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  • Monte Dillow Appointed President of Beltone by GN Hearing

    Dec17

    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™

    Nov12

    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!

    Oct08

    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

    Jun29

    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

    May17
    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

    Hearing Aid vs. Hearing Amplifier

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

    May10

    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

    Tinnitus hearing loss

    How Do I Know If I Have Tinnitus?

    May02

    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

    Meet the Staff from Wards Corner and Great Neck!

    Apr26

    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

    Chicago Bears Owner Discusses His Hearing Problem

    Apr19

    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

    How to talk to someone with hearing loss

    10 Tips For Talking To People With Hearing Loss

    Apr12

    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:  1215

    5 Reasons Why to NOT Put Off Hearing Health

    Mar29

    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

    Mar20

    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

    Feb14

    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.

    Travel Tips for Individuals with Hearing Loss

    Feb01

    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

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

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

    Jan25

    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

    Hearing Aid Technology: Streaming with Hearing Aids

    Hearing Aid Technology: Streaming with Hearing Aids

    Jan18

    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.

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    What Type of Hearing Aid is Right For You?

    Jan11

    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

    Hearing Tests

    Everything You Need To Know About Hearing Tests

    Jan04

    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.

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    Damaging Your Hearing

    5 Ways You’re Damaging Your Hearing

    Dec28

    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

    Dec21

    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