Since I joined Duncan Hearing Healthcare in 2016, I have had the pleasure of meeting and helping so many amazing patients. As a Hearing Instrument Specialist Trainee, I get to use my professional background and experiences in health sciences to help the people of our communities.

With that being said, hearing aid devices are quite literally my specialty. Hearing aids allow people with hearing loss to live a full, independent, and, most importantly, safe life.

These electronic devices are an amazing tool and resource, but how do individuals know when to replace or upgrade their devices? Take a look at these helpful tips and advice that can help you or your loved one with this tricky territory.

Replacing Hearing Aid Devices

Hearing aid devices are absolutely game-changing for the hard-of-hearing community. However, once individuals get accustomed to them, it can be scary or daunting to imagine life without these helpful devices.

Luckily, in today’s day and age, there is a tremendous amount of information and resources available to not only help with this but let you know you are not alone.

For many people, this may be their first experience with hearing aids, and if so, there are a few things to keep in mind.

First off, it is an incredibly wise decision to keep a device on hand as a back-up.  If you already have a back-up set, it might be better to explore a trade-in program that allows patients to save money throughout the upgrading process.

Some people might be hesitant to upgrade their devices, especially if they are still functioning. However, a hearing aid device’s quality may degrade over time, and users might not notice gradual or subtle changes.

Things happen, and patients don’t want to put their health at risk at the end of the day.

Studies have shown that failure to upgrade a hearing aid device can result in a much greater risk of cognitive decline and falls. The bottom line, eventually, all hearing aid devices need to be replaced or upgraded, but how do users know when the right time is?

 

When Is the Best Time to Upgrade Your Hearing Aids? 

Hearing aids are a powerful and magnificent instrument for the hard-of-hearing community, but it is imperative that users properly take care of and maintain the electronic devices. Upgrading hearing devices is definitely a part of that.

Typically, the lifespan of a hearing aid device will last somewhere between 4 and 6 years. Unless something pops up, on average, patients will upgrade their devices about every 5 years. Fortunately, when it comes to hearing aids, Duncan Hearing Healthcare is here for all of your questions and concerns.

If you or a loved one is ready to upgrade their hearing aid device or want advice and guidance 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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Kimberly Duclos

Kimberly Duclos

Kimberly has been a vital member of the Duncan Hearing Healthcare team since September of 2016. She studied health sciences from 2010 to 2015 at both Bristol Community College and the New England Institute of Technology. Her expertise and extensive background in customer service and several years of food service business management provide her with a special set of skills, which she applies to coordinating patient care. Her special talent is brightening the day of everyone who comes into contact with her. Kimberly makes her home in Swansea with her daughter and fiancé. She enjoys spending time with her family, baking cookies, and utilizing her creative talents.