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May 1, 2017 | Health Advice

Three Reasons to Upgrade Your Hearing Aids

Did you know that the average hearing aid lifespan is 5 years?

After 5 years the device may not be working to its fullest potential and your hearing could be at stake. Below are just a few things people have said after trying the latest hearing aid technologies from Starkey and Signia Hearing Aid Manufacturers.

“Immediate difference in clarity.”

“The quality and performance is really beyond anything I’ve seen.”

“Significant improvement in sound quality when comparing hearing aids, even to recent technology from other manufacturers.”

“Great improvement when listening to music and improvement for clarity of softer voices.”

Signia and Starkey’s new products represent years of research and clinical trials all aimed at providing better audibility and speech understanding as well as comfort.

Built with the new platforms, these hearing aids are designed so that you can hear all the subtleties of life.

Understand the subtle tone or accent in a loved one’s voice and enjoy nuances in the notes of your favorite song.

So with all this new and exciting technology, is it time to consider upgrading?

Here are three reasons you may want to consider an upgrade:

1. To accommodate a change in hearing:

Updating to new technology may be necessary to accommodate a significant change in hearing. If you begin to notice more difficulty understanding speech, TV, or hearing in noise, your hearing may have changed. Keep in mind that age-related hearing loss does change over time. Changes in hearing are expected and hearing acuity often diminishes over time. Upgrading to more sophisticated technology can help compensate for these changes.

2. To accommodate a change in lifestyle:

Changes in occupational requirements, living situations, and outside interests often require better or different performance from your hearing aids. Conference calls, meetings, or an increase in social activities may require more advanced technology. An active lifestyle can take you from one difficult listening situation to another. Recent advancements in mechanical algorithms help tackle one of the biggest challenges hearing aid wearers face: hearing and understanding speech well in noise. Treating your hearing loss with the most sophisticated technology available will allow you to hear well in a number of challenging environments.

3. To improve overall listening performance:

Experienced hearing aid wearers often develop specific listening preferences. New advancements give listeners more control over hearing aid settings and functionality.

For example, with Halo 2 hearing aids and the TruLink Hearing Control App, unique listening preferences for specific environments such as a favorite restaurant or coffee shop can be saved and easily accessed as specific memories.

The Signia TouchControl App gives hearing aid users flexibility to change the direction of their microphones to give them the best hearing solution in a noisy room.

Changes in wireless technology allow you to seamlessly stream audio from your phone or other media devices directly to your hearing aids. Our newest technology even features a specific prescription designed uniquely for music for a high-definition audio experience. Ear-to-ear technology also allows your hearing aids to make environmental decisions by communicating with each other, making listening in difficult environments more comfortable. Advanced feedback technology also provides stable gain without whistling.

Ready to reconsider upgrading your hearing aid technology so you can hear to the best of your ability?

Call 715-531-6800 for more information and to schedule an appointment. Visit the audiology page on the website for more information regarding a comprehensive evaluation.

Dr. Kirsten Daniels

Dr. Daniels feels the best part of her job is getting to know her patients and working with them to achieve their best hearing capabilities. It brings her great joy when she has patients report how ecstatic they are with getting to enjoy conversations again with their loved ones. No one wants to be isolated from their world and getting to take place in bringing relationships back to life for patients is one of the most rewarding things she has ever seen.