Good hearing contributes to your health and happiness in so many ways. If you, or others, have noticed changes in your hearing, you may have some questions about hearing loss.

Q: Am I at risk for a hearing loss?
A: 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. We offer custom ear molds that can be made to protect your hearing and prevent hearing damage.

Q: What causes hearing loss?
A: Hearing loss can be caused by a number of factors – exposure to prolonged loud noises, medications, disease, heredity, and the aging process among other things.

Q: How do I know if I have a hearing loss?
A: 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. Contact us to schedule your free comprehensive hearing exam.

Q: What should I expect when I get my hearing tested?
A: Your Beltone Hearing Care Professional will first 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 decide the next steps to be taken. Learn more about the Office Visit.

Q: How will I know which hearing aids are right for me?
A: Your Beltone Hearing Care Professional will make the best recommendation for you based on your lifestyle, hearing loss and budget after conducting your Comprehensive Hearing Evaluation.

Q: How much do hearing instruments cost?
A: The price of hearing instruments varies depending on style and technology selected, with over 80 options available, we have a hearing aid for every budget.

Q: Can I try a hearing aid before I buy?
A: Yes. Beltone offers 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.

Q: Do hearing aids really help reduce background noise?
A: Yes. Many of today’s instruments use directionality and noise reduction features to help you hear better in noisy environments. Learn more about Beltone’s technology.

Q: What is digital technology?
A: 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.

Q: What is open fit technology?
A: Open fit hearing aids are designed for cosmetic appeal, comfortable fit and natural sound quality. They do not give the wearer a “plugged up” sensation or distort your own voice.

Q: What is Beltone’s wireless technology for hearing aids?
A: Beltone’s exclusive technology sends clear sound from your TV, stereo, PC, phone, iPod® and more, directly into your hearing aids. You can also use the Beltone myPAL to stream someone’s voice, or your music, directly to your hearing aids, at home or on the go. Learn more about Beltone’s wireless accessories and applications.