If you’re already a hearing aid wearer, you know hearing aids are a significant investment. The good news is, they’re built for the long haul – all Connect Hearing aids are covered for 3 years under warranty, and can last much longer with good care and maintenance. But as with any piece of equipment that gets daily use (particularly in a moist environment like your ear) performance will eventually decline.
Knowing exactly when it’s time to replace hearing aids can be hard. We’ve put together these guidelines to help you figure it out whether it's time try a new pair.
- Your hearing health needs change. It’s a good idea to have your hearing evaluated annually and to have your hearing aids serviced and fine-tuned to adjust for any changes in your hearing. Occasionally, more severe changes in hearing are noted that may mean you’d benefit from a different type of hearing aid.
- Your lifestyle changes. Whether you’ve retired and are ready to trade discreetness for power, need an aid that’s easier to handle due to arthritis, or have a new need for all things waterproof after taking up swimming, a lifestyle change may signal it’s time for a hearing aid change as well.
- You’re ready for more sophisticated technology. Just like cell phone, television and computer technology, hearing aid technology has advanced rapidly in the last five years. Advances include better speech-in-noise detection and wireless connectivity to phones and other devices. If you’ve held on to an old pair for years, you may find a whole new world opens up to you when you try the latest digital hearing aids.
- You have new insurance benefits. Insurance benefits for hearing aids typically renew every two to five years. Getting this help towards payment – along with the above considerations – can be reason enough for trying the latest technology.
- You're facing large or frequent repairs. The difference between an out-of-warranty repair and new hearing aids can be fairly small, particularly when paired with insurance benefits.* In these cases, the question comes down to how much you like your current aids. If switching feels like saying goodbye to a trusty old friend, it may make more sense to invest in a repair. Talk to your hearing care professional to help weigh the pros and cons of replacement. Connect Hearing professionals can assess the life left in your current aid and if needed, arrange a free, no-obligation hearing aid trial to help you see if new aids work well for you.
Still on the fence? Find out for free if new hearing aids are right for you at any Connect Hearing location. Simply call or fill out the form to make an appointment for a free trial and you’ll take home hearing aids at no charge, no money down.
* Please see your local center to determine and verify insurance coverage.