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10 Tips for Cleaning Your Hearing Aids

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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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High-Tech Solutions for Hearing Loss

Do you have hearing loss? Maybe. Imagine if you could hear and remember better with less effort and stress on your brain. Wouldn’t life be easier if you had solutions to help you recall what people say? Good news! The latest hearing aids do just that.

How prevalent is hearing loss?

The answer is that many people have hearing loss and could benefit from using hearing aids. It could be you or a loved one.

Did you know?

  • One in three adults age 65 and above experience some form of hearing loss.1
  • Older adults who use hearing aids show reduced depression symptoms and improved quality of life.1
  • 60% of our military personnel return home from overseas with hearing impairment2, often as a result of noise exposure.
  • One in five teenagers has some level of hearing loss.2
  • Only 3 in 10 adults who had a physical exam in the last year say it included a hearing screening.3

Are you one of the nearly 50 million Americans4 with some degree of hearing loss? (If you aren’t sure, then it might be time for a hearing assessment.*)

Innovative solutions and advanced devices

Today’s hearing aids include very advanced hearing devices with innovative options. Their minuscule size, coupled with hair-toned color options, provides true discreetness. There are exciting new features that will change the way you think about and use hearing aids, including features that:

  • Automatically adjust to different soundscapes
  • Enable you to listen to multiple speakers, even in noisy environments
  • Connect directly to the internet, your smartphone or television via Bluetooth® and wireless capabilities

Most noteworthy, some models offer a convenient, new rechargeable+ unit that saves hundreds of dollars on disposable batteries annually.

Do I have hearing loss?

The first step is to identify your needs.* This involves:

  • Hearing assessment*, complete with baseline and familiar voice tests
  • Otoscopy exam of your ear canal (hearing loss may be from earwax)
  • Live demonstration* of the latest hearing aid technology

In addition, you can learn about the products through a demonstration.

Could your solution lie with high-tech hearing aids?

Our professional team is happy to discuss your needs and solutions that make sense for your lifestyle, habits and budget. Most of all, we want you to feel comfortable with solutions for your hearing loss. Rather than guess, we welcome you to call (631) 993-4719 to make an appointment today.

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