What to Expect
We've outlined the six easy steps of a Beltone of Kansas office visit, so you'll know what to expect at your hearing screening. Schedule your free evaluation today!
What to Expect at a Beltone Office Visit
This step-by-step guide will help you understand what to expect when you come in for your Kansas Beltone office visit and hearing screening. Of course, your Beltone hearing professional will provide prompt, professional service throughout your initial and follow-up appointments. We recommend having a baseline hearing screening at age 50, or sooner if you’re experiencing signs of hearing loss.
The Beltone 6-Step
Hearing Screening Process
Step 1. Review Your Lifestyle Assessment
To provide you with the best hearing solution, we need to understand your lifestyle and your priorities for your hearing. If you enjoy the outdoors or frequently attend public events with large crowds and ambient noise, that affects the type of hearing aids you may need. Your lifestyle assessment will also address things such as your work schedule and environment and whether you enjoy entertainment such as television or movies.
Before your appointment, please complete the Personalized Health Assessment below and then print it out and bring it with you to your local Beltone Hearing Aid Center.Personalized Hearing Health Assessment (PDF)
Step 2. Discuss Your Medical and Hearing History
Hearing loss can have many causes, including injuries, medical conditions, physical blockages or even some prescriptions. To accurately assess your needs, your Beltone hearing care professional will ask about your medical history, your hearing health and any environmental factors that could have contributed to your hearing loss. Common questions include:
- Is there a family history of hearing loss?
- Are both ears affected or only one?
- Have you been subjected to chronic loud noises?
- Do you have ringing in your ears?
- Do you ever experience vertigo or dizziness?
- When you were a child, did you have ear infections?
- Do your ears ever hurt?
- Is it harder to hear men’s, women’s or children’s voices?
- Is it challenging to follow a conversation in certain environments?
- What medications are you currently taking?
- Do you have any other concerns or information about your hearing?
Step 3. The Hearing Assessment
A hearing assessment is completely painless. Your Beltone hearing care professional will perform a visual exam of the ear with an otoscope, word discrimination testing, as well as bone and air conduction testing. It includes tests that measure your ability to hear different types of sounds, such as speech and music tones.
Every Beltone practitioner strictly aheres to local, state and federal regulations for hearing instrument dispensing protocols. In addition, they follow nationally accepted testing guidelines established by the American Speech Language Hearing Association, the International Hearing Society and the American Academy of Audiology.
Step 4. Review Your Assessment Results
When your evaluation is complete, we’ll show you your results on an audiogram, which is a visual representation of both the sounds your hearing and the ones you’re missing.
Step 5. Hearing Aid Demonstration, If Applicable
If hearing loss is found at a level that could benefit from hearing aids, your hearing care professional will show you the hearing aid styles that are right for you. You’ll have an opportunity to try them on to find the most comfortable fit.
You’ll also be able to experience our exclusive Beltone AVE.™ system. This technology features surround sound simulation of more than 200 sounds of life, so you can hear the difference the hearing aids make.
In addition, your loved ones will be able to experience what your hearing loss sounds like through the Hearing Loss Simulator.
Step 6. Fit Your Hearing Aids, If Applicable
Once you’ve selected the hearing aid style you prefer, your Beltone professional will use our proprietary Solus fitting software to program your new hearing aids for your personal hearing loss. This patient-focused software allows your to be an interactive part of the hearing aid fitting process. Solus helps your hearing care professional to:
- Show you the Beltone hearing aids that would work for you
- Recommend different environmental programs to fit your lifestyle needs
- Program and adjust your selected hearing aids to address your unique hearing loss
- Review all settings and save them for future follow-up visits
The fitting process also includes a review of your Beltone hearing aids’ features that can make your listening experience exceptional.
Request Your Free Hearing Screening
If you suspect you have hearing loss or it’s been diagnosed, accepting it and taking action quickly can make a dramatic improvement to your quality of life. There’s no cost or obligation to have your hearing evaluated, so schedule your free screening today online or by calling Beltone of Kansas at 844-251-7226.