At Beltone Tristate, we’ve been helping your family, friends, and neighbors hear their very best for decades. As we’ve watched your families grow, we’ve also been able to stay up to date with the ever-evolving world of advancements in technology.
Hearing technology has advanced — quickly!
When many of our audiology professionals began practicing, patients were fit with analog devices, as those were the only options available at the time. Since the late 90s, however, digital technology has been the standard in hearing care technology, and the developments have been rapid and incredibly beneficial to those who choose to wear them.
But which hearing aid is right for me?
One question that we hear over and over again, is “How do I choose the right hearing aid?” It’s a completely understandable question, but the best answer is, “It depends.” Now, we’re not trying to avoid the question. In fact, our goal is to always give you the best possible answers to anything you’re seeking from us.
We don’t make broad recommendations, because there are no one-size-fits-all solutions.
As hearing care professionals, it is our duty to give you the most-informed advice and recommendations, but we can’t do that until we’ve had the opportunity to meet you, speak with you about the nature of your concern, get feedback from family and friends (if possible), and then conduct the appropriate series of tests to precisely understand the extent of your hearing loss.
It is only then that we can actually make conclusive and specific recommendations as to which hearing aids are most appropriate for your hearing loss, the way you live your life, and your investment considerations.
Finding the right provider is key to achieving the best outcomes for your hearing health.
It’s true. Studies show that it’s not necessarily the technology that plays the biggest determining factor in improving your hearing health, but that finding and working with an experienced and effective provider is perhaps the greatest determining factor in reaching your hearing goals. Why? Well, experienced hearing care professionals, like those at Beltone Tristate, have spent years working with all sorts of patients with all types of hearing loss. We’ve learned and applied the importance of using the right testing techniques and developing strong relationships with our patients to better understand who they are and letting that knowledge inform us of what they need. We are trained on a wide range of technology so that we can fit them with precisely what they need (with an emphasis on “precise.”)
Our goal is to help you achieve yours.
Still, testing and fitting are not necessarily enough to create the hearing outcomes people really want. We spend time with all of our patients to deliver follow-up care that keeps them motivated to wear their technology as prescribed. Most people lose their hearing gradually, and, in turn, rediscovering your hearing through properly fit technology requires a transitional period where you’ll adjust to hearing the subtleties of your world that you hadn’t even realized you left behind. Your brain and your ears adapt, and suddenly you’re experiencing a broader spectrum of sounds than you were before you were wearing technology. It truly opens up your world. This is where the magic happens.
So, how do I choose the right hearing aid?
It all begins with a test. If you suspect that you or a loved one show the signs of hearing loss, our recommendation is a hearing test and evaluation by the Beltone Tristate team. Especially for anyone over the age of fifty. This is the window where people can begin to develop hearing loss, but because of its gradual nature, it often goes undetected. A test can help you establish a baseline or reveal the beginning of a loss. When people choose not to get tested, you reduce your chance to preserve your good hearing.
Once you’re undergoing annual hearing evaluations — you do it for your eyes and teeth, so why not your ears? — we can begin to see the changes to your hearing, apply the appropriate technology solutions (if necessary), or apply early intervention in order to keep your hearing healthier, longer.