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Children with slight hearing loss do poorer in their schooling

Children with slight hearing loss are purported to do a little poorer in school and can potentially grow up with learning difficulties suggests a new study. 

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Halloween Safety Tips

Here are some tips to make Halloween fun and safe!

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Apple Releases New App to Help Battle Hearing Difficulties

Apple has released a new app that will help gauge the decibels in your surroundings

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Healthy Ears Make A Healthy Brain

Acting at the first sign of hearing loss is a great way to avoid future health difficulties such as dementia. 

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Signs of Hearing Loss

One of the biggest steps when it comes to resolving hearing loss issues, it realizing you may indeed have hearing loss.  Whether it is because people don't know what the signs are, or they simply ignore them, you need to be aware of some of the most common signs of hearing loss.  What are they?

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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 risk of damaging their hearing on board airplanes.

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7 things you didn't know about hearing aids
Seven 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.

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Now what
You just got a new hearing aid...Now what?

Although hearing aids aren't able to restore your hearing, these devices make the most of your existing hearing ability. The technology of hearing aids has progressed in such a manner that they can almost fully compensate for any lack of hearing.

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Earwax is more important to your hearing than you think

The human body boasts many lines of defense against pain, infection or harm.  One of those ways is our body producing earwax.  Yes, the stuff inside of our ears we clean after a shower or a couple times a week, is secreted by our glands in the outer ear canal is important in fighting infections.

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Good hearing can lead to good health

Good hearing is vital to our everyday lives.  We are able to enjoy our favorite music, movies and conversations with friends and families. With good hearing, we always feel included as we understand what is around us.  What many people don't realize is that good hearing can lead to better overall health.

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Protect Your Hearing During Fireworks

The Fourth of July is just around the corner.  We will be enjoying outdoor activities, trips to the beach, BBQs and our favorite; fireworks.  While the Fourth of July is an important day in remembering the signing of the Declaration of Independence, there are some important things to remember when enjoying the sights and sounds of fireworks.

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"Laurel" vs "Yanny". Why You Heard What You Heard

You may have heard it already, the viral meme that's sweeping the internet by storm.  Is it "Laurel" or "Yanny".  If you haven't heard about it yet, there has been an audio recording of a word being said.  

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5 Reasons Why to NOT Put Off Hearing Health

When it comes to your health, it's best to never procrastinate when you think there are issues.  A growth on your skin shouldn't be ignored, a pain in your joints or backs can't be ignored, and even your own hearing, shouldn't be taken lightly.  Here are 5 reasons why you should definitely not be putting off checking on your hearing health.

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Food to Boost Hearing

Sometimes, our hearing is often something we take for granted.  We don't treat it the same way we do as other parts of our body.  We eat healthy for our heart, we exercise for our body, we read and do puzzles for our mind.  If you think about it, our ears go through a lot during day to day activities.  We hear loud noises at sports events, we listen to our music loudly in cars or on headphones and other kinds of exposure.  

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Brain Training Could Help Combat Hearing Loss, Study Suggests

Many may not know, that hearing loss isn't only directly related to your ears. Recent studies have found that as people get older, the parts of their brain that process speech slow down, and it becomes especially difficult to differentiate one voice in a noisy environment with another. New research suggests there may be a way to help older people hear better: brain training.

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Why pretending to hear is bad and how to break the habit

This may be a familiar scene to you;  you are out with a group of friends, and you start chatting with someone you haven’t met before. The conversations going on next to you are quite loud and there may be music on louder than it needs to be.  Once your conversation starts, you are comfortable as you hear the basics such as their name and where they are from, but when the speaker goes to lengthier, more detailed information, you begin to lose context.  The music and surrounding conversations creep into your ears and take over the voice of the person right across from you.

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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. 

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Beltone NanoBlock Coating Protects Your Hearing Aids

At Beltone, we pride ourselves in showcasing incredible advancements in technology that allow individuals to reclaim the ability to hear the sounds of everyday life. We have a variety of hearing aids that offer different benefits covering the different styles of hearing ailments that affect many. Since we know people rely on their hearing aids each and every day, we want to make sure that they are durable and will last a very long time.

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My Dad's Story: A Journey to Better (But Not Perfect) Hearing

My dad, 69, just took the plunge and visited an audiologist to discuss his hearing loss and hearing aid options. He was kind enough to share his experience with me. For the record, he is a pretty blunt guy and not very effusive, so he's a good source when you want someone to shoot you straight.

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Telehealth: Making Hearing Care More Personalized

You’ve probably heard of telehealth, the provision of healthcare services remotely by means of telecommunication technology—your smartphone, computer, or wearable device. The trend is on the rise across all types of specialties, and hearing care is no exception.

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5 things to know
Five Things to Know Before You Get Hearing Aids

We like to say, the more you know, the better you hear.  Recent studies have proven that the earlier hearing loss is identified, the more good hearing you'll keep, going forward. The first step is to get a complimentary baseline hearing test. You can quickly and easily request an appointment online.  While you're waiting for us to contact you, learn a little about hearing aids to get ready for your consultation.

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Introducing Our Latest Hearing Aid Beltone Trust™

At Beltone, we strive to continue improving our products to bring you innovative solutions to treat your hearing loss. Beltone Trust™ is our newest product, and it employs some of the most cutting-edge technology around.

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Hearing Aids May Be Helpful in Slowing Down Cognitive Decline (Study)

2015 was an exciting time for sciences. Many medical breakthroughs took place, and we believe one such breakthrough will have a dramatic impact on the hearing health community, potentially blowing our world wide open in a good way. For years, researchers have been looking into the links between hearing health, dementia and cognitive function, but  there haven’t been any conclusive studies to show that hearing aids can reduce the rate of cognitive decline. Until now.

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The Demographics of Hearing Loss

AC/DC's Hell's Bells blew out his car windows. Her first hi-fi stereo had a bass setting that made the neighbors call the police. His first portable cassette player pumped out Welcome to the Jungle at airport tarmac decibel levels. And her gentle-looking iPod (which came with an ignored warning about the dangers of high-volume audio) made her head throb to trance music which fueled her workout sets.  To put it mildly, the average 'youngster' has lived a life of noise. 

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