If you’re considering updating your hearing aids this New Year then, Congratulations! This means you have already taken the first step towards taking care of your hearing health by scheduling your initial hearing exam and treating your hearing loss with hearing aids. As a current hearing aid user, you may already understand the many ways hearing aids can benefit your life. On the other hand, you may still be using older analog hearing aids that simply amplify sounds around you and create annoying buzzing or feedback noise.
No matter the age of your hearing aids, 2018 is a great year to think about an upgrade in your hearing technology. Here are some of the top reasons clients may want to consider upgrading their hearing aids.
- You Have Had Changes in Lifestyle – For many people, the investment in their first pair of hearing aids creates a largely positive impact on their quality of life, which can often lead to changes in lifestyle. Have you gotten a promotion that includes much more conference calling than your previous role? Have you begun jogging with the neighborhood running group? Are you now helping your granddaughter fine tune her cello skills? Whatever the changes may be, they might be a good reason to upgrade your hearing aids. In today’s world, there are now multiple companies with multiples types of technologies to tackle many of these issues, from wireless streaming of phone calls directly to your aids, to wind noise-blocking technology, to hearing aids specifically created for music lovers.
- You Experience Dissatisfaction with Physical Appearance – Let’s face it, the hearing aids of yesteryear are bulky, obvious, and drab. If your hearing aids are causing insecurities with your appearance – they absolutely no longer need to. Hearing aids of today are jam packed with exciting features such as dual microphones to help you hone in on what you are listening to, background noise cancellation, echo reduction, and many, many more. It’s hard to believe that all this power can be packed into such a tiny machine. There are now many completely-in-canal hearing aids that are 100% invisible available on the market. Hearing aids that are worn outside of the ear canal are now tiny (some the size of a blueberry), discreet and sleek. Most manufactures now offer many types of hearing aids in the same “line” as well as multiple color options.
- You’ve Noticed Changes in Your Hearing Profile – It’s important to remember that even when treated with hearing aids, your hearing abilities constantly change and may gradually worsen over time. Think back to those first few months with hearing aids – after the adjustment period and when they are tuned just right. If you are not still experiencing these like-new listening conditions, it is definitely time to schedule an appointment with your hearing aid specialist. Your specialist may simply need to make adjustments to your hearing aids to revive that crisp and effort free listening. It is possible, however, that your hearing loss may be beyond the range of your hearing aids. In this case, it may be a good time to upgrade to more powerful aids with the right features.
- You Simply Enjoy New Technology – When it comes to hearing aids, technology has absolutely exploded over the last couple of years. If you are a techy individual, you will be quite interested in all the awesome technology and features squeezed into the teeny hearing aids of today. In fact, one hearing aid company, Oticon, won a 2018 CES Innovation Award for its HearingFitness app and accompanying features. The technology was unveiled and the award was presented just a few days ago at the CES Conference in Los Vegas. The CES Conference is considered the “world’s gathering place for all those who thrive on the business of consumer technologies”. With over 4,000 technology companies from all over the world represented, the Innovation Award is quite prestigious.
If you haven’t started your journey to better hearing, health and quality of life by investing in your first pair of hearing aids, 2018 may be your year. Reach out to us today at Lifestyle Hearing Solutions to schedule your hearing exam with one of our friendly and knowledgeable team members. We look forward to hearing from you!