If you’re like me, you hate to get rid of something when it still technically works. This can be true for socks that have holes, plates that have chips and even headphones that don’t always connect. But some things, like life-saving medications or a device helps you connect with the world (cough, hearing aid, cough), should be updated when needed.
When Are Hearing Aids Outdated?
OK, so how do you know when it is time to update? While medications have a convenient expiration date printed on the side, a device like a hearing aid has no such indication.
The rule of thumb is that after three to five years, the hearing aids you have are probably outdated.
Like most technology, the kind within a hearing aid is getting better every day. Since these devices enhance your ability to communicate, it is important to have the best ones available.
Hearing Aid Technology
Newer devices contain features like Bluetooth® compatibility for added versatility and ease of use. They are also more compact and comfortable than ever before. Adaptive dual microphones offer outstanding directionality and sound localization, and advanced digital sound processing and ear-to-ear internal communications allow the devices to make automatic adjustments based on the environment.
Today’s devices analyze the type of sound being received and use advanced algorithms to accurately apply and balance amplification. Important sounds are amplified and background noise becomes more manageable. This makes it easier for you to understand speech in noisy environments, substantially reduces feedback and creates a more natural listening experience overall.
The hearing aids available today are vastly superior to anything on the market even a few years ago. Your Louisville audiologist will work with you through every step of the selection and fitting process to make sure you have the best device for you. This will ensure you are able to reconnect with your friends and family and enjoy a better quality of life.