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Beltone Hearing Aid Center

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Beltone Hearing Aid Dispensers in Vermont (VT)

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Do you know if you are at risk for hearing loss, or what to do if you suspect you may have hearing loss? Beltone Hearing Aid Centers have been helping people get reliable and up–to–date information regarding all aspects of hearing health for more than 70 years. We take great pride in offering superior customer service, and the highest quality hearing aids utilizing the latest digital technology. Our comprehensive hearing assessments are performed by highly trained Hearing Care Practitioners, and are always free of charge. Diagnosing hearing loss at its earliest stages is crucial in helping to prevent any further damage to your hearing. It is estimated that more than 34 million people in America alone suffer from some form of hearing loss. A surprisingly high number of adults who have hearing loss wait 5 or more years before they seek help and receive treatment.

There are many factors that can cause a loss of hearing, as well as, a number of different types of hearing loss, not all of which require the use of hearing aids. Although certain types of loss are unavoidable due to factors such as the natural aging process, others are preventable. The most common type of preventable hearing loss occurs as a result of exposure to harmful levels of noise–in either social or workplace environments. Learning what levels of noise are harmful, and how to protect your hearing, are important in maintaining optimal hearing health. Sound is measured in decibel levels and comparing these levels to sounds with which we are familiar will help us better understand how to safeguard our hearing. Sounds that are considered within the safe range are between 30 and 70 decibels and can be described as follows:

  • Whisper is 30 decibels
  • Normal conversation is 60 decibels
  • A washing machine is 70 decibels

Decibels in the 85 to 110 range are considered to be in the risk range and include the following:

  • Hair dryer/heavy traffic/power lawn mower – 85 to 90 decibels
  • Motorcycle – 95 decibels
  • Hand drill/Snowmobile – 100 decibels
  • Rock concert/chain saw – 110 decibels

Any noise of 120 decibels or more can cause permanent hearing loss and include the following:

  • Ambulance siren – 120 decibels
  • Jet engine at takeoff – 140 decibels (this is also an individual's pain threshold)
  • Blast from a 12 gauge shotgun – 165 decibels
  • Rocket launch – 180 decibels

Beltone believes that with the right information and knowledge, we can all learn to take better care of our hearing health and can prevent one of the most common factors that lead to hearing loss. In the case of hearing loss that is the result of aging, it is extremely important to have routine hearing assessments in order to prevent further damage to your hearing. This is especially true for anyone who is 50 years of age or older, even if you believe your hearing is fine.

If you suspect you may be experiencing hearing loss, or have been exposed to harmful levels of noise, we encourage you to contact the Beltone office closest to you and arrange your free hearing assessment. We also invite you to browse through our website for more information on the services and hearing aid treatments that are available to help you care for your hearing.