Frequently Asked Questions
Check out these questions and answers. If you don’t see your question here, feel free to contact us. We’ll be happy to answer it!
How do I know if I need hearing aids?
Only a comprehensive hearing screening performed by a licensed hearing care professional, audiologist, or medical doctor can tell you if you need hearing aids. Often, people think they need hearing aids, but they really don’t. Come in and see where you stand.
How much do hearing aids cost?
A set of hearing aids can range from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars, depending on your individual hearing loss, the style you choose for your lifestyle, and many other factors. There’s no way to predict or guess without seeing you for a hearing evaluation—and that’s absolutely free! And remember, if hearing loss is due to a condition such as excess earwax, hearing aids are not even needed.
Will I be able to hear in noisy places?
Beltone hearing aids simulate natural hearing. They communicate with each other to automatically adjust when you’re in noisy surroundings. Speech is prioritized, and background noise is de-emphasized, or blocked completely. The result? Easy listening in loud places.
Why it's important to know if you have hearing loss?
- Neglecting, denying or ignoring hearing loss can hasten its progression. Conversely, treating hearing loss can dramatically slow its progression, and help you preserve good hearing for life.
- A major study* recently found that untreated hearing loss can increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, by depriving the brain of needed stimulation. Those with mild hearing impairment were nearly twice as likely as those with normal hearing to develop dementia. The risk increased three-fold for those with moderate hearing loss, and five–fold for severe impairment. The good news – hearing aids keep the brain active and may lower the risk.
- Good hearing keeps you aware of your surroundings. Hearing sirens in traffic, your name called, or even something as simple as the oven timer helps you stay safe and maintain your independence.
- Hearing loss has been shown to triple the chance of falls, especially among older adults.
- Good hearing wards off feelings of depression, isolation, loneliness and frustration. Life is more enjoyable.
- Understanding others and actively participating in the conversation keeps you connected to friends and loved ones, and boosts self–esteem.
- More than 200 medications, including common antibiotics and aspirin, can cause hearing problems. Ask your doctor about the hearing–related side effects of any pharmaceuticals you are taking. And, before starting treatment, get a baseline record of your hearing to keep track of changes over time.
- Those who correct hearing loss with hearing aids are more likely to be employed, stay employed and earn a higher income, compared to those with untreated hearing loss.
- Infectious diseases such as meningitis, measles, mumps and chronic ear infections make people more prone to hearing impairment. Other common causes include exposure to excessive noise, head and ear injury, and aging.
- Half of all cases of deafness and hearing impairment are avoidable through primary prevention. So, click here to schedule a Beltone hearing screening!
*“Hearing Loss and Incident Dementia.” Archives of Neurology Feb. 2011: 214–220.