Knowing when you might need a new hearing aid is essential. Properly calibrated hearing aids help you to hear the conversations around you, avoid depression and may prevent the development of cognitive decline in older age. So what signs indicate that you might need a new hearing aid?

You’re finding it hard to hear people

If you don’t currently have a hearing aid but are finding it hard to hear what the people around you are saying, then you might need one. Hearing aids can be calibrated to adjust incoming sounds to accommodate your personal form of hearing loss, enabling you to once again listen to what people the people around you are saying.

If you currently wear hearing aids but still find it hard to hear what’s being said, then it could be a sign that you need to have your existing assistive hearing devices reprogrammed. You may also need new hearing aids with features that can help you to hear better, such as directional microphones and a greater range of channels.

You notice that your hearing aid doesn’t work as well

Although hearing aids are built to last (with many models surviving for up to ten years with the right maintenance) some will eventually fail. The most common issue is that the speaker stops working, but you could experience all kinds of problems, from a faulty processor to a microphone that is no longer able to pick up certain sounds.

It can be hard to detect where the exact problem lies, which is why it often pays to go and visit an audiologist for a full inspection. A hearing professional can help determine whether the problem is with the device or your hearing, and offer advice on suitable next-steps.

You want an updated model

Hearing aids are becoming increasingly sophisticated with every passing year, thanks to technological developments in the mobile device industry. There’s a trickle-down effect where new innovations are finding their way into assistive hearing devices. Because of this, many people choose to upgrade to new hearing devices, even if their old ones haven’t yet reached the end of their useful life.

New hearing aids contain a plethora of advanced technologies which offer quality-of-life improvements as well as a better audible experience. For instance, some new hearing aids feature technology which automatically detects changes in the sound environment and recalibrates device settings accordingly. Others have technology which links two hearing aids together, providing improved directional sound experience – great for when you’re outdoors in busy, crowded environments.

You’ve changed your lifestyle

If you’ve decided to become more active or go out more often, you may need to change your hearing aids. While regular hearing aids might be suitable for a sedentary, indoor lifestyle, they may not be ideal for life outside adventuring. If you decide to become more active, you may benefit from a new in-the-ear-canal hearing aid to replace your old behind-the-ear model. Likewise, if you find yourself going out more to noisy venues with lots of people, you may need hearing aid technology which helps you to make out individual voices (such as the voice of a person sitting across the table).