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John Cariola, Au.D.
John has been working in the audiology industry since 1983 and has a true love and passion for everything the hearing health world has to offer. He grew up witnessing the British Invasion of The Beatles, The Who, The Kinks, etc. which really means he started out life with sound, really loud sound. And his passion for all sound continues today. John is currently Beltone's Director of Product Management. More About John

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    Starting to wear hearing aids is an adjustment. Many people think the problem is over once someone has purchased and started wearing a hearing aid, but sometimes it is just the beginning. I appreciate that this article helps with that step! I am excited to try some of these things, and share them with others!

  • John Anderson

    My Grandpa wears hearing aids and when he didn’t have them in he could hardly hear us. When reading the article about adjusting to the hearing aids I thought it was interesting that the brain has to adjust too. This gives me a whole new view on hearing aids.

  • John Dykstra

    I often compare hearing aids to eye glasses, as eye glasses are a bit more common and people can relate. Our brain accepts the correction of sight and sound in very different fashions. Upon fulfilling a prescription for your vision, your brain will readily accept the world as sharper and clearer. It isn’t distracted or annoyed. Hearing correction, on the other hand, puts our brain in distress. A full “prescription of sound” is often perceived as undesirable to a new user. It’s with this in mind that my clients undergo an adaptation process, in which I increase the volume over a period of time defined by each individual’s rate of acceptance. Patience on both my part and the part of my client is critical to a successful fitting.

  • Kenneth Gladman

    I recently got new hearing aids, and it has taken some time to adjust. I agree there can be acoustic feedback that takes getting used to, but it has been worth it. Stick it out and your quality of life will improve.

  • emily bennette

    John, I like that you talked about how to properly adjust hearing aids. My father is going to need hearing aids soon and he isn’t to sure how easy they will be to use. So, like that you exampled this simply and easily.

  • loretta

    How can I keep from losing my hearing aids, I have the image, I wear glasses, oxygen tube. they tend to make my hearing aids fall out. Too much money to lose them. Please help.

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