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Posted by on Jan 22, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Living aids to help you at old age

As the body ages, some of the tasks you have been finding easy become a challenge to perform. Complications that may have developed over the years start to manifest their effects on the body. They can lead to a diminished agility of the body joints, making it hard for you to move a muscle or two when undertaking routine activities. Thankfully, there are aids for daily living that can make life easier for you at that advanced age, and they do not necessarily involve doses of medicine. Here are a few activities you may find difficult to perform and the living aids that can assist you:

Getting into and out of your car

You involve many body parts when entering or leaving your car, and it may be a challenge if your joints have some problems moving swiftly. If you are using too much effort and taking too much time, there is no need to worry anymore. You can buy a portable handy bar to support the weight of the body using your arm. Moreover, there is a swivel disc to help you with turning to the side so that you can leave the car or face the steering wheel when you want to take off.

For those who have leg problems, you can also get an independent leg lifter in case you have limited strength in your legs. With these accessories, entering and exiting your car will be less hectic.  

Putting on your shoes

If you are at a stage where bending over to tie your shoe is a problem, elastic laces will come in handy instead of the regular laces you have been using. Make a double knot of the elastic laces so that they can stay in place. By doing this, you do not have to tie them every time you put on the shoes. Moreover, you can also have a shoehorn to help you get the foot into the shoe with ease.

Reaching for items on the ground and picking them up

Hardship when bending over is a common problem at old age. This can be the result of a back injury you have had in the past or the after effects of a major surgery you had earlier. A reacher can help you address hardship when bending, as you can reach for items on the ground and pick them up without having to bend your knees and work your back. You can also reach items placed in shelves. The reacher has a handle and a piston for you to hold and a grabber that clutches the item you are picking once the piston is pressed.     

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Posted by on Jan 22, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Important Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Hearing Aids

Hearing aids are a valuable piece of medical equipment for anyone who has suffered a hearing loss of any degree. They can allow you to hear high-pitched sounds that you might otherwise miss and may also allow you to hear conversations more clearly.

Hearing aids are not just convenient, but they can also be a matter of safety; if you are driving and cannot hear another car horn or siren, you put yourself at risk. The same is true in everyday life; you may miss a smoke alarm, someone yelling a warning to you as you’re walking, and so on. If it’s been recommended that you wear hearing aids, note a few important questions to ask your doctor about their use and care so you know they’ll work for you.

1. Ask when they should be removed.

It’s typically not recommended that you wear your hearing aids when you go to sleep, as they could cause discomfort in the ear canal. You may also be recommended to turn them off at night so that you preserve the battery life.

It’s also good to ask your doctor if your hearing aids are waterproof or water resistant. There may be no reason for you to wear them in the shower, but if you enjoy swimming, even if you don’t submerge in the water, you may be recommended to remove the hearing aids to keep them dry and safe.

2. Note how they should be cleaned.

Even if you keep your ears very clean, hearing aids usually still get a coating of earwax and other bacteria and germs on them, and they need to be cleaned regularly. Typically a hearing aid is best cleaned with a soft cloth, although you might use a very soft brush to clean stubborn debris. Your doctor might recommend a type of brush to use for your hearing aids; this might be one designed for the pieces in particular, or it may mean a very soft, clean toothbrush.

3. Always ask about beeping, lights, and other signals.

Each brand and model of hearing aid is different in how they signal the user for low batteries, a change in volume, if the batteries are working, and so on. A hearing aid might have a green light for when batteries are installed correctly and a red light for when they’re low. Others might beep when the batteries get low. However your brand of hearing aids work, be sure you ask your doctor what each of those signals mean so you can ensure the pieces are working as they should.

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Posted by on Jan 22, 2016 in Uncategorized |

What Happens After Your Child is Diagnosed With Hearing Loss?

Being told your child has some degree of hearing loss can leave you feeling overwhelmed, but knowing what comes next can help you get organised and make a plan of action for your child and family. After diagnosis, there are a few basic steps that will enable your child to have the best quality of life possible. Here’s an overview of what happens after diagnosis:

Hearing Aids

Hearing aids can do much more than simply amplify sounds. If your child only has difficulty hearing certain sounds, such as high-frequency sounds, hearing aids can be used to alter high-frequency sounds as they enter your child’s ears, allowing them to hear sounds they previously could not. Hearing aids can also be used to fade out background noise, allowing your child to focus on and hear conversations.

You’ll want your child to be fitted for appropriate hearing aids as soon as possible after diagnosis, and this involves having impressions taken of your child’s ear canals. These impressions ensure the earmolds, which are the part that fit in your child’s outer ears, fit securely. This is vital as the earmolds prevent external noise from leaking into your child’s ears and interfering with the sounds delivered by the hearing aids.

Once the impressions are taken, your child’s custom-made earmolds will be fitted with amplifiers and they’ll be given the opportunity to select the colour of their hearing aids. You will then have a fitting appointment with your child’s audiologist to ensure the hearing aids are comfortable and programmed to perform optimally for your child.

Supportive Therapy

If required, your child will also be referred for supportive therapy, such as aural rehabilitation or speech and language therapy, to help them adjust to wearing hearing aids, improve pronunciation and meet developmental milestones. Your child can also be referred to a counsellor or child psychologist, if necessary. This may be helpful if they are having a particularly tough time adapting or if they’ve experienced any sort of bullying or social exclusion as a result of their hearing difficulties.  

Life at Home

If your child is very young or non-verbal, you’ll need to check their hearing aids are working every day and clean them regularly. You’ll be shown how to do this, and you can purchase a hearing aid stethoscope, which can be useful for determining if there’s any muffling of sound or feedback that can occur when hearing aids get wet.

It will likely take your whole family time to adjust to life with hearing loss, but try to keep the atmosphere at home upbeat and relaxed. This can help prevent your child feeling like a burden and help any siblings understand their life at home doesn’t have to change.

Follow-Up

You’ll be invited to attend follow-up appointments at your local hearing clinic. These appointments are particularly important for children as their ears are still growing, so their hearing aids have to be adjusted on a regular basis. Follow-up appointments also allow you to discuss any concerns and assess the effectiveness of any supportive therapy your child has been undergoing.

Having a child with hearing loss can require an extra commitment of time and energy, so it’s important to take time for yourself whenever possible. If you’d like to speak to other parents in a similar position, consider going along to a local parent support group.

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