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Signs you need a new hearing aid

Contributed by , associate editor for Healthy Hearing

Hearing aids are complex devices, so it's important to understand when it's time to start considering new ones. It's best to replace your hearing aids, especially if you've recently experienced major life changes or have had your devices for many years. Aside from when your hearing aids are beyond repair as determined by an audiologist, here are some other reasons to consider replacing your devices and upgrading to something new for better hearing:

when to get a new hearing aidYour hearing aids are more than 5 years old

Most hearing aids last between five and seven years. Many people wonder why they don't last longer, but the fact is that all hearing aids will break down at some point because they are very complex technological devices. Even if you take very good care of your device, continued natural exposure to moisture and ear wax has a damaging effect over time.

You've made major lifestyle changes

Sometimes, a lifestyle change is an excellent reason to get new hearing aids. For example, if you begin jogging or hiking, you might want hearing aids that can stand up to more rugged environments, something newer devices may be better suited for. Additionally, if you start a new job with different tasks, you might want a more powerful hearing aid with newer features.

Your financial situation has improved

Maybe when you bought your first pair of hearing aids a few years ago, you needed the most basic and economical option. But if you can now afford more advanced devices, it might be time for an upgrade. Some people buy new hearing aids and keep their old ones as an extra set in case their new devices need repair.

You've had a change in health and/or hearing

For many people, a change in overall health can prompt the purchase of new devices. For example, arthritis might cause you to have less dexterity in your fingers. If you have in-the-canal hearing aids, the small battery door could be difficult to open with limited dexterity, so it might be a good idea to consider new behind-the-ear devices, which have a larger battery door for ease of use.

Additionally, as hearing loss can be progressive, you might need more powerful hearing aids or a different type of device to suit your changing hearing needs.

You've changed your attitude toward hearing aids

Many people are very reluctant when they purchase their first hearing aids. In fact, it takes people up to 10 years on average to get hearing aids after first being diagnosed with hearing loss. Additionally, it takes a while to learn what it means to hear your best, rather than just better. Thus, people who know about their needs and are more comfortable with hearing aids might want devices with different or more advanced settings since they have a better idea about what they want and need.

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