Reasons why I will not be getting a new hearing aid anytime soon:
1) It is expensive.
2) My current hearing aid is working fine.
3) I don't want to deal with more audiologists and hearing aid dispensers pushing certain brands.
4) I don't have a lot of time.
5) There are other things I rather do than shop for a hearing aid.
6) Technology is rapidly improving. By the time this hearing aid stops working I can take advantage of the latest and greatest, which I should have more money for by the time this happens.
I have had my behind the ear hearing aid since 2006. It cost $3,000 at the time. I loved it and thought it was fantastic. It still seems to be working very well for me.
Recently, I thought about getting a new hearing aid. I wondered if I was missing out by not taking advantage of the latest hearing aid. Maybe I will hear better with more clarity with a new hearing aid.
I got my hearing evaluated and set up appointments with audiologists and hearing aid dispensers to discuss buying a new hearing aid.
I was excited.
I never made it to these appointments. Life happened. I kept rescheduling and cancelling. But, I was determined to make these appointments. I wanted a new hearing aid.
Over time, the longer I stayed away from hearing aid shopping, the more I became overwhelmed by the idea of dealing with a new device, hearing new sounds the new hearing aid may amplify or pick up, making appointments for fittings and to try different hearing aids on a trial basis. I mostly became overwhelmed by the idea of spending at least $1,500 dollars if not more.
Then I started thinking about my old hearing aid. Yes it is old. But it is working well for me. It is not negatively impacting my life at the moment. So why bother with a new one?
I drive a very old car complete with dents, scratches, and bird poop. It is a really good car. It runs great. I intend to drive it until it finally dies. The other day I was visiting a friend. As I drove my car into her driveway where two beautiful brand new cars sat glistening, I could not help but feel a little embarrassed. I made a remark to her about how banged up my car looked. She responded, "Is it paid off?" I said, "Uh, yeah." She then exclaimed,"Then that is a beautiful car. In fact it is the most beautiful car I have ever seen!"
Whenever I have doubts about my hearing aid, I always ask myself if it is doing its job: helping me hear better in most situations. I always respond with a yes. Now I can say, in addition to it working well for me, that I don't have to spend a ridiculous amount of money on it, except for minor maintenance here and there.
I would rather take the $1,500 that would have been the minimum for a new hearing aid and invest it in my new home.