Family holidayThe holiday season is a time to get together with family and friends, share stories and enjoy a good meal. For those experiencing hearing loss, however, these large gatherings are often more stressful than joyful. 

If you have a loved one who is experiencing hearing loss, here are some ways to make the holidays a little more enjoyable for them.

 

cheer fundHelp us grant the Christmas wishes of Northern Iowa children this holiday season.

To help make the holiday’s special, we’ve partnered with The Globe Gazette Good Cheer Fund to make sure every child in need has a present to open this year.

The Christmas Cheer Fund began in 1927 with the hopes that every child would have a gift on Christmas morning.  It has since grown to help families of all ages.

The rules are simple: Like our Facebook page. To make sure all of the presents are wrapped and under the trees by Christmas, our Cheerful Wishes campaign will only run until December 20th, or until our $1000 goal has been reached.

For every new person that “Likes” our page, we’ll donate $1 to the Globe Gazette’s Christmas Cheer Fund. You can help reach more families by sharing the page and encouraging others to “like” it as well. 

To learn more about the Christmas Cheer Fund and the 2017 applicants, visit http://globegazette.com/

HSA FSA cardsWith the holidays approaching, many are looking to expand their budget for gifts and charitable giving. One area people commonly overlook is their medical needs, and the funds in their Health Savings or Flexible Spending Accounts.

Many are unaware that their hearing aids, hearing aid batteries and additional hearing device equipment are covered by an HSA and FSA. 

MoxiFitR Charger Left ASNearly every hearing aid manufacturer provides rechargeable hearing device options. But what are the benefits of these devices versus traditional ones? The experts at Hearing Associates explain why you should consider the rechargeable option if you’re in the market for new hearing aids.

Save Money on Batteries

After the initial investment in a docking station, there’s no need to purchase additional batteries. Not only does this save on those purchases, but it also saves you an extra trip to the store when all you need is a package of batteries. 

The Lion's ClubAfter you’ve upgraded your hearing aids, what do you do with the old ones? Did you know there are organizations that can recycle, refurbish and even refurbish your old hearing aids?

Hearing Associates works with the Iowa Lions Club Hearing Aid Bank, who accepts unused hearing aid devices, refurbishes them, and distributes them to qualified individuals.  If you or someone you know is in need of financial aid for a hearing device, you can apply for assistance.

If you have an old set of hearing aids you would like to donate, bring them into Hearing Associates and we will send them to the Iowa Lions Club on your behalf. We are happy to provide a receipt for the tax-deductible donation of the hearing aids.