Frequently Asked Questions

Hearing Aids & Hearing Loss

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I at risk for a hearing loss?

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
  • police officers

What causes hearing loss?

Hearing loss can be caused by a number of factors, including, but are not limited to:
  • the aging process
  • heredity
  • medications
  • disease
  • noise and earwax

Can noise really hurt my ears?

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

How do I know if I have a hearing loss?

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.

If I suspect I have a hearing loss, what should I do?

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.

What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is the name for the perception of sounds such as ringing, buzzing or hissing when these sounds are not present in the enviroment. Beltone offers hearing aids that can be used as both a hearing aid and sound generator for managing Tinnitus.

What should I expect when I get my hearing tested?

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.

How will I know what hearing aids are right for me?

Your Beltone hearing care professional will make the best recommendation for you based on your lifestyle, hearing loss and budget.

How much do hearing instruments cost?

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

Can I try a hearing aid before I buy?

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.

Do hearing aids really help manage background noise?

Yes. Many of today’s instruments use directionality and noise reduction features to help you hear better in noisy environments one of the most challenging envoriments for those with hearing difficulties.

What is digital technology?

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. As a result, many analog users complain of having to constantly adjust their volume controls in order to hear speech adequately in different environments.

What is open fit technology?

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.

What is feedback?

Feedback occurs when sound leaving the speaker from any hearing device finds its way back or “feedbacks” into the microphone that picked up the sound initially.

Common Causes of Feedback:

  • Wax blockage in the ear canal
  • Bad or loose fitting hearing aid
  • Hearing aid is too small for hearing loss – the size of the hearing aid dictates the power of the hearing aid; therefore, if the aid is too small for the hearing loss it will cause feedback