Be Sense-Able: Protect Yourself From Hearing Loss

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Listen, hearing loss can come with old age and some prevailing health issues. It sucks, but it can’t always be avoided. However, if you’re blessed with good hearing now, you can take steps to ensure your ears work fine for many more years to come.

Wear hearing protection

If you can avoid loud noises, then do so. Taking a different route when you know there are going to be loud sounds from roadworks is one example, as is avoiding those bars and clubs where you can barely hear anybody when they are speaking to you. However, when you can’t avoid loud noise, wear hearing protection. Having earplugs or earmuffs with you when you’re out and about is useful, as you can put them on should you find yourself in a particularly noisy area. And wearing them when you’re engaged in a noisy activity, such as using machinery or mowing the law, is a good way to protect your hearing.

Turn down the volume

There’s a reason why the neighbours keep banging on the walls! It’s probably because your tv or music system is too loud. If you didn’t realise the volume was so high, you might already be suffering from one of the signs of hearing loss. However, if you have turned up the volume purposefully to immerse yourself in the song or film you are engaged with, then you are putting your hearing at risk. Do yourself, and your neighbours a favour, and turn down the volume to an acceptable level.

Use a smartphone app

If you’re in any way unsure when loud is too loud, use a decibel meter app to measure sound levels. The app will let you know when decibel levels are too high, and you can then take protective measures, such as using hearing protection, turning down the tv, or moving to a quieter and safer place.

Don’t stick anything in your ear

It sounds obvious, but how many of us still stick our fingers in our ear, or any other foreign object when trying to clean out ear wax? Even cotton swabs are unsafe, as they can cause damage to our ear canal if we push them in too deeply, and that will subsequently cause hearing loss. There are safer ways to clean your ears, such as using a damp cloth around the surface of your ear, or using an ear wax softener that is sold by your local pharmacist. You might want to see your doctor too, as they can irrigate your ears with a syringe. These are all safer methods than poking around with a finger or other object.

Avoid bad habits

Sticking your fingers in your ear is one bad habit you need to avoid, but there are others. Eating junk food is one, as studies have shown that a poor diet can affect your hearing. Instead, add these foods to your shopping list, as research suggests they will actually boost your ear health. And then give up smoking, if you haven’t already done so. Not only is this filthy habit bad for your lungs and heart, but studies have shown that tobacco smoke can be attributed to hearing loss. Try vaping instead!

You will miss your hearing when it’s gone, so be sense-able, and do all you can to protect yourself from hearing loss today.

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Not Sure if you are Suffering Hearing Loss? Here’s What to Watch Out For

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Hearing loss is a very common issue. Many people around the world have partial or full hearing loss and it can occur at any time during your lifespan. The good news is that there are plenty of things you can do to maintain your quality of life, from getting a specially fitted hearing aid to joining communities and learning to sign.

While hearing loss is generally thought of as part of the aging process – and elderly people are particularly prone to it – you shouldn’t struggle on believing that you are too young for your symptoms. Not every sign and symptom will mean permanent hearing loss and it could be that you have an infection that is best treated early.

Hearing aids have significantly improved in design and spec in the last few years. Though you might feel a bit embarrassed to start with, the hearing aid features will soon make you realize that hearing aids can make a real difference to your quality of life. Instead of avoiding the problem, look out for these signs that things may not be quite right and visit your audiologist as soon as possible.

Struggling to Keep Up

When people talk in large groups, we don’t have access to all the information we have during one to one conversations including body language and lip reading. If you are beginning to lose your hearing then this type of social situation might be the first sign that something is amiss.

Hearing loss is associated with a number of health issues but if you are dropping out of conversations and avoiding social situations because you can’t keep up, you must watch out for your mental health too. Loneliness and depression are common in people who struggle to communicate and a trip to the audiologist could make it a whole lot easier!

Mishearing or Not Hearing at All

Another common sign of hearing loss is frequently mishearing what someone is saying to you. When people with average hearing mishear, they can often work out what the word should have been by context. People who mishear more often have less context to go off and therefore either guess (leading to weird answers and exchanges) or have to ask for a repetition.

It seems odd that you might not notice not hearing something but when you think about it, it’s not that strange at all. Other people are likely to point out that you haven’t heard something so don’t brush off their concerns.

Turning the Volume Up

One certain way to tell whether you have hearing loss is the volume button. If you are sat happily watching TV while everyone else is covering their ears, there is clearly a problem! Again, people who live alone might not realize that there is an issue with volume themselves until someone else points out how loud something is.

The phone is another great example of this. Because you are forced to listen without any other linguistic cues, you are more likely to need to turn the volume up or even to speakerphone to hear: a sure sign it’s time to see an audiologist!

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The Fastest Way To Heal From A Minor Injury

Healing from a minor injury may still take a while, depending on the injury. You will probably want to be better as quickly as possible so you can resume normal life with as little stress as you can. However, most people will sit around eating junk, or maybe sometimes try to do too much too soon, which can of course aggravate the injury further. Below are some ideas that will help you to heal from a minor injury much, much faster. Read on to learn more!

Take Your Doctor’s Advice

Hopefully, you’ve been to visit a doctor and they have taken a look at your injury. If they have, they’ve probably given you some valuable advice on what you should be doing. Make sure you pay attention! If they tell you not to do something, don’t do it. If they tell you that you should be doing something, make an effort to do it. You’re only hurting yourself if you ignore your doctor’s advice.


Reduce Stress

Stress is not only bad for the body and brain, it can weaken the immune system and making healing almost come to a halt. Find ways to reduce any stress you have when you are injured, such as asking loved ones for help or even hiring a cleaner so you don’t have to worry about your house. A personal injury lawyer can help you if you think you need one, and a reputable one will make you feel much less stressed about the whole situation.

Develop A Positive Mindset

A positive mindset is absolutely everything. There are people out there who were told they were unlikely to walk again, but with a positive mindset and determination they proved everybody wrong. Work on developing your own positive mindset. Watch TedTalks, read books, and find as many articles as you can on the subject. People like Tony Robbins and Dr Joe Dispenza are fantastic for this kind of thing. Whether you think it’s going to work or not, it’s worth a try before you dismiss it. You might just be surprised.

Eat Well

Fuel your body with healthy foods so that your body can heal faster. The more vitamins and minerals you get into your diet, the better. It can be tempting to sit around eating junk food, but doing so will only harm you in the long run. This doesn’t mean you have to eat 100% clean; just make sure you’re eating majority vegetables, and fresh cooked food rather than takeaway food. If you’re much less active than you were, it can be a good idea to eat a little less to avoid unhealthy weight gain. Just make sure you’re still eating enough!

Stay Active If At All Possible

If your doctor has given you the ok, try to stay a little active. Even if you just do some chair yoga or go for a short walk, you should do your best to keep moving. A little exercise can actually speed up healing, but too much will obviously be a bad idea!

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Six Suggestions For Finding The Best Primary Care Doctor

There are a multitude of professional health care providers that will be important to you over the course of your life, but there is only one professional out there that will matter the most. Your primary care physician. This is the person you’re going to turn to first when your health takes a nosedive, and so it makes perfect sense that you take your time to research and interview a variety of physicians so that you find the best person who will work for you.

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Your primary care physician choice is a personal one. You want to choose someone who you feel comfortable with, in surroundings that will give you the best patient experience that you could expect to have. Finding a physician is so much more than just picking a name off the list of people that your insurance provider gives you; it takes some time on your behalf to make sure that you are choosing the right person for the job. So, what should you be considering when searching for a physician?

Location. This is an important factor, but not the only one. Ideally, you don’t want to look too far away from your home. When you can barely muster the strength to walk, let alone drive, you don’t want to have to go an hour out of your way to see someone to help you. Don’t underestimate the convenience that location can give you.

Availability. There’s no point in you signing up with a doctor’s office that is so popular you can’t get an appointment for months on end. You may get the best care you could imagine, but the last thing that you need is to wait too long when you feel unwell. Choose a practice that can see you within a day or two.

Support Team. When you consider the physician’s office, you need to get in with the reception team. They are the gatekeepers, the ones who will give you the appointments that you so badly want. Office staff are important because they are the people who will be making the appointments.

Comfort. Ideally, when you choose your physician, you want to be able to communicate with them and feel comfortable with their presence. The issues you take to the doctor can be some of the most sensitive, and you need to feel happy to open up.

Reviews. Asking a neighbour or friend for advice about the physicians in the local area is a smart idea. You can then get real-world responses about the doctors that you are asking about on a personal level.

Time. Your time is valuable, and you want your time to have felt worth it when you head to an appointment. You need to be with a practice that doesn’t make you feel rushed or stupid when you talk about your issues.

Choosing a doctor isn’t an easy job, but it’s one that you have to take time over if you hope to get the right relationship with yours.

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Out Of The Box Ideas To Help Alleviate Symptoms Of Anxiety

Anxiety is something that a lot of people deal with on a day to day basis. In some cases, it can be extremely crippling, but in other cases, it can be manageable. Not everyone can live with it, and why should you? Anxiety can be the thief of joy at times, and so you may be wondering what it is you could do yourself to try and alleviate the symptoms you are facing. A doctor may prescribe medication, but is that your own option? Here are some out of the box ideas that could help you to feel more in control of your mental health and wellbeing.

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A pet can make a big difference

Sometimes it can be so difficult to get out of bed and on with your life if you are feeling the strain of anxiety. The attacks can come thick and fast, and you can feel threatened by your current circumstances. So you want to think about a pet. This can be a great emotional support to you and websites like certapet have some great reasons as to why. But they can also give you a purpose, a commitment, something else to look after. Which in time helps you to move forward with your life.

Exercise and being more active could be the answer

It is one of the things that is suggested the most when it comes to anxiety and depression, but there is some proof in it. Exercise can be a great way to alleviate symptoms of anxiety. It could be something as simple as going out for a walk in the fresh air, or it could be motivation to start running or joining a gym. The exercise gives you that feel good factor, that can help clear your head and help you to see more clearly.

Is the answer in the food you eat?

It may surprise you, but the diet you have may be a big problem when it comes to anxiety. A junk and sugar-laden diet will only give you peaks of energy, and big comedowns when the sugar rush is over. Instead, try a diet that is balanced, rich in vitamins and nutrients and you may start to see a big difference.

Getting rid of negative influences in your lifestyle

When it comes to your lifestyle, you may find that you have negative influences, and this can be a big issue when it comes to how you feel. Instead, try and rid yourself of the negative influences in your life. From the people you spend time with, to the things that you do such as drinking alcohol, for example.

Focusing on your mindset

Finally, your mind is such a powerful tool, so you may want to take the time to focus on your mindset and thought process. This could have a positive impact on your life and help you to feel better about things. It may seem forced at first, but once you develop new habits, you will start to think a little differently.

I hope these options help you to alleviate the symptoms of anxiety you might be struggling with.

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Relaxing Retirement: Putting Your Feet Up

Most people dread getting old because they think they’ll stop living and start waiting for what’s coming to all of us. So after all of your life working hard and finding it difficult to really find some spare time for yourself, now is the time you decide to sulk? It should be a great experience and thoroughly rewarding to not only be financially secure and set for the rest of your life, but no longer have any professional obligations. There’s no boss texting you to get that report done, there’s no angry client that is blaming you for something someone else did and you don’t have to wake up early in the morning every day. Retirement should be about relaxation, taking care of yourself, pampering and putting your feet up. However, two things seem to take hold that ruins the experience and they both go hand in hand. On the one side, you have to stay in shape or remain healthy at least, but you also want to have a someone do things you are no longer willing to do or can do. So how can your everyday routine life become a little easier now that you’re in your armchair taking things slow?

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A personal nurse

The older you get the more precious your own health becomes. No doubt that you want to stay independent for as long as you are physically able to remain. But you must be willing to accept that eventually, age will catch up with you are you can’t do the things you were doing as part of a normal day. Your children are off doing their own thing as they should be, so that leaves the option of either selling the home and moving to a smaller property, perhaps a bungalow to keep the layout simple, or getting a personal nurse that can help you around the home. Take a look at the features of the The nurse will come directly to the home, and perform tasks such as bathing, washing up dishes, doing the laundry and ironing, as well as cooking you meals and generally just taking care of things you can’t. You get to put your feet up while the nurse not only works in your home but becomes a friend.

Designed for wellness

We buy generic sofas and chairs for our homes because they cost less than an intricate designer item. This means that although they are generally comfortable, they’re not really suited for your health concerns. However, furniture that is orthopedic will be for soothing your back pain away. That’s what we’ll be doing when we get old; a lot of sitting down. As start to get progressively less and less active, the worse thing we can do is buy furniture for our homes that isn’t designed for us. With this concept and aim in mind, you can sit and lie down for extended periods of time without worrying about pressure building up in your joints.

Retirement always brings up questions about your health. It’s only natural as you get older and less active. Doing the chores around the house sure would be quicker with a companion to help out. Since you will be lounging more often, buy furniture that doesn’t become painful after a while.

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Awareness Is The Greatest Weapon Against Cancer

Cancer is on the rise. That’s scary news, but the good news is that people are catching it earlier and doctors are treating it better, so more people are surviving a diagnosis than ever before. Here, we’re going to look at how staying aware can help you not only get an earlier diagnosis and improve your chances but can also reduce your risks of getting the diagnosis in the first place.

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Maintain a healthy lifestyle

It seems like easy advice, but one of the reasons that rates of cancer are on the rise is because of changes in lifestyle habits. From how we treat our body to what we put in it and what we surround it with. There are several steps to reduce your risk of cancer worth taking. Obesity is a risk factor in many types of cancer, including breast, colon, kidney, and pancreatic cancer, so maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, and eating a healthy diet are all key. Alcohol, cigarettes, and exposure to the sun are as highly risky as they have always been, so avoiding them (or at least exercising some moderation) is crucial, too.

Keep an eye out

One of the biggest concerns of all cancer awareness campaigns is encouraging people to practice self-screening more often. Men and women alike are at risk of breast cancer, for instance, so you should check yourself for new lumps regularly. Similarly, men should check themselves for testicular cancer after a warm shower, feeling for any changes when the body is relaxed. If you have new lumps anywhere, not just in these key areas, you should see the doctor. Subcutaneous tumors (lumps under the skin) are not always cancerous or dangerous. They may very well be harmless lipomas. But it’s worth having the risk addressed rather than making any assumptions. If you catch it sooner, your chances of battling it successfully rise drastically.

Don’t neglect the checks

Other forms of cancer may require an expert to properly screen you. For men, the prostate exam is often considered an embarrassing health issue, but it gets much more common as we get older and it is essential. Having a family history of colon cancer or being at a higher risk because of genetic disorders or other health factors may require you to get screened at a younger age. If you have a history of smoking, an annual low-dose CT scan is highly recommended too. This includes not only if you’re smoking currently, but you have quit within the last 15 years or you have ever smoked more than one pack a day for 30 years or two-packs a day for 15 years.

Though there are still highly dangerous and aggressive cancer diagnoses that we should always be aware of, it is no longer as much of a death sentence as it once was. Stay aware, maintain healthy habits, and don’t neglect to get yourself checked out. These three steps will drastically help you fight cancer, whatever form it may or may not take in your life.

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