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5 Reasons to Get Your Hearing Checked

Most of us will get our eyesight checked once a year. So why is it so many of us neglect our hearing over other health checks? The sooner a hearing loss is detected and treated the better, yet it takes on average 7 years before people seek help. The Hearing Loss Association of America estimates that around 48 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss, making it the third most common health condition in the U.S.

If this isn’t enough to get you booking your next hearing assessment, we would like to share 5 reasons why you should.

  1. A study published in JAMA linked hearing loss with depression and dementia. NIDCD has also found links with depression. As hearing loss increases so does the risk, however treatment can help reduce the risk of cognitive decline.
  2. Untreated hearing loss may lead to social withdrawal and isolation. If you find it difficult to communicate, especially in noisy environments, it can seem easier to avoid them. With treatment, your confidence to socialize and enjoy life will return.
  3. You are at risk of injuries and accidents if you have untreated hearing loss. According to Professor Neil Bhattacharya at Harvard Medical School, your hearing is a “special sense with a tremendous protective role”.
  4. Links to serious medical conditions have been found. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has found that hearing loss is twice as common in those with diabetes. This means your hearing loss may be a sign of an underlying condition, such as diabetes, high blood pressure or cardiovascular disease.
  5. A hearing check is quick and painless. We will talk you through every step of the process and we will discuss your results and treatment options on the same appointment.

Talking About Hearing Loss Can Help

Don’t be afraid to talk to family and friends about your hearing loss, explain what you may need help with. For example they may be able to help you feel more included in group conversations. Likewise, if you struggle in your place of work, let your supervisor or the Human Resources department now. They may be able to help you with specialized equipment, such as a caption phone.

You may also want to consider looking for local support groups. Not only will it help demonstrate how common hearing loss and hearing aid use actually is, it may help you feel less isolated.

Regular screening of your hearing is just as important as eyesight and general health checks. If you are ready to take control over your health and hearing please call (631) 993-4719 or click here to book a consultation with the hearing care professionals at Smithtown / Sayville Hearing.

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When You are Hearing Impaired, More than Your Hearing is Affected

Many people see hearing loss as an inevitable part of ageing. They are unaware of the  impact that an untreated hearing loss can have to their quality of life. To raise awareness of this and to encourage more people to seek professional advice, we’re going to highlight how hearing loss can affect more than just your ability to hear.

Quality of Life

Hearing loss doesn’t just affect the person experiencing it. Relationships with friends, family and coworkers can all become strained. This can lead to social isolation, anxiety, low self esteem, frustration, embarrassment and depression.

A 2017 study by NIDCD found that more than 11% of people with hearing loss also suffered from depression. This could potentially be down to how hearing loss affects both loneliness, lack of confidence and the way motor skills and productivity work.

Health

A JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery study used data from 200,000 people 50+ who had untreated hearing loss for 2 years and showed how likely they were to experience other health problems. They found the longer hearing loss was left untreated the higher the risks.  Here are some other recent study findings that highlight the health implications.

  • Lifespan – JAMA otolaryngology-Head and neck surgery online edition, (Sept 24, 2015) suggested that adults with untreated hearing loss may have a shorter lifespan.
  • Injuries – A Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and National Institute on ageing  study found that even mild hearing loss can triple your fall risk, increasing 1.4 times for every additional 10 decibels of hearing loss. Professor Neil Bhattacharyaat of Harvard Medical School says there is a strong connection with leisure activities and workplace injuries “If you can’t hear well, you lose that crucial warning system that would signal to you that a car or truck is driving up behind you while you’re biking, for example.” “hearing has a tremendous protective role,”
  • Cognitive Decline – The same team John Hopkins team also found that untreated hearing loss speeds up age-related cognitive decline by as much as 30-40%. A possible explanation being that the brain may be expending too much energy processing sound at the expense of memory and thinking.
  • Dementia – John Hopkins also showed that adults with mild untreated hearing loss are twice as likely to develop Dementia and those with severe hearing loss are 5 times as likely.

Advice

  • If you are concerned about your hearing, speak to a hearing care specialist ASAP.
  • Follow a healthy diet and regular exercise plan.
  • Stay social and speak about your difficulties with those close to you.
  • Stay alert and aware of surroundings.
  • Use your hearing aid / devices to enrich your life.

Your hearing is vital to both your health and happiness and those close to you. Assessments are quick, pain free and our caring professionals will talk you through your options. It takes the average person 7 years to seek treatment. Why not get ahead of the crowd and take action today call us on (631) 993-4719 or click here to book a complimentary hearing assessment.

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Dating Tips for People with Hearing Loss

Dating can be difficult under most circumstances. The choice of what to wear, where to go, what to do can all be overwhelming. But what if you have a hearing loss to further complicate things?

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we’ve put together some dating tips for people with hearing loss.

Choose The Right Location

This is probably one of the more important decisions that can influence how successful your date is. Look for locations that are well-lit, with good acoustics and quieter such as cafes, coffee shops or restaurants. Not only will this help with lip reading, it will encourage conversation between you and your date! Don’t be shy to scope out locations in advance, and proactively suggest the venue. If you do go somewhere noisy like the movie theatre look out for hearing loops, use personal amplification devices or adjust hearing aid settings.

Arrive Early

Once you’ve agreed upon a location and time for your date, aim to arrive early. This is especially important if your date is in a bar or restaurant. Look for a quieter area, away from the noisy kitchen or larger tables.

Be Creative

Get creative with your date ideas. It’s often the unexpected dates that are the most romantic. Why not consider a picnic in the park, an intimate dinner for two or even a hike. Not only will the environment be quieter, the date will likely be more memorable.

How Soon Should You Mention Your Hearing Loss?

Understandably, you may be reluctant to mention your hearing loss too soon. It’s very much a personal decision. In today’s age of online dating, some people choose to disclose their hearing loss on their dating profile. Being upfront ensures your date is aware of your hearing loss from the get-go. Being honest will help you to relax and engage better. The alternative is potential awkwardness: guessing incorrectly or them feeling like you aren’t listening.

Find The Best Way To Communicate

In any good relationship, communication and connection should be mutual. Spend time finding the best way for you to communicate together. Work with your hearing ability rather than being limited by your impairments. For example, suggest a video call rather than a phone call.

Your hearing loss doesn’t have to interfere with your dating life. If you’d like to discuss further, why not book in an appointment with the hearing care professionals at Smithtown / Sayville Hearing? We are dedicated to your hearing health and helping you to live with hearing loss! To arrange a check up call today on (631) 993-4719 or click here to schedule a free hearing assessment.

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Taking Care of Hearing Aids in Cold Weather

Not sure why do you need to protect your hearing aids in cold weather? You might automatically recognize the need to protect your ears from the cold, but you may not realize that your hearing aids are delicate devices that also need protection from the elements of winter. Read on to learn why and how to take care of your hearing aids in cold weather.

Protecting Your Hearing Aids from the Cold

Most people aren’t in extreme cold temperatures for extended periods of time, and that is usually when extreme winter weather can have a negative effect on your hearing aids. So when you are outside, even if it is for shorter periods of time, make sure to bundle up and cover your hearing aids and ears with a hat, ear muffs, or a headband. Believe it or not, it is moisture from either condensation or sweating that is the biggest threat to your hearing aids, even in winter. When you are outside, it isn’t uncommon to sweat under all the layers of jackets, hats, and gear. This can, of course, get into your hearing aids and cause problems. The same goes for condensation buildup which can happen when you go from the cold outside into a heated building. Another cold weather hazard for your hearing aids involves the batteries. Cold weather can cause the batteries to lose their charge faster which can leave you unable to use your hearing aids if you don’t have a backup battery.

5 Tips for Taking Care of Your Hearing Aids in Cold Weather

Some of the tips we have for protecting your hearing aids from the cold are similar if not the same as other tips you might have heard before. However, you just may not realize the danger to your hearing aids from moisture during winter since it always seems dry.

  1. Keep your hearing aids clean. Wipe them down with a dry, soft cloth at least once a day.
  2. At night, leave your battery door open so that the inside can air out.
  3. If you have a dryer case or dehumidifier, use that each night and in the event your hearing aid has been exposed to moisture.
  4. Do not leave them outside or in your car, even if they are in the case in any temperature.
  5. See us for regular checkups and regular hearing aid maintenance.

Consult with the Experts at Smithtown / Sayville Hearing Services

If you want to learn more about hearing loss evaluations and treatments, just let us know. Contact us today to schedule a FREE assessment. We’d love to see you and answer any questions you have for us. Here at Smithtown Hearing Services we are dedicated to your hearing health and helping you to live with hearing loss! We have two convenient hearing center locations on Long Island: one in Sayville, NY and the second in Smithtown, NY.

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