The impact of hearing loss is felt by those whose hearing is impaired, as well as their family members. Compensating for someone else’s hearing loss can cause stress in the relationship, especially if your role in communication has you feeling like you’ve become a “human hearing aid.” Do any of these situations sound familiar?
Having your hearing tested regularly is a good idea, even if you don't think you are experiencing any hearing loss. By making a hearing test part of your annual medical check up, you can establish a base line for your normal hearing and detect any problems that may occur as time goes by. We've provided some online screening tools that can be helpful in determining whether or not you're experiencing hearing loss.
“With Beltone you won’t miss a thing.” That’s the message of Beltone, and the intention of the company since it beganproviding hearing aids in 1940. Life has many small nuances, delivered in the subtle sounds around us. We become aware of what’s going on around us physically and in the lives of those around us through sound, and as hearing loss progresses, sounds slowly begin to disappear. Hearing loss changes the way we relate to the world, and the people in it.
We live in a world of sound. From the moment we hear the alarm clock in the morning, we are subjected to sounds that direct us through the day and help us to interact with the world around us. Imagine the length of your list if you were to journal an entire day of sound sources. From the sounds of water in the shower and the whistling of the kettle to the hum of fluorescent lighting, vehicle traffic, and the chirp of your smartphone, sounds are an integral part of communication. We use sounds to gauge distance, direction, and the intensity of the activities that happen around us.
Helen Keller once made the comment that of the two sensory deprivations she experienced, she believed she missed her hearing the most. Her triumph over the isolation of being both deaf and blind was extraordinary; she authored 12 books and became a spokesperson, a political activist, and an advocate for the disadvantaged. Helen Keller was a most exceptional person, whose journey was inspired and aided by someone who knew the importance of communication and staying connected with the world, her teacher, Anne Sullivan.
Gertrude and Harold have been married for 39 years, well versed in the usual marital expressions of thick and thin, good times and bad, better and worse. Over the past 8 years, Gertrude’s hearing loss has brought a new dimension to their life together which to Harold meant that all was well with the world.
At Beltone Hearing Care Centre, we believe that buying a hearing aid includes the support that ensures that you get the most value for your purchase. That’s why we provide BelCare™, a comprehensive after care program that provides support while you make the transition to using hearing aids, monitors your progress, and provides coverage in case your hearing aids are lost, damaged, or stolen. For a full description of BelCare™ benefits visit our BelCare™ page.
Hearing aids can be damaged by moisture so keeping them in a dry place is important. It’s a bad idea to place them in your shirt pocket, as it’s easy to forget they’re there and they could accidentally end up going through the laundry. At Beltone Hearing Care, we have both hard and soft shell cases available for storage that will keep them dry and offer some protection in case they are dropped. These storage cases also make it easier for you to know exactly where your hearing aids are.
Advances in audio technology have had a significant impact on both the size and function of hearing aids. Not only are hearing aids smaller and less noticeable, but they are also able to distinguish between kinds of sounds. Very early models of hearing aids amplified the sound, but in the process amplified background sounds as well. As technology has improved, hearing aids have become much more sophisticated and customizable for each individual.
Once you’ve had a hearing test and determined that a hearing aid will be of benefit to you, there are several kinds of hearing aids that may be recommended. Hearing aids vary in size, shape and colour as well as in how they’re worn and what features and technology they offer. Hearing aids can be worn behind the ear (referred to as BTE), have a receiver in the canal (RIC), be worn in the ear (ITE), in the ear canal (ITC), and completely in the ear canal (CIC).