Beltone Hearing Aid Center
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Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

What are the different types and styles of hearing aids?

Today's hearing aids are smaller and more sophisticated than they used to be. There are dozens of styles from which to choose, from behind-the-ear (BTE) models to instruments about the size of a pearl, called completely-in-the-canal (CIC) hearing aids. A CIC instrument hides within your ear canal, totally out of sight. Your perfect style depends on your lifestyle, listening preferences, and more.

Will I be able to hear in noisy places?

Beltone First™ hearing aids wirelessly communicate with each other to customize sound as your surroundings change. By prioritizing speech, it's easy to hear the conversation, even in noisy places. Enjoy seamless transitions as you move from quiet to loud environments. It's all hands-free.

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 is no way to predict or to 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.

Can I use my cell phone while wearing hearing aids?

With Made for iPhone® capability, Beltone First™ hearing aids receive clear, clean sound streamed from your iPhone, iPad® and iPod touch®…like tiny wireless headphones. And, a tap of your finger gives you a new way to hear phone calls.

Can I get away with one hearing aid?

Hearing with both ears is called “binaural” hearing—and exactly what nature intended. If you have hearing loss in both ears, a single hearing aid can help. But, just as eye glasses improve vision in both eyes, wearing two hearing aids provides a number of advantages.


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