Q. My hearing aids are 5 years old and seem to work fine. How do I know if it is time to get new ones?
A. Hearing aids can certainly continue to work for 5 years or more if they are maintained and cared for. When it comes to how well your hearing aids work for you, ask yourself a few questions.
Did you hear better with them when they were new? Does it feel like your natural hearing has become worse over the past 5 years? Do the hearing aids sound weaker now compared to when they were new? Do the hearing aids make strange sounds at odd times? Do they have a constant hiss or hum or ticking sound?
If you answered “Yes.” to any of these questions, you might not need new hearing aids. What you may need is a good service and maintenance appointment to check and clean the hearing aids, check and clean your ears, test your hearing and potentially re-adjust the hearing aids. Then you might hear better.
The best way to check if it is time for new hearing aids is to listen to new hearing aids. If new hearing aids help you hear much better, then you might consider getting them. Otherwise, keep enjoying the hearing aids you already have.
Call us at the Better Hearing Center of Austin for a thorough, well explained ear and hearing exam. You will listen to the newest hearing aids at your appointment. We then provide 4-week hearing aid trials with follow-up appointments so you can fully try out hearing aids before you make a final purchase.