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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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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.

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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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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 some of the screening tests needed for men and women over the age of 50.

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Swimming & Your Hearing What You Need To Know

Do you enjoy swimming in a pool, lake or ocean?  You're not alone! Swimming is fun, relaxing and great exercise. Here's everything you need to know about protecting your hearing health while having fun in the water.

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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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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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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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Exercise is important for senior health

Just because you may be older in years, doesn't mean exercising is less important.  

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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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Four Food Lies You Should Not Believe

We often hear people provide us some rather insightful food theories.  These theories come from friends or family members that heard something from another person, or saw a blurb online about the newest food fad.  

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Six Foods to Strengthen Your Brain

Your brain is like any muscle, it needs to be exercised and it needs proper nutrients.  You may be a whiz while watching Jeopardy, and read multiple books a month, but did you know what you eat also affects your brain?

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Can Elderberry Fight the Flu? It's Possible

Elderberry, known for it's delicious flavor and packed with nutrients and antioxidants is back in the news. 

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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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15 Most Common Health Concerns for Seniors

Getting older can bring senior health challenges. By being aware of these common chronic conditions, you can take steps to stave off disease as you age. 

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How do we keep our bones stronger as we age?

No matter what age you are, living a healthy life while having a balanced diet is an important part of living a long life.  As we age, so does our body.  There are certain activities that become more difficult to do and more difficult to recover from.  Our bones are also affected negatively the older get.  

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Tips to Stay Active All Winter Long

On cold winter days, it can be nice to snuggle up with some tea in front of the fire, but spending more time inside sometimes can make us a little stir crazy. Don’t let colder temps keep you from being active. Here are some ideas to keep moving all winter long.

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Have a Healthy, Happy Holiday Season

The holidays are a joy-filled time but also can be busy and sometimes stressful. Make sure you take care of yourself this season with these tips to stay healthy and happy through the new year.

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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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Glenwood League Baseball Pitcher Defies Age

Professional baseball is typically a young man's sport.  In Major League Baseball, you can be considered a "veteran" at the age of 30.  With the combination of getting started at a very young age, to bodies breaking down after years of strenuous pitching, crouching, running and swinging, baseball can put a toll on one's body.  

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Cyclists are potentially at risk for hearing loss

Cycling is a great way to get exercise and enjoy the outdoors. But could you unknowingly be putting your hearing at risk? Here’s what you should know.

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Drink to Your Health with Probiotic Beer

In the near future you just may want people to tell you that you've got a "beer belly". Researchers at the National University of Singapore are hard at work on a new beer recipe that incorporates probiotic bacteria, which are believed to promote gastrointestinal health and boost your immune system.

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Top Anti-Aging Foods You Should Be Eating

There's no such thing as the "fountain of youth".  We can't stop aging, and we can't prevent the physical attributes that come along with it such as grey hair, wrinkles and more.  One thing we all can do, however, is slow it down by exercising and eating healthy. 

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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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The Best Products & Services for Seniors

There’s never been a better time to age with medical advances, technology that can monitor health, and services that help seniors stay in their homes as they get older. Here are some of the most interesting products and services we have come across.

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Pets Can Pair Perfectly with Older Adults

Having a pet is a great way to enjoy life.  Whether you introduce a child to the importance of being responsible over the life of a small fish, to having a dog or cat become a part of your family, people can benefit at any age with a pet in their lives.  Having a pet increases both the cognitive and physical benefits of an individual as well.

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The Five Things That Happy Seniors Do

It has been said that aging is not for the faint of heart. Ailments, losing loved ones, general aches and pains make getting older quite a challenge both physically and mentally. Many people struggle to remain optimistic as they age, but it IS possible to find joy and contentment at each stage of life. Here are some things that can get you going on your path to happiness.

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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 You Should Do For a Healthier Morning

 We all have some bad morning habits that we have developed over the years, like jumping out of bed or checking that phone. There are some simple things you can do first thing to set yourself up to feel good all day.

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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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Prevent a Heart Attack — 3 Practical Pointers

As we get older, men and women are at an increased risk for heart attacks. Here are some tips for keeping yourself healthy in the years to come.

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The Best Ways to Break-Proof Your Bones

The thought of a broken bone — the cast, long recovery, missed activities, limited mobility, extra cost, rehabilitation — is especially frightening to older people. It takes longer for older bones to heal. And, many seniors — especially older women — are at a heightened risk for broken bones because of osteoporosis. 

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Brain Games that Ward Off “Senior Moments”

Growing older doesn’t mean you’ll get absent-minded. A growing body of research suggests that you can improve your mental well-being —and minimize those senior moments—by exercising your brain. Just like you do with your body, experts recommend a regular regimen of exercise to keep your brain strong and fit.

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What Your Fingernails Reveal About Your Health

Take a close look at your fingernails. Notice anything unusual? Most people don’t realize that changes in their nails can often indicate a more serious medical condition. So it’s important to know how to “read your nails.”

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Protect Your Heart — Take our 5-Minute Cholesterol Test

What is the most important number in your cholesterol test? What foods are the worst for cholesterol levels? Why are high triglycerides so bad for your heart? Being able to answer these questions could save your life. 

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How Going Nuts Could Save Your Life

It’s not a joke. A recent study from the Harvard School of Public Health found that people who eat a handful of nuts per day are 20 percent less likely to die early than those who skip the snacks. 

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The Healthiest Foods in the World

Back in the 1940s, a man named J.I. Rodale created what would become a famous list of health foods. The foods on the list are not only organic, they’re high in disease-fighting antioxidants, packed with essential fatty acids, and loaded with other vital nutrients. 

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Why an Eye Exam Could Save More than Your Vision

If your vision is getting blurry, it usually means you need a new set of glasses. But, in other cases, blurry vision is an important warning sign of a more serious medical problem. Doctors recommend a comprehensive eye exam every year because eye exams are about a lot more than eyesight.

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