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78th Anniversary Beltone

This year marks Beltone’s 78th anniversary.

The company was started in the 1940’s by Same and Faye Posen, when they realized the current hearing aids could not offer the individualized needs of those with a hearing loss. Sam wanted to make hearing aids smaller and more personalized so that individuals could hear the music of life “as clear as the tone of a bell.”

All these 78 years later, Beltone continues to help people hear better, our hearing aid technology is constantly being improved, and our hearing aids are still designed with the individual in mind. With 1,500
How to talk to people with hearing loss
How to talk to people with hearing loss

Having the Tough Conversation

You’ve noticed for a while now that your mom, grandparent, uncle, or dear friend doesn’t seem to be hearing quite as clearly as they once did. You’ve had a nagging sensation that something is wrong, but you’ve put it off, hoping it will go away. It hasn’t gone away. In fact, it seems be getting worse. One day, your loved one cups their hand to their ear and says, “What was that?” – for the third time this week. Finally,
Hearing Aid vs. Hearing Amplifier

Hearing Aid vs. Hearing Amplifier

They’re Not the Same Thing

Combing through any magazine or newspaper nowadays, you’re bound to come across an ad that looks like the most inexpensive hearing aid ever made that claims it’s going to restore your hearing back to a normal hearing level. This is false. These are known as hearing amplifiers and we want you to understand the difference between a hearing amplifier and a hearing aid.

What’s the Difference?

So, what exactly is the difference
Tinnitus hearing loss

Tinnitus hearing loss

How Do I Know If I Have Tinnitus?

Symptoms of Tinnitus

You’ve just settled into bed after a long day at work and you find yourself trying to tune out the buzzing noise you hear in your ears. Does this sound familiar? If so, you may have subjective tinnitus. This kind of tinnitus, which accounts for 95% of tinnitus cases, is the sensation of hearing sound when no external sound is present. People with tinnitus often describe hearing the following sounds: 1321
Beltone staff Wards Corner

Beltone staff Wards Corner

Josh Grohler: Beltone Runs in the Family

Hello, my name is Josh Grohler, I am the Board Certified Licensed Hearing Instrument Specialist in our Wards Corner and Great Neck offices. I was born in Toledo, Ohio, and my family moved to Virginia when I was in middle school. Even though I have been in Virginia most of my life, I am still a die-hard Ohio sports fan. I graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University and immediately started my adventure with Beltone in May of 2011. I am fourth generation

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Chicago Bears Owner Discusses His Hearing Problem

Missing the Big Game

Brian McCaskey couldn’t watch a single play when the Bears lost to the Giants in an NFC divisional playoff game in 1991.  Not because the loss kept him from caring, but because he suffered from debilitating vertigo in his hotel that same morning. Doctors eventually diagnosed McCaskey, the second youngest son of Ed and Virginia McCaskey with Meniere’s disease.  Meniere’s disease is an inner ear disorder that is accompanied by ringing sounds and hearing loss.  These hearing
How to talk to someone with hearing loss

How to Talk to People with Hearing Loss

How to talk to someone with hearing loss

Talking Through Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is not only a challenge for those who suffer from it, but it can also be frustrating for those trying to communicate with them. Even for those using hearing aids, it is not always easy to communicate successfully in all situations. We recommend following these simple tips to improve communication with your hearing impaired friends, family and co-workers: 

5 Reasons Why to NOT Put Off Hearing Health

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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Beltone Community Outreach Initiatives

At Beltone Southside one of our goals is to bring hearing to everyone: not just the people who come into our office. There are many ways we accomplish this, some of which include offering appointments at retirement communities, attending health fairs, giving presentations at senior centers, and by sponsoring the City of Chesapeake 55 and better program.

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Winter & Hearing Loss

Relationship Between Winter & Hearing Loss

When it comes to hearing loss, it can come from a variety of sources.  Some hearing losses stem from some genetic disorder, others come from improper hearing or ear care such as enduring loud noises or improperly cleanig.  Hearing loss can even come from something as simple as the aging process.  One particular source however, many do not think about; cold weather.

Winter & Hearing Loss

According to new research, hearing loss can stem from extensive exposure to cold weather.  When the temperature drops, the risk

Travel Tips for Individuals with Hearing Loss

Travel Tips for Individuals with Hearing Loss

Spring is here and summer is fast approaching! Many of us use the summer months to take vacation time and take advantage of the weather to do some traveling. Traveling is typically a fun experience, however traveling with hearing loss and hearing aids can present challenges. For example, if you’re hard of hearing, you may miss boarding calls for flights or trains. Or if you don’t speak the language at your destination, locals’ accents can make it even more

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

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

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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

Hearing Aid Technology: Streaming with Hearing Aids

Hearing Aid Technology: Streaming with Hearing Aids

Beltone Legend™ hearing aid users have the advantage of many different ways to connect audio sources to their hearing aids.

Beltone Legend connects directly to your iPhone®. Your hearing aids will automatically pick up a streaming signal from your iPhone and play the sound through your hearing aids. This is used most often for phone calls; however, it can also be used while listening to audiobooks, music, or videos. Whenever I demonstrate this feature to new users, they are always very pleased with the simplicity of this groundbreaking feature.

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What Type of Hearing Aid is Right For You?

Years ago, people shopping for hearing aids had limited options. But technology has come a long way. Many of today’s hearing aids are so small, they’re virtually undetectable when worn.

How can they be so tiny? Today’s digital hearing aids have microphones that transmit sound to a small computer chip, which adjusts the volume and amplifies the sound frequencies needed to help improve your hearing.

The shell of a custom hearing aid is made from a mold of the user’s ear. Shells come in a variety of shapes, styles and colors

Hearing Tests

Everything You Need To Know About Hearing Tests

Hearing Tests 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

Damaging Your Hearing

5 Ways You’re Damaging Your Hearing

Damaging Your Hearing

Your ears are more sensitive than you think.  When you are young and carefree, playing your music loudly, going to concerts, or heading out to loud bars, doesn’t seem like much of an issue.  The real fact however, is that once ears are damaged, hearing loss cannot be reversed.  Below is a list of things you need to be concerned when thinking about preserving the health of your ears.

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5 Answers on Ear Infections for Worried Parents & Grandparents

Ear Infection Ear InfectionWhen your child or grandchild is acting up more than normal and they seem like they are having ear pain, it’s normal to suspect an ear infection. Ear infections are quite common between the ages of 6 months and 3 years of age. 1106
Hearing Tests

Are Hearing Tests Free?

Hearing Tests Hearing Tests

Are hearing tests free? The short answer? At Beltone, hearing tests are free! If you’re perhaps just noticing that you may have a hearing loss or if it’s been noticeable to you for a while, Beltone offers not only a FREE online hearing test, but all of our Beltone locations offer FREE hearing screenings.

The Beltone online hearing test is a quick way to gauge if you should schedule an appointment with your local Beltone office to get a

Best Hearing Aids

How to find the Best Hearing Aids on the Market

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There are a few key elements to keep in mind while doing your due diligence in researching which hearing aid is the best one on the market today. It’s not just “what’s best.” It’s “what hearing aid is best suited to me and my hearing needs?”

However, if you are relying on Google searches to determine your favorite hearing aid, keep these factors in mind when searching for the best hearing aid

Hearing Loss

Hearing Loss: Why Does Hearing Deteriorate As We Get Older?

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Aging certainly has some positive side effects – wisdom gained from life experience, rich relationships with family and often financial security. But unfortunately, growing older can also lead to the deterioration of certain physical systems like hearing. No one likes to experience hearing loss, but part of grasping the change and seeking effective help comes from understanding the causes of progressive hearing loss.

Primary Causes of Most Hearing Loss

The auditory system is

Improved Hearing

How Improved Hearing Bettered My Life

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Dr. Jonathan Brein was living the dream — he had a beautiful family, a 42-foot yacht, a successful private practice in Chesapeake, Virginia. But then, the anesthesiologist started having problems hearing. At first, it was a small inconvenience. He thought his nurses were mumbling. No one knew exactly what caused Dr. Brein’s hearing loss. “Some thought it might have been caused by a viral infection. It was never confirmed.” Whatever the cause of the problem, Brein’s hearing

Winter Coat Drive
Winter Coat Drive

This blog post is going to be a little bit different than our usual information on hearing loss, but I feel like this is the perfect outlet to spread awareness on a subject that is close to our hearts here at Beltone.

This week my father-in-law collected leftover bread from Panera Bread and took it to our church, Virginia Beach United Methodist, just like he does every week. Since it has been getting colder he also brought some old winter coats along to donate. As soon as he

Beulah Combs – A New Lease on Life

Beulah Odessa Combs was born on April 8, 1939, and grew up in Norfolk. After marrying her navy husband, she relocated to Florida with him. His early death left her with a void, so she made the decision to start fostering children since she was unable to have any of her own. She did this for over 10 years. Some of the children would just stay a very short while; others stayed for weeks or months. The last child she fostered was a two year old named Cheyenne whom she loved like

Hearing Aid Prices Vs. Quality: How To Choose

Hearing Aid PricesFor consumers navigating hearing aid prices for the first time, the shopping options can be many. One of your first priorities, understandably, is finding the best price, but a host of other factors help you find the optimal solution to address your hearing needs, in conjunction with your lifestyle. You must weigh hearing aid prices against considerations such as:

  • Initial screening and expertise of your hearing aid specialist
  • The size, quality and durability of
What is Tinnitus

What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is the name for the perception of sounds such as ringing, buzzing, or hissing when these sounds are not present in the environment. In the United States, an estimated 50 million people experience tinnitus and nearly 12 million people a year seek medical advice.  What is Tinnitus  

What causes tinnitus?

The onset of tinnitus is often related to exposure to loud sounds, which can cause damage to the sensory cells of the inner ear. It has also been associated with excessive ear wax, ear
Beltone Trust

Beltone Trust™ Named a 2017 Bronze Stevie Award Winner

Beltone TrustBeltone Trust(August 22, 2017) Chicago, IL — Beltone, a leader in hearing healthcare for over 77 years, and the International Business Awards recently announced that Beltone Trust™ was voted a Bronze Stevie Winner for Best New Product in the Health & Pharmaceuticals category.

Beltone Trust™ hearing aids bring those with hearing loss unmatched sound quality and the ability to connect with their hearing care professional outside regularly scheduled appointments through Remote Care™, all while maintaining a sleek and

Signs of Hearing Loss
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Signs of Hearing Loss

An untreated hearing loss it can be isolating, frustrating, and has almost the same warning signs as Alzheimer’s disease. If you or a family member is living with these symptoms, please schedule them a free hearing test to help determine the cause of the symptoms.

Know the 10 Signs of Hearing Loss… Early Detection Matters!

  1. People seem to mumble more frequently.
  2. You experience ringing in your ears.
  3. You often ask people to repeat

Announcing Beltone Trust: A Whole New Level of Hearing Care

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May 1, Chicago, IL – Today, Beltone launched the innovative Beltone Trust™, bringing those with hearing loss unprecedented sound quality and the ability to connect with their hearing health professional outside regularly scheduled appointments. As Beltone’s fifth generation 2.4 GHz wireless solution, Beltone Trust™ propels the company’s position as the leader in hearing aids for the past 77 years into the future.

Beltone’s all-inclusive hearing care program connects hearing aids, all wireless

Beltone Hearing Aid Product Takes Home Another Edison Award

Portable Microphone Portable Microphone Beltone is proud to announce that the myPAL portable microphone accessories are a Bronze winner in the health and wellness category of the Edison Awards. This portable microphone will ease the challenge of non face-to-face communication. Learn more about the Beltone Portable Microphone!

 This year, give yourself the gift of hearing.

As we make our resolutions for the new year, consider treating yourself to improved hearing, with a pair of new hearing aids. At Beltone, we believe in providing Hampton Roads with the latest hearing aids that allows our customers to hear like nature intended. We also believe in providing exceptional hearing aid services. See what our customers from 2016 have to say about us below:


  • Thomas S
    I just received my Beltone hearing aids, and my hearing is so much better. I really can’t believe it!

    ~ Thomas Smathers, Retired from US Marines as Gunnery Sergeant (Virginia Beach)
  • Russell S
    I can hear the cars going by at a normal pace, and people talking. The hearing aids from Beltone have opened up a new world for me – An old world I hadn’t heard in many many years. Thank you Beltone!

    ~ Russell Scherec, Retired US Marines Lieutenant Colonel (Virginia Beach)
  • Ruth B
    I was a previous hearing aid wearer before coming to Beltone, but was not satisfied with the level of service I was receiving. I love the personal service and welcoming atmosphere at the Beltone office. I Love my Legend 17 hearing aids, and how much they help me hear in church, Sunday School and lunch with the ladies.

    Ruth Brickhouse
  • Phillip W
    I use to wear another brand of hearing aids and was completely frustrated. Since coming to Beltone my quality of life has taken a 360 degree turn for the better. I LOVE my Legend 17 hearing aids and the award winning staff at Beltone has bent over backwards to make sure that I am happy and satisfied, which I am! An outstanding experience.

    Phillip Waterman
  • Thomas S
  • Russell S
  • Ruth B
  • Phillip W

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Licensed Hearing Specialist Chesapeake & Suffolk

We’re Proud of You, Michael!

Our very own licensed hearing specialist, Michael Lee, who works at our Chesapeake & Suffolk offices, recently won a sales award from Beltone’s Corporate office. Congratulations, Michael! To learn more about our hearing aids or for a free hearing consultation, contact us at 757-550-2580. Our hearing centers are located in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Suffolk, and Portsmouth. Check which office is nearest to you!

Beltone Southside is Proud to be a Silver Sponsor for the Cape Henry Oyster Crush in Virginia Beach, VA.

On September 18th, 2016, the 33rd Annual Cape Henry Oyster Crush will take place at the Yacht Club at Marina Shores. Beltone is proud to be a partner of the event as a silver sponsor this year. The Oyster Roast tickets will benefit 31 local charities and will include food, drinks, and music. View the event site here!

Our Hearing Specialists not only care for each and every one of our patients, but the Hampton Roads community as a whole.

The Beltone family is proud to give back to the community, and we make sure to give back in a variety of ways. Beltone Southside sponsors a variety of local events, participates in the Food Drive every year, and donates to many other charities, but one of our favorite ways to give back is when we award a deserving local a new set of free hearing aids. Stay tuned for a feature blog post about our awardee! In Jacksonville, NC,

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Beltone Legend™ Hearing Aid Wins Award in 14th Annual American Business Awards

The Beltone Legend™ Hearing Aid was recently named a winner of a 2016 Stevie Award in the health and pharmaceutical products category of the 14th Annual American Business Awards. The Beltone Legend™ was recognized for its revolutionary ability to connect to personal mobile devices and allow the streaming of sounds to the hearing aids.

The Beltone Legend™ is also a candidate for the 2016 People’s Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite New Products.

Beltone Legend™: the Future of Hearing Aids

beltonelegend With its superb sound quality, ability to adjust sounds according to the environment, and smart-phone compatibility, it is no surprise that our Beltone Legend™ sits at the forefront of hearing aid technology. This year, we are proud to announce that the Beltone Legend™ has been announced as a Webby Awards honoree in the Connected Products & Wearables category. The Webby Awards is presented by the Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences and has been hailed as the “Internet’s Highest Honor” by The New York

Beltone Southside is excited to offer discounts for a limited time. View our hearing aids and wireless hearing aid accessories to see if any of our products could be right for you! Make an appointment & let our audiologists give you a free consultation.

Spring Blowout Sale!Take Advantage of These Hearing Aid Discounts

Spring Blowout Sale!

Take Advantage of These Hearing Aid Discounts

Hear like nature intended. Celebrate warm weather with better hearing that you’ll enjoy with our Legend series of hearing aids. Beltone Southside is proud to offer our customers this Spring Blowout, with deals up to 75% off of retail price. This sale is offered for a limited time only, so claim your discounted hearing aids while you can!

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Taking Personalized Hearing to the Next Level

beltonelegendBeltone is excited to announce the new Beltone Legend™, offering personalized hearing features that you can’t find anywhere else! Personal Sound ID™ mimics how the ear collects and processes sound. It also adjusts to your unique way of listening and living. Superb sound quality and speech understanding are the main focus, thanks to Personal Sound IDTM and Crosslink Directionality, but other features like Smart Gain Pro and Feedback Eraser add adaptability, and intelligence. There is no need to compromise when you choose Beltone Legend. Beltone Legend stands out as one
By Peter Cousin
Director of Marketing
Beltone Southside Hampton Roads

John Brein with Beltone Owner Bari Grohler


Dr. John Brein of Chesapeake had it all. A beautiful wife, two wonderful children, nice home, a sailboat and a successful medical practice united by some of the finest physicians in Virginia. And – just like that – his medical profession ended. Achieving his medical degree as a general surgeon in 1982, from the Medical College of Pennsylvania, Dr. Brein specialized in Anesthesiology, based on the medical communities’ forecast of a shortage in this field by the year 2000. They were correct.

The story of a caring, loving, dedicated human being.

When 75-year-old Dorothy Airth was born into a family of 4 brothers and 2 sisters in Norwood, Massachusetts, her middle sister suggested they name her Sue or Susie. The other children agreed; and from that day forward, she was known as ‘Sue’.

“The first day of school, however, was a different story,” says Sue. “During roll-call, the teacher went through the student roster, acknowledging each person; then, she came to the name Dorothy Airth. “Dorothy,” she called. “Is Dorothy here? Dorothy Airth — are you in the room?” the teacher bellowed.

All of Our Hampton Roads Locations are Collecting Canned Goods for the Food Bank

When one of our staff members read that the Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia was in need of food, we decided to take action. During the summer, while the children are out of school, their shelves can get pretty bare. We wanted to do something here at Beltone to help the community when we saw this. We definitely don’t want to see our local families go hungry.

At all of our locations, our patients were made aware of our efforts to collect as much as possible.

Staying on Top of Hearing Aid Technology

Earlier this month, we advised you that the Beltone LegendTM was named as a nominee for the Edison Award. I am pleased to inform you that we were notified today, that Beltone Legend has advanced to the finalist level for the Edison Award! Named after Thomas Edison, the Edison Awards recognize excellence in new product and service development, marketing, human-centered design, and innovation. Here at Beltone, we are proud to offer our customers the best in hearing aid technology. View our products and make an appointment

Beltone Hearing Aids Helps Hampton Roads Local’s Life

By Peter Cousin Beltone Southside Hampton Roads

Four years ago we met Jon Brein, a prominent Property Manager and Real Estate investor in Hampton Roads, Virginia. By the age of 43, Jon was enjoying a lucrative position as Chairman of the Anesthesiology Department at DePaul Medical Center in Norfolk, Virginia, until his hearing became an obstacle in surgery he could not overcome. Moving his career to property management and investments, Jon wore full-shell custom hearing aids for more than 5 years. This allowed him to perform his work but the quality of hearing
On a bright but blustery day – October 2, 2010, runners from across Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C. converged on the town of Sandbridge to “Run for the Cause”. The LiveStrong Sandbridge Dolphin Challenge 1 mile, 5k and 10k race was held to raise money for the Lance Armstrong Cancer Foundation on behalf of A Dolphin’s Promise and its President, Cindy Graf. More than 300 racers of all ages showed up for the event which was sponsored in part by Beltone Hearing Aids on the Southside of Virginia. “We’re going to make sure they have all the water they need