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10 Tips for Cleaning Your Hearing Aids

Did you know? Cleaning your hearing aids regularly can ensure that they are working properly and will extend the life of your investment. Remember to save the cleaning instructions that come with your hearing aids and follow the cleaning instructions and regimen that is specific to your make and model hearing aid. Whenever you have any questions about cleaning your hearing aids, feel free to give us a call, we are always here to help. Learn more about protecting your investment with our 10 tips for cleaning your hearing aids.

  1. Get the right cleaning kit that is made for your hearing aids.
  2. Keep extra filters and wax guards on hand and change them as directed.
  3. Always clean your hands before handling your hearing aids.
  4. When cleaning your hearing aids, work over a soft surface so that just in case they drop, they will not be damaged.
  5. Never use water to clean your hearing aids or any type of cleaning fluids; always use a soft, dry cloth.
  6. When you clean your hearing aids, take inventory of all of the pieces, tubing, and wires for solid connections, then remove any wax, dirt, or lint.
  7. When you clean your hearing aids, take the batteries out and clean them too.
  8. Store your hearing aids in a safe, dry place whenever not wearing them. A dryer or dehumidifier can help keep them clean and dry.
  9. Don’t wear your hearing aids while showering, bathing, swimming, or using hair products, hair spray, or the hair dryer.
  10. Schedule regular maintenance appointments with us so that we can make sure that your hearing aids are working properly.

Consult with the Experts at Smithtown / Sayville Hearing Services


If you want to learn more, or have questions before your appointment, just let us know. We’d love to see you and answer anything you’ve got for us. Getting your hearing on track is our goal. Here at Smithtown Hearing Services we are committed to better hearing and committed to you! Contact us today to schedule a FREE assessment.

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Making Better Choices During Better Hearing and Speech Month

It’s no secret, but your hearing health matters! Especially in May, which is Better Hearing and Speech Month. It means the difference between hearing the most important parts of the conversation, such as medical information, dates, prices or can’t-miss work-related details and missing vital information. At other times it may mean not hearing every story your grandkids want to tell you about their busy days. Maybe it’s something someone wants to whisper for your ears only. Whatever your circumstances, you deserve to hear well!

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month

Every May the hearing care community gets the word out that it’s important to focus on hearing wellness. This year professionals such as the team at Smithtown Sayville Hearing Services advocate for individuals to get their annual hearing assessment – if only to check against future testing – and to learn about hearing wellness.

Five things you can do to improve your hearing wellness

As part of your overall wellness, it’s important to focus on your hearing. That means much more than just getting your ears checked. It means investing in yourself in other ways. Here are some general dos and don’ts to consider this May:

  1. Use hearing protection – it’s key to preventing hearing loss. Avoid loud noise and if you will be around places with excessive volume, wear earplugs or other protective gear. Especially if your plans include concerts or explosives, such as fireworks. If you are not sure how loud something is, you can download a decibel app on your cellphone.
  2. Eat well and go bananas! Just as carrots are famous for helping vision, did you know that potassium is linked to auditory wellness? Other good things to eat include foods high in folic acid, such as spinach, broccoli, asparagus – and organ-meats, like liver.
  3. Don’t use Q-tips in your ears. If you grew up hearing “don’t put anything smaller than your elbow in your ears,” continue to heed that advice. The inner ear canal is sensitive.
  4. Be active. Exercise helps hearing. There’s a positive link between cardiovascular health and hearing acuity in recent studies.
  5. Know how well you hear! Make sure you have an annual hearing assessment. If you discover you have hearing loss, you aren’t alone. Some 48 million Americans1 have hearing loss. Even more have tinnitus (ringing in the ears).

Don’t be afraid to address hearing loss

Untreated hearing loss is linked with higher instances of dementia and depression, and it is linked to lower household income, if untreated.1 That’s why it’s important to use hearing aids, if warranted. Hearing well makes communication easier and allows individuals to communicate with confidence.

Can’t make it in May? Hearing wellness matters all year long

While Better Hearing and Speech Month is celebrated in May, we believe your hearing wellness matters all year long. Whether you need your hearing aids cleaned or want to help with handling a loved one’s hearing loss, we’re there to help address your hearing needs. Call (631) 993-4719 to make an appointment to make a no-obligation appointment.

1 Hearing Loss Association of America.

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Good Questions to Bring to Your Audiology Appointment

We welcome your questions and want to make you feel comfortable when you visit us for your appointment. When you make an appointment, start thinking about the questions you have. Not sure what to ask? The following are some good questions to bring to your audiology appointment.

  1. What could be causing my hearing loss?
  2. What type of hearing loss do I have?
  3. Is there anything I can do to prevent further hearing loss?
  4. Is there hearing loss in both of my ears and is it the same type of hearing loss?
  5. Can hearing aids help me hear better?
  6. If I need hearing aids, what different types and styles will work for me?
  7. How much do hearing aids cost and what does my insurance cover?
  8. What type of maintenance and upkeep are needed for my hearing aids?
  9. Can I connect other devices to my hearing aids to help me hear better?
  10. What do I do if my hearing aids break or need repairs?
  11. How often should I come back for checkups?
  12. Can family and friends help me cope with and adjust to hearing loss or hearing aids?

Consult with the Experts at Smithtown / Sayville Hearing Services


If you want to learn more, or have questions before your appointment, just let us know. We’d love to see you and answer anything you’ve got for us. Getting your hearing on track is our goal. Here at Smithtown Hearing Services we are committed to better hearing and committed to you! Contact us today to schedule a FREE assessment.

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Understanding the 3 Appointment Types

Nobody likes going to the dentist. That’s just common knowledge. It seems to be mostly because there is always an unknown factor – what are they going to find…and how many fillings am I going to need?

We don’t want visiting a hearing care provider to be like that, so we thought we’d fill you in on what to expect at the various types of appointments we offer.

Up first is the hearing assessment.

We recommend annual hearing assessments after your initial assessment (unless you notice drastic changes, in which case, come in immediately). That helps us monitor changes and adjust the plan to help you hear better as we go.

When you first arrive, we will go over your case history. This will involve a series of questions that help us understand what you might be struggling with, where things can be improved, and what your general health history is. It’s helpful if you bring a family member or close friend with you to help you answer these questions.

From there, we usually do a few tests. They don’t hurt, and they are non-invasive.

These are the typical tests you can expect. How many we do depends primarily on your level of hearing.

  • Otoscopy is a simple visual examination of the outer ear canal or ear drum using a medical device called an otoscope.
  • Tympanometry measures how well the eardrum is moving. This test helps detect fluid in the middle ear, a perforated eardrum, or wax blocking the ear canal.
  • Audiometry consists of air conduction and bone conduction testing. It’s done in a soundproof room, where you will raise your hand or push a button when you hear sounds. Air conduction testing sends pure tones through every part of your ear to test your hearing across different frequencies. Bone conduction testing measures the sensitivity of your cochlea using a bone vibrator placed behind your ear.
  • Speech recognition testing evaluates your ability to understand words and sentences spoken at a normal listening level. This helps determine the degree to which background noise interferes with your speech understanding, an important factor when considering your different treatment options.

At the end of this type of appointment, we will review your results and make a recommendation for treatment options that are best suited to you and your lifestyle.

If you decide to do hearing aids, we will discuss financing and make molds of your ears, if the type of hearing aid you choose requires them.

It’s a very laid-back situation and we do our best to make it as easy on you as possible.

The next type of appointment is all about the hearing aids. We demonstrate hearing aids, do fitting hearing aids, or doing routine checkups for your hearing aids.

With the different types of hearing aids, its a good idea to get a demonstration of each kind, hear the pros and cons of each, and then make a choice based on your hearing challenges and your lifestyle. An appointment dedicated to just this process is a really good idea, because it helps us focus just on that topic and not overwhelm you with other information.

Fitting your new hearing aids, or doing a routine checkup on your existing hearing aids falls into this type of appointment too – anything that has to do with hearing aids falls into this category.

Finally, we also do repairs and adjustments for your hearing aids.

These little devices can be fragile, and let’s be honest sometimes things don’t work the way they should. We can help. We’ve got the tools and the expertise to get them running again, whether they got wet, are clogged, or limited dexterity keeps you from doing something on your own – we can help.

The long and short stories are the same. Your hearing care provider wants nothing more than to help you hear better, and if you’ve been avoiding that initial appointment because appointments in general are not your favorite thing, we promise – this one will be easy-peasy.

We suggest having your hearing checked even before you think there might be damage. That gives you a baseline to go off of – if you visit again in a year and there is a drastic change, you will know that you have to do more to protect yourself.

Your hearing care professional can help you determine what’s best for you and your lifestyle.

Protect your hearing now, before it’s too late!

If you want to learn more, or have questions, just let us know. We’d love to see you and answer anything you’ve got for us.

We can’t wait to help you gain a better hearing lifestyle. Here at Smithtown Hearing Services we are committed to better hearing and committed to you! Contact us today to schedule a FREE assessment.

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