Like any other medical device, hearing aids don’t last forever. Even if you’re happy with the performance of your hearing device, eventually, you’ll have to replace it. But how do you actually know when it’s time to replace your hearing device?
One general rule is that most hearing devices last, on average, 5-7 years. However, we need to stress that each case is unique, and only you, in consultation with your audiologist , can determine when the time is to replace your existing hearing device.
If you experience one of these 4 scenarios, it’s probably time to replace your hearing aid:
Your hearing device is over 5 years and has been sent in for repair.
When it’s that close to the end of its useful lifespan, your hearing aid should be replaced instead of being repaired. That way, you don’t have wait for your hearing aid to be repaired only to have it potentially operate unreliably and have to be replaced. You might as well upgrade when you have the chance. Repairs on hearing aids greater than five years can also be very costly and do not have a long repair warranty. Sticking money into an old device instead of saving it and purchasing new technology is not always the best thing.
You are noticing you aren’t hearing as well as you or your family expect.
Problems with hearing, relative to what you’re used to, could mean that your hearing device is malfunctioning. Or, it could mean that your hearing has deteriorated and you need to be evaluated for a hearing aid again. In any case, you should visit an audiologist to get evaluated and figure out the cause of the problem and a new solution that will work well for you.
Your hearing aid isn’t comfortable anymore.
As we live, our bodies are always undergoing change. Likewise, a medical device you use every single day may eventually bend or warp from the constant use. If you’re noticing a lower level of comfort, you may be able to get your audiologist to re-mold the hearing device for a better fit or find you a new hearing device that fits more comfortably.
Advances in technology have changed the effectiveness of hearing devices.
You may be perfectly happy with your hearing device, but things in the hearing industry are changing so quickly that devices go through entire life cycles in 5 years. You may think your hearing device is functioning adequately, but you’ll never know what you could be missing out on with the newest generation of devices currently available on the market. So, during your regular checkup, it pays to ask your audiologist about how technology has advanced and how you may be able to benefit from these changes.
Thinking it may be time to replace your hearing device? Contact us to set up an appointment and we can help you decide if there may be a better device for your needs!
If you’ve heard of the new market of hearables, then you might be wondering how this new technology compares to more traditional hearing aids. We hear this question a lot, so we thought we’d cover some of the basics.
First, a couple of definitions: a traditional hearing aid or hearing device is a medical device meant to improve hearing for those who are suffering from hearing loss. A hearable, on the other hand, coming from the word wearable, is a recent type of over-the-counter technology meant to enhance hearing for anyone who is interested in such a device. A hearable, for instance, can be used to improve hearing at a sporting event by an individual who doesn’t suffer from hearing loss.
One great thing about hearables is that by coming from the tech industry, they’ve introduced things like bluetooth integration, automatic hands-free phone use, and mobile app interfaces that help you customize the device and the hearing experience to your needs and to the environment you’re in. Now, traditional hearing aid manufacturers also understand how important these features are to patients, and these features are being incorporated into many traditional hearing devices as well.
Obviously, there is middle ground between these two types of devices, because they both aim to enhance hearing. With that being said, each excels at different sides of the spectrum.
For those with moderate to significant hearing loss, traditional hearing aids offer more options for customization and have specialized technology that is too niche to be included in mass-market hearables. They also have the power and strength to provide enough amplification to aid someone’s hearing so that conversations will be easier.
On the other hand, if you suffer from mild hearing loss and consult with a doctor of audiology, you may be able to use a hearable to achieve the same effect as a traditional hearing aid, and possibly at a lower cost.
So, it all comes down to the question, does this hearable offer sufficient customization to work with my particular type and severity of hearing loss?
Only an audiologist has the expertise to make that call, so, while it may be tempting to purchase an affordable hearable device over the counter, you may ultimately be doing your hearing a disservice. An audiologist can provide you with the proper recommendations as well as the proper devices to help you hear at your best.
Have a question about traditional hearing aids or hearables? We’re here to help! Contact us today to set up a consultation!
Being diagnosed with hearing loss can seem daunting and overwhelming. There is a lot of information out there, but we are here to make that process easier for you. Here are some things to consider when choosing amplification.
- Choosing the right professional. Choosing a Doctor of Audiology (AuD) is an important first step in your journey. They are the best qualified to diagnose your hearing loss and providing you the help you need. Audiologists are uniquely qualified to diagnose and non-medically treat hearing loss. When calling a business regarding hearing and hearing loss, make sure you will be seeing a Doctor of Audiology such as Dr. Marie Vetter. The expert you will work with is much like choosing your primary care physician. It will be an ongoing long-standing relationship. Be wary of those offering “free hearing tests” as they are dispensaries that make their cost up in the final price of the hearing aid.
- An expert is vital in the process. In the age of the internet, many people turn first to the Internet for research and information. Yes, hearing aids can be purchased online.
However, it is missing one important component, which is the expert of hearing and hearing care. Just like you can choose to have your taxes done online or professionally done by an accountant, hearing aids work the same way. An audiologist knows about hearing and hearing loss and how best to adjust the hearing devices for each unique patient. This ensures the patient can communicate at their best. A process called “real ear measurement” is the only way you can know if your hearing aids are set appropriately for your hearing loss. Choosing an expert that listens to your needs will be the important puzzle piece to ensure you are hearing optimally.
- The service provided. Choosing the proper amplification is just one component in receiving hearing help. Hearing aids need adjustments and personalization. Once you have utilized amplification for some time, fine tuning adjustments or repairs will also have to be made. The service provided by the office will play a vital role in that ongoing process. Here at Chicago Hearing Services, we have different service plans to best meet all of our patient’s needs. Some additional things to consider include what their office hours are, do they provide loaners when your hearing aids go for repair, and can they see you within a short amount of time.
- Your lifestyle does matter. Your hearing is important—it allows you to experience your life! Because of this, choosing a hearing aid that is right for your lifestyle, not only your hearing loss is important. A trustworthy professional will work with you to recommend and provide you the best hearing devices for your hearing loss, lifestyle, and budget.
- Technology is important. The technology of the computer chip is important when choosing a hearing device. Better computer chips do much better in complex noise environments such as church, restaurants, and meetings. All major hearing aid brands have hearing devices that are able to do this. The audiologist will work with you to choose what brand and technology level is most appropriate. However, one thing to be careful of is the branding limitations that may accompany hearing aids. Some companies may “lock” their hearing aids in which, you, the patient is unable to go elsewhere for adjustments. This can become a headache if the business closes, you move or are traveling, or you are dissatisfied with the care provided. When making a decision, choose an office that works with several manufacturers and is able to make adjustments as well.
Our goal at Chicago Hearing Services is to have you hearing at your best. We want to help amplify your hearing, so that you may experience YOUR life! For questions or to book an appointment, call us at (773) 685-9202 or click here.
After clearing the hurdles of realizing you may have hearing loss, going to a Doctor of Audiology and getting a hearing test, and choosing a suitable hearing aid, comes the real challenge: figuring out how to pay for your new hearing device. Here’s what you need to know about hearing devices and insurance policies. More
For as long as hearing aids have been around, patients have had to keep spare zinc-air batteries around in case the battery in their unit gives out. Now, new technology has enabled patients to do away with disposable batteries in favor of hearing devices with built-in rechargeable batteries. More
As one of the five senses, hearing shapes how we interpret and interact with the world. And yet, people don’t take the same kind of precautions to protect their hearing as they do to protect their other senses.
Hearing loss can be caused by a variety of personal and environmental factors beyond our control, such as illness, age, or genetics. However, there are also many avoidable, lifestyle-related causes of hearing loss.
Here are the five most common sources of preventable hearing loss, and what you can do to avoid them: More
The Wall Street Journal recently had an article about hearing aids and the prices. Mentioned in the article was one common complaint by consumers: that hearing aids are too expensive. We at Chicago Hearing Services recognized that cost was an issue for patients and decided to update our current business model to provide more hearing solutions for a greater number of individuals. More
Because hearing loss usually occurs gradually and over time, it’s difficult for many people affected by it to realize that their hearing has changed and that they may benefit from using a hearing aid. However, knowing some of the common signs can help to diagnose hearing loss in yourself or in loved ones. More
Chicago Hearing Services is proud to announce the introduction of our frequent battery buyer club! It is a great way to get premium batteries and receive a discount. Chicago Hearing Services values their customers so why not get a little something for getting your batteries from us as well! Just print out this card or stop in when and grab a card to start saving. After you purchase 10 packages of batteries, we will give you a package free! Can’t always make it in? You can call us and we will ship you your batteries as well!
This plan is not just for our patients so tell your friends, family and others about it! They will be happy you did! Amplify Hearing, Experience YOUR Life!