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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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