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It is estimated that over 34 million Americans suffer from some type of hearing loss, and about 95% of these cases can be successfully treated with hearing aids. Although hearing loss can happen at any age, the likelihood of developing hearing loss substantially increases with age. As many as 1 in 3 adults over the age of 65 experiences hearing loss. Beltone has been helping people hear better for more than 70 years, and understands the importance that hearing can have on one's quality of life.

Beltone believes that it is essential for all adults to have the right information and facts about hearing loss, available treatment options, and what steps to take if you suspect you may have a loss of hearing. We encourage you to look through our website and to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have regarding any aspect of your hearing health and care.

The type of hearing loss one has is determined by which part of the auditory system is affected. Conductive Hearing Loss affects either the middle or the outer ear, and can cause sound to be distorted or faint. In the majority of cases, Conductive Hearing Loss can be successfully treated medically when diagnosed promptly. There are many factors that can cause this type of hearing loss, some of which include:

  • Otosclerosis
  • Fluid in the middle ear
  • Perforated or scarred eardrum
  • Infection of the middle ear or ear canal
  • Build-up of wax

Sensorineural Hearing Loss is generally caused by damage to the nerves of the inner ear. As we age, the sensory cells gradually die, making this type of hearing loss most common in adults over 50. People will typically complain that, although they can hear, it is difficult to understand what others are saying, and that people seem to be mumbling when they speak. Sensorineural Hearing Loss can also be caused by:

  • High fever
  • Meningitis
  • Excessive exposure to noise
  • Diabetes
  • Heredity
  • Certain medications (Ototoxic drugs)

Sensorineural Hearing Loss affects more than 80% of all adult hearing loss and in the majority of cases can be successfully treated with hearing aids.

Because most hearing loss occurs gradually over time, it often goes undiagnosed for several years. This can lead to further damage to one's hearing. For this reason, it is highly recommended that every adult include regular hearing tests as a normal part of their healthcare routine. Beltone offers free, comprehensive hearing evaluations that are conducted by highly trained Hearing Care Practitioners. In the event that hearing loss is indicated, they will be able to recommend the type and style of hearing aids suitable for your particular loss. All Beltone offices and staff are committed to helping you care for your hearing health, and welcome the opportunity to answer all questions and concerns you may have. If you, or someone you care about, is experiencing hearing loss, we encourage you to contact any one of our 1500 Beltone Hearing Aid Centers for a complimentary hearing evaluation.