A: Often, difficulty hearing stems from excess ear wax, an infection, or a physical irregularity, such as a perforated ear drum. These issues can be corrected medically, without the need for hearing aids.
Everyone over age 50 should have a baseline hearing screening. A proper hearing exam uses sounds, tones and speech to test your hearing. It must be performed in the right environment and analyzed correctly. Your results, which are plotted on an audiogram, will indicate whether or not you are a candidate for hearing aids.
A: You could be at risk if you work or spend a lot of time around noise without protecting your ears. Professions at risk may include: musicians, construction workers, military personnel, firefighters and police officers.
A: Hearing loss can be caused by a number of factors – the aging process, heredity, disease, noise and build-up of earwax, among others.
A: Yes, noise can be dangerous. If it is loud enough and lasts long enough, it can damage your hearing.
A: If you experience a number of warning signs, or if people often tell you that you're not hearing well, you may have a hearing loss.
A: The best thing to do is make an appointment for a hearing screening with a licensed Beltone Hearing Care Professional. The screening will tell you what you're hearing and what you could be missing.
A: Your Beltone Hearing Care Professional will first ask you about your lifestyle and hearing needs. You will then be given a comprehensive hearing screening, a video ear exam and a word discrimination test. These will explain whether or not you have a hearing loss, and will help decide the next steps to be taken.
A: Your Beltone Hearing Care Professional will make the best recommendation for you based on your lifestyle, hearing loss and budget.
A: The price of hearing instruments varies depending on style and technology selected.
A: Yes. Beltone offers you the opportunity to “test drive” a hearing aid to see what it sounds like in a variety of listening situations… before you leave the office.
A: Yes. Many of today's instruments use directionality and noise reduction features to help you hear better in noisy environments.
A: Digital hearing aids convert sound received by the hearing aid's microphone from an analog to a digital signal. This allows the hearing instrument to produce the exact requirements for a particular hearing loss; always keeping the loudness at a comfortable level. It also allows for advanced noise reduction features that distinguish between speech and non-speech signals, and automatically decrease loudness of those non-speech signals, if needed.
Analog hearing aids, by contrast, are unable to automatically adjust for different loudness requirements outside of increasing or decreasing the volume control. As a result, many analog users complain of having to constantly adjust their volume controls in order to hear speech adquately in different environments.
A: Open fit hearing aids are designed for cosmetic appeal, comfortable fit and natural sound quality. They do not give the wearer a “plugged up” sensation or distort your own voice.
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