When you find out your favorite piece of technology is being replaced by a newer — seemingly better version — what are the typical things you do? Do you research every detail, ask others what they think or save every penny to offset the astronomical cost difference? Do you find yourself valuing the smallest benefits in an effort to justify the switch?
Many iPhone users may be weighing these very questions over the iPhone 6…. and as a happy owner of one, I can tell you it’s worth the leap! But the piece of technology I am considering upgrading to is one that is even more engrained into my every day life than my iPhone (if that’s even possible). It’s my hearing aids. The made for iPhone hearing aid market is one that has been rumored since the accessibility menu hinted at it in 2012. But it wasn’t until summer 2014 when two companies made truly iPhone compatible hearing aids a real option. LiNX and Starkey are the two main names (as of now, although Apple lists about half a dozen more that are simply rebranding of those two) and they each have their own pros and cons. Maybe one of them will read this and convince me to pick one over the other. But for today, my topic is the process of upgrading. As with any phone or game system or vehicle upgrade I noticed there are things about all technology upgrades that are similar.
First, learn everything you can about the new model. I’ve done more than my fair share of research. I’ve met and tried and formed my own opinions about the options that are out there. I know the costs. I know the limitations. I’ve read more blogs and forums and articles than I ever thought I would!
Next, talk to others about their opinions of the new models. Do you know anyone who has one? Can you take advantage of someone else who has done a lot of research? In my case, I was fortunate to know someone who had a pair of the types of hearing aids I was leaning toward. I’ve also talked to several professionals and asked the questions I needed to make my decision.
Then, weighing all the pros and cons, make your choice. You’re going for it!? Great! So what do you need to do with your old(er) technology to make sure you’re ready for the switch? Do you need to back it up? Do you need to get it (them) serviced? For me, it meant taking my current hearing aids in for a little tune-up before they run out of their warranty. In my case, they will serve as a backup pair in case I ever need them. But some may prepare to sell theirs or bronze them! Heck, I don’t know! People do weird stuff!
Finally, it’s time to make the purchase. You shell out the dough, place your order, then you come to the waiting place. “A most useless place,” as Dr. Seuss says, “for people just waiting.” But while I wait, I take a moment to reflect on what I’ve been able to accomplish with these hearing aids I have and how far I’ve come since I first found out I needed them. It’s like looking at the first selfies you took with your iPhone 4 or the first slow-motion video you took with the 5s. Ah, the memories…. I know exactly what I’m looking forward to and what I’m trepidatious about. And I am thinking carefully about what I want to do as soon as I get them. (I want to eat at a noisy restaurant or see a movie… no, I want to attend a full staff meeting at work. What sane person really thinks these things?)
So what has been your favorite technology upgrade? And what did you do to prepare for it?