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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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The National Campaign for Better Hearing

Encouraging all Americans to get their free hearing assessment* and help others address their hearing health and wellness.

We are pleased to sponsor the National Campaign for Better Hearing—an initiative with the simple but lofty goal of providing a FREE hearing assessment* to EVERY American aged 60 and over. The reason is clear: Research shows significant connections between hearing loss and other serious health problems like depression, mental fatigue, even increased risk of developing dementia.1 Plus, hearing loss is associated with social withdrawal and isolation.2

We are committed to improving community wellness through addressing hearing healthcare needs. The Campaign for Better Hearing gives us an excellent opportunity to join partners across the country in providing access to free hearing healthcare.

How can you take part in the Campaign?

Focus on your hearing: Early detection means improved outcomes

Early detection might not prevent hearing loss, but it may reduce some of its lasting impacts. Together, we can make a difference for the 48 million Americans1 who suffer from hearing loss.

Bring a friend to a hearing appointment

Most hearing assessments* include “familiar voice testing.” A family member or friend reads certain words to the individual, so they can see how well he or she understands a loved one’s speech.

Share your story

As hearing professionals, we have already helped so many, but don’t take our word for it. If you or a loved one has experienced the difference hearing well can make in your life, we’d like to share your story. Tell us about your successful journey to better hearing.

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Do you know the facts?

Studies show2 that untreated hearing loss can negatively affect relationships with friends and family, causing feelings of isolation and making communication difficult.

  • Older adults who use hearing aids show reduced depression symptoms and improved quality of life.1
  • Only 3 in 10 adults who had a physical exam in the last year say it included a hearing screening.3
  • Nearly 50% of adults ages 60-69 have hearing loss.4

Are you one of the nearly 50 million Americans1 with some degree of hearing loss? (If you aren’t sure, then it might be time for a hearing assessment.*)

Get started today by calling: 888-208-5148

1Hearing Health Foundation

2HEARing Cooperative Research Centre

3betterhearing.org

4National Institutes of Health

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New Year’s Resolution: Protect Your Hearing

It’s that time of year again when we all start making New Year’s resolutions. When you start making your list for 2019, don’t forget about your hearing health. Here are 5 ways you can protect your hearing in 2019 and into the future.

  1. Wear hearing protection when exposed to excessive noise. Noise-induced hearing loss is a serious problem. Each year many people damage their hearing and can suffer permanent hearing loss because of neglecting to protect their ears. If you are going to concerts, using power tools, or exposed to loud sounds regularly, they can permanently damage your hearing. Carry small earplugs with you all the time so that you are always prepared and plan to bring hearing protection when you know you will be some place where it will be very loud.
  2. Know how loud is too loud. Not all noises that damage your hearing are extremely loud, short bursts like gunshots or fireworks. The National Institute of Health says that noise levels above 85 decibels can cause damage if you are exposed to that level of noise for extended periods of time. This can be at a nightclub, a restaurant, or even from something like a vacuum cleaner; and you don’t realize that it is loud enough to cause damage. How can you know when an environment is loud enough to cause hearing loss? There are free apps available for download to your smartphone or mobile device that can alert you if you are in a place where the noise level reaches a dangerous level.
  3. Take a break during loud noises. If you find yourself in a situation where it is loud but haven’t brought your ear plugs or protective earphones, then give your ears a break in between the loud noises. A good rule of thumb is to walk away and take a break once every hour. Spending a few minutes in the quiet can help your ears recover and possibly protect them from permanent damage.
  4. Familiarize yourself with the law. If you are exposed to loud noises at work, your employer is required by law to provide the proper hearing protection for you. Click here to read more about OSHA requirements for workplaces and better understand the standards for hearing protection. Some of the loudest work environments include the military, airports, industrial, lawn care, maintenance, and construction jobs.
  5. Get regular hearing assessments with us at Smithtown Sayville Hearing. Hearing loss is gradual, so most of the time people with a hearing impairment don’t recognize that it is present until it starts to impact their everyday life. A hearing assessment is the best way to know if you have hearing loss and you can schedule one with us today.

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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