The next time around I will want Bluetooth to stream music from my phone while walking and to have the ability to send calls directly from my phone to the aids. Right now this is not super important since I’ve retired and can live without it, but in new aids I’d definitely want that along with a T-coil, as I have now, to take advantage of Hearing Loops in airports, etc.
More important than new aids is to find an audiologist who cares more about the patients needs than the profit they’re making off the aids. I have an 8 year old pair that work fine. I’ve recently visited the Hearing Clinic at UCONN, had the aids tweaked, and walked away hearing better than I have in years. When the time comes to replace these I’ll feel comfortable with my choice, instead of being rushed into a purchase just because they happen to be old, but perfectly functional now. I would recommend anyone go to their local university that has a hearing clinic. You’ll get an honest opinion from someone that’s not so profit driven, who’s skilled in the latest technology.