Why You Should Not Be Afraid To Get Modern Hearing Aids

Posted by on Jan 6, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Many people, no matter what their age, suffer from hearing loss at some point in their life. While most hearing loss cannot be reversed, it can be coped with through the use of enhancement devices like hearing aids. However, if you are among the people who have hearing loss that are afraid of getting hearing aids, you should get to know some of the ways that modern hearing aids differ from what you may have heard about hearing aids in the past. There is no reason to be afraid of or apprehensive about getting fitted for hearing aids to help you with your hearing loss. Modern Hearing Aids Are Virtually Unnoticeable Many people with hearing loss, especially those who are younger, worry about the appearance of hearing aids. In the past, hearing aids were often large and highly noticeable devices. They indicated that a person was hearing impaired or had experienced hearing loss. And, of course, many people associated hearing aids with old age. However, this is not the problem with modern hearing aids. Modern hearing aids benefit from major technology advances that have occurred in the medical field. The components that make up hearing aids are much smaller today, and the advent of microchip technology allows hearing aids to be so tiny that nobody will even notice that they are there.  Additionally, hearing aids can be fitted inside the ear canal or behind the ear to better hide them if this is your concern. Unless you want people to know that you have hearing aids, they never will with modern technology. Modern Hearing Aid Batteries Are Not Difficult To Deal With There is another common misconception that people have about hearing aids that their batteries are difficult to deal with and change because they are small and wear out easily. However, this is not the case at all with modern hearing aids. Modern hearing aids have batteries that are not only long-lasting but also rechargeable. This means you do not have to continuously change your batteries and worry about them wearing out. Some rechargeable batteries do need to be removed to be charged. On the other hand, there are also hearing aids that can be removed (such as when you shower or go to sleep) and charged whole so you do not have to take the hearing aid apart to get to the battery. Now that you know a few of the reasons why you should not be afraid to get modern hearing aids, you can schedule your appointment with an ENT specialist and get your hearing aids fitted. Contact a center like Clarity & Comfort Hearing Center for more...

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How To Snack During The Holidays Without Ruining Your Teeth

Posted by on Dec 21, 2015 in Uncategorized |

When the holidays come around, you will be invited to enjoy a lot of different treats and desserts. While it’s not reasonable to expect you to say no to them all, you should get in the habit of making smarter choices so you will do less damage to your teeth during this challenging time of the year. Set out a veggie and cheese tray At your home, make sure you set out a veggie and cheese platter with your offerings of sweets and desserts. Make sure you are eating from that healthy tray between your snacking on the other one. When you do eat from the regular snack tray, you should try to choose the snacks that won’t stick to your teeth as much, ones that won’t increase your chances of chipping a tooth and won’t expose your teeth to an excessive amount of destructive food particles. Drink a lot of water Drinking water will wash off the food that may otherwise harm your teeth. It also acts as a filler and helps you feel satisfied so you won’t get as many cravings for those foods that can end up ruining your teeth and causing them to become stained. Eat meals During the holidays, a lot of people snack throughout the day and end up not eating three meals a day. By eating three meals, you will cut back on the amount of goodies you consume during this period. Go for the lighter colored treats Darker colored treats, such as colored frostings and candies, are made from dyes that will stain your teeth over a period of time. You can keep your teeth looking whiter through the holiday season by looking for those naturally colored treats, or ones that are colored white. Don’t eat very sticky treats Sticky candies and snacks will stay in your teeth and on the surface of your teeth for much longer than non-sticky candies. Just as with the hard candies that get stuck in your teeth, these will also allow the sugars to work on damaging them. Caramel and taffy are a couple examples of candies that are very bad choices. Go for dark chocolate goodies Dark chocolate is chocolate that hadn’t been processed so much and this means it has less dentally destructive ingredients. It also has antioxidants, tannins and other ingredients that can actually help your teeth. Dark chocolate’s benefits make it the exception to the rule when it comes to not eating dark colored candy. Now that you have a better understanding of what it takes to keep your teeth healthy and looking good during the holidays, you can continue enjoying sweet foods without guilt. To learn more about cosmetic dentistry,...

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How To Help Your Podiatrist Help You

Posted by on Dec 7, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Although conditions of the feet and toenails can evolve into more serious health issues, you may neglect to take proper care of your feet. If you experience problems with your toenails, a podiatrist can help. You may not realize it, but there are things you should avoid when you have an upcoming podiatry appointment. It’s also important to keep the doctor well informed about any factors that may affect your foot health. 1. Forego the pedicure. While you may be tempted to make your feet and toenails as nice-looking as possible to see the doctor, you should not get a pedicure beforehand. The podiatrist needs to see how your toenails and feet usually look to get a clear picture of the health of your feet. You can also pick up a fungal or bacterial infection in your toenails following a pedicure, which will add to any existing feet problems. 2. Avoid over-trimming your toenails. It’s important not to trim back your toenails too far in preparation for your podiatry appointment. Not only will you not leave enough nail for the podiatrist to get an adequate sample for a culture or biopsy if your symptoms indicate the need, you could be paving the way to ingrown toenails. While ingrown toenails are a common problem, they can lead to more serious health complications, particularly if you have diabetes or peripheral artery disease, which causes poor circulation in your legs and feet. 3. Forget about the nail polish. Since the doctor needs to get a good look at what may be happening under the surface of your toenails, you should not go to the podiatrist with your toenails painted. Colored nail polish can hide signs that a fungal infection is present. Autoimmune disease, circulation problems, and diabetes are health conditions that make it more likely that you will acquire toenail fungus; therefore, it’s important for your podiatrist to see your toenails in their natural state. Another potential problem is that the chemicals in nail polish can skew the results of a nail biopsy. 4. Wear your usual shoes. Wear the shoes to your appointment that you have on more feet most often. If you have shoes that bother your feet, take those with you too. Your podiatrist will examine the shoes to determine if they may be causing your problems. He or she can recommend more appropriate footwear to help keep your feet and toenails healthy. 5. Make a list of your symptoms. Before your appointment, write down a list of any problems you have with your feet or toenails. Note situations that either worsen or improve your symptoms. Explain when your symptoms first began. Even if a problem doesn’t seem significant...

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Has Your Psoriasis Spread, Or Do You Have An STD?

Posted by on Nov 19, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If you’re suffering from psoriasis anywhere on your body, and you’ve practiced safe sex methods, you may be shocked to find the rashes on your genitalia. Unfortunately, it’s possible for psoriasis to spread to your genitals and nearby regions, which can make you and your partner nervous. If you’re trying to figure out if your genital rash is an extension of your psoriasis or something else, read this guide for help. What Psoriasis Can and Can’t Do The first thing you’ll be glad to know about psoriasis is that while it’s unsightly and irritating, it can’t be spread to other people. While psoriasis can gradually spread across your own body, it isn’t transmitted from person-to-person. So if you do have genital psoriasis, your partner doesn’t need to worry about getting it from you. However, psoriasis can create irritation, itchiness, pain, and even open sores. Unfortunately, this can not only make intercourse uncomfortable for you, but if you have open sores, you could expose yourself to infection. Differences between Psoriasis and Other STD Rashes There are many forms of STD rashes, so it’s hard to discern between them and psoriasis as a whole. Psoriasis generally causes raised skin lesions that are red, but may also have a silvery film on top. If left untreated, or if exposed to cold, friction, or you let the skin become overly dry, the lesions can crack open and become open sores. Psoriasis tends to itch, and it may also flake. STD sores vary wildly; for example, herpes may result in blisters, and syhphilis can cause rashes and sores. However, syphilis doesn’t itch, and it spreads widely all over the body, including the hands and feet. Genital warts caused by HPV also tend to be small bumps, and they generally itch, but they also tend to burn. Generally speaking, if you have already been diagnosed with psoriasis elsewhere on your body, and you recognize those same symptoms on your genitalia, it’s probably psoriasis. The Sure Way To Find Out While comparing symptoms can be helpful, the surest way to find out if an STD is behind your genital rash is to see a doctor. Dermatologists and general physicians are both good choices, as they can visually diagnose what’s on your body. However, a general physician will also be able to take swabs and run a blood test to verify with certainty what’s behind your problem. Treatment Psoriasis is not a curable condition, and many of the topical medications used on psoriasis can’t be applied near the genitals. If your doctor determines that your problem is psoriasis, generally caring for your skin, avoiding scents and artificial ingredients, and trying to reduce your stress may help lower...

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Eye Health: Is Indoor Light Just As Harmful To Your Eyes As The Sun?

Posted by on Nov 3, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If you want to keep your eyes as healthy as they can be for the rest of your life, then you likely wear sunglasses outdoors to help reduce the harmful effects of UV rays on your eyes. While you should keep wearing sunglasses outdoors, some health experts believe that some types of indoor light, especially from computers and the screens of other electronic, may be just as harmful or even more harmful to your eyes than the sun. Read on to find out how indoor light sources may be harming your eyes and just what you can do to protect your vision.  Why Indoor Light Can Harm Your Health One light wavelength that is emitted in large quantities by televisions, computers, and smartphone screens is called blue light. This light is the second closest in the spectrum, just after violet light, to UV light. Looking at too much blue light during the day, and especially in the evening hours, has long been linked to disrupted sleep patterns and even an increased chance of developing other health problems, such as diabetes and some types of cancer. These problems can occur when blue light shuts down the body’s production of a natural hormone called melatonin. This important hormone regulates sleeping patterns and has been recently discovered to suppress inflammation in your body. New Discoveries on How It Can Harm Your Eyes While known to affect the body in mysterious ways, blue light was never suspected to be harmful to your eyes themselves. However, recent studies have been linking too much eye exposure to blue light with an increased chance of developing retinal damage, macular degeneration, and even cataracts. That means that if you want to ward off these problems and keep your eyes healthy and vision clear for as long as possible, you must take steps to protect your eyes from blue light just as you protect them from the sun’s UV rays.  How to Protect Your Eyes from Blue Light Now, instead of just decreasing your exposure to blue light in the evening to avoid disruption of your body’s production of melatonin, you should take steps to limit your exposure to blue light at any time. Just like sunlight, a little will not harm you, but too much can be detrimental to your eye health. Energy-efficient, compact fluorescent lightbulbs emit blue light, and they can even have small defects that emit UV light. You don’t have to sacrifice energy savings for good vision by ensuring that all compact fluorescent bulbs in your home are surrounded by light fixtures or lamp-shades and you keep them at positions in a room as far from people as you can. LED televisions are another...

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