How do I know if I need hearing aids?
Often, hearing difficulty stems from excess ear wax, an infection, or a physical irregularity, such as a perforated ear drum. These issues can be corrected medically, without the need for hearing aids.
A simple hearing quiz can tell you if your hearing should be checked. However, everyone over age 50 should have a baseline hearing screening. A proper hearing exam uses sounds, tones and speech to test your hearing. It must be performed in the right environment and analyzed correctly. Your results, which are plotted on an audiogram, will indicate whether or not you are a candidate for hearing aids.
Am I at risk for a hearing loss?
You could be at risk if you work (or spend a lot of time) in noisy environments 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.
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.
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 screening with a licensed Beltone Hearing Care Professional. The screening will tell you what you’re hearing and what you could be missing.
What should I expect when I get my hearing tested?
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.