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Monte Dillow Appointed President of Beltone by GN Hearing

GN Hearing today announced the appointment of Monte Dillow as the new president of Beltone.

Beltone is the Chicagoland-based hearing care leader with more than 1,500 hearing centers in North America. In this role, Dillow will build on Beltone’s trusted brand name and leading technology to increase the number of hearing care centers, giving more people with hearing loss access to Beltone’s unparalleled levels of service. Read More on the Beltone Corporate website!

Introducing the Beltone Amaze™

Introducing Our Latest & Greatest Hearing Solution — Beltone Amaze™

With Beltone Amaze, you can look and hear your best while feeling comfortable and carefree. These hearing aids are rechargeable. Just three hours of charging provides 30 hours of battery life. They are easy to adjust to hear better in every environment. They seamlessly synch with your devices, so you can stream music, movies, and phone calls right to you hearing aids. And, they conveniently connect you to your hearing care professional for ongoing, remote technical support.

Client Testimonial

I have been wearing hearing aids for over 25 years now, so I’ve worn a few. I’m currently wearing Beltone’s newest technology, the Amaze 17’s right now!! Sound is so rich and full, also very detailed even in quiet settings!! Listening to streaming music is like listening to music with Bose headphones!! Calls are very full and clear too!! Hearing is believing!! If you want awesome clarity and oh by the way they pair with your iPhone, The Amaze are for you!

-Jim Hatfield,

Congratulations to our Beltone 2018 President Cup Winner, Bari Grohler!

We are proud to announce that our president, Bari Grohler, won the 2018 President Cup for being North America’s best dealer in 2017.

Bari was inducted into Beltone’s prestigious President’s Club. This award is given to one person each year.

Over 80 dealers and friends flew in from all over the US on Sept 7-8th to celebrate the occasion with a dinner and speeches at the Princess Anne Country Club on Friday night. On Saturday night, the Beltone family did a harbor cruise aboard the Spirit of Norfolk. Below is an oil portrait of Bari that will be placed at the Beltone headquarters in Chicago.

Bari has shown an incredible commitment to excellence, as well as understanding the “Beltone Way”, which means she places each Beltone patient in front of everything else. Bari has successfully embraced the Beltone family spirit, not only following in her parents and brother’s footsteps, but bringing her own two sons into the practice with her. Congratulations again on this fantastic achievement!

78th Anniversary Beltone

78th Anniversary of 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 offices in North America, Beltone remains the most trusted hearing aid brand on the market today. Our highly trained staff is eager to help you or a loved with your hearing difficulties. Whether you have a mild hearing loss, or a more profound loss our Licensed Hearing Instrument Specialists are happy to find the hearing aid that fits your lifestyle best.

If you or someone you know is having difficulty of hearing, please call our office to schedule a FREE hearing test at 757-337-3802.
How to talk to people with hearing loss

How To Talk to a Loved One About Getting Their Hearing Tested

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, you realize it’s time to have “the talk.” It’s not easy to talk to a loved one about getting their hearing tested. People are private, defensive, or too stubborn to ask for help. And other times they simply don’t think there’s a problem. So how do you talk to a loved one about getting their hearing tested?

1. Ask but Don’t Push

To begin with, you will want to approach the subject matter-of-factly. Start by asking in a calm voice: “Mom / Uncle Fred / Gramps / Sarah, have you noticed any difficulties recently hearing things? I’m only asking because I’ve noticed that you seem to be asking me to repeat things more often. I just wanted to check if you’ve noticed the same thing.” There’s a good chance your loved one will say, “No, everything’s fine!”  That’s okay, leave it there for now. You’ve already planted the idea that there could be a problem.

2. Ask About a Situation

The next time your loved one asks you to repeat something, make a mental note of it so you can bring it up in your next attempt to talk about the subject. “Dad, remember yesterday when we were talking about Sally’s homework? We were both in the living room, but you seemed to have difficulty hearing what I was saying and you asked me to repeat a couple of sentences.” At this point your loved one may have already begun to move away from pure denial and into a slightly more receptive mood. They might nod their head in a puzzled way; half accepting that there might be a problem while still clinging to the hope that there isn’t. Again, that’s okay. The last thing we want to do is make them feel somehow diminished.
Experiencing hearing loss is natural and nothing to be ashamed of, but we all find major changes to either our physical condition or self image distressing.

3. Start with a Simple Online Test to See if You Need More Help

If your loved one appears receptive to your concerns, remind them that they have nothing to lose and possibly very much to gain by taking our quick online hearing test. The test is not designed to treat or diagnose any condition, it’s simply a guide to help you decide whether or not professional assistance is required.

4. Consult an Expert

Following the test, should they determine that they’d like to seek additional assistance, offer to schedule the appointment for them. Offer to join them at the hearing consultation (assuming they are comfortable sharing their medical history with you), and encourage them to talk to you about what the hearing professional recommended. While older individuals are at greater risk of developing hearing loss, remind them that plenty of young people are in the same boat – many under 40-year-old celebrities  have publicly discussed their hearing loss. Talking to a loved one about hearing loss can be very intimidating for you while the fear of hearing loss can be terrifying for them. But there is very little to fear. There are more treatment options  available than one might imagine, as well as incredible advances in both medical science and hearing related technology. There’s a tendency in our society to mock denial (“Isn’t it a river in Egypt?” people joke). But in reality, denial is a valuable coping mechanism – it helps us to slowly accept something that in one dose would be unbearable. You could very well get some push back the first time you broach the subject. Your loved one might find your initial attempt distressing, while you might feel frustration and disappointment. But don’t despair and don’t give up. Fear can be paralyzing, but with a little time, a little patience and a little coaxing, you can guide your loved one towards getting their hearing tested. You can do this. It’s going to be okay. You and your loved one are not alone. Stay positive, allay fears and believe that everything is going to work out — because it will.
Hearing Aid vs. Hearing Amplifier

Hearing Amplifier vs. Hearing Aid: What’s the Difference, Anyways?

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 between a Personal Sound Amplification Product (PSAP), also known as a hearing amplifier and a hearing aid?
  1. PSAPs (or hearing amplifiers) help people hear things that are at low volume or at a distance. They are intended for use by people who do not suffer from hearing loss and should not be used as a substitute for hearing aids by those who actually need hearing aids for hearing loss.
  2. Hearing aids are meant for those who suffer from hearing loss and are customized specifically for the patients hearing needs. Hearing aids differentiate between sounds and amplify them based on the characteristics of that sound. For example, at Beltone, our latest technology has Personal Sound ID, which mimics the natural sound level differences between your ears, helping you identify where sounds are coming from. And, CrossLink Directionality enhances sound quality by monitoring the sound environment and automatically switching to the most natural speech focus settings.
This specific topic is so important, even the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has become involved.
They say, “Choosing a PSAP as a substitute for a hearing aid can lead to more damage to your hearing. It can cause a delay in diagnosis of a potentially treatable condition. And, that delay can allow the condition to get worse and lead to other complications.”
Take our online hearing test today to see where your hearing health stands. Or, call 757-337-4591 to schedule an appointment with your nearest Beltone location.
Tinnitus hearing loss

How Do I Know If I Have Tinnitus?

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:
Beltone staff Wards Corner

Meet the Staff from Wards Corner and Great Neck!

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 Beltone, my great grandparents and grandparents both worked with Beltone Hearing Aids. Now my mother, Bari, is the owner of Beltone Southside. Most of my family works here at Beltone, so when you come see me, you can count on being treated like a member of my family. My favorite part of my job is putting a set of hearing instruments on a patient for the first time. It is always such a moment of joy when a person realizes how much they have been missing out on and how amplification can completely change their life. When I am not helping people hear, I enjoy playing soccer with my brother, fishing, and working on my saltwater fish tanks trying to replicate a piece of the ocean in my own home. If you need help hearing and you live in Norfolk or near the beach, please give my office a call! I would love to show you the difference hearing aids can make in your life!

Mari Lynn Ledford: Hearing Aid Specialist and World Traveler

Hello! My name is Mari Lynn Ledford. I was born and raised in Johnstown,  Pennsylvania, and moved to Toledo, Ohio, to study at The University of Toledo after graduating high school. In 1990, I began my career in the hearing aid industry and relocated to Michigan in 1992 after becoming a licensed hearing aid specialist. I opened my first office in November of 1992 in Sterling Heights Michigan. In 2009, I became part of the Beltone family in Michigan, opening 3 Beltone offices in Petoskey, Traverse City and Cadillac Michigan. I worked with Beltone from 2009 until 2013. In September of 2017, I decided to make a life change and sold my office in the Detroit area and moved to Virginia Beach to be closer to family and continue my passion of promoting better hearing with Beltone. I have grown to love this area and enjoy walking the boardwalk for exercise. I have been on mission trips to Peru helping to fit children and adults with hearing aids that could not afford them. I am so blessed to work at a profession where I see the smiles on our customer’s faces daily as I help them make their way back into the world of better hearing. I’ve hiked the Inca trails at Machu Picchu, portions of the Appalachian Trail and the North Country Trail. I love to ski and play tennis. Fishing in the Florida Keys, Bahamas and Martha’s Vineyard are also some of my favorite past times. You can visit me any time at our Norfolk and Great Neck locations where I work alongside Josh Grohler.

April Fisher: Beltone is Like Home!

Hey there!  My name is April Fisher. I was born and raised right here in Wards Corner.  I graduated from Granby High School in 2009, GO COMETS!!  I have worked at numerous offices; attorney’s offices, distribution offices and even fast food restaurants, and none compare to my experience here. I have been a part of the Beltone family for a year now. They have been very welcoming and are like my 2nd family.  My favorite part about this office is their loyalty and dedication to their patients. I’ve seen all our specialists provide excellent care and service both in and out of the office and I am so blessed to call myself a Beltone family member. When I am not at work I enjoy spending time with my husband and our cats, volunteering at my church, and knitting.  

Chicago Bears Owner Discusses His Hearing Problem

Bears coach hearing aid

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 difficulties continued for a while, limiting the function of his right ear.  McCaskey visited emergency rooms numerous times while trying a variety of different medications to help.  “With each attack I’d lose more hearing” McCaskey said.

Diagnosing the Problem

Defined medically, McCaskey suffers from a sensorineural loss — damage to the hair cells in the sensory hearing organ called the cochlea. Addressing the issue seven years ago after he lost hearing in his good ear required surgery called endolymphatic sac decompression and shunt insertion, a procedure deemed necessary when conservative treatment fails. It involved going into the part of the skull just under the brain to create a drainage portal. While McCaskey has enjoyed some recovery, his hearing is still quite limited.  “My hearing was gone, and what’s gone is gone — it’s not coming back,’’ McCaskey said. “Birds can restructure their hearing. Fish can restructure their hearing. Humans cannot. Once there is hearing damage to the cochlea and the hair cells inside the cochlea — a structure the size of the tip of your pinkie — there is no going back.’’

Living with Hearing Loss

With all the hearing issues he has faced, McCaskey continues to live the life he wants.  He is still a music buff and continues to attend shows and concerts.  He’s extremely grateful for the tech progress that allows him to enjoy his favorite tunes.  His message to everyone else?  McCaskey said, “I have 48 million brothers and sisters who have experienced hearing loss. It touches everybody, so just encourage people to get help and break that stigma that it’s for older people. It’s not. Reach out, get help and take care of your hearing.’’
How to talk to someone with hearing loss

10 Tips For Talking To People 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

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.

Beltone Community Outreach Initiatives

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.

Winter & Hearing Loss

Relationship Between 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 of ringing in the ears and hearing loss increases. This is because there is a higher risk of rogue bones growing in the ear canal along with hardening of ear wax.

Bone growth in the ear canal is known as surfer’s ear because this condition is fairly common among those who surf, as they spend a lot of time in colder water. This condition forms on the top of existing bone in the ears and travels down the canal to the ear drum. The condition can potentially lead to hearing loss and also results in constant pain and ringing in the ears.

Dr. Roger Henderson explained, “In severe cases, cold weather can cause abnormal bone growths within the ear canal, known as ‘exostosis.’ This is the body’s way of attempting to protect the ears by creating a barrier against the cold. Exostosis can constrict the ear canal, contributing to increased ear wax build-up as the ear can no longer expel earwax effectively. This can be heightened in cold weather as wax can harden when ears are exposed to low temperatures, making ears more likely to become blocked.”

Along with contributing to surfer’s ear, cold weather has the unfotunate abolity to harden earwax inside your ear.  This creates a blockage in your ear canal, preventing you to perceive noises properly.

Unfortunately, individuals who use hearing aids are at a much higher risk for hardening earwax because having a “foreign object” in the ear causes it to produce more wax. When wax builds up in the ear, it can lead to infections, earaches, headaches, and ringing in the ears (tinnitus).

During the winter time, it’s important to take good care of your ears.  Be sure to keep them warm as you would your hands and feet.  Wear earmuffs or a hat to keep them warm and cozy.

Schedule your FREE hearing test today 757-337-4591.

Travel Tips for Individuals with Hearing Loss

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 difficult to communicate. With this in mind we have come up with a list of tips to help make your travel experience a stress-free one.

Travel Booking Tips for Individuals with Hearing Loss

  • Book your air travel, shuttles and accommodations ahead of time with an agent. Always inform the ticketing agent that you are hard of hearing.
  • Ask for written confirmation of all travel arrangements to avoid any potential confusion at your destination.
  • If you choose to book your travel online, print off all confirmation information including confirmation numbers and take them with you.
  • Consider booking an aisle seat in order to make it easier to communicate with in-flight staff.

Packing Tips:

Best practice is to assume that your destination will likely not have everything you’ll need to maintain your hearing aids. So before you leave on your trip make sure you go through this checklist while packing:
  • Make a list of everything you’ll need to ensure you don’t forget anything.
  • Charge all hearing aid devices and accessories before you leave.
  • Extra replacement batteries or charger.
  • Pack spare attachable accessories – for example wireless accessories to connect to other devices.
  • All necessary cleaning items.
  • cell phone that is compatible with your hearing aids.
  • A convenient carry-on approved case if you will be traveling by plane.
  • Pack an alarm clock with vibration or flashing light functionality.
  • Pack a simple hearing aid repair kit.

Travel Tips for the Hard of Hearing

  • Arrive early at the airport, bus or train terminal and let the boarding agent know that you are hard of hearing and that you will need to be notified in person when it’s time to board.
  • Check the display boards often while you’re waiting in case of flight information changes.
  • Confirm your flight numbers and boarding gates.
  • Inform the flight attendants that you have hearing loss and request that you be informed personally of any in-flight announcements.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Most fellow travelers are usually happy and willing to help.

Airport Security Information when Traveling with Hearing Aids:

A few things to keep in mind to help keep your travels stress free are:
  • Notify the security officer at airport security that you use hearing aids. You shouldn’t have to remove them, however your hearing aids may set off the walk-through detectors and you may be subject to an additional pat down by security.
  • You don’t need to worry about the metal detectors, x-ray machines or hand-held detectors damaging your hearing aids. They are perfectly safe.
  • You are not required to carry any sort of doctor’s note or documentation of your hearing loss. However, if you prefer to be more discreet, the TSA has a downloadable health notification card available to help you communicate your situation to the security officer. Download, fill it in and print it off prior to travel and keep it with your other travel documents for safe keeping.
  • Devices like hearing aids or pacemakers are exempt from the portable electronic devices policy while flying because they do not emit a signal that may interfere with aircraft systems. The FAA does not require you to turn them off for takeoff and landing.

Tips for Hotel or Resort Vacations with Hearing Loss

  • Learn the phrase, “I am hard of hearing,” in the local language at your destination.
  • Inform the check-in agent of your hearing loss and let them know about your specific needs. This will make for a much more enjoyable experience.
  • Ask the agent whether your hotel is outfitted with emergency notification system for the hard of hearing. (For example: Flashing lights on the smoke and fire alarms.)
  • Ask for an ADA Kit (Americans with Disabilities Act)
  • Put your hearing aids in the same spot every night to make sure you can find them easily.
  • Pick up a local map. When you’re hard of hearing, it is easier to get directions when you can be shown on a map.
Traveling with hearing loss doesn’t have to be stressful. With simple planning, communication and the above tips you can ensure that you have an enjoyable travel experience. Download and take advantage of the HearPlus™ App for the Beltone Legend™Beltone First™ and Beltone Boost™ hearing aids to make your travels even easier!

Schedule your FREE hearing test today 757-337-4591.

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

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

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

Why pretending to hear is bad and how to break the habitWhy 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.

Unfortunately, you don’t do anything about it.  You let the person go along speaking, missing some key details because we don’t let the other person know, we just can’t hear them.

Why do we pretend to hear?

The easy answer is, we are just too polite.  After having had no problem in the very beginning of the conversation, we see the other person talking as offering up information they are comfortable sharing.  When we can’t hear every detail, we feel bad to interrupt and we just don’t want to be rude.  Maybe we don’t want to draw attention to whether or not we have a hearing problem.

Surprisingly, this isn’t entirely uncommon.  Everyone at some point has pretended they have heard the other person saying something. Think about it, when someone tells you a joke, and you hear a word that you’ve never heard before, an unfamiliar location or celebrity name, you’re not likely to interrupt. You wait for the joke to be over and maybe you fake a laugh. Or if someone is talking about politics and you have no idea what they are referencing, chances are, you nod and say “interesting” without fully comprehending it.

Since we know it’s common and there’s a good explanation for why we do it, here’s some good ways to break the habit.

Breaking the habit

People love to share information about themselves.  If you want to know more about them, but can’t hear, there is no shame in letting the speaker know you are having an issue understanding what they are saying. A great example on how to do this is if you are sitting in the back of a meeting or gathering.  As soon as you start to lose the details spoken, say something like, “I’m sorry to interrupt, but I can’t hear well from down here, and I don’t want to miss this. Do you mind, if I switch places with someone or sit closer.”

The speaker will be glad you are truly interested in what they have to say.

The best thing to do to break this habit is know that the earlier you let the speaker know you don’t understand what they are saying, the better.  This shows, early on, you are invested in the conversation and it also prevents the speakers from repeating themselves.

Every time you miss something because of your hearing loss, think of it as an opportunity to improve your current situation and to educate others for future occasions. When you do this enough, people start remembering what you need and might even make suggestions to make your life easier.

Schedule your FREE hearing test today 757-337-4591.

Hearing Aid Technology: Streaming with Hearing Aids

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.

Phone Link 2

If you don’t have an iPhone, that’s okay!  Any Bluetooth cell phone can be connected to your Beltone Legend hearing aids by using a Phone Link 2. This little device clips on to your shirt or pocket and will stream the audio signal from your phone to the hearing aids. Samsung® Galaxy products can take advantage of Beltone’s Hear Plus™ App too!

The HearPlus App on your iPhone or Samsung Galaxy devices can be used to manage these wireless systems. Simply open up the App on your phone and toggle through the different accessories that you have added to your network.

TV Link 2

Another one of these accessories is the Beltone TV Link 2. It connects your television to your hearing aids using a wireless system. This system is designed to be sleek and easy to manage, without any cords or connectors hanging from your neck. For users that have been accustomed to the neck loop systems, the Beltone TV Link 2 is a welcomed change.

The wireless connection built into the Beltone Legend hearing aids will seamlessly cross through your living room to receive a high quality signal from your television. If you have a large family and get distracted by others in the room while watching TV, this is a way to “cut-out” some of that background noise while enjoying your favorite programs.

MyPAL Pro

My current favorite accessory is the MyPAL Pro. “PAL” stands for “Personal Audio Link.” This little device is your own personal microphone that you can position however you want to pick up voices in crowded places. This device is the best way to control “Signal to Noise Ratio”: bringing the voices up above the background noise.

The ugly side of hearing loss is that the brain’s ability to process sounds is often diminished at the same time as cochlear hearing loss. The MyPAL Pro gives an advantage to Beltone Legend users that are still struggling in environments with a high-level of noise because of these poor auditory processing abilities.

I’ve found that users enjoy the MyPAL Pro in restaurants and bars, in the car or RV, or even talking from the living room to the kitchen at home. What I like about the latest version of MyPAL Pro is that it also has the ability to be used flat on a table top: ideal for noisy restaurants and meetings.

We love all of our really cool toys!  With these three accessories, the TV Link 2, the Phone Link 2, and the MyPAL Pro, you always have the help of your friendly Beltone professionals to help you integrate these systems into your wireless network.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a FREE hearing screening, give us a call at 757-337-4591.

What Type of Hearing Aid is Right For You?

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 to better fit the user’s level of hearing loss, daily routines, and cosmetic preferences.

Six Hearing Aid Shell Styles

Choosing what hearing aid will work for you is a personal decision. What works for one person may not for another, even if both have almost identical audiograms (charts that show the degree of hearing loss for low-, middle-, and high-pitched sounds).

As you work with your hearing care professional trying different styles, it’s important to remember most hearing aids will never completely remove background noise. They are able to vastly improve your hearing. However, due to the way we process sound, they cannot make you hear perfectly again.

There are six main hearing aid shell styles. Each has a different appearance and unique features. You should consider your lifestyle, overall health, and daily routines as you determine which type of right for you.

Completely-in-Canal (CIC)

As you may have guessed a CIC hearing aid is practically invisible, because the shell is entirely hidden within the ear canal. Tiny CIC models leverage the ear’s natural ability to collect sound. By taking impressions, CIC hearing aids are tailored to the dimensions of a patient’s ear canal.

Best for
  • Mild to moderate hearing loss
  • Users with good manual dexterity
  • Users looking for a discreet option
  • Users who spends a lot of time outdoors. (These models are less likely to pick up wind noise.)
  • Telephone use

Think the CIC might be for you? Learn more.

In-the-Canal (ITC)

ITC styles are worn in the lower portion of the outer ear by the ear canal. Their medium size makes them relatively discreet while offering a secure fit, easy insertion and removal, and a longer battery life.

Best for
  • Mild to moderate hearing loss
  • Reducing background noise (Larger units include directional microphones.)
  • Users with good manual dexterity
  • Users looking for a discreet option
  • A user who spends a lot of time outdoors. (These models are less likely to pick up wind noise.
  • Telephone use

Think the ITC is right for you? Learn more.

Microphone-in-Helix (MIH)

Like the CIC, the main part of an MIH hearing aid is hidden out of sight in your ear canal. This piece is made from an impression taken during your visit. The microphone is separate and is worn within the concha—the curved groove of your external ear— out of sight. A tiny transparent tube transmits sound from the microphone to the component in your ear canal.

Best for
  • Moderate hearing loss
  • Preserving the natural acoustics provided by the outer part of your ear
  • Reducing feedback
  • Users with limited dexterity and/or reduced vision

Think the MIH is right for you? Learn more.

In-the-Ear (ITE)

All electronic components are included within the case, which completely fills the bowl of the outer ear. The larger battery can power a bigger receiver, making this style ideal for more profound hearing losses.

Best for
  • Profound hearing loss
  • Users who want additional features (telecoil, directional microphone, and wireless streaming)
  • Users with limited dexterity and/or reduced vision

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Receiver-in-Ear (RIE)

This type of hearing aid is also called a receiver-in-the-canal (RIC), receiver-in-the-ear (RITE), receiver-in-the-aid (RITA), and canal receiver technology (CRT).

The RIE has a small casing that sits behind the ear, which contains all the electronic components of the hearing aid except for the receiver (also called the speaker). The receiver (or speaker) is inside the ear canal connected to the casing by a narrow, transparent tube.

Best for
  • Nearly all types of hearing loss
  • Users who hear low frequencies well
  • Users looking for a fairly discreet option as well as comfort
  • Users with limited dexterity and/or reduced vision

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Behind-the-Ear (BTE)

About 60 percent of hearing aids sold in the United States are BTE models. A BTE is curved to rest directly behind the ear and connect to the ear canal via a thin transparent tube or a custom-designed ear mold.

Best for
  • All types of hearing loss—mild to severe
  • Amplifying both low and high frequencies
  • Reducing feedback
  • Users on a budget
  • Users with limited dexterity and/or reduced vision

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Hearing Tests

Everything You Need To Know About 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 a variety of sounds. However, there are several important steps to complete before your hearing is evaluated. Let’s go through everything you need to know about hearing tests.

Damaging Your Hearing

5 Ways You’re 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.