Hearing Aids

Working Out with Hearing Aids

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Hearing Aids

Working Out with Hearing Aids

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Working Out with Hearing Aids

When you head out to the gym, you might think it’s a good idea to leave your hearing aids at home. You’d be wrong. With advances in modern technology, and tons of cool gadgets available, there is no reason to leave your hearing aids at home.

Here’s why:

If your hearing loss is profound, you will have balance issues if you don’t use your hearing aids.

This will make using a treadmill or other equipment not only hard, but potentially dangerous.

The extra moisture from sweat might seem like a problem, but it’s not.

Today’s hearing aids are fairly well moisture proof. A little extra sweat isn’t anything that will affect them. But, if it worries you, invest in a dehumidifier and use it post-workout. (In a pinch, you could throw them in a bag of long grain rice)

Worried about losing them mid-workout? Not a problem.

These days there are tons of products that help keep your hearing aids in place while you are working out. From headbands to tape there are tons of options that will keep them right where they need to be.  

If you don’t wear them, how are you going to hear your trainer, or emergency messages?

If you work with a trainer, you aren’t going to hear all of their instructions if you aren’t wearing your hearing aids. If you don’t work with a trainer, and there is an emergency situation, you might miss hearing important info for your safety.

Really, we believe there are not very many reasons to leave your hearing aids at home.

Hearing aids are designed to improve your life, not make it more difficult. Twenty years ago, leaving your hearing aids at home might have made sense, but these days it’s not necessary at all.

If you need tips on working out with hearing aids, stop in and chat us up.

We can help you determine what will work best for you.

We can’t wait to help you gain a better hearing lifestyle. 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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Do you need a spare pair of hearing aids?

If you currently wear hearing aids, we hope you are enjoying the benefits of optimal hearing with your device. You may not realize it, but you have come to rely heavily on the many ways they enhance your life. Did you ever stop to think what would happen if you lost them or left them at home while traveling? We have the perfect solution … a spare pair of hearing aids!

New advances in technology

The newest hearing devices employ the latest digital technology that include many exciting features and benefits such as:

  • The ability to connect directly to the internet, your smartphone and TV, so you can hear them without struggling
  • The availability of a new rechargeable unit+ that will save you hundreds of dollars on disposable batteries annually
  • The capability for you to listen to multiple speakers, even in noisy environments

With so many recent advances to hearing aid technology, now may be a great time for you to test out the latest state-of-the-art features, including smaller sizes and more subtle designs. No matter what your lifestyle, we now have options for you.

I’m ready for an upgrade, but what should I do with my older hearing aids?

When upgrading a cell phone, people often keep their old phones in case of emergencies like if their new phone breaks or gets lost. The same should hold true for your hearing aids as it is a smart idea to keep a spare pair for an emergency.

And even if you are still unsure about the need for a spare pair, we advise you to consider having us re-calibrate or reprogram your older devices. We know that there is a good chance that your hearing has changed significantly since you purchased them.

Isn’t one pair enough?

Having a spare pair gives you peace of mind in case of emergencies. Our clients find a spare set of hearing aids useful in many circumstances:

  • While traveling
  • At work
  • To store at your vacation home or at a relative’s house if you visit often
  • A “purse pair” – that way you always will have them among your essentials
  • In your safe or a place where you keep valuables

Why have a spare pair?

Just like your eyeglasses or cell phone, it’s a major inconvenience to be without them. They are the tools that keep you connected to the world around you. Besides, unlike a mobile phone or a pair of reading glasses, there is no way to just borrow someone else’s hearing aids in the case of an emergency. Hearing aids are calibrated to your individual needs.

Do you have a relative who may benefit from a spare pair? Hearing devices make a great gift.

Hearing well helps the entire family as it ensures clearer communication and overall understanding. If you have a loved one that “forgets to wear” hearing aids when visiting you, you may want to consider giving the gift of hearing with a set of new hearing aids. This way the older pair can “live” at your house and be ready to aid with your relative’s forgetful habit. We couldn’t think of a better gift that Santa could pull from his bag of toys that would help the whole family enjoy the season.

It all starts with a conversation

Hearing healthcare is important to your overall well-being. That is why we are inviting you to come in for a free hearing assessment*. Let us walk you through the entire process, consult you about your hearing and help you decide if hearing aids are right for you or your loved one. Give us a call today at (631) 993-4719 to get started on the road to optimal hearing.

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Have money left in your FSA? Spend it before it’s too late

If you are an employee with a Flexible Spending Account, you might want to double check your balance. Now may be a smart time to take care of your hearing healthcare needs, especially if you are one of the 48 million Americans1 with hearing loss. You can use your FSA for hearing aids, and if you hurry, you can still purchase with this year’s funds.

Why are FSAs important?

Many employers offer a Flexible Spending Account2 (FSA) as part of their benefits package. Sometimes referred to as a Health Flexible Spending Arrangement, an FSA is an account in which you place pre-tax dollars to cover medical expenses. FSAs save you money by allowing you to withhold pre-tax money from your pay, up to $2,600 per year.

Who can you buy for, and what does it cover?

These funds can be used for yourself, your spouse and your dependents throughout the calendar year. They can be used for:

  • Copayments
  • Deductibles
  • Medical and dental costs
  • Some medicines
  • Other health-related spending, including hearing aids

Why the urgency? Because FSA is “use it or lose it!”

Although you can spend the money on a wide array of medical services, medicines and medical expenses, unfortunately, it is “use it or lose it” money. You must spend the money within the calendar year. Although some programs have a grace period, others require you to spend all dollars by December 31st.

Can I use my FSA spending on my parents’ hearing aids?

Maybe, but only if you claim them as dependents on your tax return. Even if your parents live with you, they may not be your dependents, and therefore you cannot use FSA monies toward their healthcare. The same applies for your children. If you claim them on your taxes, you can cover certain medical expenses using FSA funds.

Looking ahead

Thinking about 2018? If your benefits package offers an FSA program, remember to elect to contribute funds next year. Check your employer’s open enrollment dates. If they are still open and you haven’t taken advantage of this tax savings, it may be the right option for you. Also, if you change jobs, you may be allowed to join outside of the enrollment period.

Don’t have a flexible spending program? We have options, too

Even if you don’t have this option, there are ways to keep hearing aids affordable. CareCredit® is a financing program for health-related costs that may help you pay over time.

Contact us for more information on hearing healthcare

Hearing healthcare is vital to your well-being. Find out if you are a candidate for hearing aids with our free hearing assessment*. Call Smithtown Sayville Hearing Services at (631) 993-4719 to learn more.

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Even with OTC Hearing Aids Readily Available, a Professional Assessment is Key

Due to recent legislation, hearing aids will be more accessible than ever

That does not, however, mean that you can skip a professional assessment. You may have heard that Congress recently passed The Over-the-Counter Hearing Act. But what does that mean?

What IS an OTC Hearing Aid?

“On August 18, 2017, President Trump signed the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017 into law.  With this groundbreaking legislation Congress and the President have sent a message to America that people with hearing loss need – and deserve – more affordable and accessible hearing health care.”

This is an idea we agree with on every level. Every American DOES deserve to have access to better hearing care.

At the current moment, even though the act has been signed into a law – the FDA has not yet approved any OTC hearing devices. When they finally do, OTC hearing aids will be available in many locations, and you will not have to get an assessment to get one.

Sounds great. Why is this a problem?

Well, it’s not a problem, per se…

But purchasing a hearing aid without first having an assessment of actual levels of hearing loss is paramount to borrowing a pair of your friends contacts even though they aren’t your prescription because it’s “better than nothing”.

This may seem like a silly correlation, but it’s really the truth.

You wouldn’t use a pair of someone else’s contacts, or wear their glasses, because you realize it isn’t really helping all that much. And in the long run, it might damage your vision. The same goes for buying a hearing aid without anyone helping you understand exactly what your challenge with hearing really is.

Before you purchase, make sure you understand what you need

More often than not, when hearing loss occurs, a hearing aid is the solution.

But sometimes, it isn’t. And you cannot know that for sure unless you get a comprehensive hearing assessment done by a certified hearing care professional such as an audiologist.

Hearing loss can be caused by impacted wax. Or it might be a temporary situation due to a medication you are taking.

We don’t want you to throw away money on a hearing aid you might not even need.

Let a professional help you make the right decision

We want you to hear at your best, and we are here to help you determine what your best options are.

If you aren’t hearing like you used to, come in and see us.

We can help you determine what your best options are to combat it.

We can’t wait to help you gain a better hearing lifestyle. 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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