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For those who have become accustomed to wearing hearing aids, it is possible to forget you are wearing them at all. After years of use, you may be quite comfortable with the amplified sound offered by your existing hearing aids, and you might not even notice the times when they leave you wanting more. Hearing aids tend to be a big investment, so it is possible to rely on their functionality for as long as possible. Although you might feel that your hearing aids are doing their job for you, asking yourself a few basic questions might reveal that it is time to investigate new options for hearing assistance.
Have there been times when hearing remains difficult?
Although older models of hearing aids are good at amplifying the entire profile of sound, some of them are not so good at isolating particular sounds. Many people with older hearing aid models find that they raise the overall volume of sound to a higher level, but sometimes that general loudness can be confusing. Take, for instance, a social gathering or a busy restaurant. When the overall level of volume has been raised, it is possible to struggle to isolate the voice of the person sitting right in front of you. Newer hearing aid models are better at identifying the voice of an individual and amplifying that sound while leaving the background noise at a quieter level. This example is only one of the many contexts in which hearing can be difficult with an older model of hearing aid. If you were to investigate the options, you might find that a newer model is better suited to your needs.
Has your lifestyle changed in ways that make your current hearing aids inconvenient?
Though your hearing aids might have been suited to your lifestyle when you purchased them, some changes in the habits of everyday life can mean that a new set of hearing aids is in order. Perhaps you have taken up activities that help you life a more active lifestyle, such as jogging, hiking, yoga, or even swimming. Though it might not have been the case when you purchased your hearing aids, newer models are better suited to these activities. With smaller units that fit comfortably in your ear canal, you can move freely without losing the ability to hear. Some new hearing aid models can even be worn while swimming if you so choose. If you find limitations in your current hearing aids, it is worth asking if there are newer models that can suit your needs.
Are you frequently sending your aids in for repairs?
Even if your hearing aids are good at doing their job and suited to your lifestyle, you might find that they are breaking or having other technical issues more often than you would like. Older hearing aids might have malfunctions or battery issues that require you to send them back to the manufacturer too often. You might find that an older set of hearing aids with a rechargeable battery do not hold their charge like they used to. If this is the case, a new device can offer reliability and continued functioning that is uninterrupted by technical issues.
Would you like to explore new features?
One more reason to explore new hearing aid options is the availability of innovative features that might enhance your experience. New hearing aid models can be synced with your devices, such as a smartphone, music player, or television through Bluetooth technology. When these devices work in tandem, you will not have to worry about missing a phone call or raising the volume on the television too high. The sounds from these units can be sent directly to your hearing aids for your convenience.
Hearing Health in Portland
If you are ready to explore new hearing aid features, come visit us at Hearing Health for a consultation. When you describe what you would like to experience with hearing aids, you might find that they are available at a lower price that you might have imagined. When financing plans become a possibility, you might be spending dollars per month for a much better function in your hearing aids, improving your overall quality of life in ways that you formerly thought impossible.