Party Ideas for Those with Hearing Loss

Fun for Everybody – Perfect Hearing not Required Spending time with friends and family during the holiday season is one of the best things about the holidays. For some, however, the holidays can come with anxiety and fear. Sometimes, people with hearing loss are often afraid to attend workplace parties or even family gatherings because they cannot hear properly.  They are afraid of not engaging in conversation and don’t want to annoy people by asking to repeat themselves. With this information,...

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How Do I Know if I Have Hearing Loss?

How Do I Know if I Have Hearing Loss? Do you find yourself straining to hear normal, everyday sounds that you used to be able to hear easily? Perhaps you haven’t been able to hear your grandkids call your name or you can’t hear the microwave beep when it’s done. You might be saying to yourself, “I need to test my hearing, but how do I do it?” If any of these scenarios sound familiar to you, then it’s time to take the next step in your hearing health. At Beltone, you have a couple options to get...

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

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...

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How Do I Know If I Have Tinnitus?

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:

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Chicago Bears Owner Discusses His Hearing Problem

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...

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10 Tips For Talking To People With Hearing Loss

How to Talk to People 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:  1. Get Their Attention Getting the listener’s attention before...

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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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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. According to new research, hearing loss can stem from extensive exposure to cold weather. ...

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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...

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

Why 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...

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Everything You Need To Know About Hearing Tests

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

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5 Ways You’re Damaging Your Hearing

5 Ways You’re 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. 1. Your job While work in general is not a real cause for hearing loss, especially...

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5 Answers on Ear Infections for Worried Parents & Grandparents

5 Answers on Ear Infections for Worried Parents & Grandparents When 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. Caused by a virus or bacteria, ear infections may or may not accompany illness. Earaches can be acute or chronic: Acute: An isolated episode of active ear infection that causes a painful ear, often with...

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Are Hearing Tests Free?

Are Hearing Tests Free? 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 more in-depth screening done. Just...

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

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

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How Improved Hearing Bettered My Life

How Improved Hearing Bettered My Life 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,...

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Signs of Hearing Loss

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! People seem to mumble more frequently. You experience ringing in your ears. You often ask people to repeat themselves. Your family complains that...

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The Doctor Is “OUT”

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,...

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