Hearing aids upgrade guide by Ascent Audiology Arizona

Hearing Aid Upgrades: Are They Necessary?

by | Feb 12, 2021 | Hearing Aids, Patient Resources, Technology

Hearing aids, just like anything else, have a definite lifespan.

With ongoing technological advancements, audiologists – like myself, are finding new ways to improve hearing care.

This means that a simple upgrade to your device can significantly impact your overall hearing quality!

Yet, with all the confusing information on the internet, it can be difficult to know the correct steps to take, such as when to upgrade your hearing aids.

How Long Do Hearing Aids Last?

The lifespan of hearing aids is solely dependent on the individual, and it really depends on the hearing loss and the way a patient’s brain is processing information.

That’s why we focus on regular testing and visits several times a year to verify how the individual is hearing and understanding. It also allows an opportunity for you to speak up and voice any of your concerns.

As a whole, hearing aids can last anywhere between 3-5 years comfortably, but they will need to be monitored to ensure they remain effective.

Like any piece of technology, if they are not cleaned and checked regularly, they are more susceptible to damage.

And, as much as we love seeing your faces in the office, we emphasize regular visits for your benefit, allowing us to analyze your hearing aids performance and address any manufacturer issues.


When is The Right Time to Upgrade?

As we know, hearing loss is very complex, and each individual’s journey is completely different.

The remarkable thing about hearing aids is their ability to assist people both medically and socially, allowing them to live a fulfilled life.

This means that if the hearing aids are not addressing the individual’s critical issues, it could be a sign that they are fitted with incorrect hearing aids, and their hearing loss is caused by something else.

A prevalent side effect is feeling depressed and anxious due to a lack of brain stimulation.

Naturally, your body is in tune with your hearing loss, so any unusual side effects you may be experiencing could be a sign of something wrong.

What Should I do With My Old Hearing Aids?

 Hearing aids are very valued in the community, and there are many things you can do with them once you are finished with them!

To help someone else in need, you can donate them to the Starkey Foundation, or many other charities, where someone else’s life will be changed dramatically.

However, we always advise that everyone has a backup set of hearing aids to ensure you are covered in the event of an emergency.

Thankfully, our team has you covered in any moment of crisis, meaning you can receive a loaner hearing aid while you are in the process of getting your new device.

If you or a loved one is ready to upgrade your devices or want advice on your options, contact our friendly team to see how we can help support you in your next steps to better hearing.

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Steve Dexter M.A.

Born and raised in a small town in Michigan, Mr. Dexter was drawn to the field of audiology because of his deep dedication to changing people’s lives. After graduating from the University of Northern Colorado in 1974, he began his career helping the hearing impaired at the original Arizona Children’s Hospital in Tempe. He has achieved extensive experience in hospitals, otolaryngology clinics, and private practice settings. His 40 plus years of practicing have given him unique compassion for people. Mr. Dexter has joined our practice in providing the elite care that we provide to our patients. His concern for helping them to hear clearly and help them to understand their loved ones is his ultimate focus and helping to re-stimulate their minds.

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