Only a comprehensive hearing screening performed by a licensed hearing care professional, audiologist, or medical doctor can tell you if you need hearing aids. Often, people think they need hearing aids, but they really don't.
Approaching the subject of hearing loss with a spouse, parent, friend or relative requires sensitivity. The reasons for hearing loss are many, but cumulative noise exposure and advancing age are the most common causes. Over time, damage can occur to the nerves in the inner ear that relay sound to the brain. Unfortunately, this damage is irreversible. The good news: hearing aids help over 90% of the time. In light of recent medical findings linking hearing loss to Alzheimer's disease, falling and a diminished quality of life, it's more important than ever to help a loved one get help.
Today's hearing aids are smaller and more sophisticated than ever. There are dozens of styles from which to choose, from behind-the-ear (BTE) models to instruments about the size of a pearl, called invisible-in-the-canal (IIC) hearing aids. An IIC instrument hides within your ear canal, totally out of sight. Your perfect style depends on your lifestyle, listening preferences, and more.
Beltone Legend™ hearing aids act like natural ears, and communicate with each other to automatically adjust when you're in noisy surroundings. Speech is prioritized, and background noise is de-emphasized. The result? “Easy listening” in loud places.
A set of hearing aids can range from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars, depending on your individual hearing loss, the style you choose for your lifestyle, and many other factors. There is no way to predict or to guess without seeing you for a hearing evaluation–and that's absolutely free! And remember, if hearing loss is due to a condition such as excess earwax, hearing aids are not even needed.
Hearing with both ears is called “binaural” hearing–and exactly what nature intended. If you have hearing loss in both ears, a single hearing aid can help. But, just as eye glasses improve vision in both eyes, wearing two hearing aids provides a number of advantages.