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Hearing Aids

Taking Care of Hearing Aids in Cold Weather

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Hearing Aids

Taking Care of Hearing Aids in Cold Weather

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Hearing Aids

Do You Need a Backup Hearing Aid?

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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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Are these Problems Preventing You from Benefiting from Hearing Aids?

Are you among the 80% of people who are not benefiting from hearing aids even though you have them? That’s right, the National Institute of Health (NIH) estimates that only 20% of people who have hearing aids are wearing them regularly and experiencing the better hearing benefits. We are here to help you troubleshoot your hearing aid use to ensure that you are getting the most out of them.

If you are experiencing any of these problems with your hearing aids, please call us right away to make an appointment so that we can help solve them for you. After all, you already made the investment in hearing aids, let’s make sure that you are enjoying the benefits too.

  1. Not fitting right. Your hearing aids are not only calibrated for your hearing, but also molded to your ears. If they are no longer fitting properly, make an appointment. It can just need a simple adjustment or re-molding to be able to work right again.
  2. Not working correctly. If you aren’t hearing the same way you could when you first got your hearing aids, then they might need to be re-calibrated. We can do that during your next visit, just call for an appointment.
  3. Outdated technology. Hearing aids aren’t made to last forever. New technology is invented all the time and if your hearing aids are outdated, come in for a consultation to see what is available or what can be done. If you aren’t ready for new hearing aids, we can still see about adjusting your current hearing aids so that they can continue helping you hear.
  4. Unsure about wearing them. Many people who get hearing aids don’t realize that there is a bit of an adjustment period to get used to them. Remember, practice makes perfect, but if you need help getting used to wearing your hearing aids, don’t hesitate to call us for a consultation.

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! 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 You Need a Backup Hearing Aid?

Hearing aids are delicate and intricate pieces of technology. While it is never necessary to have a backup or spare hearing aid, it is definitely a good thing to have. Today, we will cover some of the reasons why you should keep a backup hearing aid and tell you how to manage keeping a spare one.

4 Reasons You Should Have a Spare Hearing Aid

  1. Never miss a moment. If you carry a spare pair of hearing aids with you as a backup, you never have to miss out or worry about not hearing if your main pair of hearing aids stop working unexpectedly or the batteries die.
  2. You can also use your backup pair of hearing aids while your main hearing aids are charging.
  3. If you have travel planned, you can opt to take only your backup pair or bring both along so that you are sure you will hear everything as you travel. When you travel, having two pairs of hearing aids can be a big help if one stops working properly and you aren’t near our offices to come in and have them adjusted.
  4. Recycle and reuse are an excellent reason to keep your old pair of hearing aids as a backup rather than just throwing them out, make use of them.

How to Get a Backup Hearing Aid

You can always purchase an extra pair of hearing aids. This will ensure you have a backup hearing aid whenever you need one. The more common way to get a backup hearing aid is when you keep your old pair after upgrading to a new one. Just because your hearing aid is the “old” one doesn’t mean it’s outdated or not useful. Keep an open mind so that you can always have that safety net. Once you get used to using your hearing aids, you realize what you were missing out on and want to ensure that doesn’t happen again.

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! We have two convenient hearing center locations on Long Island: one in Sayville,NY and the second in Smithtown,NY.

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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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