Most hearing aids last five to seven years. Manufacturers usually stop making parts for hearing aids after about five years, so older hearing aids are repaired at an all make repair facility, often with used parts. The older the hearing aid, the less likely it’s performing as well as it should. Like other technology, hearing aids are rapidly advancing while also becoming less expensive. You can purchase a lower-priced hearing aid today with a wider frequency response and better fidelity than even a premium-level hearing aid bought just a year ago.
Just as it takes some time to recognize your hearing loss in the first place, a change in your hearing or ability to fully understand sounds may also go unnoticed. In some cases, patients may complain that their hearing aids just don’t work as well as they used to, but testing may confirm that the devices are fine, it’s their hearing that has dropped a few frequencies. Usually the solution involves a visit to your hearing professional for some fine-tuning, but if your hearing has dropped significantly, you may need to consider a stronger or higher-fidelity device. An advancement in age may also contribute to the need for a new hearing aid, invest in hearing aids with bigger battery doors and automated noise and sound control to reduce the amount of fiddling you have to do with your hearing aids.
Always Wear your Hearing Aid
Some people with hearing loss feel that their hearing is fine while they are at home or that they do not need to hear while reading the paper or watching television. They feel it is not important to hear the furnace or air conditioning running, footsteps on the floor, people moving around in the house, etc. Actually, it is very important to hear these subtle sounds. As you hear more amplified sounds you build a tolerance to the louder volume levels of sound which helps the amplified sounds seem more natural. More exposure leads to optimal performance with hearing aids. This is all done by the brain automatically without people being aware that it is happening.
Bay Area Audiology can help your hearing recover!
If you are concerned about hearing loss or seeking hearing evaluations, tinnitus evaluations, or hearing aid assistance, our doctors are ready to help. We are passionate about helping all of our patients improve their quality of life through better hearing. We also believe that patient education is critical, so you won’t be lead through endless sales pitches at our office. If you are interested in hearing how we can help you hear even better, contact us at (410) 838-4327 or online. For more hearing tips and articles, follow Bay Area Audiology on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.