For many computer users, nothing is more frustrating than the release of new technology that renders their personal computer hardware and software obsolete. It is now reasonable to expect a computer to become "obsolete" within a few years of its purchase.
We often assume that this type of obsolescence also applies to hearing aids.
"When will my hearing aids become obsolete?"
"Why would I invest so much time and money into something that's going to be replaced by the manufacturer in a year?"
"I hear that the explosion in hearing aid technology enables the manufacturers to introduce newer, faster hearing aid circuits every six to twelve months. Should I wait a bit?"
A careful examination of hearing aid technology demonstrates how this type of obsolescence does not apply to hearing aids.
The take-away message should be: what is the "latest and greatest" may not apply to your hearing needs. When a new device is released that could benefit an individual, it does not make the current hearing aid less effective. It merely means that the user will have yet another option when the time comes to purchase new hearing aids.
With this in mind, how do we know when it's time to purchase new hearing aids? When do hearing aids become "outdated"?