Common Questions About Hearing Loss

Q: Do I Need Hearing Aids?

A: Often, difficulty hearing stems from excess ear wax, an infection, or a physical irregularity, such as a perforated eardrum. These issues can be corrected medically, without the need for hearing aids.

Q: Am I At Risk For Hearing Loss?

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.

Q: What Are the Main Causes of Hearing Loss?

A: Hearing loss can be caused by a number of factors – the aging process, heredity, disease, noise and build-up of earwax, among others.

Q: Can Loud Noises Hurt Your Ears?

A: Yes, noise can be dangerous. If it is loud enough and lasts long enough, it can damage your hearing.

Q: How to Tell if I Have Hearing Loss?

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.

Q: What Should I Do If I Think I Am Losing My Hearing?

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.

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Q: What Should I Expect During a Hearing Test?

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.

Q: Which Hearing Aids Are Best For Me?

A: Your Beltone Hearing Care Professional will make the best recommendation for you based on your lifestyle, hearing loss and budget.

Q: How Much Do Hearing Instruments Cost?

A: The price of hearing instruments varies depending on style and technology selected.

Q: Can I Try a Hearing Aid Before I Buy?

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.

Q: Do Hearing Aids Really Block Out Background Noise?

A: Yes. Many of today's instruments use directionality and noise reduction features to help you hear better in noisy environments.

Q: What Are Digital Hearing Aids?

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.

Q: What is Open Fit Technology?

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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