Beltone – Maryland
Even those who are vigilant about caring for their hearing can, at some point in their lives, suffer from hearing loss. Whether the cause is from underlying health issues or simply the result of the natural aging process, the majority of people with hearing loss are successfully treated with hearing aids. At Beltone Hearing Aid Centers in Maryland, we understand the anxiety that many people can experience when they begin to lose their ability to hear the world around them. It can affect all aspects of life including relationships with work colleagues, family members and friends. Withdrawing from normal social and physical activities, loss of self–confidence, and even depression, are common in individuals with undiagnosed hearing loss.
Having one's hearing tested is as easy as contacting one of the more than 60 New England Beltone Hearing Care Centers for a free hearing assessment. All of our Beltone offices utilize the latest state–of–the–art testing procedures and equipment ensuring patients receive a comprehensive hearing evaluation. Upon completion of your hearing test, your Beltone Hearing Care Professional will take the time to explain all results to you in detail, and answer any questions. Your audiogram report will show the type and severity of hearing loss you may have, and, if no hearing loss is indicated, or in cases where medical treatment is recommended, we will let you know that as well.
There are many types of hearing loss—some are permanent and some are temporary. The latter can often be treated through surgery or a medical procedure. The common types of hearing loss include:
- Conductive Hearing Loss – These types of hearing loss are usually temporary and can be caused by issues related to the outer or middle ear. Conductive Hearing loss can be the result of such things as Otosclerosis, punctured ear drum, infection or a build–up of fluid or wax in the ear.
- Sensorineural Hearing Loss – About 90% of all hearing loss in adults is attributed to Sensorineural Hearing Loss and is generally caused by exposure to noise and/or the aging process. In the majority of cases, this type of hearing loss is successfully treated with the use of hearing aid devices.
- Mixed Hearing Loss – When both Sensorineural and Conductive hearing loss is present at the same time, it is referred to as Mixed Hearing Loss.
Hearing aids come in many shapes, styles, and sizes. The type and degree of hearing loss one has been diagnosed with will determine which devices are best suited to you. The two main parts of a hearing aid consist of the outer shell, which sets the overall look of the device, and the circuitry, which denotes the type of technology that is used. There have been significant advances within the hearing care industry recently, and Beltone is proud to offer the highest quality in all components that make up hearing aids.