The realization that you may be suffering from hearing loss is not something that anyone wants to face up to. Unfortunately, hearing deterioration is a reality for countless Americans. Men are at a greater risk of developing hearing loss, and the older you get, the more your personal risk increases. In fact, by the time you reach the age of 75, you will have a 50% chance of suffering from extensive hearing problems.
In short, loss of hearing is common and is, therefore, nothing to feel embarrassed about. The great news is that it is possible for you to find a solution to improve your quality of life with a free hearing assessment at the Beltone Hearing Aid Center, Chenault House of Hearing. This is what you need to know.
How Will I Know When It Is Time to Get a Hearing Assessment?
While many may think that hearing loss should be rather obvious to the individual suffering from it, this is not always the case. In many instances, it will be the individual’s loved ones who pick up on the possibility of the problem before he/she does! In other instances, the individual may believe that his hearing loss is not severe enough for it to require investigation.
So, how will you know when it is, in fact, time to get a hearing assessment? What are the main symptoms of hearing loss to watch out for? Here is a breakdown:
- Speech and other daily sounds, like the television or the radio, start to become muffled and difficult to understand;
- You have trouble understanding what others are saying, especially in a crowded room or when there is a lot of background noise;
- You have specific trouble hearing consonant sounds, such as ‘b’, ‘g’, and ‘d’.
- You often find yourself asking people to repeat what they have just said, or to speak more slowly or loudly;
- You find yourself cranking up the volume of the television or radio more so than usual;
- You have noticed that you are becoming anxious in social settings and, as a result, are withdrawing from these situations more and more;
- You have begun isolating yourself completely because of your hearing problems.
Ultimately, if your hearing loss is interfering with your daily life in any way, it is time to book your free hearing assessment at the Chenault House of Hearing.
Why Am I Suffering from Hearing Loss?
As mentioned, the main reason for hearing loss is the ‘wear and tear’ that comes with age. The older you get, the more likely you are to notice that your hearing is no longer quite what it used to be. However, this is definitely not the only cause of hearing loss. It can also be brought about as a result of an injury, such as a traumatic brain injury (TBI), damage to the middle ear, and a hole in the eardrum.
Some hearing loss can also be caused by a physical obstruction in the ear. For example, you may notice a reduction in the quality of sound if you have excessive ear wax build-up within the ear canal. An ear infection often leads to the presence of pus and fluid inside the ear, which can also wreak havoc on one’s hearing. In very rare cases, hearing loss can be caused by the dislocation of the middle ear bones, or by the growth of abnormal tumors.
Finally, there are a number of other health conditions and diseases of which hearing loss can be a symptom. For example, you may experience mild to moderate hearing loss if you suffer from a stroke or you are diagnosed with diabetes. Meningitis and shingles have also been linked to loss of hearing, particularly in older adults.
Remember to seek help immediately if you notice very sudden hearing loss, especially if only one ear is affected.
Why Should I Get a Free Hearing Assessment?
There are countless reasons to address your hearing loss problems by getting a hearing assessment. Not only will doing so help to improve your overall quality of life, but it could also help to prevent negative situations occurring in the future. Did you know that people with any extent of hearing loss are three times more likely to have a history of falling?
Furthermore, research has shown that adults with untreated hearing loss are also much more likely to suffer from dementia later in life? The more severe the untreated hearing loss, the greater the risk. Adults with extensive hearing loss that has been left untreated are five times more at risk of developing dementia than adults with near perfect hearing ability or adults who have addressed their hearing difficulties.
Is the Hearing Assessment With a Hearing Aid Specialist (Audioprosthologist) Really Free of Charge?
Yes, it is. Furthermore, the hearing assessment to which we are referring is far from basic. All free hearing assessments conducted at our Beltone Hearing Aid Center are comprehensive and thorough for total peace of mind. In other words, all of your hearing problems can be adequately addressed with this free assessment. You will only need to pay for any hearing aids with which you are fitted.
What to Expect at Your Free Hearing Assessment
Your hearing assessment at the Chenault House of Hearing will include an audiometric hearing test, video ear scan, as well as a consultation with our Hearing Care Practitioner (HCP) and hearing aid specialist (audioprosthologist). After your evaluation, the HCP records your results on an audiogram. He or she will then evaluate your results before taking the time to explain them to you in detail. He or she will explain what you are hearing and what you are missing and will provide advice in terms of possible solutions going forward. Should you have hearing loss, we also offer free demonstration of hearing and technology we recommend for you, your lifestyle, and your budget.
In short, your free hearing assessment will work something like this:
- Explanation of Results
- Hearing Aid Demonstration
- Fitting and Delivery
Using your audiogram results, you’ll be fitted with instruments specific to your loss using our proprietary Solus and Solus Pro, Select-A-Fit software.
What Types of Hearing Aids Are on Offer?
Due to the fact that the Chenault House of Hearing is a Beltone Hearing Aid Center we only stock Beltone hearing aids. However, we are of the firm belief that Beltone hearing aids will be the only hearing aids that you will ever need! Did you know that Beltone offers its hearing aid users a lifetime service promise? Central to a rewarding Beltone Experience is BelCare™, which is a program of ongoing care and protection that covers you for the life of your hearing aids. This program provides you with peace of mind from your first hearing screening, through all the years that you own your Beltone hearing aids. You will be able to claim your BelCare benefits at any one of over 1,500 participating Beltone Hearing Care Centers, nationwide.
Despite specializing solely in Beltone hearing aids, we stock a wide variety of different styles of hearing aids so that you are bound to find one that really speaks to you and that you feel fully comfortable and confident wearing.
The different styles of Beltone hearing aids that we currently stock are as follows:
IIC – Invisible-in-Canal: IIC hearing aids are especially small and discrete. They are practically invisible, hence their name. Furthermore, despite being tiny, they promise very high-quality sound. The absence of obstruction also makes it possible for you, as the wearer, to easily localize the sound coming from outside.
CIC – Completely-in-Canal: CIC hearing aids sit inside the ear canal, which means that, like IIC hearing aids, they are almost completely invisible to other people around you. They come with varying levels of technology, meaning that there will likely be an option for you to consider regardless of your budget constraints.
MIH – Mic-in-Helix: Are you someone who plays a lot of sport or who leads a generally active lifestyle? MIH hearing aids are particularly popular among the sporty and active due to the fact that it sits snugly in the ear and is unlikely to fall out at inopportune moments. The strategic construction of the MIC style hearing aid also takes advantage of the ear’s anatomy to provide near-to-natural sound quality.
ITC – In-the-Canal: ITC hearing aids are slightly larger than many of the aforementioned styles, but they are also practically invisible. As the name suggests, they are placed in the ear canal itself.
ITE – In-the-Ear: Placed in the ear, ITE hearing aids are not only comfortable to wear, but also very discreet.
RIE – Receive-in-Ear: RIE hearing aids are recommended for people with mild to moderate hearing loss. They promise a reduced risk of occlusion, but may not be as effective as certain other models when worn by those individuals suffering from extensive loss of hearing.
BTE – Behind-the-Ear: Unlike other types of hearing aids, a BTE model will be easily visible. However, BTE hearing aids are also often more durable and require less maintenance than many other models. They produce minimal feedback, and are usually very comfortable to wear for long periods of time.
BTE hearing aids are worn behind the ear and are the most common, traditional types of hearing aids. They are also often the most affordable and are a great option for people who are not worried about their hearing aid being visible. If, however, you would prefer something a bit smaller and slightly more discreet, you may wish to opt for styles like CIC or IIC hearing aids. Our hearing aid specialist (audioprosthologist) will help you to choose a model that works for you and your budget.
How Much Do Hearing Aids Cost?
Hearing aids vary greatly in terms of cost, with BTE hearing aids generally being one of the cheapest options available. Generally speaking, a set of hearing aids range from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars. The cost of the hearing aids could be influenced by a variety of many other factors, among which the following:
- The extent of your hearing loss,
- The style you choose for your lifestyle, and so on.
There is no way to predict or to guess without seeing you for a hearing evaluation – and that’s absolutely free! And remember, if hearing loss is due to a condition such as earwax, hearing aids are not even needed.
Paying for Your Hearing Aid
Many of our clients are keen to know if medical aid covers the cost of hearing aids. Unfortunately, most medical aids will only cover a certain portion of the cost of a hearing aid, and often, depending on the severity of the hearing loss. Some medical aids do not cover hearing aids at all. Luckily, Beltone offers a wide variety of payment plans, including interest-free plans. Together with Beltone, the Chenault House of Hearing’s main priority is to make sure that everyone with hearing loss is able to comfortably afford their hearing aids.
So, book your free hearing assessment at our Beltone Hearing Aid Center today!