Q: Am I at risk for a 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 causes 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 noise really hurt my ears?
A: Yes, noise can be dangerous. If it is loud enough and lasts long enough, it can permanently damage your hearing.
Q: How do I know if I have a 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: If I suspect I have a hearing loss, what should I do?
A: The best thing to do is request 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.
Q: What should I expect when I get my hearing tested?
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 direct what next steps need to be taken.
Q: How will I know what hearing aids are right 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. In many cases the more advanced technology will carry a higher initial cost.
At Beltone The Hearing Aid Centre locations, all* Beltone Hearing Aids come with an aftercare program called BelCare™. BelCare™ ensures you do not pay additionally for service for the lifetime of the hearing instruments, regardless of the level of technology purchased! Our Licensed and Board Certified Team of Professionals provide this care for the lifetime of your hearing instruments. It’s the Beltone Difference!
Q: Can I try a hearing aid before I buy?
A: Yes. Beltone offers you the opportunity to “test drive” a hearing aid before you leave the office to see what it sounds like in a variety of listening situations.
Q: Do hearing aids really help reduce 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 is digital technology?
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 unless you manually increase or decrease the volume control. As a result, many analog users complain of having to constantly adjust their volume controls in order to hear speech adequately 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.
(*Some conditions apply. Costs may be incurred if the hearing aids are out of warranty; OR if hearing aids are replaced due to lost, stolen or damaged conditions, a replacement cost will be necessary. Third-party exclusions apply to the BelCare™ program.)