Listen Up! Debunking The Myth That Hearing Aids Could Do More Damage Than Good

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An astounding 35 million Americans suffer from some form of hearing loss. Whether extreme or mild, this is a condition which can change everything from communications to work performance. Hearing aids are, by far, the best way to work around this, yet just 28.5% of those 35 million go down this route.

Admittedly, there are varying reasons for this. For some, hearing aids aren’t viable, while others don’t realize this is a choice. In some cases, though, people steer clear due to common myths. The ‘bulky hearing aid’ myth is the most prevalent of these, but some also fear that hearing aids could make their hearing worse.

In reality, a well-suited hearing aid should never damage hearing. That said, there are rare cases where damage could, indeed, occur. Still, that by no means suggests you’d better of steering clear. In most cases, worsening hearing loss is due to a few basic hearing aid mistakes which are easy to rectify. We’re going to prove that by considering them here.

An incorrect fit

A poorly fitted hearing aid is the leading cause for hearing aid related hearing loss. You should always seek hearing aids from a trained audiologist who works to understand your hearing and needs. They will make sure both that your hearing aid is at the right frequency, and also that it sits right in your ear. This ensures that your aids aren’t too high or louder than necessary. It also guarantees you never need risk damaging your ears when inserting them.

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Improper care

Even once hearing aids have been professionally fitted, it’s down to you to care for them properly if you want to keep your hearing healthy in the long-term. It doesn’t take a genius to work out that dirty tubes could lead to infections which are sure to do damage. Not to mention that failure to change your batteries could prevent the positive impact of wearing aids in the first place. To make sure that doesn’t happen, it’s worth making an effort to learn more about proper hearing aid care. That way, you never need to worry about your negligence leading to a worsening in your hearing. You’ll simply be able to keep enjoying those hearing benefits.

Volume trouble

The majority of hearing aids now adjust their volume automatically depending on the setting. This, paired with proper programming, means you probably won’t have to worry about your volume settings. This is vital considering that continually turning your aids up too high could do significant damage to your hearing on the whole. Instead, try to adjust to the sound settings in place. If you’re struggling, you could even ask to use a hearing aid loop. This will transmit audio signals directly to the t-coil in your aid for clarity.

These steps are simple to keep on top with. In fact, they’re precautions any hearing aid wearer should already be paying attention to. And, with these in place, you’ll never again need to worry about your aids doing damage.

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The Importance Of Taking Care Of Yourself As A Parent

As a parent, it can be too easy to put your own needs to one side and forget that you need to be looked after as well as your little ones. It’s important to realize that you are your best for them when you are taking care of yourself. Easier said than done, as it can be hard to break habits but you should try to make sure you put some level of your focus on you. Even if it means scheduling yourself some recuperation time or prioritizing a few elements of family life to benefit your health it’s vital you take some time to become the best you can be by looking after yourself to look after them.

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Have a look below at some of the forgotten areas of your life you should focus on as a parent to make sure you’re looked after too:

Schedule Your Own Healthcare

It’s extremely easy as a parent to be completely on top of all your kid’s appointments and then push yours to one side. However, you shouldn’t only be looking after them you should be on top of yours too. What would they do if you were out of action because you hadn’t got the right healthcare that you needed at the right time? So if you have a health check that you need to get to, an appointment with a personal injury lawyer that you’ve been putting off or a trip to the dentist that you should have attended months ago make sure you catch up and then keep up with these. You wouldn’t miss the appointments for your children’s health so why would you miss yours?

Sleep Should Be A Priority

Okay, so this might seem easier said than done with little ones running around. Especially if they are having naps, and all going to bed at different times because of age gaps. However, it should be a priority to try and get at least the minimum amount recommended for an adult, which is seven to eight hours a night by the way. Lack of sleep can have serious adverse effects on someone’s health so getting enough means you are setting yourself up to feel better when your kids are taking every last scrap of energy. Yes, it can be easier to get things done when they are fast asleep but it should never cut into your own sleeping pattern.

Stay Connected To You As A Person

It can be very easy as a parent to lose your identity and forget who you are as an individual person or even as a couple. Whether it’s the daily routine of carpooling, preparing meals, washing the clothes, cleaning, getting the kid’s backpacks ready and many others or cleaning and picking up the groceries you should try to allocate some time to do something that you enjoy that doesn’t necessarily relate to being a parent. By doing this you’re not only keeping connected to yourself, but you’re teaching your children that it’s important as well as healthy to have some time alone doing things that make you happy. They will soon see that it’s good for them to have their own individual activities as well as ones with the family to be happy and healthy.

These are three ways to keep healthy and focused as a parent, there are many more. Do you have any that you can share int he comments section below?

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Settling Your Fears Regarding First-Time Home Ownership

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It can often be quite worrying when you decide to settle down. This is it, you think. We know you can only settle down for the first time, one time only. This is a similar feeling we have when potentially getting married. We know that we can likely have as many marriages as we would like, but it’s the first that counts. We wish for it to be special. We want it to last for good.

So, settling your fears regarding first-time home ownership can be quite a stressful time. It’s only tolerable due to the extreme amount of excitement and love you will likely feel as you do look around for this future life plan. That love tips the scales to this being a more-than-worthwhile thing to look forward to.

So, let us help you to that end.

When settling your fears regarding first-time home ownership, you may wish to consider:

Give Yourself Enough Time

Giving yourself enough time is crucial if you hope to make this process work for you. Otherwise, it can be that searching nearby houses in the area you wish to live can feel frantic, as if you need to make a decision now lest never live in a home for as long as you live. This is of course untrue, and it’s important to understand this as such. When you give yourself enough time to plan, and select a date you would like to move in by, you give realtors and property agents a clearer picture of what you need, and you can feel less rushed during the process.

Select A Great Mortgage Broker

A mortgage broker such as Altrua Financial can be a tremendous support when it comes to funding and understanding your financial commitments for your household. Without this absolutely ironed out, your contributions completely clear, and your method of payment already assigned and understood, you will have trouble finding a guide through this process, as not all mortgages are the same. They may also be open to helping you through other routes should your financial situation or needs are a little more unique than most – such as investment properties or properties abroad.

Speak To Those In The Know

Speaking to your family, your friends and those you know who have already gone through this process can be a real relief, because it shows you that it’s not impossible, no matter what issues might come up during your planning process. For most people, this can be a truly worthwhile and quite humbling thing to consider, and can make the most difference in the long term. A little reassurance can go a long way, and help you feel more like yourself throughout the process.

With this advice, we are certain that your first time home ownership will remain as smooth as can be.

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The Facts About Why You’re So Fatigued

Fatigue isn’t just feeling tired. When you’re feeling fatigued, a nap alone might not just cut it. It’s feeling like you don’t have the energy for just about anything, and can get in the way of a happy, healthy life. So, what’s bringing your energy levels all the way down and what can you do about it?

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You’re not sleeping right

Though fatigue and sleepiness aren’t always linked, there is often a direct link between the two. If you have lost control of your internal sleep clock, you might find it hard to increase the number of hours you sleep or when you go to bed. There are ways to reset that sleep clock, however. Limiting your exposure to blue light (from laptops, smartphone screens, and other electronics), fasting with 12 hours between breakfast and dinner, and even going camping and exposing your body to the day-night natural light cycle can all help. If you can restart your sleep clock, it can be much easier to go to bed a little earlier and wake up much more refreshed.

You’re not getting the nutrition you need

What we eat and what nutrients we absorb also play a big role when it comes to determining our energy levels. Well balanced meals spaced throughout the day improve our ability to digest food and how our metabolism converts energy, which means we feel more energetic. Hydration is just as important, and IV vitamin therapy can be the boost you need of both nutrients and hydration. It can help give you the energy boost you need while you make the move towards a healthier diet.

It could be in your head

The fact that mood can affect your energy is not a thought to be taken too lightly. Chronic fatigue and a distinct lack of motivation is one of the strange ways that depression can affect you. Depression isn’t just a state of mind, it influences the chemical balance in your brain, and can stop you feeling the effects of natural feel good chemicals like dopamine and endorphins, which give you that energy rush. Taking steps to address depression is essential if you feel like your fatigue is also paired with low moods.

Why it’s worth getting checked out

If you do believe that depression might be the cause of your fatigue, then arranging an appointment with your doctor can be one of the best ways to start addressing it. However, there are many potential medical causes of fatigue, some of them with symptoms and impacts that could be legitimately dangerous. These include diabetes, anemia, liver failure, COPD, sleep apnea, and more. You shouldn’t jump to any conclusions about what might be causing your fatigue. However, it is wise to get yourself checked out just to make sure there are no more serious problems lurking beneath it.

Whether it’s caused by lifestyle factors or there are real reasons you should be seeking medical advice, it’s important to stamp fatigue out when you have the chance. It’s impact on your mood, social life, and health habits are too serious to let lie.

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Ready to Mingle

Have you noticed how easy it is to meet other single people nowadays? Single people like you and me. You don’t have to go out, go to a bar, or other party places, to meet someone special. All you have to do is go online and try out free dating sites. Why not, right?

I have been working really hard over the past two and a half decades for my family. I haven’t thought of settling down because I want to give my all to everyone around me first before I focus on myself. That’s why at my age, I am still single. But this girl is ready to mingle now that my siblings are stable in their lives. I would like to try out dating but since I am busy with work, it is best that I do it in the best platform at my disposal at the moment. The internet.

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Serious and Casual Dating

Dating is something I have done several times in the past. I have had serious dates and casual ones. I have done one-time dates but I have also been in exclusive relationships which I thought would lead to forever. I don’t regret any of it. I learned so much from every man I ever dated and it made me a better person each time.

Casual dating is employed by a lot of single individuals who want to just be with someone for a limited time. Dine out, drinks after, and maybe, some intimacy before parting ways. No calls the following day. No messages sent. Nothing that will make it to another date soon.

Serious dating is when one date turns into two, three, or weekly ones. Dinner, wine or beer after it, and staying the night. It is when calls and messages are made the day after. One date turns into a continuous communication and, most of the time, into an exclusive relationship.

Online Dating

I have friends who have met their significant others through online dating sites, like WeLoveDates. Some became serious, others fizzled out. I have tried it once but nothing came out of it because I really didn’t give it enough time and focus. I was too busy working my way up the corporate ladder to take time out to focus on online dating.

I want to give it another try, though. My friends have been telling me to date again because I am not getting any younger. I should enjoy life and not just let it pass me by. They are right, of course. I am ready to give my attention to dating and starting it online is the best option for me at the moment.

Living Life to the Fullest

I have told everyone I care about to always live life to the fullest, to always seize the moment and not to let anything important pass by. I should also apply it to my own life. I should also make sure that I am enjoying my life right now especially that I have done everything I can for my love ones.

You should, too.

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