At Beltone in Langley and Abbotsford, our goal is simple: to bring you hearing so natural, that listening is a pleasure again – wherever you go. We engineer comfort and ease into every style of hearing aid we make. Come visit us today! We offer free hearing tests to the Langley and Abbotsford communities and we are ready to get you set up with great products and service.
Most frequent questions and answers
Currently, we do not provide wax removal services. Please contact your family physician to remove the wax. Use a couple drops of mineral oil in the ear canal prior to removal to help soften the wax.
For children under the age of 16, we recommend that you contact your local health authority to book a hearing test for your child.
There is no cost. Our trained hearing care professionals will assess your hearing for free. Application fees may apply. Please contact us for more information.
We book your appointment for approximately one hour. This gives our hearing care professionals time to perform the hearing assessment, review your results, make recommendations and answer any questions you may have.
Having your hearing checked regularly will help you monitor any changes as gradual hearing losses can be hard to notice. If hearing loss is present and goes untreated, the odds of depression and withdrawal from doing the things you enjoy are increased.
No referral is needed. Anyone can book an appointment to have their hearing tested.
Hearing loss happens for a variety of reasons, can happen at any age and affects everyone differently. If you are concerned about your hearing at any point, book a hearing test so that we can establish a baseline and our hearing care professionals will make recommendations based on your results. If you are 60 years or older, annual hearing tests are recommended.
Gradual hearing loss can be hard to detect.
Here is a list of the 10 warning signs of hearing loss:
Our trained clinicians will test your hearing to help determine if you have hearing loss and if you can benefit from amplification.
Hearing aids will help you hear sounds that you didn’t realize you were missing. It can help with the understanding of speech much easier and can help even when background noise is present. However, while hearing aids do provide benefit, they do not restore the natural functioning of your ear.
Hearing with two ears will help give a sense of surround sound.
Here’s why two hearing aids can be better than one:
Better hearing in a noisy environment
Ability to better localize sounds
Yes. We offer a two-week trial and demo of hearing aids once a hearing evaluation has been performed. Our hearing care professionals will make the appropriate recommendations based on your hearing results and will discuss and review the options to find the best fit, maximize your ability to hear again and evaluate their benefit.
Each person’s experience is different. With hearing aids, you will be able to hear sounds you have not heard in a while and can sometimes be overwhelming. The adjustment period will involve re-training your brain, in a sense. The brain needs some time to sort out any new information entering the ears and with consistent use and wearing of the hearing aids, will help with that adjustment.
Our hearing care professionals will work closely with you to deliver a pleasant overall experience as well as manage expectations. Based on your experiences wearing the hearing aids in different environments, we are able to fine tune the hearing aids to make that adjustment easier.
The life of a hearing aid battery is dependent on several different factors such as the hearing aid type, battery capacity, and how the hearing aid is used.
The type or style of the hearing aid is important in determining the battery life. Hearing aids that provide more power or amplification due to a more severe loss will drain the battery quicker than hearing aids providing less amplification.
How long and what you use your hearing aids for will also determine battery life. If you wear your hearing aids for a full day and only remove them at night, the battery will drain faster than someone who wears them only for a couple of hours at a time. The battery will also drain faster if you are using Bluetooth to stream music or phone calls.
The average lifespan of the most common battery sizes (10, 312, 13, 675) are listed below, based on a full day’s wear.
Size 10: 3 – 7 days
Size 312: 3 – 10 days
Size 13: 6 – 14 days
Size 675: 9 – 20 days⠀
Rechargeable lithium ion hearing aids are a new option that eliminates having to carry and change batteries.Rechargeables come with a charger that plugs into an outlet or USB for patients to charge their hearing aids overnight.
Technology will always influence the cost of hearing aids. With great advancements of technological features, hearing aids are like miniaturized computers that can instantly process the constant input of information.
That being said, hearing aids prices will vary depending on the style, technology level, and power level. Each price level of hearing aid will come with different levels of features and flexibility. Ask our hearing care professionals about a trial of a pair of hearing aids and hear the benefit for yourself.
Also, included in the price of the hearing aids is a three year warranty that covers any repairs, cleanings, loaner hearing aids, adjustments and fine tuning to ensure the hearing aids are providing maximum benefit. Hearing aids are an investment in improving one’s quality of life to be able to hear the world around you and participate in social situations with family and friends.
The average life of a hearing aid is about five to seven years. Regular appointments to see our hearing care professionals will ensure your hearing aids are functioning and programmed properly. Hearing aids come with a three year warranty covering repairs and maintenance and a two year lost and damage warranty. Many hearing aids are still functioning well after seven years, while others may need reprogramming, repair, or replacement.
Our hearing care professionals will work closely with you to recommend an option that will best suit your hearing loss, needs and preferences, lifestyle and budget. We take into consideration the size and shape of your ears and ear canals, dexterity, comfort level with using technology etc.
If your listening needs are simple, a basic hearing aid may be enough for you. If your lifestyle is more active and you need to hear better in more noisy listening environments, then a more sophisticated level of hearing aid features will give you more benefit.
The choice is ultimately up to you, but the most important thing is that your hearing is improved.
If the hearing aids(s) are still not working, call the clinic and our hearing care professionals will be able to take a closer inspection to determine and fix the issue or send them out for repair. For aids that are sent back to the manufacturer for repairs, we will set up a pair of loaner aids that you can wear in the meantime.
*After removing the sticker on a new battery, let it “breathe” to activate it. Also, a good battery tester trick is to drop the battery onto a hard surface. If it bounces, it will need replacing soon and if it doesn’t, it’s good to use!
If the whistling is still happening, call the clinic and our hearing care professionals will be able to inspect the aid(s) as well as look inside your ear to help determine the issue and recalibrate as needed.
Contact our hearing care professional and we will be able to assist you.