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Beltone Hearing Aid Center

Virginia

If you have been diagnosed with hearing loss, you will undoubtedly have many questions about the type of hearing aids available, and what to expect. Once your hearing assessment is completed, if hearing loss is detected, your Beltone Hearing Care Practitioner will review the results with you, and show you the hearing aids recommended for your type and degree of hearing loss. Beltone carries a wide range of hearing aid styles that are designed to fit the vast majority of hearing losses, as well as, lifestyles and budgets.

The choice of a hearing aid style is a personal one, and depends on your lifestyle, desired aesthetic appeal, degree of hearing loss, and other factors. The “shell” or “case” is the outer covering of a hearing aid, and determines its style. Of the many parts of a hearing aid, style can make a big difference to your overall satisfaction.

Beltone's two main style categories are Behind–the–Ear (BTE) and Customhearing aids. BTE instruments are curved to rest comfortably behind your ear. Extremely popular, BTE hearing aids are easy to adjust, fully programmable and furnish mild–to–powerful amplification. Custom hearing aids are manufactured according to an impression taken of your ear canal and the surrounding area. So, like any item created just for you, they offer the comfort of a custom–made fit. Your Beltone Hearing Care Practitioner will explain which type and style of hearing aid is best suited to you. Hearing loss generally affects both ears, and sound is almost always better when you wear a hearing aid in each ear.

  • Research shows that speech is much easier to understand when hearing aids are worn in both ears. That goes for listening in normal environments, as well as, in noisy situations. While one hearing aid hones in on speech, the other diminishes distracting background noise. The combination makes it a breeze to hear clear conversation.
  • By wearing hearing aids in both ears, sound is able to reach and stimulate each ear's auditory nerve, keeping the nerve actively engaged. Studies have shown that if auditory nerves aren't stimulated by sound, they can slow down and make hearing loss worse. This condition is called Auditory Deprivation. Hearing aids keep our auditory nerves functioning, which lowers the risk of Auditory Deprivation.
  • Wearing two hearing aids can increase your safety and awareness. The ability to know where sound is coming from depends on hearing with both ears. Everyday examples might be turning in the correct direction when you hear your name called, or knowing where an ambulance or fire truck is when you hear a siren in traffic
  • Two hearing aids more accurately represent the way things are meant to sound.
  • A single hearing aid may require you to crank up the volume to hear. But, two hearing aids let you listen at normal volumes, which minimizes sound distortion and auditory fatigue.
  • Patient satisfaction is much higher for people benefitting from two hearing aids, versus a single hearing instrument.

While considering all of the options that are available, it is important to remember that not all hearing aids work the same way. Different hearing aids have been designed to treat different types and degrees of hearing loss. That means “more expensive” does not necessarily mean the best fit for your particular hearing needs. Take some time to browse through our website for all the information about the types of hearing aids, as well as, the services that Beltone offers. Together with the help of your Hearing Care Practitioner and the information on our site, you will be able to make the right decision for you.