Hearing Health FAQ’s

Questions or concerns?
Remember, Beltone of Iowa is only a phone call away! We are here for you!

Q: What are the credentials of your dispensing staff?

Answer:

All of our Hearing Care Practitioners are state-licensed and maintain professional continuing education credits.

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Q: How much do you charge for adjustments, repairs and cleanings?

Answer:

Nothing. Any repair, adjustment or cleaning that can be done in our office is FREE for the life of your Beltone aid. If you are travelling, you can use any of the approximately 1500 Beltone Offices nationwide, to get the same services- free. We want you to have the best hearing possible and regular cleanings and checks are highly recommended!
We do offer service on all makes and models of hearing aids.

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Q: How long will my batteries last?

Answer:

Battery life is determined by hearing aid size, battery size, hours of use per day, amplification strength and amount of ‘wireless streaming.’ Beltone of Iowa hearing aid batteries offer quality, reliability and longer life over most other brands.

To increase the life of your batteries by up to 80%, wait five minutes after taking the tab off the new battery before placing it in the hearing aid. This will allow oxygen to fully charge all the zinc in the batteries.

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Q: Does Insurance cover the cost of my aids?

Answer:

Some insurance companies will pay for hearing aids and some have discounted pricing with us. We will need to know the name of your insurer to determine the coverage and any discounts that may apply.

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Q: Will a hearing aid help me hear better in a noisy environment?

Answer:

Yes they will. With today’s advancements in hearing aid technology, hearing better in noisy environments has never been better.

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Q: How much do hearing aids cost?

Answer:

A set of hearing aids can range from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars, depending on your individual hearing loss, the style you choose for your lifestyle, and many other factors.
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 excess earwax, hearing aids are not even needed.

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Q: Do I really need two hearing aids?

Answer:

Most types of hearing loss affect both ears equally, and while you might think you have one good ear, you most likely have two bad ears. 90% of patients have a need for hearing aids in both ears. Think of it this way – to correct a vision problem in both eyes, would you wear eyeglasses with only one lens? The advantages of wearing two aids include the following:

  • Localized sound – ability to detect the direction and distance of sounds, which can only be achieved with two ears.
  • Balanced hearing – more accurately respond to sounds, like conversation on your left or right side.
  • Better speech comprehension – Balanced hearing with both ears may improve your ability to understand speech, both in background noise and in quiet situations.
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Q: Now that I know I have a hearing loss, can I wait a while before I do anything?

Answer:

Waiting can create more problems. The longer you wait, the more difficult it becomes to train the brain to the improved signal.
Also, “seniors with hearing loss are significantly more likely to develop dementia over time than those who retain their hearing”, a study by John Hopkins and National Institute on Aging researchers suggests.

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Q: How frequently should my hearing be tested?

Answer:

Just like having your vision checked, for age 50+ your hearing should be checked annually to ensure good hearing health.

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Q: Can I try a hearing aid before I buy it?

Answer:

Yes. Beltone of Iowa offers you the opportunity to “test drive” a hearing aid in the office before you buy it to see what it sounds like in a variety of listening situations.

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