Hearing aids, like anything else, need to be replaced after a long period of use. While this may seem like a simple task, it’s difficult to tell when your hearing aid actually needs replacing. You don’t want to replace too early, and you don’t want to go months or even years with a subpar aid. Check the following points frequently and make sure your hearing aid is up to par and doesn’t need replacing.
Does it do its job?
This might seem obvious, but it’s sometimes hard to determine whether or not your hearing aid is working properly. Hearing loss continues even when hearing aids are administered, much like your sight gets worse even though you have glasses. So, over time, you may not notice that the quality of sound is deteriorating. Sometimes, this deterioration can be helped along by the fact that hearing aids are constantly subject to moisture and earwax, which can end up causing interference.
Do you want the latest technology?
Audiology is constantly evolving. That means that hearing aids are being replaced with new models very frequently. Maybe your hearing aid is working fine, but it isn’t as efficient as a new model would be. It’s perfectly normal to want to upgrade in order to take advantage of the latest technology. Make sure to explore your options with your audiologist.
Are you covered?
Covering hearing aids with insurance means you’ll need to check whether or not you have the finances to actually replace your hearing aid. Government aid and other health insurance agencies have limits on how many hearing aids you’re allowed to replace on their plan. Make sure you’re following this insurance plan and keep track of your finances.
Bay Area Audiology can help you replace your hearing aid!
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.