As the nation’s trusted hearing care experts, Beltone is here to support you on your journey to better hearing. Because now, more than ever, it’s important to hear your loved ones and stay connected with what’s going on in the world around you.
If you suspect or have been diagnosed with hearing loss, the good news is that you are not alone and you can do something about it! Understanding hearing loss is an important first step toward doing something about it, so we have gathered some relevant information for you.
About Hearing Loss
Hearing loss means you have lost the ability to hear certain sounds. For example, you may feel that you hear fine in quiet situations but not in noisy ones. It is also common that high-pitched sounds like birdsong may disappear altogether.
In some cases, hearing loss can occur suddenly. But for most, hearing loss is gradual and only noticeable as it progresses.
Hearing Loss Causes
There are many reasons why we lose our hearing, but the most common are:
- Prolonged exposure to noise
- The aging process
- Ear infections
- Genetic predisposition
- Head injuries
- Certain medications
The cause of hearing loss can vary, while the type and severity of hearing loss is determined by the part of the ear in which the impairment occurs.
Impact of Hearing Loss
We know coming to terms with hearing loss can feel overwhelming, but ignoring or neglecting it can make it worse. Hearing loss can have a great impact on your family, social and work lives—as it interferes with the way you normally communicate—and could harm your overall health. But remember, you can do something about hearing loss.
Hearing Loss Treatment
Treating hearing loss with hearing aids can improve your relationships with others, make you more confident in social situations, and boost your overall quality of life. Best of all, hearing aids can even help stop or slow down hearing loss, helping you preserve good hearing for a lifetime.
Don’t wait to begin your journey toward better hearing! At Beltone, we’re still open and here to help because we believe dealing with hearing loss is a team effort. We want to help you enjoy conversations, reconnect to your surroundings and start living life to the fullest again.
You can check your hearing from the comfort and safety of your own home with our fast, free online hearing test or visit the Beltone location nearest you for a free hearing screening. One of our hearing care professionals will then perform a comprehensive exam, assess your level of hearing loss and discuss treatment options.