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Beltone Hearing Aid Center


Our five senses help us interact with the people and the environment around us. Our ability to hear sound and understand conversation has a tremendous effect on our overall well–being and quality of life. Although most of us visit our family doctor, dentist and optometrist on a yearly basis, many adults fail to have their hearing tested. Because most hearing loss happens gradually, it often goes unnoticed for years before it begins to have a significant, negative impact on our lives. People are often reluctant to admit they are experiencing hearing loss, and this can lead to anxiety and the loss of confidence.

Beltone Hearing Aid Centers have been helping people hear better for over 70 years. We understand how difficult it can be to take the first step and schedule an appointment to have your hearing tested. Understanding the facts surrounding hearing loss can provide the incentive you need to arrange a hearing evaluation. We encourage you to take a few minutes to browse our website and learn about the different types, causes and treatments of hearing loss. Depending on its causes, hearing loss can be temporary or permanent.

Conductive Hearing Loss

Conductive hearing loss is attributed to issues with the outer or middle ear. It is usually temporary, and in most cases, can be corrected by removal of excess wax, surgery or medication. Some of the causes of conductive hearing loss include:

  • Wax or fluid build–up
  • Otosclerosis
  • Punctured ear drum
  • Infection

Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Sensorineural hearing loss results from exposure to excess noise, and from the natural aging process. It is the most common type of hearing loss, and affects about 90% of adults with hearing problems. In the majority of cases, sensorineural hearing loss can be successfully treated with hearing aids. Some of the symptoms of sensorineural hearing loss are:

  • High frequency sounds, such as the voices of women and children, become difficult to hearing
  • Sounds become distorted and volume diminishes
  • Words in conversations are increasingly difficult to understand

Recognizing the warning signs of hearing loss gives people the opportunity to have their hearing tested and treated in its early stages. If you suspect hearing loss in someone close to you, it is important to understand what you can do to help them seek treatment:

  • Encourage them to get their hearing tested
  • Accompany them to their appointment
  • Make sure they understand that hearing loss will not go away
  • Talk to them about how their loss of hearing is affecting your relationship

Things that you should not do include:

  • Act as their liaison on telephone conversations
  • Repeat yourself
  • Translate conversations in family or social situations
  • Raise your voice

Although it may be difficult to adhere to these suggestions, they will help encourage your loved one to seek help sooner.