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...
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How To Change Your Hearing Aid Battery

In this high-tech, high entertainment world we live in, batteries are essential — powering everything from our transportation to our communication. Seems that we can’t live without batteries! But despite all the everyday necessities and the latest electronic toys that batteries bring to life, some of the most important batteries in your life may be those that power...
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How to Improve the Life of Hearing Aid Batteries

At Beltone, we know your hearing aids play a significant role in your quality of life. So we’ll always encourage you to take good care of them. But did you know that by taking extra care with your hearing aid batteries, that you can actually improve their life? Understanding more about your hearing aid batteries, and knowing what you can do to improve the life of your batteries...
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Are You a Hearing Aid?

Over 36 million people suffer with hearing loss in the U.S. But, hearing loss actually impacts many more than that. Family members and friends also feel the effects of hearing loss, and how it changes their relationship with the person struggling to hear. If you live with someone who has untreated hearing loss, are you becoming a “hearing aid”? Ask yourself these questions...
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Better Hearing is a Lifetime Commitment

Hearing loss impacts almost 11% of the U.S. population, or over 36,000,000 Americans. The majority have sensorineural hearing loss. This type of loss damages the inner ear’s sensory cells (known as hair cells), and the neural pathway that sends the hearing signal from ear to brain. Noise exposure and aging are the two main causes. Sensorineural loss is almost always permanent because nerve cells can’t...
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Needed: Some Input from Our Readers

I am puzzled by something and would appreciate some input from our readers. Did you know that only 1 in 5 people who need hearing help, actually get it? Today’s hearing aids are so small, they really can’t be seen. They work incredibly well, and make life so much more enjoyable everywhere people go—but especially in places where it’s hard to hear, like busy restaurants. And, for individuals still working, they’re absolutely essential to performing well on the job. It’s not even necessary to touch one’s hearing aids to...
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My Not-so-Simple Job Description

When you ask most people what they do for a living, they usually have a pretty straightforward answer. When I get asked, I struggle. As head of the Beltone Training department, my role is to design and implement training for our network of practice owners and hearing care practitioners. Simple enough, right? Well, it’s a bit more complicated than that. In order to work with patients who have hearing loss...
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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...
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Meet Steve Brinkman

My name is Steve Brinkman, and I’ve had the distinct pleasure of helping the hearing-impaired for 12 years as Beltone’s Director of Customer Care. My team’s goal has always been to partner with our national network of 1500 Beltone offices to help ensure the best possible hearing care experience for our patients. Before Beltone, I worked for a bio-food gum company that produced a food additive to keep salad dressings “smooth” in consistency. I can tell you that at the end of the day, it feels MUCH better knowing I’ve helped someone hear better versus eat a well-dressed salad. In my role at Beltone, I speak with many patients every week. One of my biggest pet peeves is...
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Hearing Aid Myths

Throughout the years, movies, cartoons, comic strips, and comedians have all made light of the way hearing aids look and function. In fairness, it wasn't until the last 10 years or so that hearing instruments started to work really well in a variety of listening situations, and be extremely cosmetically appealing. What led to the stigma around hearing aids? Old-fashioned hearing aids had a tendency to generate a high-pitched whistle (also known as feedback) if the instrument became a bit loose in the ear. Everyone could hear the whistle except, of course, the person wearing the hearing aid. You've probably experienced feedback when someone holding a microphone walks too close to the...
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Double Your Listening Pleasure

Two eyes, two legs, two arms, two hands; see a pattern here? Could you get along with only one of each pair? Sure, but would you want to if you had the choice? People who are ready to receive the benefits of hearing help often ask whether two hearing aids are necessary. They wonder whether one hearing aid would suffice.There are definite advantages to wearing two hearing aids, compared to one. Being able to localize the source of a sound. A skill that can be helpful when you’re trying to find your cell phone in the house. Hearing sound directed to either ear. For example, if you were driving and couldn't hear well in your right ear, you would have difficulty hearing the person in the...
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Stop Mumbling, Already!

Hearing is the jokester of the human senses. While other senses clue you in when something’s amiss—not so with hearing. If you can’t see past your nose, if you’re losing your balance, if you can’t distinguish between red wine and red wine vinegar, you know it. But, when it comes to age-related hearing loss, the process is so gradual, it can continue for years before you notice a problem. And, the little jokester makes sure you embarrass yourself along the way before it dawns on you. My father, whom the jokester had under his control for ages, was once asked by my mother if he wanted his sweat pants. To which he replied, somewhat stunned, “No, I didn't ...
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