Friday, December 30, 2011

Hearing Loss Can Dimish The Holidays

See how hearing loss can diminish the holidays for some
Published: Wednesday, December 28, 2011, 3:37 PM     Updated: Wednesday, December 28, 2011, 3:39 PM
The holidays are a time to gather together with family and friends. But they can be bittersweet for many—especially for those with unaddressed hearing loss. For the individual with untreated hearing loss, the growing difficulty in hearing and communication can lead to fatigue, isolation, and depression, even when surrounded by loved ones.

The Center for Audiology at JFK Medical Center in Edison offers an easy, free, and convenient way to get information by doing a hearing self-assessment. By logging on to and answering the questions, you will receive a score and a recommendation for follow-up right in the comfort and privacy of your home.
Hearing loss occurs at all ages and there is increasing evidence that people with certain medical conditions—such as diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, kidney disease, heart disease, and even vision loss—may be at an increased risk of hearing loss. And numerous studies have linked untreated hearing loss to a wide range of physical and emotional conditions.

According to a Better Hearing Institute study, family members play a critical role in whether loved ones address a hearing loss. More than half (51%) of new first-time owners of hearing aids said that family members were a key factor influencing their purchase. Fifty-five percent of new hearing aid users sought treatment once they realized through testing how serious their hearing loss was.

In the vast majority of situations, hearing aids can help a person hear well. Studies have shown that hearing aid wearers experience significant improvements in quality of life and decreased depressive symptoms; have significantly higher self-concepts compared to individuals who do not wear hearing aids; and their functional health status improves significantly after three months of hearing aid use.

There are several social and emotional signs of hearing loss that people can watch for this holiday season:

Require frequent repetition
Have difficulty following conversations involving more than two people
Think that other people sound muffled or like they’re mumbling
Have difficulty hearing in noisy situations, like conferences, restaurants, malls, or crowded meeting rooms
Have trouble hearing children and women
Have your TV or radio turned up to a high volume
Answer or respond inappropriately in conversations
Have ringing in your ears
Read lips or more intently watch people’s faces when they speak with you

Feel stressed out from straining to hear what others are saying
Feel annoyed at other people because you can’t hear or understand them
Feel embarrassed to meet new people or from misunderstanding what others are saying
Feel nervous about trying to hear and understand
Withdraw from social situations that you once enjoyed because of difficulty hearing
By staying alert to the signs of hearing loss, and by encouraging loved ones to address the problem, families and friends can help each other regain their quality of life and strengthen relationships

Hearing Loss Can Diminish The Holidays

Tuesday, December 27, 2011


Beltone has been helping the world hear better for over 70 years. Take a trip down memory lane with us and experience the service Beltone has offered over that time...

Dear Jerry and Beltone,      

I had an experience with taking someone to an appointment at a competing personal hearing provider. When we arrived at the appointment we had to wait for the arrival of the Audiologist, whom was flying in from the Islands. There where other clients ahead of us, which had us waiting longer. A fifteen minute appointment, turned into an hour and fifteen. I was telling the audiologist what I had done to clean the hearing aid and that my client still wasn't able to distinguish certain sounds. She said that I was very knowledgeable and asked where I had learned so much about them. I explained that I have been taking care of my husband's hearing aids for several years now and he keeps me on my toes, she gave me her pitch and her calling card, stating she would be glad to serve us in the future. I did not have the heart to tell her I couldn't possibly exchange my great service and customer care from Jerry and his staff at Beltone for her mediocre service.

Thank you again for all of your service, support and care. You have made our

lives more rewarding and sweet sounding.       


Mrs. C.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Beltone Testimonial Tuesday !!


Beltone has been helping the world hear better for over 70 years. Take a trip down memory lane with us and experience the service Beltone has offered over that time…

Dear Mr. Andreozzi,

This is a brief note to applaud Chris and Carol. Chris sold me on Beltone. he gave me the distinct impression he was totally committed to my health and well being. Carol couldn't be more caring and attentive. Her motherlyness (of thats a word) is very evident. Ivy was very kind as well. I understand she had moved on, I hope she does well.

I am very happy with my hearing aids. The installment plan is a great help.

All the best to you and Chris and Carol and your company.

Very truly yours,
Jack M.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Beltone Announces Winners of 4th Annual Better Hearing Give-Away

Beltone New England announced today the names of the winners of their 4th Annual Better Hearing Giveaway.  This year’s month-long event took place across the six New England states, including Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont.  Five winners were chosen.

Each of the winners will receive a completely FREE set (2) of top-of-the-line, Beltone True™, premier hearing aids.  Each winner also receives a complete audiometric hearing evaluation to determine their optimal hearing aid solution based on the nature of the individual’s hearing loss, as well as all FREE life-time servicing and adjustments of the hearing aids. The Beltone True™ hearing aids being provided to all five winners are Bluetooth compatible and wirelessly connect to MP3 devices, radios, computers and cell phones; putting these winners on the cutting-edge of hearing technology.

“I am extremely excited to announce the names of this year’s winners,” said Michael Andreozzi, President and CEO of Beltone New England.  “This is my favorite time of year! Not only does it allow Beltone New England to give back to the communities we serve, it also presents us the fortunate opportunity to change peoples’ lives and give the ultimate gift – the gift of hearing,” he added.

The winners of the 2011 Beltone Better Hearing Giveaway are:

RI Winner – Maryann Senra
VT Winner – Susan Caruso
ME Winner – Emma Riley
CT Winner – Debbie Hayden
MA Winner – Trish Morse
*No winner was chosen in NH

Congrats to all of our winners!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Does your child or loved one suffer from Hearing Loss?

Is your child or loved one suffering from hearing loss?  Check out this informative segment of the Rhode Show with Michael Andreozzi, President of Beltone New England.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Beltone Testimonial

Beltone has been helping the world hear better for over 70 years. Take a trip down memory lane with us and experience the service Beltone has offered over that time...

Dear Beltone Staff,

Thank you for your assistance in correcting Curt's hearing loss.  Your kindness and understanding along with your expertise in assessing the best course of treatment to enable a return to a full range of hearing was assuring.  Your assistant, Mary, reflects your gracious service and professionalism - she is always a pleasure to speak with.

We are so impressed with the new age technology of the Beltone True 9 System, which is so comfortable and barely noticeable that Curt almost forgets he's wearing them.  He is once again able to hear clearly even in the most crowded and noisy places - no echo or crackling complaints we used to hear about from hearing aid users of the past.  We are once again able to listen to radio, TV, use a speaker-phone, etc. at a normal range and conversations are so much easier.

It's so nice to know that you and Mary [in the South Dennis Office] are just a few minutes drive away from our home on The Cape to answer any questions or supply us with free batteries; but also that while traveling we would be able to get assistance from any Beltone office.

Thank you sincerely, Gerry and Mary.

Kind regards,

Jennifer Douglas

South Chatham

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


Beltone has been helping the world hear better for over 70 years. Take a trip down memory lane with us and experience the service Beltone has offered over that time...

Dear Mr. Andreozzi,

I just wanted to send this note to tell you how pleased I was with the treatment I received from your Hearing Instrument Specialist Lisa Turbitt.  I went to the Chelmsford Center Office because I was having problems with background noise and sound adjustments.  She was extremely patient with me, explaining in great detail how to make the necessary adjustments that would ensure I get the best use and sound from the devices.  She is very personable and deserves recognition for her performance.


Ms. C. L.