Beltone - Alabama
Anyone who has suffered from-or is now experiencing-hearing loss, understands that being unable to understand what is going on around you affects many aspects of your life. Not only can it be an emotional upheaval for you, it also affects the people with whom you work, socialize or live. Most people associate hearing loss with aging; in fact 1 in 14 people between the ages of 29 – 40, and, 1 in every 6 people between 41 – 59, have some degree of hearing loss. This means 65% of those under the age of 65 having some form of hearing loss. The professional staff at Beltone Hearing Aid Centers throughout Alabama understands the complexities of hearing loss, and that being fitted with hearing aids is but one step in the process. Knowing what to expect when you arrive at one of our centers will help alleviate much of the anxiety of your initial visit.
You will first be asked to fill out some forms regarding your medical history and lifestyle. The next part of your appointment will include a visual exam of your ears by one of our Hearing Care Professionals to ascertain whether there is any wax buildup that might be causing an obstruction of the ear canal. Once these two phases are completed, you will be given a set of headphones to wear to determine your level of hearing, which will then be followed by a speech test. This portion of your test is crucial in order to determine not only the level of speech you can detect, but also, the level at which you are able to understand speech. In some cases, an additional test may be performed to see how well you are able to hear and understand speech in a noisy environment.
As the tests are completed, the results are recorded on a graph (audiogram) which reflects any hearing loss in decibels and frequencies. Your Beltone Hearing Care Professional will then sit down with you to explain all of the results, and answer any questions you may have. Depending on your type of hearing loss and specific lifestyle, they will be able to recommend the hearing aids that fit your needs as well as your budget.
Hearing aid technology has come a long way in recent years and Beltone Hearing Centers in Alabama and throughout North America offer the latest, state–of–the–art devices to suit just about everyone. Beltone carries a wide range of hearing aids from Behind–the–Ear (BTE) models to Completely–in–Canal (CIC) models.
If you or someone you know is experiencing hearing loss, take the time to find one of the more than 30 Beltone Hearing Care Centers in Alabama, and make that all–important first call. Remember, hearing loss will not go away by itself. The sooner you get help, the sooner you will be able to feel good about actively participating in day-to-day activities once again.