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!
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.
Josh Grohler: Beltone Runs in the FamilyHello, 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 TravelerHello! 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.
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.
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 handed them over, homeless people who were there started putting them on. This broke his heart. When he shared this story with us, we jumped into action. Our entire staff started going through our closets, pulling out coats, sweaters, and blankets to take in to the church. As a group, we decided to make it our mission to do as much as we can for the homeless in our area.
Living in Virginia Beach near the Oceanfront I see homeless people on a near daily basis, during nice, sunny, warm weather it becomes easy to forget what a serious condition homelessness is. When it rains, snows, and the temperature drops it becomes more apparent how dangerous living without shelter is.
In Hampton Roads our average winter temperature is 41.5°F. Nearly 580,000 experience homelessness on a nightly basis in America, about 1,800 of those people are here in the Hampton Roads Southside. In the cold winter temperatures these people have to worry about not only frostbite, illness, hypothermia, and depression. As we turn up the thermostats in our houses we have to wonder what we can do to help.
So, the question is simple: Will you help us spread warmth and love this winter?
If you have any old winter coats, hats, scarves, gloves, socks, blankets please drop them off at your closest Beltone Southside location and we will get them to those who so desperately need them!
Thank you for being a part of our Beltone family and our community.
Sincerely, Becca Grohler
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 her own daughter. She assumed it would be a temporary situation, but circumstances led her to ask for custody of this child. The day of the court hearing, the biological mother saw the love they had for each other and consented to a permanent adoption, giving Beulah full custody. Today, Cheyenne is 16 years old, and college bound and the light of Beulah’s life.
Beulah served in the ministry for some time, but left that calling as she felt her hearing issues compromised her ability to do the job well. In September, 2017, Josh Grohler at the Wards Corner Beltone office fitted her with two Beltone hearing aids correcting her hearing issues. Now, she has a new lease on life! She’s ready to re-invent herself and move forward.
“I just love Josh Grohler at Beltone. He has taken such good care of me. I love my new Beltone hearing aids. They’ve made such a difference in my life.”
Beulah Combs, pictured with Josh Groher, Licensed Hearing Instrument specialist, Ward’s Corner Office
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:
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, Beltone awarded a USMC Veteran with a set of new hearing aids.
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. To vote, visit the 2016 People’s Choice Stevie Awards Website and follow the link to the Health and Pharmaceutical Product Category, or enter shortcode: G966W when prompted. From here, select the Beltone Legend™.
Belting Southside is proud to offer the world’s first and most advanced full family of Made for iPhone® hearing aids to the residents of Hampton Roads, with hearing centers conveniently located in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Suffolk, & Portsmouth.
Beltone Legend™: the Future of Hearing AidsWith 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 Times. Very few products are chosen to receive this award for each category out of more than 13,000 entries. The Beltone Legend™ is the most advanced hearing aid of its kind. It has the ability to connect to mobile devices and can stream sound right from the mobile device, including audio from voice calls, FaceTime, videos, music, and more. The Beltone Legend™ can also be controlled through the HearPlus app for iPhone, Apple Watch, and Android devices. With the app, you can adjust audio volume and connect to other devices such as TVs and Computers. “Beltone Legend represents the latest in what is possible in hearing aids, taking personalized hearing to the next level,” said Corrine Perritano, President of Beltone North America. “This award is a testament to our commitment to delivering care by connecting wearers with everything that matters in life around them.” Be sure to view more of our hearing aids or wireless hearing aid accessories. Give us a call at 757 550 2580 to inquire about the Beltone Legend™, or to schedule your free hearing evaluation.
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. Hearing her last name, she knew it must be her, so Dorothy replied, “I’m here!”
That afternoon, when she arrived home, she asked her mother why her name was Dorothy and not Sue. Her mother replied with a smile; and raising both her shoulders said, “I don’t remember. No matter. When parents name their children, the kids never like their names, anyway!”
While Dorothy was growing up (We’ll just call her ‘Sue’, since everyone else does!), she began losing family members in tragic ways: First, her sister, only 26 years old, died during childbirth. Her brother Bill, just 39 years old, died during an experimental cancer treatment. Sue stayed by his side until the very end. Sue’s devotion to her older brothers and sisters kept her strong; and as the “baby” of the family, she soon took on the position of family matriarch.
Now married with children, Sue’s oldest brother, Bob, talked them into moving to Virginia Beach to escape the harsh winters of Massachusetts; so, in 1977, they packed up and moved here with their two children (daughter Cheryl and son Alan). No matter the distance in the new home, the bond kept her in close touch with each remaining member of the family.
In the 60s — now divorced and a single mother of two — she rushed to North Carolina, where her 3rd brother’s wife was diagnosed with brain cancer. She took care of her brother and his family of 4 children, along with her own two. After extensive surgery, the doctors removed 95% of the cancer, and she pulled through. Sue remained in North Carolina to take care of her sister-in-law and the family for more than 3 months, before returning to Virginia Beach.
Sue remarried and gave birth to another girl, whom she named ‘Robin’. Now, with three children of her own, each time family members became ill, Sue rushed to their side — comforting them, loving them, giving of herself to make sure they had everything they needed, sometimes staying for several months until their passing.
Sue says, “They’re all gone now — my mother, my father, all my brothers and sisters. I’m the only one left. Family is the most important thing a person can have in this life. I believe I was born to take care of my family growing up and to become a healthcare giver, no matter who needs my help!”
Again divorced, Sue moved in with her youngest daughter, Robin, at her request. Robin said, “Mom, you have given so much to so many over the years…please let me take care of you.” Sue agreed.
“During the last ten years,” Sue tells us, “my hearing had become more and more strained. I was turning the TV volume up really loud and found myself saying, “huh?” every time someone talked to me. So, about seven years ago, after reading an ad about Beltone in Virginia Beach; and with the help of my retirement from 20 years at the Virginia Beach School System, where I worked in food service (Cafeteria), I scraped together the money to buy a set of hearing aids. This gave me back an important part of my life — the ability to hear. When my daughter Robin talks to me, she starts the conversation by asking, ‘Mom… you got your ears on’?”
“Over the last two years, my hearing has become worse; and my hearing aids no longer help me as much as I need. However, with my limited income, I know that I cannot afford to purchase new ones!”
Then, I received a call from Bari Grohler, the Owner of Beltone on the Southside. She said, “Sue, we’ve been thinking about you and would like to talk with you, if you can find some time to meet.”
“In a meeting with Bari, Beth Hall (Beltone’s VP), and Peter Cousin (Beltone’s Director of Marketing), Bari shared with me, ‘we began a tradition last year of gifting a set of hearing aids to a deserving patient whom we selected for having given to others unselfishly and without expectation of anything in return. While examining our files, yours continued to rise to the top for consideration; and we are so excited to inform you that YOU have been chosen to be our Second Year Recipient’!”
Tears rolled down Sue’s face, as she was handed a tissue, trying to choke back her emotions. “This is amazing! I’m overwhelmed at your generosity,” she said. “Thank you so much for this recognition, and I’m so moved to have been chosen! I don’t have the words to tell you how much this means to me! There is no way I could afford to purchase a new set of hearing aids at this time of my life.”
Bari continued, “Sue, we are thrilled to present you with a complete set of state-of-the-art, Beltone hearing instruments, which are digital and self-adjusting!” (Bari showed Sue an example, which she held in her hand.) “These will fit over your ear with a very small, almost invisible clear tube, which will fit comfortably into your ear canal. We want you to know that this gift also includes a lifetime of batteries, repairs and cleaning; and it is truly our pleasure to reward you for your lifetime of giving!” [The value of this gift is placed at more than $8,000.00.]
“This amazing person — a lover of life, friends and family — is well-deserving of this gift,” stated Bari Grohler, “and we are so thrilled to make Sue Airth this year’s recipient!”
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. We invited them to bring in canned goods if they wanted to contribute. Our patients, as well as our employees, have collected quite a bit to be donated to the organization. We thank everyone for their contribution, and are excited to keep looking for opportunities to give back to our wonderful community. View photos of the PCC’s at each office with their donation boxes below!
VIRGINIA BEACHPembroke 4, Suite 132
(Across from Pembroke Mall)
877-497-8565 (Toll Free)
1357 N. Great Neck Rd. Ste. 107
(Near intersection of
Great Neck Rd. & First Colonial
behind Chanellos Pizza)
877-497-8565 (Toll Free)
NORFOLK7649 Granby St
877-497-8565 (Toll Free)
CHESAPEAKEWoodford Square Shoppes
701 N. Battlefield Blvd, Suite N
(Adjacent to Chesapeake General)
877-497-8565 (Toll Free)
3580 Forest Haven Lane. Ste G
(Near Captain D’s)
877-497-8565 (Toll Free)
SUFFOLK4433 Godwin Blvd.
(3 mi. North of Obici Hospital.)
757-484-7111 (Local) By Appointment Only
877-497-8565 (Toll Free)