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Hearing Aids

Do You Need a Backup Hearing Aid?

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Hearing Aids

Do You Need a Backup Hearing Aid?

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Hearing Aids

Hearing Aids Are Tax Deductible

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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 Just because your hearing aid is the “old” one doesn’t mean it’s outdated or not useful.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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Hearing Aids Are Tax Deductible

As the filing deadline looms large, you may be gathering those final details, including receipts for your deductions. Did you purchase hearing aids last year? If so, you’re in luck! Hearing aids are tax deductible if you itemize your medical deductions on your federal income taxes. In fact, the savings includes hearing-related costs for you, your spouse and your dependents. As with most things related to taxes, there are some caveats. We’ve gathered some of the most relevant information for you. And if you’ve already filed, keep this in mind as you plan medical spending for 2018, so you’re ready next year.

To deduct or not to deduct – that is the first question

Not sure if you can deduct your hearing aids? To start, you must decide if you will itemize your medical expenses or not. If you don’t itemize your deductions, then you can’t take advantage of this savings. However, if you have significant medical expenses, it might be worth it for you or your family to do so this year. For the next two years, if you spend more than 7.5% of your income on medical expenses1, you can deduct medical costs from your insurance. (Previously, the threshold had been 10%.) Some years, itemizing may make more sense than others. If you have invested in hearing aids and had other significant medical expenses, such as a hospital stay or surgery where you paid a portion of the cost, this may be the right year to deduct these expenses.

What can you deduct?

According to TurboTax2, the following hearing-related expenses can be deducted:

  • Hearing aids, batteries, maintenance costs and repairs
  • Equipment to link your phone, including phones with special ringers, captioned phones and teleprinters. If you had to pay for repairs, this is covered, too.
  • Televisions and related accessories that amplify sound, provide closed captions and their repair costs
  • A guide dog, including veterinary, grooming and food expenses
  • Wiring your home with special smoke detectors, doorbells and burglar alarms

Keep this in mind when considering hearing aids as a tax deduction

For many of us, doing your taxes can be confusing. If you are doing your own, here are a few tips:

  • When itemizing your taxes, use Form 1040 Schedule A – Itemized Deductions.3
  • The IRS offers an Interactive Tax Assistant online tool to help you figure out what expenses are deductible.
  • Remember to keep all of your receipts!

Of course, we are not tax experts, and highly advise you to bring specific financial questions to your tax advisor or an accountant.

Need more information on medical expenses and taxes?

You may wonder what counts as a medical expense. Another great source for information is the IRS’s information page on medical and dental expenses.3 If you have a person in your household, such as a parent or child, who purchased hearing aids last year, you can only deduct these costs if you claim this person as a dependent on your taxes – even if you paid for the hearing aids.

Already filed your taxes? No worries – there’s always next year

If you are a first-time hearing aid wearer or you are looking to upgrade, remember to save your receipts, because before you know it, you’ll need them for next year’s filing. If you know you will have significant medical expenses coming soon, this might be a good year to spring for the latest technological advances. That way, Uncle Sam can pay you back next year. For more information on the latest in high-tech hearing aids, give us a call at (631) 993-4719.

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Hearing Aid Safety During Spring Activities

It’s finally Spring, and we bet you are dying to get outside. We are too.

One thing you may not realize is that the weather can wreak havoc on the delicate instrumentation of hearing aids.

Here are a few things you need to keep in mind as the seasons change when it comes to keeping your hearing aids safe, and operational.

If you are working out, either put sleeves on your behind the ear hearing aids, or take them out.

Behind your ears can get pretty sweaty when you are working out. All that moisture is bad news for hearing aids. There are special sleeves that go over the behind-the-ear portion of your hearing aids that help keep them safe, or just take them out.

Check the weather before you go out.

You don’t have to stay inside unless the sun is out – but you should be prepared for the weather. Umbrellas are great, but if it’s going to be windy and rainy, you should probably don a rain hat.

This time of year can be just plain moist.

The transition of seasons is always a little unstable, and we all know Spring can be the wettest time of the year. When you have your hearing aids out, leave the battery door open so they can dry out, or use a dehumidifier. In a pinch, you can use the same trick we all use for cell phones who’ve taken an unexpected plunge – placing your hearing aids in uncooked white rice in a sealed bag can do wonders.

If you are going to be at the beach, leave the hearing aids at home.

Spring Break is an invigorating time of year. Many families head to the beach to alleviate the doldrums of winter. But sand and hearing aids do not mix. You are better off leaving them in a safe place.

Poolside is okay for hearing aids – but not in the pool.

As long as you can remember to remove your hearing aids before you jump in the pool, you are good to wear them poolside. We recommend taking a colorful container that you leave our nearby to remind you to pop your hearing aids into before you take a dip.

Regularly have your hearing checked. Seasonal changes can be a good reminder to schedule an assessment.

We suggest having your hearing checked even before you think there might be damage. That gives you a baseline to go off of – if you visit again in a year and there is a drastic change, you will know that you have to do more to protect yourself.

Your hearing care professional can help you determine what’s best for you and your lifestyle.

Protect your hearing now, before it’s too late!

If you want to learn more, or have questions, just let us know. We’d love to see you and answer anything you’ve got for us.

Want to learn more? Make a no-obligation appointment. Should you need hearing aids, we will help you find the right design for your ears. Call (631) 993-4719 to book time with us.

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