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Beltone Hearing Aid Center

Missouri

Hearing aids come in a variety of styles, and offer different sets of features designed to address specific types and degrees of hearing loss. If you, or someone close to you, is experiencing hearing loss, the first thing to do is to schedule a hearing test. A hearing test will determine what kind of hearing loss you have, if any. If hearing loss is present, your Hearing Care Practitioner will recommend a set of Beltone's technologically advanced hearing aids. At all Beltone Hearing Aid Centers, we carry a broad range of high quality hearing instruments to suit your hearing needs, lifestyle and budget.

It is important to have regular hearing tests. Beltone understands that scheduling a hearing assessment might cause some anxiety amongst adults who are experiencing hearing loss. Knowing what to expect from a hearing evaluation when you visit a Beltone Hearing Aid Center may help relieve much of that anxiety. Before you schedule your first appointment, we invite you to browse through our website for valuable information about hearing loss, hearing health, and the hearing aids and services offered by Beltone. When you are ready to make an appointment, simply give us a call.

On your first visit to a Beltone Hearing Care Center, you will be asked to fill out some forms so your Hearing Care Practitioner can understand your lifestyle, and the issues you are currently experiencing with your hearing. A medical history is also crucial, as certain medications and health issues can contribute to hearing loss. Once this initial phase is complete, you are ready to begin your hearing evaluation. Your Hearing Care Practitioner will perform a visual examination of your ears for conditions such as ear drum perforation, blockages due to earwax buildup, and signs of infection in the middle ear. Many of the issues that contribute to hearing loss are treatable by a physician. Barring any such medical conditions, your Hearing Care Practitioner will continue with your hearing assessment.

The next part of the evaluation will determine the range of sounds you typically hear in your day–to–day life by testing your hearing in a particular frequencies. A second test is also performed to assess what your inner ear is capable of hearing. The results of these tests are displayed on an audiogram, which will show your Hearing Care Practitioner if, and at what levels, you are experiencing hearing loss. The audiogram will also indicate the type of hearing loss you have. If a loss of hearing has been detected, a speech recognition test will be performed to determine your ability to detect speech.

Beltone believes that all patients have the right to be active participants in their hearing evaluation, and we will answer any questions you have throughout the evaluation process. We pride ourselves on providing a calm, relaxed atmosphere in all our Beltone Centers. Hearing loss can happen at any age, and regular hearing tests are recommended for all adults 50 and over.