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Five Things to Know Before You Get Hearing Aids

We like to say, the more you know, the better you hear.  Recent studies have proven that the earlier hearing loss is identified, the more good hearing you'll keep, going forward. The first step is to get a complimentary baseline hearing test. You can quickly and easily request an appointment online.  While you're waiting for us to contact you, learn a little about hearing aids to get ready for your consultation.

5 things to know
Posted 05-23-2017 by Maribeth Neelis

1. There are degrees of hearing loss.

One reason people put off getting a hearing screening is they don’t feel their hearing is “that bad.” Hearing loss does not mean one thing for everyone. The degrees of hearing loss are divided into categories—mild, moderate, severe, and profound.

Mild—Some difficulty keeping up with conversations, especially when there is a lot of background noise.
Moderate—Problems following conversations, regardless of the setting.
Severe—Can benefit from powerful hearing aids, but often will still have to lip read to follow a conversation.
Profound—Very hard of hearing often relying on lip reading and/or sign language.

An audiogram will show where you're hearing normally, and where you're missing sounds. After your hearing screening, you and your hearing care professional will discuss your results and decide how to move forward.

2. There are many styles of hearing aids.

The “shell” or “case” is the outer covering of a hearing aid and determines its style. Of the many parts of a hearing aid, style can make a big difference to the user’s overall satisfaction. Beltone's two main style categories are Behind-the-Ear (BTE) and Custom hearing aids.

The style you choose will depend on your degree of hearing loss, your lifestyle, and your hearing goals. For some, aesthetics is paramount, so they opt for the invisible in-canal. For others, ease of use is a top priority, and they go with a larger model that doesn’t sit entirely in the ear canal.

At Beltone, you can “try before you buy,” so you can try out some different styles to see what works best for you.

3. It takes time to adjust to a hearing aid.

Hearing aids have come a long way, but they can't completely replicate the way our ears hear naturally. Additionally, many people have been dealing with hearing loss for years, and have gotten used to not hearing certain frequencies, or voices sounding muffled. With your hearing aids, high-pitched sounds might have a “tinny” quality, or your voice may sound especially loud. The device might feel strange in your ear canal, no matter how small it is.

Give it time; your body and brain will get used to this new normal. Beltone hearing aids offer superb sound quality with features that mimic the way the ears naturally hear. They automatically adjust to your environment and eliminate feedback. Rest assured, after this acclimation period, you won't want to return to your pre-hearing aid days.

4. Your hearing aids will probably need some fine tuning.

Custom hearing aids begin with an impression of your ear to get a tailored fit. This ensures maximum comfort and sound quality. At your fitting, your hearing care professional will program your hearing aids to your specific hearing loss using Beltone's proprietary Solus™ fitting software. Your thoughts, feelings, and input guide this process.

You hearing care professional will:
  • Recommend specific environmental programs based on your lifestyle needs
  • Program and adjust your selected instruments based on your specific hearing loss
  • Review and save all settings for follow-up visits
  • Demonstrate the many features of your Beltone hearing aids

5. Your quality of life will improve.

Most people who get hearing aids wonder why they waited so long. You will be able to hear sounds that you have missed out on for years. You will no longer have to avoid certain restaurants or activities for fear of not being able to hear. You will be able to carry on conversations with loved ones without having to ask them to repeat themselves.

Don’t wait another moment. Schedule a free hearing screening and get started down the path to better hearing and a more fulfilling life.