Supporting Someone With Hearing Loss Find Answers

If you’re supporting someone with hearing loss, Beltone is the hearing care partner you can depend on for answers and resources. As your trusted partner, we are here to listen and educate and can provide tips to reduce stress and improve communication.

Schedule a free appointment today and begin your journey to better hearing.

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woman and two children laughing

How Can I Help Someone With Hearing Loss?

Denial or minimization is a common reaction to hearing loss—sometimes due to a perceived stigma attached to hearing aids, and sometimes because of concerns about the cost or process of receiving treatment. Beltone is here to help you support your loved one with hearing loss.

10 Tips For Helping Your Loved One With Untreated Hearing Loss

If you have a loved one who is reluctant to try hearing aids, you’re not alone. Here are some tips for helping to convince a loved one with untreated hearing loss to seek out professional care.

1. Communicate your feelings.
Tell your loved one how much you value your relationship with them and how his or her hearing loss has affected you. Be sure to communicate with compassion and avoid threats, guilt or a confrontational attitude.

2. Reach out to others for support.
Ask other family members, a close friend or a trusted doctor to offer their perspectives, as well. Oftentimes, advice will be more readily received when it comes from more than one person.

3. Remind your loved one of prior hearing challenges.
Has your loved one complained of not being able to hear at church, or in a restaurant, or during their day-to-day interactions? Remind your loved one of these occurrences to highlight a pattern of hearing difficulty.

4. Suggest an online hearing assessment.
Sometimes a good first step is a simple exercise to gauge the possible presence and severity of hearing loss. Suggest to your loved one that they try Beltone’s short and simple online hearing assessment.

5. Research payment options.
Your loved one may be concerned about the cost of hearing aids. The good news is that top-rated hearing aids are more affordable than ever before, with payment plans available to many customers. Your Beltone hearing care professional will be happy to discuss financing options with you.

6. Share information about hearing loss.
Your loved one may not know about the different types of hearing loss, or the connection between hearing loss and degenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s. Provide this information so they can better understand what they’re experiencing.

7. Share information about hearing aids.
Your loved one’s idea of hearing aids may not reflect current products and technology. Provide them with information about the different types of hearing aids and let them browse the features and benefits of the latest models.

8. Pass along some success stories.
If you know other people in your loved one’s circle who wear hearing aids, ask them to share their experiences with your loved one. You can also browse Beltone’s YouTube channel to find recent customer testimonials.

9. Promise to accompany your loved one.
Many people delay seeking out hearing care because of difficulty getting around and apprehension about communicating with the hearing care professional. Fortunately, you can accompany your loved one to their free consultation at their local Beltone to provide support.

10. Be consistent in your encouragement.
Research shows that repeated family recommendations are the primary reason people finally decide to seek out hearing care. Don’t give up! Gently remind your loved one of their hearing loss and how simple it is to book a free appointment to get checked out.

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man and woman sitting outside

Additional Talking Points to Share With Your Loved One

Consider discussing the following points with your loved one:

Hearing loss can lead to loneliness, frustration and mental fatigue.

Adults with hearing loss are more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

Hearing loss can affect physical balance and cause falls.

People who use hearing aids report less anger, frustration, paranoia and anxiety.

Treatment of hearing loss improves the relationship at home and with family.

Most people who use hearing aids have improved social lives.

According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), people who start using hearing aids hear better, feel better and report better health overall.

Click the link below to learn more about the impacts of untreated hearing loss.

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Online Hearing Assessment

Visit any Beltone Hearing Care Center to discover just how simple it is to improve your hearing.

You can also take our online hearing assessment to get a head start on your free appointment—we’ll forward your results to your local Beltone office. The results will help your hearing care professional begin the process of determining your level of hearing loss and which hearing aids are right for you.

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Take the Next Step

Don't wait any longer to begin your journey to better hearing. Beltone is ready to help you hear what matters the most to you.

Schedule a free hearing screening with a Beltone hearing care professional to explore your options.

Understanding Hearing Loss

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What Are the Signs of Hearing Loss?

The first step on your hearing health journey is to recognize the signs of hearing loss. Watch for these symptoms.

Hearing Loss and You

Living with hearing loss can be difficult, but it isn’t something you should feel self-conscious about—hearing loss is more common than you might think.
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Hearing Loss Is Everywhere

Hearing loss is more common than you might think, affecting approximately 1 in 8 Americans.¹ If you have hearing loss, you’re not alone.
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Hearing Loss Resources

If you would like to learn more about hearing loss, take a look at the helpful resources we have compiled.
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old couple on the beach

Types & Causes of Hearing Loss

Hearing impairment or hearing loss is a perceived reduction in your ability to hear. Your sense of hearing involves several parts of your body working together, and an issue at any point in the process can lead to a problem. Keep reading to learn more about the three types of hearing loss and the common causes.

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man holding onto his ear

What Is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is a common medical condition associated with hearing loss that is often experienced as ringing, hissing, buzzing or roaring in the ears. If you are experiencing these symptoms—intermittently or constantly—a Beltone hearing care professional can help you get relief.

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woman looking out of the window

Impacts of Hearing Loss

Untreated hearing loss has been linked to dementia, depression, falls and other serious health conditions. It can also leave people feeling isolated and make it difficult to participate in once-loved activities. Addressing hearing loss is an important part of maintaining good health.