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Ask the Expert: Hearing Care Practitioner Luz Parra

In our next installment of our “Ask the Expert” blog series, we’re featuring Luz Parra out of our Clermont and Kissimmee, Florida offices. Luz has been with Beltone for 12 years and in the hearing care business for over 22 years! Let’s get to know a little bit more about Luz. What do you like best about your career?  I love my job because I like to help people. Every time I have a patient with me, I have an opportunity to make a positive change in their life. Why did you choose this career? I c...

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Ask the Expert: Hearing Care Practitioner Doug Niemiec

In our next installment of our “Ask the Expert” blog series, we’re featuring Doug Niemiec out of our Elyria and Ravenna, Ohio offices. Doug has been with Beltone for 10 years and in the hearing care business for 13 years! Let’s get to know a little bit more about Doug. What do you like best about your career? The ability to impact a person’s life in a dramatic fashion. Why did you choose this career? I have witnessed first-hand the negative effect hearing loss can bring about as I have several f...

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Ask the Expert: Hearing Care Practitioner Drew E. Kimbrough

In our next installment of our “Ask the Expert” blog series, we’re featuring Drew E. Kimbrough out of our Spokane Valley, Washington area offices. Drew has been with Beltone for nearly four years and in the hearing care business for 24 years! Let’s get to know a little bit more about Drew. What do you like best about your career? The fact that It has afforded me the opportunity to serve people and communities tangibly and impact lives in positive ways. Why did you choose this career? To help peo...

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Hearing loss before 50 possible link to higher risk of alcohol & drug issues

There are numerous reasons why it is important for you to ensure you have healthy hearing.  Avoiding a variety of medical difficulties down the line along with ensuring you aren't disconnected from loved ones and friends are just a few.  However, a recent article in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine discovered another potential link between hearing difficulty and a life threatening-issue: alcoholism and drug addiction.In the April issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine,...

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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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Ask the Expert: Hearing Care Practitioner Debra Conn

In our next installment of our “Ask the Expert” blog series, we’re featuring Debra “Debbie” Conn out of our Uniontown and Waynesburg, Pennsylvania offices along with our New Martinsville, West Virginia office. Debbie has been with Beltone and in the hearing care business for 24 years! Let’s get to know a little bit more about Debbie. What do you like best about your career?  Seeing the difference Beltone hearing aids along with hearing and understanding better make in people’s lives. They have ...

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Troublesome Effects of Untreated Hearing Loss

Many people don't realize if you leave your hearing loss untreated, there is a good chance it can be gone for good.  If you believe you have any kind of hearing difficulty it is best to be proactive and visit your doctor or an audiologist to get your hearing checked.  Other reasons to be concerned for hearing loss, is how it can affect your health beyond just having a hard time hearing.  Hearing loss can lead to some dangerous diseases.  The following are some difficulties you may face if hearin...

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Ask the Expert: Hearing Care Practitioner Austin Black

In our next installment of the “Ask the Expert” Hearing Care Practitioner (HCP) blog series, we are featuring Audiologist Austin C. Black out of our Breckenridge and Dixie Highway – Louisville, Kentucky offices. Austin has been with Beltone for five and a half years and in the hearing care business for nearly 20 years! Let’s get to know Austin and why he’s so passionate about hearing health. What do you like best about your career? Guiding others to make good, healthy decisions for themselves an...

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Screening Tests Recommended for Men & Women Over 50

As the old adage states, "an apple a day keeps the doctor away".  While eating a healthy diet and keeping fit is a great way to not have to see the doctor, as you age, there are certain things you will need to have checked to ensure you are continuing to live a healthy life.  There are different screenings for men and women when they get over the age of 50.  Some screenings are required every year.  Sometimes, a simple blood test can tell you whether or not you have a serious illness.  below are...

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Ask the Expert: Hearing Care Practitioner JoBeth Finnegan

In our third installment of our “Ask the Expert” Hearing Care Practitioner blog series, we’re featuring HCP JoBeth Finnegan out of Mansfield and Mount Vernon, Ohio. JoBeth has been with Beltone and in the hearing care business for six years. Let’s get to know JoBeth and why she is so passionate about hearing health! What do you like best about your career? Lots of things, but lately I am really enjoying working with the children of some of my very first patients; they are now coming to me for he...

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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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Treating tinnitus sooner rather than later

Why do I have ringing in my ears?  According to the American Tinnitus Association, tinnitus affects more than 45 million Americans surprisingly making it one of the most common health conditions in the United States.  What is it?  What causes it?  Hearing loss, stress, head or brain trauma and other medical issues are just a few of the factors involved in both long or short-term cases of tinnitus.People with tinnitus often describe hearing the following sounds throughout their daily lives: Ri...

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Ask the Expert: Hearing Care Practitioner Greg Watson

In our second installment of our “Ask the Expert” Hearing Care Practitioner blog series, we’re featuring HCP Greg Watson out of the Buffalo, New York area. Greg has been with Beltone for 13 years and in the hearing care business for 17 years! Let’s get to know Greg and why he is so passionate about hearing health! What do you like best about your career? The ability to transform a patient’s life and hearing in 45 minutes, every single day. Why did you choose this career? It was the first job int...

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Caring for Someone with Hearing Loss

Being a caregiver can sometimes be a thankless job, especially if the person you’re caring for has a hearing loss. Communicating becomes increasingly difficult as the stress level of the job at hand rises. To help shoulder some of the burden of caring for someone with hearing loss, here are some tips to take into consideration. Address the Hearing Loss The most important step in coping with a person who has a hearing loss is to address it - gently.  Be empathetic, supportive and understanding as...

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Hearing Aids 101: Three Things to Know

How do hearing aids work? Hearing aids, in theory, are basic for all they offer. There are three parts to a hearing aid: Microphone Amplifier Speaker The hearing aid receives sound through a microphone, which converts the sound waves to electrical signals and sends them to an amplifier. The amplifier then boosts the power of the signals and sends them to the ear through a speaker. Beltone offers different hearing aids for different levels of hearing loss and lifestyle. Click here to lear...

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Ask the Expert: Hearing Care Practitioner Laurie Ann Hruska

Welcome to our “Ask the Expert” Hearing Care Practitioner (HCP) blog series! Our first HCP we’re featuring is Laurie Ann Hruska out of our Pittsburgh and Washington, PA. offices. Laurie has been with Beltone since September 2017 and has been in the hearing care business for 10 years. Let’s get to know Laurie and why she is so passionate about hearing health! What do you like best about your career? Educating people about hearing health and watching how their lives change over the first year of h...

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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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Christmas toys that might be too loud for children

The holiday season is in full swing and with Christmas just weeks away, you might have already done your holiday shopping.  If you haven't yet purchased items for your young children or grandchildren, be aware, there are some toys that could potentially cause hearing problems for their small ears.The Sight & Hearing Association recently released their 2018 Annual Noisy Toys List,  16 out of the 24 toys that were tested by Sight & Hearing tested louder than 85 dB (decibels) which is the l...

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Swimming & Your Hearing What You Need To Know.

Do you find yourself loving every minute when you are swimming in a pool, lake or ocean?  You're not alone.  Swimming is extremely fun and relaxing.  It's great exercise and it's on everyone's to-do list when the weather warms up.  One thing to consider when swimming is your hearing health.  If you are swimming constantly, you could potentially be putting your hearing in danger if not managed properly.How does swimming affect your ears?Swimming at long lengths of time can lead to a common ear co...

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Your airplane habits may be harming your hearing

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, thousands and thousands of people will be flying all over the United States to join family and friends for this holiday.  It is the busiest travel day of the year and that means planes will be packed with passengers at numerous airports across the country.  While typically routine, flying on airplanes provide a host of dangers to your health you may not know about.  Frequent flyers may be at rick of damaging their hearing on board airplanes.When flying,...

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How to keep your hearing safe during football games

The football season is in full swing.  There’s nothing like being at the stadium cheering on your favorite team as they rush down the field to make a touchdown.  It’s fun, it’s exhilarating and it’s a weekly routine.  However, there is something that can eventually be harmful to your health at a football game other than the numerous hot dogs and beers; the sound.Football games can be extremely loud.  The Kansas City Chiefs and the Seattle Seahawks cheer on the “12th Man” as one of their most imp...

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October is National Protect Your Hearing Month

October is National Protect Your Hearing Month.  Here at Beltone, we care about you and your hearing health.  This event is observed every October and is used to raise awareness over hearing issues that can arise from a variety of issues, many of which come from outside noises you may not think are bad for you.The following are some tips on how you can making some simple changes to your lifestyle to prevent noises form hurting your ears: Turn down the volume. You may like to listen to your mu...

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7 Things You Didn't Know About Hearing Aids

Despite the fact that many people use hearing aids, many of us may not fully understand what they actually do or how they work. We've uncovered seven facts you should know about these useful devices.1. Hearing aids are not just for the elderly According to the World Health Organization (WHO), about 466 million people across the world suffer from disabling hearing loss – 34 million of these are children. It’s estimated that by 2050 more than 900 million people will be affected by disabling hearin...

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How to keep busy after retirement

Reaching retirement is a huge accomplishment.  It is a piece of freedom many people look forward to.  While extremely gratifying to achieve, there are some things you will need to consider once you begin your new life as a retired individual.  One of the most important things to remember is to stay connected to others. Many people often underestimate the role our co-workers play in our social life. They may be surprised at how much effort it takes to stay involved with others.Staying social is k...

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