Hearing Aids: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Do hearing aids work?
Yes! Today’s modern hearing aids deliver digital performance and are more comfortable and discreet than ever before. The style of hearing aid you choose will depend on the level of hearing loss you’re experiencing, as well as your lifestyle preferences.
How do I adjust to wearing my new hearing aids?
The best approach is to start by wearing your new hearing aids for an hour at a time, several times a day, in different listening situations. Your hearing aids may also require adjustments and tuning by your hearing care professional as you become used to wearing them.
Won’t wearing hearing aids make me stand out?
Today’s hearing aids are extremely comfortable and discreet. Some styles are nearly invisible, and others are available in a variety of colors per your cosmetic preferences.
Which hearing aid is right for me?
Choosing the best hearing aid solution depends on your degree of hearing loss, lifestyle activities and technological and cosmetic considerations. Your Beltone hearing care professional will help you identify the hearing aid that best meets your individual needs.
How much do hearing aids cost?
The price of your hearing aids will depend on the equipment style and technology you select.
Should I wear one or two hearing aids?
Research shows that it is much easier to understand speech and sounds when hearing aids are worn in both ears—whether you’re listening in a quieter environment or a noisier situation. Two hearing aids also help with localization, or recognizing where sounds are coming from.
Should I buy hearing aids online?
There are several startup companies that are selling hearing solutions online. However, by buying your hearing aids from a real hearing care professional at a Beltone location, you’ll enjoy access to:
- A free in-person hearing assessment and consultation
- Free adjustments and follow-up visits (either remotely or in-office)
- Warranty service from a convenient brick-and-mortar location in your local community
- The Belcare program of ongoing support and protection for the life of your Beltone hearing aids (included in most hearing aid purchases)
What are the different types and styles of hearing aids?
Beltone offers a variety of different hearing aids, each with different features and functions. Your hearing care professional will help you pick the right type of hearing aid that best meets your needs.
How do I know which hearing aid model is right for me?
Your audiogram and fitting recommendations will be reviewed and approved by a Beltone hearing care professional who is experienced with hearing loss and knowledgeable about Beltone’s award-winning hearing solutions.
How do I clean my hearing aids?
To clean your hearing aids, be sure to use cleaning agents approved for use with the medical-grade components in a hearing aid. Use a soft cloth to clean components and avoid using straight alcohol or caustic solvents.
How should I care for my hearing aids?
Here are some basic tips for maintaining your hearing aids and extending their life:
- Turn off your hearing aids before going to bed to preserve their batteries. If your hearing aids are rechargeable, place them on the charger overnight.
- If your hearing aids are exposed to moisture, leave the battery door open at night to allow the components to dry out.
- Keep your hearing aids away from heat or extremely cold temperatures.
- Remove your hearing aids before using hairspray, spray perfume or shaving lotions.
- Handle your hearing aids as gently as possible and avoid dropping them on hard surfaces.
- Keep your hearing aids out of reach of children and pets.
- Learn about the benefits available to you as an owner of Beltone hearing aids.
What should I do if my hearing aids get wet?
Do not wear your hearing aids while showering, swimming or siting in a sauna. Beltone’s hearing aids feature HPF80 NanoBlock™ technology for basic protection against moisture, dust and particles, but hearing aids are not waterproof. If your hearing aids were exposed to water and are functioning differently than they should, your hearing care professional can check them for possible damage.