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Meet Ken LaFerle

Hi all – My name is Ken LaFerle, AuD and I am the Director of Educational Services for Beltone. There is a saying around here that if you are with Beltone long enough, you will bleed “Beltone Blue”. Well, I have been with Beltone for 26 years so I’m sure that my blood has changed colors. In all, I have spent the last 31 years working with the hearing-impaired, including working with the Louisiana Health Department’s, Ears, Nose and Throat doctors. When I married my lovely bride Kathy 31 years ago, we moved quite a bit. We were both from Michigan, but I did my graduate work in Alabama, and worked in Louisiana, before moving back to Michigan. For the past 26 years we have called Illinois our home. We have 4 children ranging in age from 13 to 29! We are also “dog people” and currently share our house with two dogs. I didn’t always know I wanted to work in Hearing. I did love music growing up. As I said, I grew up in Michigan and although the era was rock and roll – especially the British Invasion – my father constantly played Motown on our HiFi. I had a steady diet of the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, the Supremes, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, and Little Stevie Wonder. But, even though I loved it, music wasn’t my inspiration to get into the field of Hearing. In fact, it was my Grandmother who influenced me. She developed a hearing loss as a result of taking massive doses of aspirin to treat her arthritis. She was a remarkable woman and her stories of her life were like living history. I found I enjoyed communicating with seniors, and through spending time with them, saw the isolation that hearing loss caused. I wanted these people to enjoy life as much as my Grandma did. I have thoroughly enjoyed my journey working in the hearing care field, and I am looking forward to sharing my thoughts and experiences on this blog.

Ken LaFerle, Au.D.
Ken is Beltone's Director of Educational Services and has been "bleeding Beltone Blue" for the last 26 years. He has been working in the hearing industry for the last 31 years and thoroughly enjoys the hearing care field and is looking forward to sharing his thoughts and experiences on the blog. More about Ken

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  • dan brown
    Reply

    what is the best way to store your batterys ?? hot to make them last longer ??

    how and where to store them ???

    • Ask Beltone
      Reply

      Dear Mr. Brown,

      Thank you for your inquiry on hearing aid batteries. Beltone hearing aid batteries are environmentally-friendly zinc-air batteries. They should be stored in cool place, with the humidity level between 20% and 80%, ideally. They should not be stored in the refrigerator or freezer, and should always be kept out of the reach of children and pets.

      Because zinc air batteries activate only when the tab is removed, they have a good shelf life. However, the adhesive on the tab will break down with time, so it’s always best to buy your batteries a pack or two at a time. To get the freshest batteries possible, be sure to get them from Beltone.

      When you’re ready to put a new battery into your hearing aid, remove the tab and let it sit in the open air for about 60 seconds before you put it into place. Also, it’s best to lay a small towel underneath your hearing aid as you’re changing the battery, in case you accidentally drop it. Also, when you take out your hearing aids before you go to bed, open the battery door, to extend the battery’s life.

      We hope that helps!

  • Gary Hiday
    Reply

    How do I pair my True
    models to anything else bluetooth. ( soundbar, etc.)

  • Gary Hiday
    Reply

    Sorry, Promise RIE model.

    Gary

    • Ask Beltone
      Reply

      Hi, Mr. Hiday—

      Thank you for your inquiry. The best course of action to learn how to pair your Promise RIE hearing aids to other devices is to go the Beltone Hearing Care Professional from whom you bought them for instructions. If that is not an option, please let us know.

      Many thanks.

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