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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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Do Changes in Weather Affect Your Hearing Loss and Hearing Aids?

Fall is fast approaching and with it come seasonal weather changes. Is there anything you need to do to prepare for the changes in the weather? Do changes in weather affect your hearing or hearing aids? For many patients, weather changes like changes in pressure and especially colder weather can bring about some hearing problems and when the temperatures drop, that can affect hearing aid functions too.

Changes in Barometric Pressure

When the seasons change, weather fronts bring about changes in barometric pressure. When barometric pressure drops quickly, the pressure outside your ears goes down before the pressure inside your ears can acclimate. The fluid in your ears is very sensitive to these changes and can cause the sensation of ears popping due to the pressure imbalance.

Increased Risk of Ear Infections

Long term exposure to cold weather can increase chances of ear infections. This is because the cold weather decreases circulation in the ear. The World Health Organization (WHO) lists chronic ear infections a main cause of hearing loss. To prevent ear infections due to the cold weather, make sure to wear hats, ear muffs and other gear to keep your ears warm.

Surfer’s Ear

Another reason you should protect your ears from cold weather is to help prevent a condition called exostosis, commonly known as ‘surfer’s ear’. Prolonged exposure to strong winds, cold water, and cold, damp conditions can promote abnormal growth on the bones inside the ear canal. The bone growth can block the passage and interfere with hearing.

Hardened Earwax

You know that it’s cold out when the temperatures drop enough to harden your earwax. This can cause discomfort and even a blockage that can interfere with your hearing. Remember not to try to remove earwax using a cotton swab tip. Although his seems to be a common habit, it’s a bad one and can cause further damage, instead follow our tips for safe earwax removal.

Inclement Weather and Hearing Aids

We already discussed about the dangers of water and hearing aids. Even a bad rain storm can damage your hearing aids if water gets in and interferes with the inner workings of these sensitive devices. However, it isn’t just wet weather that you need to protect your hearing aids from. The cold can also pose a threat to your listening devices. The cold weather can impact hearing aid functions. Hearing aid batteries, like other electronic devices also usually don’t keep a charge for as long as they do in warmer weather.

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 anything you’ve got for us. Here at Smithtown Hearing Services we are dedicated to your hearing health and all aspects of your life, living with hearing loss!

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Hearing Loss and Communication with Your Partner

Did you know? August is Romance Awareness Month, so we wanted to talk about hearing loss and communication with your partner. Hearing loss doesn’t only affect the person who has it, their relationships can suffer too. The relationship with your significant other can suffer the most when communication breaks down. Instead of letting that happen, make communication a priority and keep the romance alive. Here are tips for communicating with your partner when hearing loss comes into play.

Hearing Aids Can Help

Hearing aids are the primary treatment for hearing loss. Once someone with hearing loss gets hearing aids, most of the problem communicating will be resolved. No more asking “what” all the time, which can put a strain on even the strongest relationships. Hearing aids take that burden away immediately and puts you back on a path for better communication. Misunderstandings can get in the way of relationships while proper hearing and communication eliminates them.

One of the things that can cause relationship problems for those who have hearing loss is that it prevents them from wanting to go out and be social. Hearing aids can make social interactions fun again when they allow you to hear in restaurants, the movies, and even at loud parties with friends. Another way that hearing aids help your relationship is they help you regain your independence. While couples promise to be together through sickness and health, hearing loss can be a challenge to continue to live with since there is a solution available in hearing aids.

Once hearing aids come into the picture, there is no longer the need for repeating and translating everything that is said. Once all of these challenges are overcome, it can take a great deal of strain and stress off of your relationship, allowing you to relax and be intimate without the weight or burden of hearing loss to come in between you.

Consult with the Experts at Smithtown / Sayville Hearing Services

If you want to learn more, just let us know. Contact us today to schedule a FREE assessment. We’d love to see you and answer anything you’ve got for us. Here at Smithtown Hearing Services we are dedicated to your hearing health and all aspects of your life, living with hearing loss!

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New Smoke Alarms for the Hearing Impaired

When you are dealing with hearing loss, there are many important things that you might miss if you let your hearing loss go untreated. You might associated being hearing impaired with not hearing people speak, but there are other important sounds you could be missing out on. Even for hearing aid wearers, they can’t be in all the time. Usually hearing aids are not worn overnight while sleeping and that is when the danger of not hearing something as important as a fire alarm can come into play. One of the latest innovations for the hearing impaired includes a new smoke alarm designed especially for them.

How Hearing Impaired Smoke Alarms Work

Some of the latest inventions and innovations will help the hearing impaired. The smoke alarm for the hearing impaired. It has several features that will alert someone who cannot hear to the danger. It still has a smoke detector with the usual loud siren but also has a blinding strobe light. The second part has a device that looks like an alarm clock that releases a low-frequency noise that can be “felt” when it is triggered by the smoke alarm. A third part is a vibrating device that is placed in between the mattress and the box spring and it will shake the bed to wake up the person.

Smoke alarms for the hearing impaired are just one of the latest inventions to help the hearing impaired. There are other devices that will alert people to the door bell, phone ringing, etc.

Consult with the Experts at Smithtown / Sayville Hearing Services

If you want to learn more, just let us know. Contact us today to schedule a FREE assessment. We’d love to see you and answer anything you’ve got for us. Here at Smithtown Hearing Services we are dedicated to your hearing health and all aspects of your life, living with hearing loss!

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