Are you concerned that maybe one of your loved ones might be suffering from a hearing loss?
If so, you’ll certainly want listen up during this segment because
we have a specialist with us. This is Perry Ebel, he is president and CEO of Beltone. And talk about.. there are many things I would say that make Beltone special. Talk about some of those reasons. I think the most important thing is that
Beltone tries to establish a relationship that lasts for years. So being the
oldest of the hearing a companies, probably the most well-known brand, we really take the hearing aid from its
design and its delivery through its care as long it lasts for anybody. That is wonderful. Let’s go back to talking about the hearing loss aspect. How would I know if someone that I love
having a hard time? Rather than them just always saying, “Excuse me? Pardon me?” What else should we look for? Well some the most common signs are that they have the TV up too loud or they’re constantly asking you to repeat the things you’ve said. And hearing loss
affects, not only a person who has it, because they’re constantly having to repeat. They tend to isolate themselves because they’re embarrassed by it. But, also everybody else around them; it’s very difficult to live with
somebody who has hearing loss and constantly having to repeat yourself. Let’s talk about something that I really wanted to get to because it’s fascinating to me. If you have a device such as an iPhone or an iPad you can actually operate your hearing aid now with this type of device. Is that right? It’s
a brand new product and it’s so exciting. It’s really taking
hearing aids from uh, they were already sophisticated and
very very small. Today’s hearing aids are computer-driven and they’re so small you
can really barely see them. In fact here’s one. Wow! You’re wearing one! And the new Beltone First product just got announced last week. The thing that makes it so interesting
is that for some time, we’ve been able to take hearing aids this size and, via bluetooth, communicate with
remote devices like a telephone. The problem was that you had
to wear another device to do this. Like this little device right here. Okay So you had to have an intermediate device. Now, these hearing aids communicate directly with the Bluetooth device so you don’t have to have any intermediate devices. You can use the Bluetooth as a phone, as a remote mic. It’s amazing what it does. Thank you for joining us. This is an exciting product and we’re happy to see it! Thank you.