Electronic devices often last for many years of faithful service. However, at some point they inevitably become outdated. Engineers are constantly innovating, creating new devices with better performance and new features. If you’re still trusting your hearing to old hearing aids, you may be very surprised at what you would hear with newer ones.
Most of us are familiar with smartphones, the darlings of technological innovation. The day you buy a new smartphone an upgrade cycle starts ticking. When a two-year contract expires, the phone may still be working, but typically there are two newer models available. The older that phone gets, the more enticing an upgrade becomes – you can get a faster phone with a brighter screen, better camera, and more battery life. After you upgrade, you wonder how you possibly got by with that old phone.
Digital hearing aids benefit from similar innovation. Miniature microphones and speakers produce amazing sound. Computer chips designed specifically for hearing aids get smaller, faster, and use less power. Software gets better at reducing noise, finding the direction of voices, and improving clarity every year. Bluetooth connects digital hearing aids with smartphones directly. Rechargeable batteries eliminate the need for battery changes with easy drop-in charging cradles.
New digital hearing aids do more
All this innovation adds up to new capability. Digital hearing aids reduce the effort for your brain to process and understand words correctly, separating voices from noise. They adapt for what’s going on around you using multiple microphones and wireless communication between left and right hearing aids. You’ll hear the difference moving from a noisy restaurant, at work with many voices coming from different directions, in the car with road noise in one ear and a voice in the other, to the relative peacefulness of home.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
Newer hearing aids also support your lifestyle better. For example, you may have arthritis, making it difficult to manipulate small objects – like a hearing aid battery. A rechargeable hearing aid eliminates the chore of changing batteries, not to mention the cost and having to remember to reorder them. A digital hearing aid can connect wirelessly to a TV for hours of clear listening. A Bluetooth-enabled hearing aid can be tuned using a smartphone app, keeping you in control.
“But, my old hearing aids work fine!”
We get it – those old hearing aids were probably fantastic when you got them a few years ago. Your hearing improved, and you’re comfortable using and maintaining them. They still work, so replacing them seems unnecessary. However, are you hearing everything, in all situations, as well as you can? We’re confident that if your hearing aids are over four years old, you could hear more with new ones.
Most digital hearing aids from a variety of manufacturers we carry offer several levels of receiver performance. Basic levels of new hearing aids are more capable than hearing aids from just four years ago. Mid-range and advanced levels have amazing new clarity and directionality. Many of our listeners who recently upgraded to newer technology report they didn’t appreciate how much sound they were missing – until they heard the difference.
Come see Estes Audiology in Marble Falls
Did you know you can now get advanced hearing care in Marble Falls? If you haven’t seen our redesigned office or met our fabulous people, stop by and see us.
Our team in Marble Falls, led by Audiologists Kathy Sonnamaker and Jake Keup, uses the exact same hearing evaluation and fitting technology we have at our Austin office (and all our other locations). We’re an independent Audiology practice, meaning we sell a variety of hearing aid brands, not just ones from a single manufacturer. This means we can find and fit exactly the right device for you from leading brands including Lyric, Oticon, Phonak, and Widex.
Hearing protection is another emphasis in Marble Falls. If you’re a musician, shooter, boat mechanic, teacher, or anyone working where noise can be a problem, we have electronic hearing protection solutions for preserving your hearing. We offer both off-the-shelf and custom fit hearing protection – a big advantage of custom fit devices is they can be worn for longer periods comfortably.
If you live in Spicewood, Burnet, Marble Falls, or nearby communities, there’s no need to drive all the way into Austin to get quality hearing care. Our Marble Falls office is just off US 281 south of the river, near CVS and Starbucks.
Let’s take another look
If you saw another provider for your old hearing aids at least four years ago, or it’s been that long since you’ve seen us for your last hearing aids, we’d like to evaluate your hearing today. We can quickly see if there have been changes in your hearing loss, particularly in how you interpret sounds in noise. You may not realize there is more to hear than those old hearing aids allow.
We’ll reconsider the right solution for you today, and how the capability of the latest hearing aids can make a difference. We can show you more options from different hearing aid brands. For instance, if you need tinnitus therapy, there are new hearing aids with therapy modes you control with a smartphone. Or, we can fit you for a newer model of digital hearing aids from a manufacturer you’re already happy with, perhaps one with recharging convenience. We want you to #HearLifeAgain!
Estes Audiology has 5 convenient locations in Austin, New Braunfels, Marble Falls, Seguin, and Boerne. Call us with questions on what new hearing aids can do, or to schedule an appointment for a hearing evaluation.