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Is It Time To Upgrade Your Hearing Aid? 2 Good Reasons To Consider It

by Oona Laine

If you already have a hearing aid, you know how incredible that it can be to go from having to crank the TV volume or continually ask people to repeat themselves to being able to hear as well as anyone around you can. However, are you hearing as well as you should be able to? If you've had the same hearing aid for a few years, it may not be as effective as it once was – and you may not even realize that you're missing anything. Take a look at a few reasons why it might be time to look into upgrading your old hearing aid.

You've Gotten Older

Just the simple fact that you're still getting older is often a good reason to get a new hearing aid. Age-related hearing loss, or presbycusis, is a progressive and irreversible condition. That means that it's going to continue getting worse the older you get, and eventually, the first hearing aid that you got may not be able to keep up and give you the same quality of hearing that you had when you first got it.

You may remember that your hearing loss snuck up on you originally – many people don't realize how serious their hearing loss is until others around them start complaining about the abnormally high television volume or about constantly having to repeat themselves. Hearing aid insufficiency will sneak up on you in the same way – it can be awhile before you realize that it's not working as well as it used to. If it's been a few years, consider seeing your doctor and checking out a new hearing aid, even if you don't think that you need it.

Hearing Aids Are Getting Better

You may also want to consider getting a new hearing aid just to take advantage of new features and better technology. Just like every other electronic device today, hearing aids are constantly being improved so that they look, feel, and function better for their users.

Today's hearing aids have features that could improve even normal hearing by letting you adjust how well different noises come through. For example, there are app-controlled hearing aid models that allow you to use your smartphone reduce background noise, adjust the bass and treble, or turn the volume up in one ear and down in the other. This can improve your ability to hear in a crowded restaurant or in a telephone conversation.

Don't let your hearing backslide or miss the chance to give yourself better hearing than you have right now. Your hearing aid professional can evaluate your hearing needs and recommend an upgrade that's right for you.