Frequently Asked Questions

There are many misconceptions about hearing difficulties and how hearing aids can help. Please keep reading to get more knowledge on hearing and hearing loss.

Am I at a risk for hearing loss?

You could be at risk if you work or spend a lot of time around noise without protecting your ears. Professions at risk may include: musicians, construction workers, military personnel, firefighters and police officers.

What causes hearing loss?

Hearing loss can be caused by a number of factors – the aging process, heredity, disease, noise and build-up of earwax, among others.

How do I know if I have a hearing loss?

If you experience a number of warning signs or if people often tell you that you’re not hearing well, you may have a hearing loss.

If I suspect I have a hearing loss, what should I do?

The best thing to do is make an appointment for a hearing test with a hearing care professional. If you have a hearing loss your hearing care professional will advice you on your options for help.

Can noise really hurt my ears?

Yes, noise can be dangerous. If it is loud enough and lasts long enough, it can damage your hearing.

What should I expect when I get my hearing tested?

Your hearing care professional will ask you about your lifestyle and hearing needs. You will then be given a comprehensive hearing screening, a video ear exam and a word discrimination test. These will explain whether or not you have a hearing loss and will help direct what next steps need to be taken.

How will I know which hearing aids are right for me?

Your hearing care professional will make the best recommendation for you based on your lifestyle, hearing loss and budget.

How much do hearing instruments cost?

The price of hearing instruments varies depending on style and technology selected.

Can I try a hearing aid before I buy?

Yes. Most hearing care professionals offer you the opportunity to “test drive” a hearing aid to see what it sounds like in a variety of listening situations before you leave the office.

Do hearing aids really help reduce background noise?

Yes. Many of today’s instruments use features such as directionality and noise reduction to help you hear better in noisy environments.

What is digital technology?

Digital hearing aids convert sound received by the hearing aid's microphone from an analog to a digital signal. This allows the hearing instrument to produce the exact requirements for a particular hearing loss; always keeping the loudness at a comfortable level. It also allows for advanced noise reduction features that distinguish between speech and non-speech signals and automatically decrease loudness of those non-speech signals, if needed.

Analog hearing aids, by contrast, are unable to automatically adjust for different loudness requirements outside of increasing or decreasing the volume control. As a result, many analog users complain of having to constantly adjust their volume controls in order to hear speech adequately in different environments.

What is open fit technology?

Open fit hearing aids are designed for cosmetic appeal, comfortable fit and natural sound quality. They do not give you a “plugged up” sensation or distort your own voice.

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Can I use my cell phone while wearing hearing aids?

Yes! Our new Beltone First™ can be used directly with your iPhone as wireless headphone. Please find more details here.

Beltone Promise™ hearing aids use advanced “wireless” technology designed for phone use, making them your best option to enjoy clear cell phone conversations, that can even be “hands-free”. And, placing the phone on one ear automatically reduces hearing aid volume on the other ear, so “room noise” is reduced, and it’s easy to hear your phone conversation.

Someone I love may have hearing loss. How can I help?

Approaching the subject of hearing loss with a spouse, parent, friend or relative requires sensitivity. These ten “tried-and-true” tips can help you out. In light of recent medical findings linking hearing loss to Alzheimer's disease, falling and a diminished quality of life, it's more important than ever to help a loved one get help.

To find out if you or someone you love has a hearing loss, please contact your local Beltone Hearing Care Professional, by calling 709-726-8083 or toll free 1-800-563-8083.