At Beltone West, it’s our goal to help you hear better.
While hearing loss can come on gradually with age, or be caused by repeated exposure to loud noises, its effects can greatly diminish your quality of life. If you are one of the millions of people around the world who have hearing loss, Beltone West is here to help by offering tailored hearing solutions.
What is Hearing Loss?
Hearing loss can be described as not being able to hear as well as someone with “normal” hearing, or who can hear with thresholds of 20dB or better in both ears. It occurs when sound enters the ear normally, but because of damage to the ear, the sound isn’t able to be processed in a way the brain can understand.
Diminished hearing can happen to anyone, and it has many causes, but the most common causes are through prolonged exposure to loud noises and the aging process. While most hearing loss is permanent, Beltone West specializes in returning your quality of life with the help of hearing aids, or other personalized treatments.
Contact your local office or fill out the form below to schedule your free hearing test.
Warning Signs of Hearing Loss
The only way to determine for certain if you have hearing loss is starting with a hearing test and being assessed by a hearing specialist. Beltone West offers a free hearing test to help get you started. You may be experiencing hearing loss if you have symptoms such as:
- Difficulty understanding speech over the phone
- Difficulty understanding conversations in noisy areas, like restaurants
- Hearing speech or other sounds that seem muffled
- Difficulty hearing high-pitched sounds
- Ringing in the ears
- Feeling the need to turn up the volume of the television or radio
- Feeling a hypersensitivity to certain sounds which bother you or cause pain
- Asking people to speak more loudly or slowly or to repeat themselves
If you think you have a hearing loss, you can take our online hearing test to see if further evaluation is necessary.
Types of Hearing Loss
The type of hearing loss may vary depending on the part of the ear in which the impairment occurs. Generally, there are three different types of hearing loss:
Conductive hearing loss
Conductive hearing loss is most likely temporary and can be corrected with medication, earwax removal or surgery. This type of loss stems from problems in the outer or middle ear.
Sensorineural hearing loss
This is the most common type of hearing loss, accounting for 90% of all adult hearing problems. It is often related to aging and a history of noise exposure, affecting the cochlea and auditory nerve.
Mixed hearing loss
With mixed hearing loss, both sensorineural and conductive hearing losses occur at the same time. This can often be treated with medication,earwax removal, surgery and additionally hearing aids.
What to Do If You Think You Have Hearing Loss
If you have experienced any of the signs and symptoms of hearing loss, the first step is to take a hearing test and be evaluated by a hearing specialist. Beltone West offers a free hearing test to begin your personalized hearing health assessment. Our goal is to gather the most accurate information in order to guide our customized treatment decisions for your individual needs.
One treatment option may be hearing aids. Hearing aids can restore your quality of life by amplifying and separating sounds to your specific needs. Beltone West offers a range of state-of-the-art hearing aid options as well as the customized care and attention you need to keep your hearing aids working to their maximum potential.