Hearing aids - are they worth it?

Hearing aids are a significant investment. Are they worth it? According to the feedback from our clients, most wonder why they waited so long and are surprised at how many aspects of their lives were impacted by hearing loss. The most common benefits we hear from our clients are improved social experiences, a less stressful family life, and a more confident and positive outlook. Here are some excellent reasons to consider hearing aids, and some resources that may help to fund them.

Funding resources

If you’re wondering if hearing aids are worth the investment, ask someone who wears them. Our clients report a definite improvement in their personal lives, which we wrote about earlier this month and posted in our blog. If you or someone you know would benefit from having hearing aids, there may be some funding support available. Unfortunately, hearing aids are not covered by MSP, however  in some cases, depending on the circumstances that led to your hearing loss, there may be funding available.

Body language speaks

Reading body language becomes an important part of communicating with someone who experiences hearing loss. 

Someone who can’t gauge how loud they’re speaking may over compensate by speaking loudly, or their uncertainty may cause them to speak very quietly, believing they’re speaking louder than they are. Loud talkers can be misunderstood as aggressive, and quiet talkers may be socially interpreted as shy. It’s possible that neither is true, and they are simply trying to cope with hearing loss.

Beltone introduces new hearing aid technology

Beltone Hearing Care Centre locations in Comox, Campbell River and Powell River are pleased to announce the availability of a new style of hearing aid called the Beltone Promise™. Virtually invisible, this new generation of digital hearing aids uses innovative technology to simulate natural hearing in a unique way. 

Ear popping signals

Some of our clients who come in for a hearing test mention a plugged sensation in their ears that makes it difficult to hear. Most of us have experienced a similar feeling of having plugged ears when we are driving at higher altitudes or during take off or descent in an airplane. This occurs as the air pressure on the outer ear changes and the air pressure in the middle ear chamber stays the same, causing the ear drum to bulge inward or outward. 

An answer for the ring of tinnitus

Tinnitus is a symptom that affects the hearing, producing a sound that is often described as ringing in the ear. The ringing sound is ongoing, even at times when things should be quiet so it can be very irritating and distracting. In addition to ringing in the ear, tinnitus can also produce buzzing or hissing sounds, all of which can make it difficult to hear speech and other sounds clearly.

It takes a family

Our Beltone Hearing Care Centre website starts with the phrase, “it takes a family”.  Hearing loss is often a gradual process, and something most of us expect to see some sign of as family members get older.  For this reason, symptoms of hearing loss are often tolerated or even ignored until they really start to interfere with life.

Mobile apps and hearing health

Most people are aware that loud sounds can damage their hearing, but how do you know how loud is too loud? For those who really want to know, there are several mobile phone apps available for download that allow you to take on-the-spot decibel readings so you can easily measure how loud the sounds around you are. Most of these apps offer a current dB reading, the peak dB reading, and an average dB reading as well as providing a meter to visually show when a sound level may be approaching a level that requires action.