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June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month: The Connection between Your Brain and Hearing

Hearing loss due to aging is a common condition that impacts many older adults. While you might think that the only side effect of hearing loss is not being able to hear well, that isn’t the case. Untreated hearing loss can cause issues with your social and emotional connections; but it can also cause a loss of brain function that studies show can increase your chances of dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. Since this month is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, we are shedding some light on the connection between your brain and hearing. You may not realize that your brain is what actually processes the sounds that you hear. In other words, it is actually your brain that hears, not your ears. Read on to find out about the latest studies and research being done to explore the connection between untreated hearing loss and the brain.

Untreated Hearing Loss

It is important to note that it is not the presence of hearing loss that causes Alzheimer’s or dementia, it is the taxing of the brain when hearing loss goes untreated that causes the problem. Research from John Hopkins and the National Institute on Aging shows that the longer you have untreated hearing loss, the greater the chance you have of your brain forgetting how to interpret sounds and speech. Researchers believe that the brain acts similar to how muscles do when you don’t use them and almost “loses the muscle memory”. This is what makes seeking treatment for your hearing loss of the utmost importance. Not only will you be able to hear and communicate better, but it keeps your brain functioning optimally.

The Connection between Untreated Hearing Loss and the Brain

As we mentioned already, it isn’t hearing loss that causes issues with the brain including dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease, but the results of the brain trying to process sounds the ear can’t hear properly that taxes the brain. Researchers have been working on solving this puzzle for years and so far, they have several theories as to why:

  • Change in Brain Function: The stress of auditory processing when sounds cannot be heard or decoded might actually change the brain structure as a result of the strain.
  • Cognitive Load: This refers to how the brain has to work harder to try to process sounds and researchers believe the the rest of the cognitive functions suffer as a result and cannot work optimally.
  • Social Isolation: We already know that hearing loss can cause social isolation simply because of the communication issues; however, that social isolation over time can lead to mental health issues and that might be what causes loss of brain function.
  • Unknown Cause: Research is still ongoing and since so much is unknown about the human brain, researchers concede that the connection between hearing loss and the brain is yet to be discovered.

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. Have you noticed a decline in your ability to hear as well as you used to? If so, contact us today to schedule a FREE assessment. 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!

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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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