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How To Take Care Of Hearing Aid Batteries

Posted by on Jul 23, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If you wear a hearing aid, then making sure that your batteries are working at all times is very important. If your batteries fail at the wrong time then you might find yourself dealing with the inconvenience of not being able to hear properly when you need to. This is why you should make sure that your hearing aid’s batteries are always in good shape. Here are some tips you can use as guidelines to ensure that your batteries are always in good condition. Keep Your Batteries Away From Metals Keep your hearing aid batteries away from metals because metals can short-circuit your batteries. Whenever you take out your hearing aid’s batteries place them somewhere that is free of metal objects. Be careful when you place batteries in your bag as well, make sure that you place them far away from keys and coins. Make Sure Your Batteries Are Sealed Hearing aid batteries must be sealed when you purchase them. If the seal is broken or even slightly lifted you should not purchase the batteries because this means that they have started to lose power. Minimize Battery Drainage You can minimize battery drainage by opening the battery door of your hearing aid when it is not in use.  Doing this at night is especially beneficial, since it will allow moisture to escape from the battery compartment and prevent the battery from corroding and damaging your hearing aid. You can also prolong the life of your battery by removing it from the hearing aid if you are not going to be using it for a long period of time. Remove Dead Batteries Promptly Once you discover that the battery in your hearing aid has gone dead you should remove them immediately. Do not allow dead batteries to sit in your hearing aid for a long time, dead batteries may swell and become difficult to remove and this can lead to you damaging you hearing aid if you try to pry them out. Wash Your Hands When the time comes for you to change your batteries you should make sure that you wash your hands before you touch new batteries. This is because any grease and dirt that gets onto your hands and then unto the batteries may eventually get into your hearing aid and cause damage. Taking each of these tips into consideration will assist you in handling your hearing aid battery in the correct way so that you can minimize damage and enhance the life of your battery. For professional help wih you hearing aids, contact a ompany such as Barth Craig T Ma...

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3 Dental Conditions That Can Lead To Jawbone Deterioration

Posted by on Jul 23, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Lifestyle choices and poor oral healthcare can both threaten the health and stability of your teeth. But those choices and resulting damage can also threaten the health and stability of your jawbone, which in turn puts teeth at even more risk. While tooth damage is often immediately noticeable due to a change in appearance, jawbone threats are often overlooked in favor of the dental and gum symptoms. This means that the jawbone can deteriorate before you even know it’s at risk. Here are three dental conditions that can lead to jawbone deterioration. Visit your dentist or periodontist as soon as the general symptoms occur to avoid further and deeper damage. Periodontal Disease Periodontal disease occurs when harmful oral bacteria are left unchecked by proper oral healthcare and allowed to develop into an infection. Gingivitis is a mild and common form of periodontal disease that’s simply treated with a thorough tooth cleaning at the dentist office. But if gingivitis is left untreated, the condition can create a worsened form of periodontal disease called periodontitis. The spreading infection and your body’s immunological response can threaten the health of your gums, which will begin to pull away from the teeth and the underlying jawbone. Periodontitis can be cleared up using an antibiotic and a set of dental procedures called scaling and root planing, which are essentially forms of deep cleaning. Your dentist will clean both the surface of the teeth and gums as well as inside the pockets of any gum tissue that has pulled away from the teeth. The gums are then pulled tight back to the teeth and either allowed to heal back into place or stitched there. Cleaning the gums and teeth and clearing the infection with antibiotics can keep the infected material from sitting on the jawbone and causing deterioration.   Abscessed Tooth An abscessed tooth occurs when an infection in the root of the tooth also spreads into the surrounding gum tissue. The gums might become swollen and sore around the base of the tooth as the gums fill with infected fluid. This fluid pocket is also sitting on top of the jawbone, putting the bone at risk. To treat the abscessed tooth, your dentist will treat the infection with antibiotics and a cleaning. The fluid pocket might need to be drained, which will be followed with a cleaning of the inside of the pocket before it is left to heal. If the infection is bad enough, you might require a root canal.  Missing Tooth If a tooth is lost to trauma or decay, your dentist will recommend a dental replacement such as a bridge or a dental implant. The suggestion isn’t based on cosmetic concerns alone. Your jawbone needs a tooth above it to remain health. A natural tooth sits above the jawbone and provides both a gentle friction needed for bone production and protection for the blood cells that travel over the surface of the bone to keep it alive. Dental replacements can offer similar services, though not as efficiently as a natural tooth. Leaving the gap open leaves the jawbone exposed and without stimulation. The covering gum, also without the stimulation of a tooth, can start to pull away and further expose the bone. This can lead to necrosis that kills the bone and...

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Knee Replacement Surgery: Post-Operative Dos And Don’ts For A Speedy Recovery

Posted by on Jul 23, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Whether you’ve recently had knee replacement surgery or are scheduled to have it in the future, you should know that your post-operative care will be a huge influencing factor when it comes to your recovery. As such, there are some things you need to know about caring for not just your new knee, but the rest of your body following such a surgery. DO Address Swelling Swelling is a very common side effect following knee replacement surgery, as the body must adjust to the new artificial knee joint and may thus become easily inflamed during this adjustment period. The best way to reduce swelling in your knee following surgery is to wrap a resealable bag of ice in a towel (to prevent giving yourself frostbite) and applying ice to the affected area until swelling dies down. Circulation can also help reduce swelling, so consider lying down with your knee raised above your heart. DON’T Remain Sedentary While your surgeon and/or doctor will likely recommend that you remain pretty much sedentary in the hospital during the first couple days of your recovery, it’s important to note that engaging in some very light physical activities once you’re discharged can help improve your healing. Low-stress activities, such as swimming and walking, can help your body adjust to the knee more quickly–especially when done as a part of your routine physical therapy. DO Consult Your Surgeon If you were a very physically active person before you had your knee replacement surgery done, then you might be itching to get back to your favorite activities such as running, biking, and other sports following your surgery. However, one of the worst things you can do during the recovery stages is to put too much stress on your knee. This can lead to serious inflammation, swelling, pain, and complications. Always talk to your surgeon or physician to get the green light before you begin working more strenuous activities back into your daily life. DON’T Schedule Dental Work Finally, many knee surgery patients don’t know that they’re not supposed to schedule dental work immediately after their procedures. Dental work such as cavity fillings can actually allow harmful bacteria into the bloodstream that can cause a serious infection to develop around your new knee joint. If you need to have any dental work done, speak with your surgeon to determine the risk and any precautionary measures you can take ahead of time. For more information about your recovery, contact Staten Island Physical Therapy PC or a similar...

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Don’t Panic But Don’t Wait: Causes Of One-Sided Hearing Loss

Posted by on Jun 24, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If you have started noticing that your hearing in one ear is getting worse than the hearing in your other ear — especially if the change was sudden — you might be starting to get very worried. After all, having one ear go out on you is surprising and distressing. It is something you need to get checked out quickly, but in the meantime, don’t panic. Many potential causes of one-sided, or unilateral, hearing loss are benign and easy to fix. Why You Can’t Wait If there are harmless causes, why should you have to try to get the loss checked out so quickly? Unfortunately there are some serious causes of unilateral hearing loss, such as tumors and nerve lesions. The sooner these are diagnosed, the better the chance of treatment or mitigation. For example, unilateral hearing loss caused by a virus or trauma, where the ear is permanently damaged, can often benefit from specific hearing aid configurations like CROS, where a microphone by the ear with the hearing loss transmits sounds on that side to a hearing aid or amplifier in the good ear. Easy Treatment If the cause is much simpler and fixable, though, getting your ears checked out sooner will allow you to get your hearing back sooner. For example, if you have small children, and your hearing loss seemed to start after you took a nap one afternoon, you could actually have something like a marble or other small toy part in your ear (it can be food, too). It’s not that unusual for a curious child to drop things into any space he or she can find — including the ear canal of a sleeping parent. If small enough, the part can fall deep into the canal. You don’t always feel things like that, so don’t be surprised if you go in for a hearing test and find out the problem was caused by something like a raisin. Wax can create sudden blockages, too, and that is extremely easy to fix; all you need to do is find an ENT or an audiologist who is trained to remove earwax, and he or she can remove the wax in a few seconds. If your hearing has become decidedly one-sided, get to an audiologist or ENT. They’ll look in your ear and then do hearing tests if no wax or foreign objects are in the ear canal. Don’t wait to do this because chances are, the solution will be much simpler than you realize. For more information, contact Hearing Specialists of DuPage or a similar...

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Post-Baby Body: Your Guide To The Mommy Makeover

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in Uncategorized |

The female form is beautiful, and women who have recently given birth know that it is also powerful. Oftentimes, women who have had babies would like to make some changes. This is where the mommy makeover comes in, which often includes tummy tucks and breast augmentation. If you are considering a mommy makeover, these FAQs will help you determine whether you are a good candidate. How long should I wait between giving birth and getting a tummy tuck? If a tummy tuck is what you are after, you should first ask yourself if you plan to have more children. Many women opt to have all their children before turning to a tummy tuck as a solution, especially because it will change the results and you will have to endure the process again. Once you have your heart set on the procedure, it is wise to wait until you reach your ideal weight. Every woman’s body is different, so this could take just a few months or more than a year. How long does it take to heal after a tummy tuck? Unfortunately, a tummy tuck requires more downtime than many other procedures. The mini tummy tuck heals relatively faster, with the full tummy tuck taking three to six weeks for recovery according to some plastic surgeons. Are mini tucks effective? Yes, mini tummy tucks do serve a solid purpose. These procedures are performed on the area under the navel that may have a small pooch. Why should I consider breast augmentation after giving birth? After giving birth, many women say that they want their breasts to look the way they once did. Pregnancy and breastfeeding may have a drastic impact on breasts, making them smaller or less perky. This is not a recent trend either. Breast augmentation for post-partum changes has been going on since the 1970s. Why can’t I just lose the weight? While many women do succeed in losing all the extra baby weight, it is not possibly to lose excess skin. Many women book a mommy makeover to get rid of hanging skin. How can I prepare for my mommy makeover? There are six things you should do to prepare for your mommy makeover. Doctors advise that women reach their target weight before considering a tummy tuck. Additionally, women should maintain an exercise regimen with 30 minutes of physical activity each day. Good candidates should pay attention to nutrition, limit alcohol consumption and stop smoking. Finally, each candidate needs to have a support system to provide assistance during recovery. If you have specific questions about the tummy tuck procedure or other related surgeries, contact a doctor from a place like Renaissance Center For Facial & Body...

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3 Natural Sore Throat Remedies You Can Use Before Heading To The Doctor

Posted by on Jun 8, 2015 in Uncategorized |

The all-too familiar burn or ache in your throat is one that any person hates to feel coming on. A sore throat usually means you are coming down with something and will likely start showing more symptoms soon. While taking yourself to an ear, nose, and throat doctor for attention is always the best route of treatment, there are a few natural remedies you can whip up at home while you wait to get an appointment. 1. Licorice Root Gargle – A study performed on postoperative patients in 2009 proved that licorice is an effective form of treatment for people with a sore throat. Licorice is a natural anti-irritant and has anti-inflammatory properties that can soothe the soft tissues of an irritated throat or tonsils. Dried licorice root can be bought in natural food stores and it is sometimes even available in a ground powdered form or as a liquid derivative. Soak pieces of the root in warm water, strain the liquid, and use the liquid as a gargle to help thwart the symptoms of a sore throat. 2. Peppermint Candy – Any menthol containing substance is bound to help relieve a sore throat, at least slightly. However, peppermint in combination with sugar provides you with a source of menthol that dissolves slowly and coats the soft mucus membranes of the bronchial areas, which will give some immediate relief of the pain. If you have peppermint handy, allow it to slowly dissolve on your tongue or melt it into a cup of hot cocoa for an even greater effect. 3. Honey – For millennia, honey has been admired for its many healing properties – good for everything from allergies to serious illnesses and disease. Honey is even know to help heal wounds, which means bronchial irritations that may be related to small abrasions in your throat or sores may be soothes by taking a teaspoon of honey, and will even help speed up your recovery. It is best to take honey straight, but this natural wonder can also be added to warm tea or lemon juice if your prefer. Visiting the doctor for some forms of a sore throat is almost inevitable, as a sore throat is often a sign of a viral infection. However, there is nothing saying that you cannot work to relieve some of your symptoms on your own before you get a diagnosis. Keep these natural remedies in mind the next time you start to feel the irritation of a sore throat creeping...

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Tips For A Successful Recovery From Total Knee Replacement

Posted by on May 26, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Your knee replacement surgery is over and your doctor is ready to send you home from the hospital. You had the constant support of doctors, nurses and therapists in the hospital. Now, it’s up to you to continue your recovery at home. You’ll be recovering for months at home, so here are some tips to make the best use of that time and have a successful recovery. 1. Establish Your Own Pace Getting through knee surgery is not a race. It’s about finding the pace that you can comfortably stay with to continue making incremental progress. The physical therapy you had in the hospital showed you where your starting point is. Your goal is to slowly improve on that over the months. Do just a little more every day and track your progress. You will have “off” days where you are sore and feel like doing little. Let your body rest for a day then get back onto your schedule. 2. Don’t Overwork Yourself A full recovery from knee replacement surgery can take from 6 to 12 months, says the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons. Set your expectation that you will have full use of your knee in that timeframe, and no sooner. Once you’ve set the pace for your exercises and physical therapy, stick to that. There will be times when you feel really good and think you can walk longer, bend your knee farther and lift more weight with your knee. This is when you’ll try to push yourself and cause problems. Overworking yourself can damage your knee and set you back. Resist the temptation to overdo it, no matter how good you feel. 3. Focus On Your Diet The bones and soft tissues in your knee are traumatized during the surgery, and they need help to heal. Not stressing them by pushing yourself beyond your limits is one way to help. Another way is to provide your body with the nutrients it needs to fuel the healing process. Pay attention to your diet with these tips: Eat a lean, high-protein diet with plenty of chicken and fish as the protein source. Dairy products and other calcium and vitamin D fortified foods are needed for bone healing. Potassium from bananas and leafy greens helps your muscles heal. Antioxidants from beans, blueberries, potatoes and yogurt boost your immune system so you can fight off surgical infections. 4. Use Pain Medication as Long as You Need It Regular, scheduled use of pain medication works better than waiting until your knee is killing you. When your knee really hurts, the pain medication may barely take the edge off. You may decide that it hurts too much to do your exercises. This slows down your recovery and you’ll fall behind. Always take your pain medications before exercising and walking. Keep the pain to a minimum so you stay on your activity schedule. For more information, contact Joseph P. Spott, DO or a similar medical...

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Answering Some Questions About Mobility Scooters

Posted by on May 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When a person develops a medical condition that severely limits their range of movement, it is important for them to be well-informed about their options for restoring their mobility. In the past, walking canes and wheelchairs were the only options for those suffering from these issues. However, modern advancements have made it possible for individuals to restore much of this lost freedom by using a powered mobility scooter. By having the following questions answered, you may find yourself in a better position to decide if this is the right solution for restoring your independence.  Is It Possible To Finance A Mobility Scooter? While insurance will usually pay for the price of these devices, there are many people that lack this type of coverage. Unfortunately, these individuals may be under the impression that they can not afford these devices, but there are options available for those who are on limited budgets.  For example, there are many providers that offer reasonable financing terms to allow you to more easily fit this expense into your budget. If you lack the credit history to be approved for financing, it is usually possible to purchase these devices used. By opting for a used model, you can significantly reduce the cost of these devices, and this may bring it more into your budget.   How Long Will Your Mobility Scooter’s Charge Last? When mobility scooters were first introduced to the market, they were known for having a battery that could only last for a few hours. However, battery technology has advanced, and modern scooters are able to work for far longer. In fact, it is not uncommon for a mobility scooter to be able to cover several miles before it will need to be charged. From the weight of the rider to the design specifications of the battery, there are a seemingly endless number of variables that can influence your device’s range. However, you can improve the function of your battery by having the scooter serviced at least once a year. During this servicing, the battery connections will be cleaned of any corrosion that has developed, which will dramatically improve the efficiency of the unit. By ensuring that you have the battery serviced at least a couple of times a year, you can significantly extend the life of the battery.  Buying a mobility scooter can be one of the most important investments that you make, but if you have never seriously considered this option, learning these two answers should help you to make smart choices when it comes to improving your ability to live the life you want. For more information about mobility aids, contact a company like Twin City Stair...

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2 Things You Need When For Your Stair Lift During Power Outages

Posted by on Apr 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

A stair lift is a device you can purchase or rent that will make it easy for you to get up and down the stairs in your home. Stair lifts can fit on almost any staircase, and there are multiple types to purchase, but you should realize that most operate on electricity. Because of this, you should consider getting these two things so that you can still use the device during times when the power in your house goes out. Battery Backup An electric stair lift uses electricity to operate, and therefore, when the power goes out, you will not be able to use it. This could be troublesome if the power is out for a long period of time, and that is why you may want to choose a stair lift that contains a battery backup. Some stair lifts operate solely on batteries, but some that work with electricity will automatically come with a battery that can operate the device when the power goes out. This is an essential feature to have with a stair lift, but you should realize that most of these batteries have only enough power to move a lift up or down the stairs a few times. Generator To protect yourself further in times of electrical outages, you may want to invest in a generator for your home. While there are many types to choose from, you should select one that will automatically come on when the power goes out. This type of generator is placed outside of a home, and it only turns on when needed. When choosing a generator, it’s important to make sure you choose one that is large enough to power your entire house. If it’s not this big, it may only power certain parts of your house. In this case, you would want to make sure that the stair lift is one of these things. With a generator, you will not lose access to your stair lift during power outages. It will continue to run until it detects that the electricity is back up and running. Most automatic generators operate with gas. This could be natural gas, propane, or any other type of gas. While you may not think that these things are necessary, you will wish you had them if your power goes out. You can learn more about stair lifts, the available features, and power supply options by talking to a company (such as All-Star Lifts) that offers mobility products for...

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3 Things To Discuss With Your OBGYN During Your First Pregnancy

Posted by on Apr 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

It is likely that you will have a ton of questions once you get pregnant. You want to make sure that you are doing everything right, so that you have a safe and healthy pregnancy. Rather than looking online for the answers to your questions, you should instead ask Bee Ridge Obstetrics Gynecology or your OBGYN if you already have one. They will likely have a more accurate answer for your questions, and they will help you to have a great pregnancy and a healthy baby. This article will discuss 3 things to discuss with your OBGYN during your first pregnancy.  Exercise A lot of women are unsure of what they can do in terms of exercise when they are pregnant. Talk to your OBGYN about what kinds of exercise you’re currently doing and if it’s safe to continue at that level. Often you can continue with the same level of exercise you were doing before pregnancy. If that is simply walking, then you can start there. They will also explain to you that the most important thing to do is to listen to your body, and stop if you feel that you need to. Also, they will let you know that it isn’t wise to do abdominal exercise while laying on your back after your first trimester because this tends to lower your blood pressure, which in turn gives less oxygen to your baby.  Foods That You Shouldn’t Eat There is a long list of foods that are considered somewhat unsafe for pregnant women to eat, so it is a good idea to ask your OBGYN exactly what foods you should and shouldn’t eat. They will not only be able to tell you what foods you shouldn’t eat, like sushi and soft cheese, but they will also be able to tell you why it is unsafe for you to eat these foods. For example, soft cheeses are unsafe because they can contain listeria bacteria that is harmful for your unborn baby. They will also tell you how much of certain foods you should eat like fish and caffeine.  Medicines That Are Safe For You To Take Since the medicines that you take during pregnancy can directly affect your baby, it is very important to ask your OBGYN what medicines are safe. You can take anti-nausea pills that are prescribed by your OBYGN to help with your morning sickness, and you can also take the proper doses of acetaminophen for a fever or other aches and pains. However, if you have a cold, a flu, or other illness, it is best to ask your doctor exactly what you can...

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Are You Diabetic And Wondering About Your Options For Dental Implants?

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Since diabetics are usually at risk for oral health issues like gum disease, you may wonder whether dental implants would be successful or not. Diabetes puts a halt on many aspects of traditional health treatments, but when it comes to dental implants, your options may be greater than you thought. If you are a diabetic and have teeth that are missing or need to be replaced, check out these facts and become more informed about your dental implant choices. Diabetes And Tooth Loss Diabetics have greater chances of developing issues like gingivitis, a huge contributor to tooth loss. Diabetics properly managing their condition can avoid oral problems like gingivitis and periodontitis, an advanced stage of gingivitis. Gum disease can cause tooth loss, thus also causing the need for tooth replacement. While many diabetics end up wearing dentures after remarkable tooth loss, studies show many others are successfully experiencing the great benefits of dental implants. What About The Higher Risk Of Infection? One of the biggest concerns for diabetics when it comes to dental implants is the risk of infection. You should know that the majority of patients suffering with infections around dental implants do so because of poor oral hygiene. Preventing the bacterial buildup around implants that create infections is the key to gaining the benefits of dental implants. Your dental professional can show you how to care for your implants and how to do so while also managing diabetes. Slow Healing From Diabetes And Dental Implant Procedures Most diabetics know that their wounds can take longer to heal. While the same is true about the time it takes for diabetics to heal from a dental implant procedure, healing can be successfully managed with antibiotics. Even some patients with poorly controlled diabetes have been found to experience success with dental implants. So, if you are better managing your diabetic condition, you can look forward to successful recovery from dental implant procedures. Lowering Your Chances of Digestive Problems Some medications prescribed for the management of diabetes can cause digestive issues. Many diabetics also suffer with digestive problems like gastroparesis, caused by long term, uncontrolled blood sugar levels. If you have trouble chewing your food due to poor dental health or missing teeth, you could be making your digestive symptoms a lot worse. Discuss with a dental professional, like Oral Surgery Center, about your diabetic condition and your options for dental implants. Doing so could mean you enjoying the benefits of fewer digestive incidents. Living with diabetes can be tough sometimes, but you can enjoy a normal life by taking care of your body and correctly managing your disease. If you are having a hard time eating or smiling in front of other people because of missing teeth, remember that diabetes does not have to stand in your way of getting dental...

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