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Beltone Hearing Aid Center

Ohio

There are many factors that must be considered before one chooses hearing aids. If you suspect that you may be experiencing hearing loss, the first thing to do is to schedule a professional hearing evaluation. The Beltone Hearing Aid Centers of Ohiooffer free, comprehensive hearing assessments that will determine if you indeed have hearing loss. This is an important step because the type and degree of hearing loss must first be diagnosed before any treatment can be recommended.

Not all hearing loss is permanent, and its causes can differ from person to person. Factors such as infections, a puncture of the eardrum, excessive fluid or wax build-up, can all result in temporary hearing loss which can often be treated by a physician. This type of loss is referred to as

Conductive Hearing Loss

. If this is the case, your Beltone Hearing Care Professional will let you know so that you can schedule a follow–up appointment with your family doctor.

Exposure to prolonged or excessive noise as well as the natural aging process are the most common contributing factors of most hearing loss, affecting about 90% of all hearing loss in adults and is know as

Sensorineural Hearing Loss

. Hearing aid devices are the recommended treatment for this type of hearing loss. It can also be occasionally treated with surgery or a combination of surgery and hearing aids. In cases were patients are diagnosed with both Conductive and Sensorineural Hearing Loss, it is referred to as Mixed Hearing Loss.

If hearing loss is diagnosed, the best course of treatment is a hearing aid in each ear. This recommendation is often easier to understand when we compare it to someone who has some type of vision loss. In such cases, one corrective lens would never be prescribed; the same applies to a loss of hearing. There are many advantages to wearing two hearing aids instead of one.

  • Enhanced Speech Comprehension

    – In the majority of cases two hearing aids can significantly improve one's ability to understand speech, whether you are in an environment with a lot of background noise, or quiet surroundings
  • Balanced Hearing

    – Two hearing aids enable wearers to respond more accurately to conversation coming from either the left or the right side, or behind you
  • Localized Sound

    – Hearing with both ears is necessary in order to determine the distance and the direction of sound; for example, where an ambulance is coming from in traffic.

It is only through a comprehensive hearing assessment that the type and severity of hearing loss can be determined. Once your hearing evaluation has been completed, your Beltone Hearing Care Professional will discuss which hearing aids are recommended for your specific needs, personal lifestyle and budget. At Beltone, we carry only the highest quality hearing aids, including the latest in digital technology and multiple styles. With more than 70 years experience helping people hear better, and over 1500 Beltone locations across North America, you can be certain to find a Beltone office close by.

If you suspect you may be suffering from hearing loss, we urge you to browse through our website for helpful information and advice on all aspects of hearing health, as well as, the many hearing aids and services that Beltone offers.