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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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Hearing Aids Are Tax Deductible

As the filing deadline looms large, you may be gathering those final details, including receipts for your deductions. Did you purchase hearing aids last year? If so, you’re in luck! Hearing aids are tax deductible if you itemize your medical deductions on your federal income taxes. In fact, the savings includes hearing-related costs for you, your spouse and your dependents. As with most things related to taxes, there are some caveats. We’ve gathered some of the most relevant information for you. And if you’ve already filed, keep this in mind as you plan medical spending for 2018, so you’re ready next year.

To deduct or not to deduct – that is the first question

Not sure if you can deduct your hearing aids? To start, you must decide if you will itemize your medical expenses or not. If you don’t itemize your deductions, then you can’t take advantage of this savings. However, if you have significant medical expenses, it might be worth it for you or your family to do so this year. For the next two years, if you spend more than 7.5% of your income on medical expenses1, you can deduct medical costs from your insurance. (Previously, the threshold had been 10%.) Some years, itemizing may make more sense than others. If you have invested in hearing aids and had other significant medical expenses, such as a hospital stay or surgery where you paid a portion of the cost, this may be the right year to deduct these expenses.

What can you deduct?

According to TurboTax2, the following hearing-related expenses can be deducted:

  • Hearing aids, batteries, maintenance costs and repairs
  • Equipment to link your phone, including phones with special ringers, captioned phones and teleprinters. If you had to pay for repairs, this is covered, too.
  • Televisions and related accessories that amplify sound, provide closed captions and their repair costs
  • A guide dog, including veterinary, grooming and food expenses
  • Wiring your home with special smoke detectors, doorbells and burglar alarms

Keep this in mind when considering hearing aids as a tax deduction

For many of us, doing your taxes can be confusing. If you are doing your own, here are a few tips:

  • When itemizing your taxes, use Form 1040 Schedule A – Itemized Deductions.3
  • The IRS offers an Interactive Tax Assistant online tool to help you figure out what expenses are deductible.
  • Remember to keep all of your receipts!

Of course, we are not tax experts, and highly advise you to bring specific financial questions to your tax advisor or an accountant.

Need more information on medical expenses and taxes?

You may wonder what counts as a medical expense. Another great source for information is the IRS’s information page on medical and dental expenses.3 If you have a person in your household, such as a parent or child, who purchased hearing aids last year, you can only deduct these costs if you claim this person as a dependent on your taxes – even if you paid for the hearing aids.

Already filed your taxes? No worries – there’s always next year

If you are a first-time hearing aid wearer or you are looking to upgrade, remember to save your receipts, because before you know it, you’ll need them for next year’s filing. If you know you will have significant medical expenses coming soon, this might be a good year to spring for the latest technological advances. That way, Uncle Sam can pay you back next year. For more information on the latest in high-tech hearing aids, give us a call at (866) 604-8057 .

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