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 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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Your Health Has Taken a Hit – What Comes Next?

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Whether it’s an accident, injury or illness, any impact on a person’s health can be devastating. It’s not just the daily pain and inconveniences to deal with, it can affect just about every area of your life from your relationships to your job to your mental health. While it’s never a nice situation to be in, if you have found yourself suffering with poor health then there are some things you can do to make things run more smoothly moving forward. Here are a few ideas.

Improve the rest of your health

Maybe you’ve been diagnosed with an illness which has come about because you haven’t looked after yourself very well- it could be due to smoking, drinking or eating badly. Don’t punish or blame yourself now since that’s not helpful- but do use the wake up call to get the rest of your health up to scratch. You’re not alone, unfortunately many of us need a real scare with our health to actually do something about our ways because it involves breaking the habits of a lifetime. No matter what condition you’ve been diagnosed with, eating well, exercising according to your doctors instructions and giving up your dangerous vices like smoking will all benefit you. This illness or injury now could even be acting as a blessing in disguise, if it causes you to improve your lifestyle choices which could prevent worse health later down the line.

Consider your career

It’s very possible that your health condition or injury could force you to have to give up work. If you previously worked a very manual job for example then it might no longer be possible. But even with pain and mobility problems, numerous doctors appointments to attend and more, it could be hard to even get to a simple desk job each day. One thing worth doing in this case would be to start your own venture; set up something you can do from home and on your own terms. Something like blogging or freelancing for example would work well, it would give you a good income stream without any major commitments and be very flexible around your condition and commitments. Otherwise you could ask your current workplace to be flexible around you, such as allowing you to work from home some days or take time off when needed and make it up elsewhere.

Get professional help

All of this can be a scary situation to be in, but you don’t have to do it alone. Don’t be afraid to reach out for professional help if you need it. First things first, you could check and see what financial assistance you’re entitled to, if you can’t work or have been made disabled then you could be given help from the state to cover your basic costs. This can instantly ease the pressure since you’ll know that you won’t be made homeless. If someone was to blame as a result of your condition then you could also look into compensation, from failed back syndrome to neglect at work, injury lawyers cover a large range of scenarios and can get you the money you’re owed. Finally, additional help such as home care, food delivery services, maid service and laundry services can all come in really handy when you’re no longer able to do these things yourself. Even if it’s just in the short term while you learn to cope it can ease the burden massively.

Lean on your support system

Finally, lean on your support system if you need to. Acknowledge that this is a difficult time in your life, having people there for you can make everything feel a lot easier. Don’t be too proud to ask for help or advice, or just a shoulder to cry on. It’s natural for your mental health to take a hit when something like this happens, being open with friends and family will ensure you don’t sink too low. They can keep an eye on you, encourage you and push you into getting help when you need it. They can offer a different perspective to help you to see things in a new way and hopefully cope with everything better.

Have you ever been in this situation? What happened and what advice would you give others going through the same thing?

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Top Benefits To Eating Healthy

As a human being it’s essential for us to look after our health and maintain a healthy lifestyle and although it’s not always possible to live like it day by day (were all allowed bad days) there are certain benefits that eating healthy can provide for us.

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You will find that having and maintaining a well-balanced diet will provide you with the energy you need for daily activities, the nutrients you need for stable growth and repair, it will help you to stay active and healthy, and it can also help you to prevent diet-related illness, such as some types of cancers. Have a look below at some of the top reasons to eat healthily.

Maintain A Healthy Weight

Yes, it can be off-putting with some of the BMI charts that you come across, especially when you’re feeling fantastic, eating well and still are showing as above the BMI suggests. Although the charts are there to give us a guide to the ideal weights concerning age, activity levels, height, and weight they will rarely be able to state if an individual is fit and healthy accurately. Keeping active with exercise and eating a healthy balanced diet is the key to helping maintain a healthy weight.

Boosts Your Immune System

Have you ever noticed that when you have a few days/weeks binging on bad foods; typically on vacation that you start to feel sluggish and often come down with a cold or bug of some kind? This isn’t a coincidence. If we’re eating healthy, we give our immune system the boost it needs to work properly and fight off infections if we don’t eat well we can often find ourselves lacking in critical nutrients such as vitamin A, B, C and E, and zinc and iron all of which can weaken the immune system.

Helps Strong Bones And Teeth

If you’re eating healthy, you are going to consuming foods in moderation, this includes a healthy dose of calcium, and a diet rich in calcium will be sure to keep your teeth and bones healthy. People who tend to have bad foods often need help from a cosmetic dentist to keep their smile looking it’s best. It’s a good idea to work a decent amount of dairy into your diet; however, you should make sure it’s considered a proper portion size and don’t overindulge.

Cut Down Your Risk Of Type Two Diabetes

Nobody likes to think about their diet resulting in a lifelong condition that they have to live with, but in reality, that is precisely what a bad diet could cause. This makes it essential to maintain a healthy weight, eat a balanced diet and include some exercise in your lifestyle. To help you should ideally be eating a food that’s low in saturated fats and high in fiber. You can find a good source of fiber from whole grain products.

Better Heart Health

Your heart is something that’s generally at the top of the list for a lot of people, often because it’s one of the most common things to go wrong from a poor eating lifestyle. A healthy diet that is high in fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy, and whole grains can dramatically help to reduce your risk of heart disease by maintaining proper blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

These are just a brief outline of the benefits of eating healthy, and it’s essential to research and trial what’s right and best for you. Nobody is the same but starting with a well-balanced diet, and some gentle exercise is an excellent place to start. Do you have any other tips that you could share? Please leave them in the comments section below.

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Hearing Health & Listening To Music: Everything You Need To Know

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Listening to music is one of the simplest pleasures in life but can, unfortunately, be harmful to hearing health. However, it is possible to enjoy the music you love without causing damage to your hearing. Here’s what you need to know.

How does music harm hearing health?

The music itself is not the issue when it comes to hearing health; it’s the volume. Sounds over 85 decibels are considered to be harmful to hearing if exposure is prolonged; for reference, an average hair dryer will reach between 70 and 85 decibels when used at full power.

What problems can loud music cause?

Listening to music at loud volumes can cause two conditions: hearing loss (where the ability to hear is permanently reduced) and tinnitus (where a person “hears” sounds, such as ringing or beeping, that are not actually present). The damage is usually cumulative, and is usually identified in later life when people seek testing for tinnitus or attend a hearing test after noticing they may be experiencing the symptoms of hearing loss.

Is it possible to listen to music without damaging hearing?

Absolutely. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Whenever you are listening to music, always keep the volume as low as you possibly can.
  • On occasions when you do want to increase the volume, do not exceed more than 60% of the total volume capacity available. Helpfully, many modern devices, such as smartphones, will warn you if you turn the volume up beyond a safe level.
  • How you listen to music is also an important consideration. If possible, avoid listening to music directly; instead, play your chosen songs via a computer or other electronic device that plays music to the entire room. In situations where this is not possible, use headphones rather than earbuds to help protect your ears.
  • Avoid listening to music for sustained periods of time, even when you have kept the volume within the safe limits. Turn the music off every hour or so in order to give your ears the chance to recover a little.
  • If you can, try to avoid listening to music a few days per week. While volume is the most significant factor, how frequently you listen to music can also influence the health of your hearing, so a few “days off” can give your ears the chance to recover.

What about attending live music events?

Live events can cause significant damage to hearing; rock concerts, for example, can easily exceed 100 decibels. To avoid hearing damage caused by live events, it’s usually best to invest in ear protection – earplugs and earmuffs can both work well in this regard, or combine both if you want an extra level of protection.

In conclusion

By following the advice above, you should be able to protect the health of your hearing and still indulge your love of music. However, it is still worth visiting a hearing health professional for hearing or tinnitus testing, just to ensure that the measures we have suggested above are protecting your hearing as you would expect.

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