the next 12 months. Although these resolutions usually end up revolving around eating better, exercising more, and quitting addictive habits, here at Hearing Group, we thought we could encourage everyone to pay more care and attention to their hearing health.
One of the best ways to look after your hearing health is to invest in new hearing aids. 83 percent of hearing aid users report high satisfaction with their hearing aids, and keeping up to date with the latest hearing technology will only improve that experience. Updating your hearing solutions could be the perfect way to begin your 2022, but how do you know when to invest in new hearing aids? Let our hearing specialists at Hearing Group help you decide when you should get new hearing aids.
Your Hearing Aid Is Broken
Hearing aids are hugely important to us. They enable us to hear, communicate and live a normal life full of all the wonderful sounds that the world has to offer. As soon as your hearing aids start to malfunction or stop working, it is important to get them checked out by your local hearing aid specialist. However, these delicate pieces of equipment can break with relative ease. In the event that you can’t get your hearing aid working, then it is essential to get a replacement as quickly as possible.
We believe that everyone deserves to hear their loved ones and listen to the music they love, and that is why Hearing Group not only allow you to test drive your new hearing aids before you commit to the purchase, but we also have a number of ways to help you financially if you are struggling to afford your new hearing solutions.
Changes to Your Hearing or Health
If you have ever worn eyeglasses, then you will know that over time, your prescription changes. This is exactly the same for your hearing, which means that if you have owned the same pair of hearing aids for multiple years, there is a good chance that they aren’t serving you as well as they could be. For example, if your hearing loss has deteriorated from severe to profound hearing loss, but you are still using standard hearing aids, then they won’t be powerful enough.
Alternatively, changes to your overall health can also make investing in new hearing aids a good idea. As we age, we become less dexterous or develop illnesses that make operating the small in-the-ear hearing aids almost impossible. It might therefore be a good idea to buy new behind-the-ear devices.
Hearing Aid Age
However well you look after your hearing aids (frequent cleaning), the average lifespan of this delicate hearing equipment is three to seven years. These small electronic devices are worn daily through boiling summers and freezing winters and experience a lot of wear and tear. That is why we recommend you look to replace your hearing aids every five years.
Changes in Your Life
Change is almost always good, but we recommend that any major life changes should also be accompanied by a new pair of hearing aids. Why is that? Well, changes in occupation, family life, your hobbies, or your living situation can put new demands on your hearing aids, which they might not be able to cope with.
Whether your new job is on a noisy construction site, you are having a baby, or you have taken up skiing, all these changes to your life will also lead to a change in your hearing requirements.
You Have More Finances Available
Maybe you bought your hearing aids a couple of years ago before your big promotion, and you went for the most economical pair available. If you suddenly have a few more dollars at the end of the month, or you have stored up a few savings, then it might be a good idea to invest in a new, more advanced set of hearing aids.
Today’s most advanced hearing aids are essentially tiny computers that constantly work to improve your hearing experience. When you are looking at top-of-the-range hearing aids, you can enjoy some of the following technological advancements:
- Minimize unnecessary background noise or wind noise
- Amplify any speakers directly in front of you
- Programmable via a smartphone app
- Can connect to external devices via Bluetooth technology.
You Changed Your Mind about Hearing Aids
28.8 million adults in the U.S. could benefit from hearing aids, and yet it is clear that not everyone is as quick to come around to the idea of wearing hearing aids — at least, initially. Whether it is down to the financial cost, difficulty accepting your hearing loss, or a self-consciousness around wearing hearing aids, it takes people up to 10 years on average to buy hearing aids after first being diagnosed with hearing loss.
Having said that, it is never too late to invest in your first pair of hearing aids. If you have had a change of heart or started to notice your hearing loss more and more, then 2022 is a great time to get your new hearing aids.
Don’t Wait until Next Year
Let’s put hearing health up there at the top of your priorities this year. We know that hearing loss is a sensitive subject with life-changing effects, and that is why our hearing experts at Hearing Group want to ensure that you are doing everything that you can to look after it. If you want to know more about your hearing or require an experienced hearing specialist to find the perfect hearing solutions for you, then you have come to the right place.
Find out what expert hearing advice sounds like at one of our local hearing aid centers located throughout Kansas and Oklahoma. Book your free hearing test with Hearing Group, and let us help you find the perfect hearing solution.