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13 Dec

Hearing Aid Insurance

Do I have hearing aid insurance benefits?

Second to “How much do hearing aids cost?” we hear this question a lot from patients who realize they have hearing loss and are looking for assistance with paying for their hearing aids.

The answer depends on your health care plan and your employer. Also, the level of technology associated with your hearing loss determines if your hearing aid insurance covers the full amount or a partial payment of your hearing aids.

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16 Nov

Kirkland Signature KS7 vs Beltone

Kirkland Signature KS7 Comparison

Recently, Costco unveiled the latest Kirkland Signature hearing aids, KS7.  While customers who end up purchasing at Costco may value price above quality and service, below is what makes Beltones better than the Kirkland Signature hearing aids, manufactured by Rexton.

Top 5 Reasons to Choose Beltone Hearing Aids:

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26 Oct

VETERANS DAY HEARING AID GIVEAWAY


VETERANS DAY HEARING AID GIVEAWAY:

MY HERO WEARS BELTONE

CAMP HILL, PA., October 26, 2016 – For every 10 hearing aids sold November 7 through November 11, Beltone Hearing Aid Center will donate a pair of hearing aids to a veteran in need. This special giveaway will take place at all of Beltone’s Central PA locations, including the offices located in Camp Hill, Carlisle, Chambersburg, Hanover, Harrisburg, Lewisberry, Shippensburg, Shrewsbury and York.

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17 Oct

What is an Ear Doctor?


WHO DO I SEE FOR HEARING LOSS?

“ENT, Audiologist or Hearing Aid Specialist? I just need an ear doctor!” It sounds like you have already accepted the fact that you have hearing loss and you are now ready for the next step, a formal hearing evaluation.

ENTs, Audiologists and Hearing Aid Specialists can all perform hearing evaluations, but each has its own specialty.

Sometimes it’s difficult to determine who you should see and who can best handle your hearing loss problem. Below is a quick snapshot that will hopefully help make your decision easier.

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28 Sep

Can Hearing Aids Help Tinnitus?


WHAT IS TINNITUS HEARING LOSS?

Although it is often referred to as "ringing in the ears," it can be perceived as hissing, clicking or whistling. 

It's a common ailment for many people, but simply because it's common doesn't mean that it cannot and does not cause substantial physical discomfort and mental grief for those afflicted.

Tinnitus is a problem that approximately 10-15% of the population reports experiencing on a regular basis. About a quarter of these suffer to a degree severe enough to seek medical attention.


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17 Aug

Why Do Hearing Aids Cost So Much? - Hearing Aid Prices Explained


HEARING AID PRICES

You just received an offer for $1,000.00 off a pair of Oticon or Resound hearing aids. “Wow, that’s great! I’m told all the time I have hearing loss and I never thought of using hearing protection to prevent this loss. But how much do these listening devices cost?”

Let’s cut to the chase. Oticon hearing aids, and all quality hearing aids for that matter, are expensive. A single hearing aid can range from $699 to $3,999, which means you could be looking at a price range of $1,400 - $8,000 if you need one for each ear, which is what most people need.

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03 Sep

Aging and Hearing Loss

Most never expect the day when they have trouble participating in social events or listening to someone on the phone, but these can become real problems for someone suffering from hearing loss, which is a very common part of aging.

Presbycusis is the scientific name for hearing loss related to aging. It comes from damage to parts of the inner ear, the auditory nerve, or hearing pathways to the brain. The degree of hearing loss varies from person to person. This type of hearing loss is most commonly associated with not being able to hear what others are saying or have a hard time tolerating loud sounds.

Tinnitus is another form of hearing loss that is sometimes associated with aging. This type of hearing loss causes loud, constant ringing or roaring sounds in the ear.

How Do I Know if I have Hearing Loss?

 You should consider having a hearing test if you:

  • Have difficulty following conversations when two or more people are talking
  • Are turning the TV up louder than you used to
  • Have trouble hearing the person on the other end of the telephone
  • Feel as though people are constantly mumbling

 

Wearing a hearing device can help these sounds become clearer and louder, so social engagements, phone calls and even watching television become easier.

 

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03 Sep

What’s in a Hearing Test?

Hearing tests can help discover a number of things about hearing and determines what type of hearing aid is best suited for you. The basic principle is that a hearing test determines the amount of hearing loss a person may have by measuring a person’s ability to hear sounds that reach the inner ear through the ear canal (air-conducted sounds) and sounds transmitted through the skull (bone-conducted sounds).

Testing a person’s hearing can tell if there is damage to the outer ear, middle ear, inner ear or auditory nerve. This can also sometimes be seen with an otoscope, which an audiologist uses to look at the ear up close.

Some hearing tests involve listening to several different pitches of sounds at various volumes. The person taking the test will signal when they can hear the sound.

Other tests ask the participant to listen to combinations of words and numbers while background music and sounds play simultaneously. The participant will choose which words/numbers they heard.

After the test, the hearing specialist can determine:

  • If there is hearing loss
  • What part of the ear may be damaged
  • What type of hearing system is right for you.

Beltone offers a hearing test online here. If you do not get a perfect or near-perfect score on the test, consider visiting a hearing specialist to see what your options are to improve your hearing.

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03 Sep

Hearing Loss Prevention

Although hearing loss is often a natural part of aging, there are some things you can do to can help prevent hearing loss. Here are some situations where hearing loss can occur and how you can prevent it:

Close-range, loud noises – A loud noise, like a single shot from a shotgun or being up close at a car race can permanently damage hearing. Take precaution when engaging in especially loud activities. Your hearing will thank you later.

A loud environment over an extended period – Working in a factory around loud machinery or on a construction site can damage hearing over time because of the repeated exposure to loud noises. Bring earplugs to work to protect your ears.

Damaging the delicate hairs in the inner ear – Be weary of sticking Q-tips or other cleaning devices in the ear to remove wax. There are tiny, delicate hairs in the inner ear that are essential to hearing, and if too many of them are damaged, hearing loss will occur.

Overuse of ear bud headphones – Wearing ear bud headphones constantly with loud music playing can damage the eardrum. Try switching to a radio sometimes or turn the volume down to a moderate level.

Remember, one-third of hearing loss is preventable through hearing loss prevention strategies!

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