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Benefits to Healthy Hearing

Like the old saying goes, “you’re only as old as you feel”.  While that’s a great mantra to live by, sometimes, no matter how we feel, our body will force us to believe otherwise.  It’s up to you to not only feel good, but staying active and keeping busy is a great way to maintain a healthy body and mind.  Maintaining healthy hearing can also keep you feeling young.  Below are some incredible benefits to ensuring you have healthy healthy hearing.Increased confidenceFor those that have difficulty...

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Can my hearing aids really be ‘invisible’?

Common misconceptions about hearing aids are that they’re huge, bulky and everyone will know that you’re wearing them. All three of these misconceptions are exaggerated and couldn’t be further from the truth. At Beltone, we offer many different styles of hearing aids, including those that sit within in the ear canal, and are invisible to other people. Unless you have someone intentionally looking in your ear to find a hearing aid, no one will even know you’re wearing one!Here are three popular s...

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Help a loved one with their hearing loss

Do you have a family or friend that is experience hearing loss?  Are they difficult to convince that they need help?  No one wants to be told they need to wear a hearing aid.  To many, it's a sign of old age, or an embarrassment.  These days, hearing aids are so small and so very common, the stigma that once came with hearing aids has completely changed.  Outside of letting them know there is no shame in wearing a hearing aid, there are also many benefits.  Below are a list of a 10-step action p...

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Hearing Test: Your Top Three Questions Answered

Getting a hearing test done is so easy and painless you’ll wonder why you waited so long to do something about your hearing. Think about all the wonderful sounds and voices you’ve been missing out all this time! To get you started on your healthy hearing journey, let us help you out. Where do I get a hearing test? You can get your FREE hearing test and screening at any one of our over 1,500 Beltone locations throughout the country. Click here to learn about what your hearing screening entails. Y...

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Four Myths About Hearing Loss Debunked

Many people make assumptions about hearing loss that just aren't true. Here is the truth about four common misconceptions. MYTH: Hearing loss only affects the elderly. It’s true that age-related hearing loss—also called presbycusis—impacts almost 1 in 2 adults over age 65, to varying degrees. However, hearing loss can occur at any age. Unfortunately, the stigma that “hearing loss equates to old age” often prevents people from seeking help and improving their lives.Certain occupations put people ...

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What Type of Hearing Aid is Right For You?

Years ago, people shopping for hearing aids had limited options. But technology has come a long way. Many of today’s hearing aids are so small, they're virtually undetectable when worn.How can they be so tiny? Today’s digital hearing aids have microphones that transmit sound to a small computer chip, which adjusts the volume and amplifies the sound frequencies needed to help improve your hearing.The shell of a custom hearing aid is made from a mold of the user’s ear. Shells come in a variety of ...

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Your New Hearing Aid: Three Phases of Adjustment

Congratulations on taking an important step toward improving your quality of life. You will likely experience a lot of different thoughts and emotions over the coming months. Here’s a little about what you can expect. Phase One: Getting Acclimated Climb the learning curveA hearing aid is a technological device, just like a smartphone, computer or television. And as it is with any type of new technology, there is a learning curve. Life may feel a little overwhelming or frustrating while you get y...

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Cyclists are potentially at risk for hearing loss

Cycling is a great way to get exercise and enjoy the outdoors. On a sunny, cool day, you could feel like biking for hours on end.  While cycling is great for your heart and muscles, depending on the landscape of your bike trail, you may be putting your ears at risk. On one of his numerous cycling breaks, American ear surgeon Dr Michael Seidman realized he was shouting constantly at his biking partner, even on a quiet outdoor day.  He decided to investigate whether wind noise could be causing thi...

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Hearing Loss Treatment & The Fear Factor

Studies indicate most individuals wait an average of seven to 10 years before doing something about their hearing loss.  One of the main reasons that people do not seek help is fear. Here are four common fears debunked.#1: I am afraid of getting bad news.No one enjoys a doctor’s visit, especially when they might receive bad news. However, untreated hearing loss has been shown to increase the risk of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, social isolation, anxiety and depression; and it could be a sign o...

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This May, It's Time to Start Hearing Better

Did you know that May is Better Speech & Hearing Month? It was proclaimed so by Ronald Reagan to raise awareness about the causes and treatments of hearing loss and speech impediments.Thirty-six million Americans suffer from hearing loss. It is one of the most common conditions affecting older adults. Approximately one in three people in the United States between the ages of 65 and 74 has hearing loss, and nearly half of those older than 75 have difficulty hearing.Some age-related hearing lo...

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Big-City Police Officer Receives the Beltone Safe & Sound Award

Dan Carione, a 20-year veteran of the force, lost partial hearing in his right ear in a shootout in 1996, but waited 12 years to get a hearing aid – and was told he would have to retire. He fought to keep the job he loved, and won. He also decided then and there to work to dispel the stigma of hearing aid use. For this and for his hearing health advocacy, Dan was awarded the first-ever Beltone Safe & Sound Award.Dan continues to patrol the streets, wearing the hearing aid that he says makes ...

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Hearing Loss Prevention at Every Stage

Did you know that 1 in 10 Americans have hearing loss?Our hearing is more fragile than most of us realize. Any noise over 85 decibels can cause hearing damage. Even seemingly harmless activities, like attending a concert or mowing the lawn can damage sensitive structures in the inner ear and cause hearing loss over time. Other things that can cause hearing loss include infections, some medications, genetics, and aging.Some factors are out of our hands, but there are steps we can take to protect ...

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