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Olympic Heroes Who Have Overcome Hearing Loss

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Don’t Fall for Popular Email Scam Offering Cure for Tinnitus

Tinnitus can be a very frustrating issue for those that experience this type of ringing in the ears. Unfortunately, there is no cure, so do not trust promises or guarantees from strangers sending you emails about it. Instead, trust us at Smithtown Sayville Hearing Services to come up with a safe and viable solution for your tinnitus.

No Cure for Tinnitus

Lately, we’ve been seeing an influx of SPAM emails offering empty promises of a cure for tinnitus and we’ve been receiving calls asking about the validity of such email claims. If you have tinnitus, you already know that this is a ringing in the ears when there is actually no sound present. It can be very frustrating and since there is no cure, some people might resort to trying these supposed “cures” no matter how ridiculous sounding or dangerous they might be. We don’t want you to risk your hearing health or waste your money on these scams, which is why we are bringing this strange topic to your attention. If you have any questions about tinnitus treatment, don’t hesitate to call us right away.

You Are Not Alone

Tinnitus is actually a very common problem. The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) reports that more than 25 million Americans experience it. While there is no cure, most (about 90%) of people who have tinnitus also have hearing loss, according to the Hearing Health Foundation. Treating the hearing loss with hearing aids can help treat the tinnitus. There are some other treatment options for tinnitus that we offer as well. Call us to schedule an appointment and discuss your individual tinnitus treatment options.

Tinnitus Treatment Options

Just because there isn’t a cure for chronic tinnitus does not mean there aren’t treatment options available. Since tinnitus is a ringing in the ears, or sound that isn’t really there, our treatment options focus on supporting the brain as it tries to make sense of the sound. We use the following types of treatments for tinnitus:

  • Masking
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT)
  • Progressive tinnitus management therapy (PTM)
  • Sound generators
  • Sound stimulation

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. Getting your hearing on track is our goal. Here at Smithtown Hearing Services we are dedicated to your hearing health!

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4 Ways to Avoid Hearing Loss & Keep Your Ears Safe

In some cases, hearing loss is unavoidable – such as in age-related hearing loss, but many cases are totally preventable.

If your hearing loss is age-related, it’s simply because the tiny hairs in your ears have started to break down and they don’t function as well as they used to. It’s a natural process.

But with noise-related hearing loss, the hairs have been damaged by either too much sound, or sound that is too loud for too long. It’s caused by not protecting yourself, and again, it’s totally preventable.

Here are 4 ways to keep your ears and hearing safe:

Avoid loud noises.

Bit of a no brainer, no? The louder and longer you are exposed to such sounds, the more damage you are doing.

If you work in a loud environment, you should wear earmuff-style protecting every single day.

Clubs, concerts, lawn mowers, chainsaws, and any other noise that forces you to shout so the person next to you can hear your voice all create dangerous levels of sound

Take care when wearing headphones and earbuds

Truthfully, the best case scenario would be to stop using them altogether. We understand though, that this may not be a feasible option.

So, if you must use them, we have some ideas on how to protect your hearing.

  • Choose a pair that is noise cancelling. That way you don’t have to crank it up to cover the external noise around you.
  • Only turn the music up to the point that you can hear it clearly, but not too loud.
  • Keep in mind that the music has a direct shot into your ear, so it’s more concentrated than usual. Try to maintain the volume at about 60%.

Wear protection.

We mentioned this in the avoid loud noises part, but there are many instances where you simply cannot avoid loud noises. Lawns must be mowed. Felled trees must be cut into manageable chunks. Sometimes, concerts must be attended.

Be prepared with hearing protection that allows you to hear, but will keep the loud noise from damaging your hearing.

Regularly have your hearing checked.

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.

Still have questions?

We welcome you to call (631) 993-4719 to make an appointment today. Hearing starts with a conversation. Our friendly team is there for you throughout the process of identifying your needs, finding the right hearing aid (if that’s right for you), fitting, adjusting and following up with you. Your hearing satisfaction is our goal – and we measure our success through your wellness.

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Olympic Heroes Who Have Overcome Hearing Loss

The Olympics are under a month away, so let’s take a moment and look at some inspiring Olympians who have overcome hearing loss. Do you love the Olympics like we do? The excitement of the games, the Cinderella stories of athletes overcoming incredible odds to take a medal.

There’s nothing quite like it.

You may not realize that there have been several athletes over the years who have overcome profound hearing loss to compete in the games.

The earliest known athlete to compete in the modern games with hearing loss is Carlo Orlandi from Italy. He competed in 1928 and won the Gold!

Hugo Passos is a wrestler from Portugal who was the only wrestler for his country in the 2004 Athens games. He also participated in four Deaflympics.

Dean Barton-Smith is an Australian decathlete who participated in the 1992 Olympics. He now is the CEO of Deaf Children Australia.

Terence Parkin is South African swimmer who won the silver medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics. He also competed in the 2004 Summer Olympics

Jeff Float is a former American competitive swimmer, World Record holder, World Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist. When he was 13 months old, he lost most of his hearing and nearly died due to viral meningitis. Because of this, he is 90% deaf in his right ear and 65% in the left, thus becoming the first legally deaf athlete from the United States to win an Olympic Gold Medal.

Tamika Catchings has participated in the most Olympics. The female basketball player for the WNBA appeared in the 04, 08 and 12 games, assisting Team USA win the Gold in all three.

The most recent Olympian to compete with hearing loss is David Smith, a member of United States men’s national volleyball team. He competed in the 2012 games in London.

We love the drive and attitude of these athletes – who prove that anyone can overcome anything.

We hope these athletes inspire you like they inspire us. They didn’t let their hearing loss stop them from chasing their dreams – and you shouldn’t either.

If you aren’t hearing well, stop in and see us for an evaluation.

We can help you determine how to best serve your needs.

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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Holiday Party Tips For People with Hearing Loss

The Holidays are supposed to be a time of joy and reconnecting with family and friends. But when you suffer from hearing loss, it sometimes just feels a little stressful.  

The good news is that it doesn’t have to be stressful. If you are prepared with these tips, you’ll have a great time without feeling overwhelmed or isolated.

Tip #1 – Wear Your Hearing Aids.

This seems like a no-brainer to us. You were a smart cookie, and purchased hearing aids so you could hear better, so use them!

Make sure they are charged, and/or charge up an extra set of batteries to make sure you are ready when it’s party time.

Tip #2 – Don’t Sit By the Kitchen.

Or anywhere else that is particularly bustling or noisy. If you find a quieter spot to plant yourself, we promise you will have a better time.

You will be able to converse with your friends and family in an environment that is suited to your needs, rather than trying to struggle to hear over a bunch of background noise.

Tip #3 – If You Don’t Hear, Ask Them To Repeat, or Restate.

Repeating isn’t always helpful when you didn’t hear what someone said. Restating usually works better. Or if you heard a part of it, tell them what you heard so they can help you understand all of it. People aren’t annoyed – they want to have a nice conversation with you!

Tip #4 – If You’ve Got Technological Help – Use It!

You bought those gadgets for a reason, use them! Whether it’s a device that captions the conversation, or just something that helps tune out background noise, you should definitely use it.

If you follow these tips, you are sure to enjoy all the Holiday parties on your list.  

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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