Tax Season is Here!

by Dr. Rachel Lynch on March 27, 2017

tax season

 

Tax Season is here!  Put your tax refund to good use and purchase hearing aids for you or a loved one.  If you have noticed a change in your hearing or someone is complaining that you don’t hear it may be time for a hearing test.  Research shows that people with hearing loss make 30% less income annually than those with good hearing.

At Sonology Hearing Aid Clinic we have hearing aids for all ears and budgets.  Starting at $1200 each up!  Call 205-313-0395 to discuss with our Audiologist your choices.  Treat yourself this tax season to something that will improve your quality of life and relationships with others.

Another great note is that hearing aids are tax deductible!  If your medical expenses are more than 10% of your gross annual income you may get a tax deduction.  Also, remember to look into special amplified telephones for the hard of hearing.  These can count towards your deduction as well!

How to Protect Your Hearing

by Dr. Rachel Lynch on March 21, 2017

noise exposure There are loud sounds around us everyday.  Long term noise exposure can lead to permanent hearing loss.  Noise can come from work or recreational activities.  The popularity of music devices has lead to more widespread hearing loss among younger people.  Once you acquire a hearing loss related to noise it is usually permanent.

Normal conversation is around 50 decibels.  When a sound goes over 85 decibels it can be considered dangerous to your ears.  Imagine the sound of  jet engine.  That can be 120 decibels loud.  It doesn’t matter how long you are around these loud sounds, they can still damage your hearing.

At Sonology we offer custom hearing protection for noisy environments and activities.  Custom hearing protection is made by taking a custom silicone mold of the ear so that the molds fit safely and comfortably in your particular ear.  These are usually worn for people who need daily ear protection.  Earmuffs are another great option for hunter enthusiasts and when working with power tools.  These can last for years.

Another thing to think about is when you are listening to your iPod try to put a monitor on how loud the music can go.  Wear earplugs to concerts to limit noise exposure. Happy Hearing!

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