When I talk to people about their hearing and hearing aids, I make sure they understand the following:
- Our goal is to maximize the hearing you have – not to restore what you have lost.
- The sooner you take action, the more positive your results will be.
- Making a lifetime commitment to your hearing health pays off.
Let’s take a look at each of these points:
Our goal is to maximize the hearing you have – not to restore what you have lost. Our ears are designed to work full-time. They never switch off. Therefore, parts of our ears will eventually wear out. As this happens, our ears must work harder, and the brain must concentrate harder, to pick up and process incoming sounds. No device can ever replace the natural hearing design we were given at birth. But, the brain is amazingly adaptable and will effectively use ‘aided’ sound. You won’t hear exactly like you did when you were younger – but, the vast majority of people are extremely pleased with their outcome. The sooner you take action, the more positive your results will be. Studies indicate that the sooner you compensate for a hearing loss, the more success you will achieve. The brain has a remarkable capacity to adapt to changes in sound input. This “elasticity” of the brain may decrease as we age, causing its ability to adapt to also decrease. In addition, the longer you wait to take action, the more quickly your remaining hearing may diminish. By fitting your ears with properly tuned hearing aids early, you are giving your brain the best opportunity to adapt and use sound input to its fullest effect. Making a lifetime commitment to your hearing health pays off. Getting regular hearing screenings – and wearing hearing aids if needed – are essential to maintaining your hearing health for a lifetime. It’s good for your overall health, too. Good hearing can lower your risk for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, help prevent balance issues that can lead to falls, keep you safe in the world, and help you maintain your independence! Beltone offers complimentary lifetime care at all of their locations. That means every practitioner is prepared to clean and check the performance of your hearing aids, regularly reevaluate your hearing and, if necessary, recommend and re-fit you with new technology to maximize your hearing ability. When you commit to taking care of your hearing, it’s for a lifetime. And, Beltone is prepared to be your lifetime hearing care partner.