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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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Everything You Need To Know About Hearing Tests

In life, there are many tests that you must take: pop quizzes, driving tests and college entrance exams. There are also tests that you don’t need to study for, such as eyesight exams or a hearing evaluation.A hearing “test” or evaluation is recommended to those around the age of 50, unless of course you are experiencing symptoms of hearing loss sooner. A hearing screening includes several tests that measure how well you hear a variety of sounds. However, there are several important steps to comp...

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Good Hearing Matters: A Principal’s Story

The chirp of a cricket. The hum of a refrigerator. The ticking of a grandfather clock. These are just a few of the sounds Krista Stump didn’t know existed until the age of 45. “I didn’t miss them,” she said, “because I didn’t know they were there.” The daughter of an Ohio dairy farmer, Krista never knew she had a hearing problem. In retrospect, she recalls she always sat in front of the class as a child. And, when she began her career as an elementary school teacher, she repeatedly urged her stu...

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Statistics of Hearing Loss in the Elderly

Naturally, as human’s age, different ailments tend to become a part of normal life. Hearing loss in the elderly, which is extremely common, can become a much larger issue if not treated by a Hearing Care Practitioner with a thorough hearing examination.Hearing loss in the elderly isn’t just an issue of not being able to hear the birds chirp or the phone ring. Impaired driving, dementia and falls have all been associated with decreased hearing ability in older adults.Below are a few statistics ba...

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Hearing Health Professionals: Who Does What?

So, you’re pretty confident you have hearing loss, or you took our Online Hearing Test and it reflected you had hearing loss. Your next step probably involved searching the Internet to figure out what you should do now.During your search of all things hearing loss, you probably came across words like “ENT physician,” “Hearing Aid Specialist,” and “Audiologist.” While all of these career fields focus on hearing and the ears, they each have their own specialty.Here is a reference guide to give you...

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