During Your Appointment
At Beltone, we use a precise, multi-step process that helps us get to know you and personalize your hearing care. During your office visit, you'll receive professional, prompt service through each of the six steps listed below.
Health & Hearing History
Hearing Evaluation Review
Hearing Aid Demonstration
Hearing Device Fitting & Delivery
STEP 1: Lifestyle Assessment
Understanding more about your lifestyle and hearing priorities helps us provide individualized care. Are you outdoorsy? Do you frequent restaurants and public places? Do you enjoy television, music, movies and lectures? Do you work every day? All of these things and more play into the kind of hearing aids right for you.
STEP 2: Health & Hearing History
Many people are surprised by how much our overall health—and the medications we take—can impact our hearing. Several common conditions can adversely affect our ability to hear. For example, high blood pressure, diabetes and kidney disease are all linked to hearing loss.
Similarly, understanding your hearing history gives us a window into your ability to hear today.
Some typical questions about your hearing may include:
- Is there hearing loss in your family?
- Are one or two ears affected?
- Were you subjected to chronic loud noise during your life?
- Do you have dizziniess or vertigo?
- Did you ever have ear infections as a child?
- Do you have ear pain?
- Is it harder to hear the voices of men, women, or children?
- Do you notice environments where it's challenging to follow the conversation?
At this time, you will also be asked about any medications you take. This is important because many prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs are ototoxic, or harmful to your hearing. This is also the stage to mention anything else that relates to your hearing.
STEP 3: Hearing Evaluation
Your Beltone Hearing Care Practitioner will guide you through the steps of a thorough hearing evaluation including:
- A visual examination of your ear using a otoscope
- Air and bone conduction testing
- Word discrimination testing
Additional resources: A hearing “test” actually includes several tests that measure how well you hear a variety of sounds, such as tones and speech. A baseline hearing screening is recommended at age 50, unless you're experiencing symptoms of hearing loss sooner.
STEP 4: Hearing Evaluation Review
After your hearing evaluation, your Beltone Hearing Care Practitioner will review your results on an audiogram. An audiogram is a visual representation of how well you are hearing.
Additional resources: Hearing loss takes many forms. Some of us start missing sounds in the higher ranges, such as the voices of women and children. Others hear quite well in quiet surroundings, but struggle in noisy environments. Your audiogram shows you where you're hearing normally, and where you're missing sounds. Once you and your Beltone Hearing Care Practitioner discuss your audiogram results, and review your lifestyle and hearing goals, he or she can provide you with an in-office hearing aid demonstration of the hearing aids that are right for you.
STEP 5: Hearing Aid Demonstration
Additional resources: We'll show you the many styles of hearing aids right for you. You can try on actual hearing aids and take a “test drive”. That includes our latest Beltone Legend™ hearing aids with wireless technology, and Beltone accessories, such as Direct TV Link and myPAL. You can also experience our exclusive Beltone AVE.™ system. This surround sound technology simulates over 200 sounds of life while wearing hearing aids. Beltone AVE. also features the Hearing Loss Simulator, which allows loved ones to see what your hearing loss sounds like.
STEP 6: Fitting & Delivery
Hearing your best is a personal matter. That’s why the fitting process is interactive at Beltone. When we fit your new hearing aids, your thoughts and feelings guide the process, and your input shapes the outcome.
Additional resources: Based on your audiogram results, your Beltone professional will program your hearing aids to your specific hearing loss using our proprietary Solus™ fitting software. This software is patient-focused and allows you to be a pivotal part of the process.
Solus was designed to help your Hearing Care Practitioner:
- Show you pictures of a variety of Beltone hearing instruments from which to select
- Recommend specific environmental programs based on your lifestyle needs
- Program and adjust your selected instruments based on your specific hearing loss
- Review and save all settings for follow-up visits
During the fitting process, we also review the many features your Beltone hearing aids offer to make your listening experience second to none. Adjusting to your new hearing aids can happen the moment you put them on, or take a few days.