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3 Tips For Improving The Sound Quality Of Your New Hearing Aids

Posted by on May 12, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Tips For Improving The Sound Quality Of Your New Hearing Aids

If you recently started wearing hearing aids, you may be wondering if there is anything you can do to improve the sound quality and keep them in optimal working order. If so, use one or more of the following three tips. Wear Your Hearing Aids Every Day When you first receive your new hearing aids, you need to give yourself time to adjust to them. Not only will you have to get used to the way they feel in your ears, but you may also not be accustomed to they way they transmit sound into your ear canal.  Especially during this adjustment period, wear your hearing aids every day. This includes days when you do not feel like going out and may not see any need to wear them. The more you wear your hearing aids, the quicker you will get used to the feel and the sounds they produce. Remember That Louder Is Not Always Better When adjusting the volume on your appliances, you may be tempted to turn the sound all the way up, thinking that the louder the speaker, the better you will hear. However, louder is not always better when it comes to the volume on your hearing aids. For example, if you are in a room with a lot of people talking at the same time, you may notice that the voices start to overpower each other. In this case, you may want to lower the volume halfway. If you are playing loud music, however, you may need to turn it down lower to decrease the amount of crackling and distortion. Over time, you will learn for yourself when you should adjust the volume to a suitable level. This is yet another reason to wear them as often as possible, as discussed in the first section. Keep The Ear Piece Wax-Free Another way to improve the sound quality is to keep the ear pieces wax-free. If wax from your ears remains on the ear pieces, it can eventually clog up the speakers. If this happens, sounds may be muffled or perceived as if you are listening under water. Clean the wax off of your hearing aids every morning. Do not attempt to wipe it off at night while it is still wet, however, as you may smear it. Let the appliances air out over night to dry the wax, then wipe them clean. Using the above tips can help you improve and maintain the sound quality of your hearing appliances. However, if you have any questions or concerns, you may want to contact your hearing specialist to see if they have any additional advice. For more information, contact a company like County Hearing And...

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Key Questions To Ask When Determining If Your Teenager Is Ready For Contact Lenses

Posted by on May 12, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Key Questions To Ask When Determining If Your Teenager Is Ready For Contact Lenses

In today’s word, it’s almost impossible for teenagers to be unaware of the benefits of contact lenses. Given that more than one out of five people between the ages of twelve and twenty wear corrective lenses of some type, the need for glasses or contact lenses of some type for young people is clear. However, although many people find the use of contact lenses to be easy once they get used to it, they are still a medical device with the potential for harm if used improperly. Since some teenagers aren’t quite ready for all of the responsibilities associated with caring for their lenses, it’s a good idea to ask the following questions when your teenager requests new contacts.  Does Your Teenaged Son Or Daughter Practice Good Hygiene And Cleanliness Without Being Told?   One problem that has been seen in recent years has resulted from people who didn’t remove their disposable contact lenses often enough, allowing for the risk of significant irritation and infection. Given that the Food and Drug Administration has mentioned that teens are at a higher risk of not complying with the directions for safe use of contact lenses, it’s important to be sure that your teenager is able to do so. Since the best indicator of future behavior is often past behavior, you can assess the likelihood of your son or daughter wearing their contacts as recommended by considering how responsible he or she is with caring for themselves and their belongings. For instance, if a teenager remembers to do their own laundry, keep their room clean or follow through with other expected tasks without being reminded, it’s an excellent indicator that caring for their contact lenses won’t be a problem. If your teen needs to be reminded to do those tasks, it could be a sign that the opposite is true and it might be more appropriate to delay their use of contacts for a bit longer.       Why Does Your Teen Want Contact Lenses? As part of your decision-making process, you might want to take a minute to determine why your son or daughter wants to get contacts. That is due to the fact that contact lenses can be used for both aesthetic and medical reasons, so it’s best for your teenager to have reasonable expectations of their new contacts. For instance, some teenagers with low self-esteem might think that if their eyes were a different hue or a rarely seen color, their new look would help them to be more popular and thus, happier. Therefore, if your son or daughter wants contact lenses for that reason or a similar reason, you should educate them about the reality of the situation and of course, see what you can do to help them to improve their self-image. However, if they want the lenses because they just don’t like glasses or because being nearsighted forces them to minimize their ability to play sports, they will typically be a better candidate for them.           In conclusion, contact lenses can often make life easier for its users and there is an obvious aesthetic appeal from opting for them in lieu of glasses. Therefore, if you’re unsure as to whether or not your teen is ready for them, getting the answers to the above questions can help...

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Common Causes Of Anosmia: The Loss Of Smell

Posted by on May 12, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Common Causes Of Anosmia: The Loss Of Smell

Anosmia is a condition characterized by a loss of smell. While the condition can be temporary—such as in the case of severe nasal congestion due to a cold, allergy, or sinus infection—sometimes anosmia is a sign that something more is going on. Therefore, it’s important to see a doctor if your sense of smell fails to return to normal as your other sinus symptoms improve. Your primary care provider may refer you to an ear nose and throat doctor (ENT) to diagnose the underlying cause. Normal Aging Process Just like vision and hearing, your sense of smell can diminish as you get older. If an ENT specialist determines that age is the cause, anosmia (known as presbyosmia in this case) may not be treatable. The combination of less mucus production and the loss of nerve endings in the nose as you age can affect your ability to smell. When mucus production decreases, smells don’t remain in your nose long enough for the nerve endings in the moist surfaces to detect them. This can change the way you perceive smells. Aging and Medications Certain medications, such as anti-inflammatory drugs, heart medications, and antidepressants, that doctors prescribe to treat age-related illnesses can cause loss of smell as a side effect. In some cases, reducing the dose or substituting another medication may help restore some of your ability to smell. Aging and Progressive Disease Chronic, progressive diseases such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease, which are commonly associated with aging, can also affect your sense of smell. Alzheimer’s disease can affect the olfactory cortex in the brain which processes smells; therefore the loss of smell may be an early sign of Alzheimer’s disease. A reduced sense of smell may be an early symptom of Parkinson’s disease as well. Recent research suggests that the disease may have its origins in the gastrointestinal and olfactory systems before the protein clumps associated with the disease travel to other parts of the brain. Smoking Smoking dulls the senses, including the senses of taste and smell. Smoking damages the olfactory nerve—a cranial nerve that plays a key role in the sense of smell—impairing your ability to smell. An ENT doctor may insert an endoscope into your nasal passages to evaluate the extent of the damage smoking has caused to the nerves in your nose. Although your sense of smell may return after you quit smoking, heavy and long-term smoking can cause permanent damage whether you are young or old. Nasal Polyps If the cause of your anosmia is nasal polyposis, you may need surgery to remove the polyps blocking one or both of your nasal passages. Polyps in the nasal cavity are small, noncancerous growths that can prevent smells from reaching the olfactory mucosa where signals are carried from olfactory nerve fibers to the brain. Allergies and recurrent sinus infections often trigger nasal polyps. Removing these benign obstructions that block the air flow through nasal passages can restore your sense of smell. However, if inflammation of tissue high in the nasal cavity also occurs, you can suffer permanent damage and surgery may not help to restore your sense of...

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Large Dog Has Separation Anxiety? Here Are A Few Ideas To Help

Posted by on May 3, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Large Dog Has Separation Anxiety? Here Are A Few Ideas To Help

If your dog has separation anxiety, you are not alone. Separation anxiety is a very common issue, especially in small breeds, and can lead to destructive behaviors. However, several large dog breeds are also prone to having separation anxiety, including powerful German Shepherds, which means the destructive behaviors they have can be more drastic.  The problem can become so extreme that you dread walking into your home after a long day at work, because you don’t know what extensive damage you could find. To make matters worse, strong dogs can severely injure themselves when they try to escape a dog crate, so that’s not a good option. Here are a few suggestions if you have a large dog with separation anxiety.  Visit the veterinarian  The first thing to do is to rule out any medical conditions that could lead to separation anxiety. Your dog depends on you for a lot of things, including being taken outside to relieve themselves. When they see you leave and they are unable to alert you that duty calls. A well-trained dog can easily become upset when they have no choice but to do their duty indoors. Therefore, rule out any medical issues that could lead to separation anxiety.  Recondition your dog Condition your dog to associate being alone with happiness. Most dogs are happy when treats are involved, and most dogs love toys. There are several types of puzzle toys on the market today that give the dog a treat while the dog is playing with the toy. These types of puzzle toys can keep your dog busy during the first half hour or hour. Give your dog the puzzle toy only when you are gone. The dog can then associate your absence with the fun toy. However, this tends to work only in minor cases of separation anxiety.  Send your dog to training  Another option is to send your dog to training with a certified animal behaviorist specialist. These professionals are like dog whisperers. They will spend time with your dog, studying their behaviors and learning their triggers. Once they understand the triggers, they attempt to desensitize the dog to those triggers. For example, if loud noises while you are gone trigger destructive behaviors, the specialist attempts to get the dog used to loud noises.  Use a pet boarding service Another idea is to send your dog to a pet boarding facility or doggy day care center. However, build up to a full work day slowly to allow your dog to settle into the new routine. Choose a pet boarding facility that also has a veterinarian on staff or in the same building. That way, the veterinarian can see any problems first hand and, possibly, offer other tips and suggestions. For more information or assistance, contact establishments like All Pets Hospital...

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6 Mistakes to Avoid When Doing Kegels

Posted by on May 3, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 6 Mistakes to Avoid When Doing Kegels

Kegels are great exercises for strengthening the muscles of the pelvic floor. Performing them regularly can help with treating and preventing urinary incontinence and loss of bowel control. They can also help foster a smoother labor and delivery. But the key to receiving benefits is doing them the right way. Here are some common mistakes to avoid when you’re performing Kegel exercises. Working the Wrong Muscles This is a common mistake that both men and women alike tend to make: using the wrong muscles. When doing Kegels, you should not tense up your belly, buttocks, or thighs. The best way to find the right muscles is to get into a comfortable position—usually sitting upright or lying down—that will easily allow you to contract the muscles in the pelvic floor. The process involves a tightening and lifting of the anus, vagina, and urethra while the rest of your body stays relaxed. If you want to be sure you’re using the right muscles for this exercise, simply stop urination mid-stream (don’t do this frequently. Just once or twice to find the right muscles). If it works, you’ve found your Kegel muscles.   Utilizing the Wrong Technique Some people can find the right muscles, but instead of tightening and lifting, they make the mistake of pushing. This will not strengthen the pelvic floor, and it can actually cause damage from the increased pressure on your organs and muscles. Neglecting to Fully Relax the Muscles Tightening the right muscles is crucial for strengthening the pelvic floor. But it’s also equally important to fully relax those muscles between contractions. If you don’t allow the contractions to fully relax between squeezes, then you might end up overworking the muscles, which can ultimately lead to pain and discomfort in the pelvic area. Not Mixing Things Up The muscles that make up the pelvic floor are both fast-twitch (the ones that react when you sneeze or cough) and slow-twitch (the ones that take longer to react but provide long-term support). In order to work both of these muscle types, you want to mix up your Kegel exercise routine by doing fast clenches, where you tighten and release quickly, and slow clenches, where you tighten and hold for longer periods. Not Increasing the Difficulty Level As you progress through the exercises, you should be getting better at doing Kegels, and your muscles should be strengthening over time. That’s why it’s important to amp up the difficulty level as you improve. In the beginning, you should only do Kegels about three times a day while holding for five seconds at a time. Once you feel you’ve mastered that level, it’s time to bump things up a notch. Try holding for ten seconds and/or doing exercises more frequently. If you feel dizzy, fatigued, or experience pain, you’re pushing your body a little too hard. You can always speak to your doctor about using a vaginal cone or a pressure sensor that measures how effective your contractions are. That way you’ll know where to focus your efforts when exercising. Not Setting a Routine If you exercise like clockwork one day, then forget to do them the next, it will take longer to achieve the desired results. That’s why it’s important to set a routine that’s easy to stick to. Doing Kegel exercises...

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MRI Tips To Keep Yourself Comfortable

Posted by on Apr 27, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on MRI Tips To Keep Yourself Comfortable

If you have an MRI scheduled, then you may be anxious to hear from your physician about the results of the imaging test. However, you will need to make it through the MRI first and this means preparing properly for the exam. Many people find the imaging tests uncomfortable. There are a few things you can do to make the treatment as easy on yourself as possible. Keep reading to learn about some tips. Skip The Coffee If you have your MRI scheduled in the morning, then you should think about skipping the coffee beforehand. This is wise for several reasons. Coffee is a diuretic and this means it causes you to produce and excrete more urine than usual. In particular, the urine volume is more than the fluid you consume. If you drink coffee, you will need to urinate more within the first few hours after drinking the beverage. This is an issue when it comes to your MRI, because the test will take between about 45 and 60 minutes. You will not be able to get up to use the restroom once you the test begins.  Also, you will need to remain completely still during the test. If you move, then the image may not be crisp and clear and a new image may need to be created. This may mean a longer MRI the first time around or a second appointment. Since coffee contains caffeine and caffeine is a stimulant, it is best to avoid the beverage and the possible nervous movements that come along with it.  You might not want to drink any water before your MRI either. If you do drink fluids beforehand, make sure to use the restroom after the pre-MRI assessment and just before getting into the MRI machine. Wear Light Clothing Your clothing choices are important when it comes to MRI imaging. You cannot wear any clothes with metal zippers and snaps or the metals may interfere with the imaging test. Also, since the MRI machine is essentially a large magnet, the pull on the metal parts of the clothing can be incredibly dangerous.  When it comes to your clothes, you should also wear light items. The MRI chamber is cramped and small and your own body heat in the machine will cause you to become quite warm. The MRI will likely be fitted with a fan to keep air flow moving constantly through the machine. This will help to reduce body heat, but you should wear a breathable cotton shirt and pants as well. If you do become too cold during the MRI, you will be able to communicate with the MRI technician who can turn the fan off remotely. Keep this in mind if you become uncomfortable during the...

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Innovative Non-Surgical Treatments For Your Osteoarthritis And Other Joint Problems

Posted by on Apr 25, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Innovative Non-Surgical Treatments For Your Osteoarthritis And Other Joint Problems

There are different kinds of non-surgical interventions that can provide short-term relief for your painful knee caused by osteoarthritis or other joint-related illnesses. There is a new type of flexogenix treatment that orthopedic professionals are promoting, and you should talk with your orthopedic surgeon about the science of this non-surgical method. It is called flexogenix treatment. The science of this method focuses on innovative imaging technology that offers the most accurate diagnosis and treatment for your unique knee pain. FDA Approved And Medicare Covers This Treatment If you’re 65 years old and covered by Medicare insurance, you are eligible to take advantage of this non-surgical procedure that will address your osteoarthritis knee problems.  What Exactly Is Flexogenic All About? When the science of flexogenix is used, physicians steer injections into your knee during a real time imaging procedure. Your physician views the needle as it goes inside your knee and then guides the needle into the chosen treatment area. This is a state-of-the-art and pinpoint delivery method that is marked by accuracy, which yields maximum results. Advanced Injection Procedure Prior to renourishing and cushioning your knee joint, expect to be given an advanced injection procedure to block any further knee joint and cartilage destruction. The advanced injection signals your body to end the sending of inflammatory signals associated with osteoarthritis. By stopping the inflammatory signals, a strong foundation to restore your knee joint is established. Protecting Your Knee Joint The injections consist of hyaluronic acid, which provides the joint with lubrication that reduces the painful bone-on-bone sensation you experience with joint-related problems. The procedure ensures that the gel-like fluid you’ve lost during your aging process enters your joint capsule for the best results. Pre-Treatment Evaluation Be aware that, before you undergo flexogenic treatment, you’ll have to undergo a pre-treatment evaluation. The goal of this pre-treatment is to let you know before the actual treatment whether you are a likely candidate who will respond to this innovative treatment for your joint-related problems. If you’re not a candidate who will positively respond to this treatment, then you will be told so. If you’re a good candidate, you’ll meet the physician who administers the injections. You can freely ask questions about the procedure’s method and treatment. You’ll also receive information about your specific options. Discuss This Option With Your Primary Care Physician You can also discuss the procedure with your primary care physician if you have specific concerns. Ask whether you should consider this treatment or even undergo the procedure. For more information and treatment options, contact an orthopedic clinic, such as Omaha Orthopedic Clinic & Sports Medicine...

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Perks Of Pursuing DBT Training

Posted by on Apr 20, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Perks Of Pursuing DBT Training

Dialectical behavior training (DBT) is a type of psychotherapy that initially treated borderline personality disorders. Since then, it has been used to treat a vast array of mental illnesses. Pursuing DBT training is necessary for many professionals who wish to add to their psychological skillset. Someone who has been through a DBT training program are now able to offer this type of service to their patients and clients. There are many different perks of pursuing DBT training in addition to offering a new service to patients. People who are trained in DBT now have their own skillset to help them with life, too. This is where the hidden perks of being trained in DBT come into play. One of the biggest perks of having gone through DBT is that you’ll be trained in practicing mindfulness. Mindfulness is described as living your life in the present moment, instead of in the past or future. Psychiatrists have been using different techniques to help patients achieve this state for decades, with DBT being a part of that effort. When someone practices mindfulness, they become increasingly aware of feelings, actions, thoughts and reactions. It allows one to check in with their internal activity to help them deal with any life situation. In order to practice mindfulness, one only needs to focus inward on the breath. This why mindfulness is often cultivated by practicing meditation. Instead of meditating, you can also go for a mindful walk. Tune into your body as you walk, take in the scenery and inhale and exhale deeply. Another perk of pursuing DBT training is that you become skilled in accepting things as they are. You’ll learn that by fighting the true nature of things, you heighten your own suffering. This is a core tenant of DBT and one that practitioners are able to help others learn. Accepting things as they are, or simply accepting reality, is to remind yourself that there are some things you cannot change. You simply have to take a deep breath and deal with them. Developing a nonjudgmental stance is one of the best perks that come with DBT training. After you’ve gone through the training program, you’ll learn how to become less judgmental in general. If you’re feeling angry, irritated or frustrated, your new nonjudgmental stance will help you navigate the situation. You cultivate this state of mind by focusing on replacing judgments with emotions. For more information, talk to a professional like Treatment Implementation...

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Worried About Your Child’s Food Allergies? 4 Steps to Keep Them Safe While They’re at School

Posted by on Apr 10, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Worried About Your Child’s Food Allergies? 4 Steps to Keep Them Safe While They’re at School

If your child suffers from severe food allergies, you need to make sure they’re protected, even when you’re not around. While children are small, it’s easy to monitor the foods they eat, as well as the foods they come in contact with. However, once children grow up, and head off to school, it’s no longer possible for you to monitor them as closely as you’d like to. That’s why it’s important to devise ways to protect your kids when you’re not around to do it. Here are four steps that will help you protect your child from food allergies while they’re away from home. Teach Your Child Safety Rules If your child has food allergies, one of the best ways to protect them is to teach them safety rules while they’re young. Teaching and enforcing those rules will help your child avoid foods that could cause serious health problems for them. The first thing you should do is teach your child to avoid sharing food – including packaged snacks. If you didn’t provide it, they shouldn’t eat it. Second, teach your children to wash their hands before and after each meal. This will help keep them from ingesting trace amounts of allergens that they might have come in contact with. Finally, teach your child to notify adults about their allergies whenever food is offered. Insist on Identification If your child suffers from food allergies, it’s important that you identify the condition to those around them. This includes strangers who may need to provide assistance to your child while you’re away. Insist on a medical identification bracelet for your child. The bracelet will identify your child, their medical condition, and the foods they’re allergic to. Send Packed Lunches from Home If your child has food allergies, the lunch line at school is the last place they should be. Even if the school assures you that the foods are safe, you have no way of knowing if it came in contact with something that could harm your child. To protect your child against food allergens, you should pack your child’s lunch each day. This will ensure that they only have safe, healthy foods to eat. Double Up on the Epi-Pens If your child suffers from severe food allergies, it’s important to remember that even with the best planning, accidents can happen. If your child requires epi-pens for emergency situations, be sure you always provide them with a double dose. This will ensure that during a severe reaction, there will be sufficient medication to pull them out of the medical emergency. Don’t leave your child’s food allergies to chance. Now that they’re heading off to school, use the tips provided here to keep them safe. Talk to your doctor about other steps you can take to keep your child safe from food allergies. For more information or advice, contact a center such as Dino...

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Signs That It Is Time To Visit A Gynecologist

Posted by on Apr 10, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Signs That It Is Time To Visit A Gynecologist

It is important for you to make sure that you are well aware of the signs that it may be time for you to schedule an appointment with a gynecologist. This way, if you are having any true issues, you will be able to be treated as needed, well before the problems get out of control. Troubles With Menstruation Having one month where your menstrual cycle was a little abnormal compared to what you are used to is not usually anything that you need to be concerned about. However, should you notice that your cycle now includes bleeding in between your periods, extra heavy menstruation, excessive abdominal pain, or multiple months where your cycle is no where near regulated, you will want to seek the advice of a reputable gynecologist in your area. Issues With Urination There could be multiple causes for problems with urination. Heading direction to your gynecologist can help you get any treatment that may be needed. Painful urination, never being able to completely empty your bladder, or having to urinate more often than usual can be due to a urinary tract infection or an STD. Your gynecologist will be able to test for such issues and then determine the best course of treatment for you. Discharge That Is Abnormal No one will know your body better than you. Therefore, if you happen to notice that you are having vaginal discharge that is different than what you are used to having, you will want to schedule an appointment with a gynecologist. Discharge that should be noted as different could be discharge that is green or gray in color. If it has an odor to it, that could be another cause for concern. Whether you have an infection or an STD, you will need medical treatment in order to get yourself back to having healthy discharge. Pain During Intercourse Healthy intercourse should not be painful. If it is, you may have a problem with an infection or excessive drying of the vagina. You may also have a problem with uterine fibroids. However, you may never get to the root cause of the problem until you visit a gynecologist for an internal examination. The sooner you make your appointment, the sooner you can start feeling like yourself again. Just make sure that you are calling for an appointment as soon as you realize that there is a problem. This way, you will be well on your way to feeling so much...

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