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5 Reasons to be Thankful for Hearing Aids

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Hearing Aids

5 Reasons to be Thankful for Hearing Aids

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5 Reasons to be Thankful for Hearing Aids

This time of the year when we count our blessings and think about what we are thankful for, good hearing and hearing aids certainly top the list for anyone who has experienced a hearing impairment. However, there are more benefits from hearing aids beyond better hearing. Here are 5 reasons to be thankful for your hearing aids.

  1. Cutting-edge hearing aid technology. The high tech hearing aids of today allow you to connect to the world around you. The hearing aids available now are sophisticated pieces of technology. We describe them as mini computers that are professionally calibrated to your hearing needs.
  2. Better communication with loved ones. This is a benefit of hearing aids that people with hearing loss generally won’t realize until they begin hearing better again. During the holidays, what can be better than communicating better with your family and friends?
  3. Increased earning potential. The Better Hearing Institute has done research on the correlation between hearing loss and earning potential. Their study results show that untreated hearing loss can reduce annual earnings by as much as $30,000. However, when hearing aids are implemented the risk of decreased earnings was reduced up to 90%.
  4. Less tired feeling. People who suffer from hearing loss can also often experience listening fatigue. Since hearing is a process of the brain, when your ears do not hear well, your brain has to work harder to try to process and translate the sounds. This can often lead to always feeling tired; but hearing aids eliminate listening fatigue.
  5. Feeling more secure and independent. Once hearing aids are part of your life, you almost immediately realize how you can become independent again. The feeling of confidence is pretty indescribable when you no longer have to look for your “translators” to help you understand what is being said all the time.

Hearing Help Associates, Helping New Yorkers Hear Well Again

At Hearing Help Associates, we are always here to help you through all aspects of your hearing health. If you have any questions about hearing loss or hearing aids, please contact us  to schedule an appointment  with one of our hearing professionals today. We have 6 convenient audiology clinic locations for you in Long Island, NY: Babylon, Bayside, Bellmore, Great Neck, Jericho, and Rockville.

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Putting Off Hearing Aids Can Impact Your Quality of Life

If you already know that you have hearing loss, then it wouldn’t be any surprise that it affects your quality of life. However, many people don’t even realize that they have hearing loss and that is what is causing their communication issues that happen with various people every day. A recent article from vaildaily.com explains that in many cases, getting a better understanding of hearing loss can help people make those first steps towards doing something about it and getting a hearing assessment.

Facts About Hearing Loss

When people with hearing loss learn of how prevalent hearing loss is, it often puts them at east and convinces them to do something about it. Consider these facts from the Hearing Loss Association of America:

  • 48 million adults (20% of Americans) report some degree of hearing loss.
  • Hearing loss is the 3rd most common ailment. It follows heart disease and arthritis.

There are 4 levels of hearing loss:

  1. Mild hearing loss
  2. Moderate hearing loss
  3. Severe hearing loss
  4. Profound hearing loss

Unintended Consequences of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is almost always something that happens gradually over time. As a result, most people don’t recognize it since it is something they slowly get used to little by little. In addition to that, it seems that many do not seek treatment because of misconceptions or a stigma associated with hearing loss. When hearing loss goes untreated, there are many unintended consequences that can impact your daily quality of life. Communication is such a vital part of life and it is greatly compromised when one can’t hear well. It makes interactions with others strained, difficult, and even awkward.

Breaking the Hearing Loss Stigma and Dispelling Myths

Hearing is often thought of as something that only affects “old people” and hearing aids of old have given them a bad reputation. However, hearing loss affects anyone, no matter the age and is even becoming more prevalent among younger generations due to noise-induced hearing loss. The latest hearing aid models are not what you might have grown up thinking they are. They don’t whistle or make hearing worse. Instead, they are highly sophisticated devices that can help you hear, even in the most challenging situations and can connect to other technology and entertainment devices too.

Hearing Help Associates, Helping New Yorkers Hear Well Again

At Hearing Help Associates, we are always here to help you through all aspects of your hearing health. If you have any questions about hearing loss or hearing aids, please contact us  to schedule an appointment  with one of our hearing professionals today. We have 6 convenient audiology clinic locations for you in Long Island, NY including: Babylon, Bayside, Bellmore, Great Neck, Jericho, and Rockville.

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What To Do When Your Hearing Aid Gets Wet

Although most hearing aids now a days offer moisture protection, it is still important to keep them away from water.  Whether you lead an active lifestyle or just simply forgot to remove your hearing aid before taking a shower, accidents do happen. Below are some tips and other helpful advice on what to do when your hearing aid gets wet.

STEP 1: Turn Off Your Hearing Aid & Remove the Battery

It is recommended that if your hearing aid gets wet, you should immediately turn it off and take out the battery. Dry the battery meticulously with a dry cloth, and gently shake the hearing aid to remove all possible water. (NOTE: Before shaking it, make sure that the battery compartment is open.) Doing this will help you avoid causing more damage to your hearing aid device.

STEP 2: Dry Your Hearing Aid

Using a Hair Dryer or Fan

Unfortunately, hand-drying your hearing aids won’t remove all of the moisture, so it’s a good idea to use either a fan or a hairdryer to remove excess water. (NOTE: When using a hair dryer, make sure its on a cool setting and held about 10 – 12 inches from your hearing aid when drying.) Once you are done, lay your hearing aid on a newspaper and let it dry as much as possible.

Using a Dry Jar

You can use a dry jar which will help remove excess moisture and prolong the components of your hearing device. It’s compact size makes it ideal for home, office, or travel. Ask your hearing care provider for more information on using this product.

And Guess What?

At Hearing Help Associates, you receive a dry jar with every hearing aid purchase.

Using a Dehumidifier

A dehumidifier is a very useful device for the maintenance and care of hearing aids. This hearing aid accessory helps remove all humidity from the hearing aid as well as help eliminate the bad smell and bacteria. When using a dehumidifier, following these steps below:

  • Open the battery compartment and take out the battery, leave the battery compartment open.
  • Dry the hearing aid and the battery with a dry cloth.
  • Place your hearing aid and battery in an appropriate dehumidifying system.
  • Keep your hearing aid in the dehumidifier for 24 hours, or 3-4 drying cycles.

If Your Hearing Aid Get Wets with Salty or Dirty Water

If your hearing aid gets wet with salty or dirty water, the same procedure is still correct, but you should rinse your hearing aid device immediately with fresh water before being placed into the dehumidifier.

STEP 3: Replace Hearing Aid Battery

Insert a new battery into the hearing aid and check if it works. You might find that your hearing aid is working, but there may be some noticeable damage. In either case, it’s a good idea to schedule a follow up visit with your hearing care provider so that they may check your hearing aid and recommend any necessary hearing aid repairs.

If You Still Need Help, Contact Your Hearing Care Provider

If you have followed these tips and tricks and your hearing aid is still not working, take it to your hearing aid provider to see if repairs are needed. At Hearing Help Associates, we are always here to help you. If you would like to schedule an appointment with one of our hearing professionals, please contact us today.

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How to Have Summer Fun While Still Protecting Your Hearing Aids

Hearing aids and water just don’t mix, but water is a big part of summer fun. So how can you protect your hearing aids while still have fun in the great outdoors? We have all the answers you need to ensure that you don’t miss out on any summer fun when you plan ahead and follow our tips for protecting your hearing aids.

Tips for Protecting Your Hearing Aids

The key to protecting your hearing aids this summer is to plan ahead so that you never get stuck in a bind where they might be left in a position to get wet. In addition, keep the instructions that came with your hearing aids handy so that you can always refer to them if you have a question. Here are 10 tips for protecting your hearing aids from getting wet this summer.

  1. Find out what water rating your hearing aids have. Be sure to understand the difference between waterproof and water-resistant hearing aids.
  2. Carry a protective sleeve if your hearing aids are not water-resistant or waterproof.
  3. Do not leave your hearing aids in your car or out in the heat.
  4. Whenever you take your hearing aids off, dry them off or clean them off and let them dry out for a bit, if needed.
  5. Clean them daily with a dry, soft cloth.
  6. Store them in a dryer or dehumidifier overnight to remove any excess moisture.
  7. Give your hearing aids a break from long summer days. Consider finding some time, to take them out, clean them, and turn them off for a just short break.
  8. If you are traveling this summer, remember to bring your cleaning and storage supplies with you along with your connected devices and charger.
  9. Remember to keep hearing aids away from sunscreen and any other chemicals, hair products, or cleaning solvents. Even waterproof hearing aids cannot come into contact with any of these chemicals.
  10. Schedule regular hearing aid maintenance check ups with us to make sure your hearing aids continue to perform optimally.

Your hearing aids are a big investment, so you want to protect them and still use them to hear during all of your activities this summer. Please don’t hesitate to give us a call if you have any questions about protecting your hearing aids this summer.

Hearing Help Associates, Helping New Yorkers Hear Well Again

At Hearing Help Associates, we are always here to help you through all aspects of your hearing health. If you have any questions about hearing loss or hearing aids, please contact us  to schedule an appointment  with one of our hearing professionals today.

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