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Bad Habits That Can Damage Your Hearing


Not all of us are blessed with excellent hearing. Many people suffer from hearing loss from a very young age, and others see (or rather hear) a deterioration as they age. And chances are, you may struggle with hearing yourself.


If you do notice the signs of hearing loss, you should visit your doctor or audiologist for advice and support. They will guide you on the way forward. However, you can also take steps to protect your hearing, and this includes making an effort to avoid the following bad habits we will cover in this article.  


Bad Habit #1: Poking around in your ear


If you have a build up of wax in your ear, the tendency might be for you to stick your finger in there and have a dig around. Not a good idea, as the deeper you probe, the higher the chance of you perforating your eardrum. This can result in lasting damage to your hearing. And the same applies to cotton buds or Q-tips. While they can be used to clean the outer rim of your ear, you could cause damage if you push any further. Therefore, avoid sticking anything into your ears in the first place. Use ear drops to soften up the wax and/or visit your doctor for ear irrigation, which is a painless process of cleaning out your ear.


Bad Habit #2: Smoking


You know smoking is bad for you, but did you know it can affect your hearing? As is discussed in this article, research suggests smokers are 70% more likely than non-smokers to suffer from hearing loss. This is because the nicotine and carbon dioxide from cigarettes lower oxygen blood levels and limit the blood vessels that are needed for good ear health. If you ever needed another excuse to give up smoking then, let the state of the long-term health of your hearing make you think you think twice before having another cigarette.


Bad Habit #3: Playing music too loud


When listening to music through your headphones, you should set the volume so you can still hear what is going on around you. If you can’t hear anything other than your rocking tunes, then you have the volume turned up too loud. Prolonged exposure to loud noises will affect your hearing, and this extends to having the television turned up to the max, or listening to music at a concert without some form of ear protection to dampen the noise. You might find reading the information here will be useful to you, so check out the article, and then think twice before turning up the dial on your music in the future.


Bad Habit #4: Drinking alcohol


As with smoking, it will be of no surprise to you to know that drinking alcohol in excess is bad for your health. As well as damaging your liver and your nervous system, studies suggest excessive drinking can also lead to ototoxicity, a condition that creates a toxic environment in your bloodstream which can result in permanent hearing loss. If you don’t want to cut out alcohol from your life forever, the least you can do is moderate your drinking habit to alleviate the risk to your hearing.


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Stop poking around in your ear, ditch the cigarettes, turn down your music, and cut back on the alcohol!  By taking steps to avoid any of these bad habits, you stand a better chance of good hearing in your life. Consider this today, and see your doctor if you need any further advice.

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“What Did You Say?” Unmistakable Signs Of Hearing Loss



Everyone worries about their health. But, there are areas which appear more significant than others. The idea of living without your sight is not very nice. Compare that with muted hearing and the majority of people would take the latter over the former. Losing a sense is a traumatic experience, yet hearing is integral to a person’s way of life. So, when it starts to go, the consequences can be hard to swallow.


By spotting the signs, it is possible to limit the damage and save your ears. To do that, though, you must understand the symptoms as and when they appear. To help underneath is a selection of the leading alarm bells. When the following go off, you need to take action providing you can hear them in the first place.


Muffled Speech


This is a big one because it’s a sure-fire sign something is wrong. In the end, it may be a buildup of wax blocking the path. Or, it may be damage to the eardrum which distorts the clarity of sound. The worst case scenario is your hearing is deteriorating. Regardless, it’s essential to go to the doctor’s as soon as possible to find an answer. Hopefully, they will only have to syringe the wax and your hearing will come back to full health. If not, hearing aids and other devices which help boost the volume of sound are available.



Volume On TV/Telephone


When you watch TV or take a call, it’s not hard to adjust the volume. All you have to do is find the button and press. The thing is increasing the noise on a device maybe because of hearing loss. It could be that the television or phone is quiet, especially if it’s a landline. Usually, different variables can affect the quality of the call. However, if others in the house don’t have the same difficulty, it is a bad sign. Regarding the television, let the rest of the house set the volume. Then, you can judge the noise level and gauge your level of hearing. Should everyone have it at the same intensity, then you are okay. If the setting is low and you struggle to hear, there is an issue.


Following A Conversation


The majority of people find following a conversation a simple task. Even if you’re hearing isn’t great, there are other ways, such as lip reading. The difficulty starts when multiple people speak at once. Then, it is much harder to read lips and piece together the conversation. Now, it is worth noting that it may not be a sign of hearing loss. Over time, it gets harder and harder to process signals. Plus, five people talking at once is confusing. But, a hearing specialist would find your answer troubling should you struggle to keep up. The only way to be sure if you’re worried is to see a professional and take some tests.


Straining To Hear


Sure, there are times when you need to focus on hearing someone speak. When it’s noisy, hearing doesn’t come as naturally. Still, there are other times when you shouldn’t need to concentrate. For example, when you are sitting at home and there are only two people in the room. Unless the noise is deafening, there should be no reason to strain. So, if you are doing it all of the time, there is something wrong. One way to tell is to relax the next time you speak with a friend or family member. If you’re not tense, you’re not straining. Also, gauge your tiredness levels. Focusing all day is mentally fatiguing and leaves people exhausted.




Finally, you may think you hear what they are saying, but what you repeat isn’t right. Lots of people do this, especially the older generation. Rather than be confident in what they hear, they have to repeat the sentence. Usually, what people with hearing loss say needs rectifying because it’s far from the truth. The reason, of course, is due to hearing problems. Another giveaway is saying “what?” a lot when people ask a question. Sometimes, people speak quietly or you miss the train of the conversation, which is why “what?” is handy. However, if you are saying it multiple times a day, then there’s an issue. To be sure, try and count how many times per day the word comes out of your mouth. Also, aanalyzeit in context.


These are only five signs, but there are plenty more. The key is to understand that muffled or low speech is a big warning sign and requires action.

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Learning Sign Language Is Cool

Everyone wishes that they could speak a new language – but not many people consider sign language. However, sign language opens up a whole new world to you in terms of social circles and your ability to communicate across the globe. Sign language looks beautiful, it is expressive and above all – very inclusive. Of course, many deaf people have the use of top-class experts providing people with fitted hearing aids, but sign language gives an extra layer to that communication.

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Hearing Loss

It is a lot more common than you think. It is now very common that parents are using sign language to communicate with babies before they can talk properly – and that is something pretty special. In America, it is estimated that there are 28 million people who have some degree of hearing loss. Although many rely on a mixture of lip-reading and some sound recognition, not all speak sign language. However, to really participate in mainstream education and the job market it pays to learn to lip read and have sign language too. 


If you can speak an additional language, you are already more desirable. If you can speak sign language? You are opening up a whole new market for many businesses. Aside from the business realm, you can work as an interpreter, or help teach children as a TA or teacher (you’ll need other qualifications too though). Some career options are an audiologist, interpreters, social workers, counselors, a hospital worker, and so much more. Sign language is a valuable skill to have when it comes to the job market. 


If you don’t want to make sign language the star of your career show, then you can volunteer in many areas. Typically sign language volunteers will be able to work in the theater, churches, schools, homeless shelters, and some cases foster centers and animal shelters. If you are in the middle of learning sign language, you can use volunteering as a way to practice and hone your skills, and mix with other users to get the most out of the experience.

Help The Hearing

This might sound strange, but you can improve the rate at which a child learns to read and speak by teaching them sign language at the same time. Simple signs will help differentiate between letter sounds and words as they go. A typical example is many children say “elemenope” rather than L M N O P for years. If a child can see early on that they are in fact, not as one, they will be able to build on that knowledge. 


Sign language is a lot of fun for your children to learn, so much so that many younger classes now learn to sign and sing at the same time. 


Learning sign language is as beneficial as learning any other foreign language – except it potentially has more positive in terms of social impact and the ability to improve the lives of others by doing so. Like anything else, it takes time and dedication – but it is a skill you can use for life. 

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Fighting Fit: Five Ways to Futureproof Your Body



Living a healthy lifestyle is about so much more than feeling good in the here and now, but futureproofing your body. All of us want to be around for as long as we can, we want to see our children, grandchildren and even great grandchildren grow up. Here are some of the ways you can keep your body fighting fit.


Live a healthy lifestyle

It goes without saying that living a healthy lifestyle will set you up for success. It doesn’t mean you need to be ‘perfect’ but eating a balanced diet, getting plenty of physical activity, sleeping enough each night and drinking enough water will all benefit your body. Things like bone health is important to build when you’re young, once you reach old age your bone cells can deteriorate quicker than they’re replaced leading to weak and brittle bones. Building up their strength throughout your life and increasing the density means you keep osteoporosis at bay for as long as possible. With a healthy lifestyle, you slash your risk of preventable illnesses. And since heart disease is the leading cause of death, this isn’t something to overlook. 


Attend all of your screenings

Living a healthy life is a good start, but attending all of the screenings you’re invited to (this will usually be based on your age and gender) ensures any medical issues are picked up at the earliest stage. This means conditions like certain cancers can be spotted and treated before they become dangerous. Since lots of illnesses don’t show symptoms until they’ve progressed, this is a great way to keep tabs on your health. As well as cancer screenings, eye tests can pick up problems like high blood pressure and diabetes, an audiologist can give you pointers on how to take care of your hearing health such as ways to prevent tinnitus. It’s a good idea to go to your GP once a year, have them check your weight, blood pressure, blood sugar and urine to assess your overall health. 


Keep stress down

Stress is a natural human response, it’s something that all of us will experience from time to time. Pressures from work or school, family, money or health can all elevate our stress levels. While many stresses will come and go and resolve themselves, if you’re experiencing long term stress it can wreak havoc on your body. It can prevent you from getting enough sleep, raise blood pressure, affect hunger hormones leading to obesity (and all of the related illnesses with that). Life is unpredictable, it’s impossible to alleviate all stresses within our lives as things just don’t work like that. But what you can do is make sure you’re responding to them in the healthiest possible way. Avoid alcohol, drugs, binge eating or smoking as a way to cope with stress. Take up a sport, practice meditation, take time out to put your feet up and relax. It’s not a luxury, it’s essential for wellbeing. 


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Age-Related Health Concerns To Prepare For

Something we can all be sure of is that we age, and that hand-in-hand with the process of aging come all sorts of health problems too. Accepting this is great, and being prepared is even better, but in order to be able to do that you need to know what they actually are, and what kind of preparation you actually need to engage in in order to make sure you are doing whatever you can. In this post, we are going to take a look at some of the most common age-related health issues which you might want to try and prepare for, so that you can much more readily ensure that you are doing so. That could mean a better quality of life on the whole, and at the very least it will mean that you are able to know how to look after your body a little better.

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Hearing Loss


Something that happens to some extent to almost everyone as they age is hearing loss. If you are past the age of forty, chances are you have already have some kind of hearing loss – although it might have been so gradual that you are not even aware of it. Nonetheless, if you have experienced it and you know you have, then you will probably want to do something about it before it gets worse. The most important thing is to avoid loud sounds as best as you can, and to make sure that you keep your ears clean without intruding on the ear canal. If you experience something like tinnitus, be sure to get tinnitus therapy before it gets worse, and make sure that you follow the doctor’s orders when they say that you might need a hearing aid and so on.


Worsening Eyesight


By the age of 30, most people have lost some degree of clarity that they used to have in their eyesight. If you have already noticed this, you might be keen to do something about it. As such, it is important to make sure that you don’t overlook this problem, and that you instead go and get your eyes checked professionally to see how bad it is. If you have a prescription, then you should make sure you get it as soon as you can – otherwise you could be allowing your eyesight to get even worse. Avoid straining your eyes wherever you can, and you should hold off vision loss much more effectively in the long run.

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Breathing Troubles

After a certain number of years, it is likely that your lungs will start to struggle ever so slightly more than they used to. Such breathing troubles can be tiresome, literally, and can cause you to feel as though you are indeed getting old. But you can help to stave this off for longer in one simple way: make sure that you carry out plenty of cardiovascular exercise while you are young. The more you do that, the healthier your lungs will stay. You should also, of course, avoid smoking wherever possible, as that is just about the worst thing for your lungs that you can do.

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How To Look After Your Five Senses

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Our five senses literally help us to make sense of the world. As we get older, many of these senses naturally deteriorate, however certain lifestyle choices can speed up this deterioration process. Here are a few tips on how you can keep your senses sharp.




The biggest way to look after your eyesight is to avoid any activity that strains your eyes.


Using the right lighting when performing tasks such as reading or working on a computer is important. If the surrounding lighting is too dim or too intense, it could damage your eyesight.


Protecting your eyes from the sun is also important. Wearing sunglasses can stop harmful UV rays entering your eyes, preventing conditions such as photokeratitis and cataracts.


Your diet can also help you to maintain good eye health. Omega-3 fatty acids as found in fish and walnuts have been linked to a decrease in the risk of oracular degeneration, dry eyes and glaucoma. Meanwhile, foods that are rich in vitamins can also help to protect vision loss, often linked with a reduced risk of cataracts (this includes carrots, which may not help you see in the dark, but are good for your eyes due to their high vitamin A content).


Once you notice the first signs of vision loss, you should book an eye test immediately. Wearing glasses or contact lenses could help restore your vision and reduce eye strain, preventing further deterioration. Some companies such as Vision Express even offer free eye tests.


Unfortunately, vision loss can be hereditary for some people – myopia (or longsightedness) is a common example of this, although many of the above measures can prevent it from getting worse. Presbyopia (short-sightedness) meanwhile is a common symptom of aging and similarly may not be preventable.     

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Hearing loss is most commonly caused by prolonged exposure to loud noise. Anything over 85 decibels can be harmful when listened to for sustained periods – this could include loud music or loud machinery. People that work jobs in noisy environments such as air traffic controllers, nightclub workers and builders are most at risk and should wear ear protection at all times.


Using cotton buds to clean your ears can also cause hearing loss. Cotton buds have a tendency to push wax further into the ear and can cause damage to the inner ear. You’re much better off cleaning your ears out with eardrops or using water. It’s possible to seek professional treatment to get your ears cleaned out if you have an unhealthy build-up of wax.


If you notice that you’re having trouble hearing people or having to turn the TV up very loud, it could be worth getting a hearing test. Companies such as ListenLively offer free hearing tests online. Getting a hearing aid could help you to restore your hearing back to normal.

Like vision loss, hearing loss can naturally occur with age. Infections may also lead to hearing loss – if you experience pain as well as hearing loss you should consult a doctor immediately.




Many factors can affect our sense of touch, causing unusual pain, tingling and sometimes numbness. Some drugs may cause numbness, whilst sitting or lying awkwardly could also restrict blood circulation and cause a temporary lack of feeling (also a big cause of pin and needles) – however these are generally forms of temporary lack of sensation. It’s when numbness is ongoing that you should worry as this could be a sign of nerve damage.


Handling hot foods without protective gloves is a common cause of nerve damage in the hands that many chefs can suffer from. By always taking care with hot objects, you can avoid this damage. Similarly, you should take care with tools like blades and sanding machines – injuries involving these tools often lead to nerve damage.


A number of medical conditions may also lead to nerve damage, causing unusual tingling and numbness in arms or legs. A few conditions that can cause this include diabetes, HIV, lupus, vasculitis, vitamin b12 deficiency and lyme disease.


Conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome can also cause numbness by putting pressure on nerves, usually as the result of an RSI. Multiple sclerosis is another disease that leads to a gradual lack of feeling (the cause of this disease is largely unknown and thought to be genetic – although it has been linked with a lack of vitamin D, as well as habits like smoking).


In all cases where you may feel unusual prolonged numbness, it’s a good idea to consult a doctor. You may not be able to reverse numbness causes by nerve damage, however you may still be able to stop the condition developing.

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Many people experience a loss of smell when they have a cold or are bunged up from an allergy. However, there are causes for a lack of smell which can cause long-term damage.

Smoking is one bad habit that can permanently damage the sense of smell. By quitting smoking, you can protect nerve receptors in the nose.


You may also want to be careful when breathing in certain chemicals. If you work with pesticides or solvents, you could be at risk of animism – wearing a protective mask is advised.


If you think you’re losing your sense of smell you should always see a doctor. This is wise just to rule out conditions such as polyps.




The sense of taste and smell are strongly linked and as a result both are affected by similar factors.


Smoking is a major cause of lack of taste. This is because smoking kills of taste receptors (in serious cases it can lead to oral cancer). Fortunately, taste receptors can regenerate, so by giving up smoking you may regain your sense of taste.


Poor dental hygiene and use of certain medicine may also negatively affect your sense of taste. It could be worth seeing a doctor if you’re suffering a serious lack of taste (it’s worth noting that cold can sometimes cause temporary lack of taste).

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Health Warning Signs To Look Out For Later On In Life

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As we all get older, health problems can become more common. Many of these health problems can be reduced or cured by taking steps against them early. In order to take these steps, you need to catch the warning signs early. Here are just a few warning signs to be wary of.


Keep forgetting things?


Many of us get more forgetful as we get older, and this is usually nothing serious. However, if you find yourself continuously forgetting things, it could be an early sign of dementia. You should see your doctor the moment you notice this and get tests done to get an official diagnosis. Whilst there is no current cure for dementia, there are many medically approved ways to slow it down and stop it in its tracks.


Keep losing your balance?


A lot of people have more frequent falls as they get older. This could be due to naturally weaker muscles and joints, however, it could be a sign of other conditions too such as labyrinthitis or low blood pressure if accompanied by dizziness. It’s worth seeing a doctor get this diagnosed. Preventing falls could be particularly important if you have osteoporosis.


Straining to see things properly?


Loss of vision is also common as people get older. This could include struggling to read or struggling to see things far away, both of which can be easily corrected with prescription glasses. More serious visual symptoms to look out for include clouded vision or sensitivity to light which could be a sign of cataracts – this can be cured if caught early. Sudden blurry vision could also be a symptom of diabetes.


Having trouble hearing?


Hearing loss is also common with age – especially if you’ve had jobs in the past that were based in noisy environments. Hearing aids can usually help to restore hearing to full working order. You should see a doctor immediately if hearing loss is accompanied by pain in your ear or you’re suffering a loss of balance as well. Some people can also experience hearing loss accompanied by ringing in the ears, which can be a sign of tinnitus.


Not reaching the toilet on time?


A lot of older people can develop incontinence, which is an inability to control one’s bladder. If you notice that you’re unable to reach the toilet on time because you get a little warning, it could be worth seeing a doctor. Changing your diet and exercising your pelvic floor may be able to counter this issue. Whilst this condition can be embarrassing, it’s worth getting a diagnosis just to cancel out any serious digestive problems.


Getting regular chest pain?

Regular chest pain is one of the more serious symptoms to look out for on this list. It could be a sign of heart disease, which could be fatal if you don’t take steps to control it. Heart disease is the biggest killer in the world. That said, it can usually be kept at bay by making certain lifestyle changes and taking medication. A doctor will be able to diagnose this condition for you.

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What’s That Constant Ringing In My Ears?

Can you hear that? It’s a low buzzing sound but sometimes it becomes a high pitch ringing noise. Well, firstly you may want to calm down because no, you’re not insane or superhuman. You’re not actually hearing things are happening elsewhere, you’re just hearing things that aren’t there. This might be confusing but it can be explained simply by this. You’re having a hearing hallucination but you’re still hearing real noises too. This is called Tinnitus as the strange buzzing or ringing noise you constantly hear is partially biological and partially mental. It’s not that uncommon but it’s not all that common either, and it’s even sometimes temporary. The noise feels like it’s coming from the inside of your head and sometimes it’s right in the base of your ear. The condition doesn’t interfere with your normal life in any way and there are some easy ways to get around it or have it treated.



Brush up


Before anything else, you should learn more about tinnitus as it will help you understand the real world implications of having the condition. There’s no need to panic, first of all, it could just be triggered and momentary. Using various sources around the internet, you can learn about what the condition is, what possible treatments you have on offer medically, and how to cope with it in your normal everyday life. Brush up on how it is caused and with more knowledge you can better adjust your life to it.  


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Blockage in the tunnel


Our ears are incredibly sensitive, any small detail in the ear itself and our hearing can be affected. Speak to an audiologist who can run various tests on you to see if there is a problem with your hearing physically. Using magnifying tools, they can look deep into your ear canal and see if there is anything blocking the eardrum and surrounding area. Don’t forget that our ears have very small and thin bones that vibrate to absorb the sounds we hear, it’s not out of this world to believe something could be wrong internally.


One of the biggest issues that can cause tinnitus is ear wax. This isn’t just any old ear wax, this is wax that has accumulated over time and becomes very thick and hard. The audiologist can melt down the ear wax, and using very precise tools excavate the ear canal free of the impeding earwax. If you have experienced a sudden drop in hearing and an increase in a strange ringing sound, this is a treatment that could do you wonders.

Don’t focus on it


Sometimes the ringing noise can be caused by the environment you’re in such as a loud manufacturing facility or it can be simply all in your mind. Regardless of this fact however, don’t focus on the noise. It is indeed a white noise that your brain is making up and even doctors don’t fully understand how or why this is being done. The key to not aggravating the hallucination is to simply not focus on it. Don’t stop what you’re doing to mentally try and pinpoint the sound of the noise. This only makes things worse.


However, you know the old adage of when you try not to focus on something you end up either consciously or subconsciously focusing on it even more. Find a hobby which you can focus on, or perhaps cook something new tonight. Do anything you can to take away your mind’s focus and revert attention away from the ringing noise.


See a specialist


If things really do get out of hand and you’re worried about it interfering with your life, then go and see an ears, nose and throat specialist. There could be something wrong with the nasal passage that can also cause uncommon vibrations. The specialist will do their best to see what could be the cause of the problem. However, don’t go into the room thinking they will find a perfect solution because this is still not understood in the medical world. As mentioned before, the ringing noise in your ears is partly environmental but also involving hearing hallucinations. Don’t worry though, because it’s known to come and go and often times it will eventually become far less severe.


The ringing noise you constantly hear is a condition called tinnitus. It’s a strange white noise that you seem to hear due to environmental causes as well as mental tricks your mind is playing. The key to not making it worse is to simply not focus on it and whisk your mind away to someplace else. If you really want to get to the bottom of it then go as see an audiologist who can remove any ear wax that could be causing the issue and run some other tests.  

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8 Signs It’s Time To Visit Your Doctor

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When it comes to calling your doctors and booking an appointment, it can be hard to know where to draw the line. Whilst some people will call their doctors surgery for absolutely everything, others don’t want to be seen as a nuisance. Although it is important to know there is a time to book an appointment, don’t let that stop you from reaching out if you’re seriously in need. To help, here are 8 signs it’s time to visit your doctor:


– If You’re Struggling To Get Rid Of An Infection


If you have been suffering from an infection for a number of weeks and you are struggling to get rid of it, it might be time to speak to your doctor. It may be that you have a chesty cough or a sickness bug that just won’t budge, but without antibiotics that only your doctor can prescribe you will be struggling for much longer. For tips and tricks on how to help ease the pain of an infection, you can visit this site here.


– If You Have Sustained A Minor Injury


If you have managed to injure yourself but don’t think you need to go to A&E, it may be best to visit your doctors. Not only will they be able to advise whether or not you need to visit your nearest emergency room, but they’ll also be able to prescribe you something for the pain. if you find after a couple of days it still hasn’t helped, heading back for a second visit will definitely help.


– If You Are Experiencing Throat Or Ear Pain


One of the most painful things you can experience is either ear or throat pain and if you’ve been suffering for a few days then you’ll definitely agree it’s time to see a doctor. If you’ve been suffering from pain in your ear or you are experiencing hearing loss, it’s important you book an appointment as soon as you can to see a doctor or audiologist. Providing they have appointments, they’ll be able to help you within a matter of hours.


– If You Have Had The Flu For Over A Week


If you have had the flu for a couple of weeks and the home remedies you have tried have not helped it subside, booking an appointment to see your doctor may be the best possible option. Whilst they may not be able to give you any different medication to the ones you’ve been taking, they will be able to tell you if you have something more serious than the flu. For more information and tips on how to self-treat the flu, you can visit this guide here.


– If You Have A Persistent High Fever


If you have had a high fever for a number of days then you need to visit your doctor. Although it may just be a high temperature, it could be something much more severe. Give yourself a couple of days and if you’re not feeling better book yourself an appointment as soon as you can. In the meantime, you can try a couple of home remedies to keep your temperature down. If you start experiencing any other symptoms alongside your high temperature, call your doctor immediately.


– If You Are Experiencing Severe Chest Pain


If you are experiencing severe chest pains, booking an emergency appointment with your doctor is vital. They will instantly be able to tell you whether or not you need to go to A&E and if not, they’ll be able to advise you the best possible ways to help the pain subside. If you’re suffering from severe pain and can’t see your doctor, visiting an emergency room is definitely the next best option.


– If You Have Lost An Unexplained Amount Of Weight Quickly


If you have noticed you’re losing weight at an alarming weight and you haven’t done anything to cause it, you may want to think about visiting your doctor. Whilst they may not be able to get to the bottom of it right away, they will be able to run the necessary tests needed to find out if it is something serious. Whilst most of the time it isn’t, it is definitely better to be safe than sorry.


– If You Think You’re Suffering From Mental Health Issues


Finally, if you have been experiencing issues with your mental health it definitely bests that you book an appointment to see someone. They will be able to talk you through all of your available options, giving you the best possible advice you can get. If you’re struggling to find the courage to book an appointment, why not try asking a friend to go with you?


Are you always unsure when it is time to see a doctor? What symptoms do you look for? Let me know in the comments section below.

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All By Yourself; Don’t Wanna Be All By Yourself (Through Injury)

When you receive an injury, you do so alone. You’re the one who has to live through the moment, deal with the pain, and attend the endless hospital appointments. Other people may want to support you, but they just don’t understand what you’re going through. This can be so frustrating that you may choose to isolate yourself. You’re in this alone anyway, right?


But, facing injury alone could be about the worst thing for your recovery. Your loved ones are only trying to help. It’s no one’s fault that you were alone when this terrible thing happened. But, if you remain isolated through your experience, you only have yourself to blame. If you still aren’t convinced to let people in, keep reading to find out how isolation can worsen your injury.

You won’t get the help you need

Refusing to let anyone in means you won’t get the help you need. On a fundamental level, this means that you won’t have a helping hand around the house. You’ll have to get your own meals and make your own way to the bathroom. None of which is easy. Shutting everyone out also means you won’t get the professional help you need. Refusing to speak to a doctor could see them unable to offer you the best treatment. Not contacting a personal injury lawyer soon enough could see you unable to gain compensation for what’s happened. All because you were too stubborn about coping alone.

You might not spot changes

Having people around during recovery is also essential for spotting changes. A change for the worse could mean you need immediate medical attention. A change for the better is a sign that you’re doing something right. But, like children we see every day, you may fail to spot differences in your injury. You’re looking at it all the time, after all. By comparison, a friend who comes round once a day will be able to see straight away how things are going either way. That alone could save your life.

Your mental health will suffer

Isolation is also terrible news for mental health. In case you didn’t know, mental struggles can have an enormous impact on recovery. Even a negative outlook can severely extend the time you spend out of action. Something such as depression can also impact your quality of sleep. It doesn’t take a genius to work out that sleepless nights will also hinder your body’s chance to heal. In short; isolation is terrible news from every mental angle you could consider.


The answer?

So, that’s why shouldn’t isolate yourself right now. The question is, how do you let other people in? The good news is, there’s a simple answer. All you need to do is talk to people. They can’t know exactly what you’re going through, but hearing about your experience can help. Ask a friend around sometimes. Pick someone to attend hospital visits with you. Before you know it, you’ll get your life back on track this way.


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Health Professionals to Check In With Regularly

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No matter how busy your personal schedule may be, it’s extremely important that you prioritize your health and schedule routine appointments with various health professionals in order to assure yourself that your body is functioning as it should. Here are just a few professionals you should consult on a regular basis!


A Doctor


The majority of us only ever visit our doctor when we are experiencing symptoms of illness or significant problems with our overall health and wellbeing. But you can visit for a general health check too! This will involve having your BMI worked out (to check that you are a healthy weight) and having blood taken for routine examinations. If your weight is deemed unhealthy, a doctor will then be able to advise you of parts of your lifestyle that can be changed for positive improvement. This kind of check can put your mind at rest. They’re essentially an MOT for your body and will ensure that everything is working and in good nick.


An Audiologist


Believe it or not, hearing loss affects a large percentage of the population at some point or another. What’s more? Its effects aren’t limited to the elderly. Individuals of any age can experience problems with their auditory health. Changes can be temporary or permanent and they can also take place suddenly or over a gradual period of time. Regardless of the way that hearing loss begins to creep into your life, it’s important to remember that it can ultimately have profoundly detrimental effects on your day to day routine, so you do need to monitor your hearing carefully. Sometimes changes may not be immediately apparent to you. But there are signs that you can look out for. Common symptoms of auditory loss include having the volume turned up too high on devices and not realising until someone with good hearing points it out, misunderstanding what others are saying to you, asking people to repeat themselves regularly, or having to concentrate and focus intensely on what people are saying in order to gather the information that they are putting across. If you do begin to experience any of these symptoms, however, don’t despair. There are plenty of brilliant developments taking place in the field of auditory health. You can learn more about the options available to you here!


A Dentist and a Hygienist


When it comes to dental care and hygiene, you only need to routine two appointments on annual basis – one with your dentist and one with your hygienist. This, for the most part, will consist of your dentist poking around your mouth and giving you the all clear, and the hygienist giving you a quick scale and polish. However, if problems are identified, these professionals will be able to rectify them with relatively quick and completely painless procedures!


These are just a few health care professionals you should make time for in your routine. But they are perhaps the most important! So, schedule your next appointments as soon as possible for the sake of your health and wellbeing!

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The Health Issues We Need To Be Concerned About As We Get Older

As we get older, it’s always going to be a worry that our health deteriorates. No matter how well we look after ourselves, there are somethings we just can’t prepare for. While that may seem a little doom and gloom, this post is more to highlight them to you. So if it happens you know exactly what you can do to make things easier. It may not always be pleasant getting older, but we should be able to enjoy our golden years having fun with our family and loved ones.


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Our sight can get worse


As we get older, we may notice that our eyesight gets worse. This could mean that we struggle to read books or menus. Or it may affect us in the opposite way when it comes to seeing distance. While our eyesight is deteriorating shouldn’t be something to celebrate, we are blessed with great eye care. This means that we can get glasses to help us read or see further. Meaning it isn’t all that bad. The best thing to do is to keep attending regular eye check-ups.


Hearing loss


Our hearing may get worse for many reasons. Getting older is one of them. But also, if we have been exposed to loud machines or noise in working life, then this can have an adverse effect on the future. Our hearing is another sense that we grow so use to and take for granted. But by seeing a specialist, we may be able to get hearing aids to help us in the future. Hearing aids are not as daunting as they once were, and your appointment with an audiologist won’t be as bad as you probably imagine. With advancements in technology they won’t be a huge issue in your life but definitely can give you improvements.  

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Dental health


No matter how often we brush our teeth, our dental health can deteriorate as we get older. This can be down to many reasons. Good dental care is vital from an early age, and in most instances, this will bode well for us in the future. Always keep up to date with your dental check-ups to keep an eye on those teeth.


Rising blood pressure


Stressful jobs or troubled lives, in general, can have an effect on our blood pressure. While we are young, we have the tools to tackle this, which may not be the case as we get older. As we enter the golden age of our life, it would be good advice to take it easy a little. It’s the time to enjoy things and not get stressed out.


High Cholesterol


Finally, as we get older, we can be hit with high cholesterol. Which means a higher fatty substance in our body that cause problems for our general health. This is normally brought on by an unhealthy diet. The best thing we can do is take care of ourselves. Think about what you eat and the effect it can have on your body.


However, if we can take good care of our bodies now, then they will do their best to take care of us as we get older.

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Improve Your Quality Of Life

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Some people’s quality of life is amazing. They can go wherever they want, free from any aches, pains, or even just setbacks. But some people are the complete opposite, and just getting out of the house is a struggle. But it’s not just health, the quality of life people can have is largely determined by the income they have, and the way in which they have been brought up. It can also be determined by the quality of life you believe you’re having, and how much you actually enjoy life on a daily basis. However, it doesn’t matter what your beliefs are; there’s always something that could be improved. At the end of the day, life is far too short to be held back by a quality of life, especially when there are so many things you can do to improve it. Here are just a few ways that we think your life could be completely transformed.


Is Your Health Holding You Back?


Health is probably the number one factor to consider if you feel as though your quality of life isn’t the best. Most of the time, the way we treat our bodies determines whether we’re going to be held back. There are some people who treat their bodies like a temple. They’re at the gym every other day, eating healthy every single day, and maybe having a little treat here and there come the weekend. These are the people you want to try and be like, but obviously, not everyone has the self-control to be like this. The people who might be being held back a bit in life are the ones who don’t seem to look after their bodies as well as they could do. If this sounds like you, there are a few things that you need to change that could seriously improve the quality of your life. First, you need to focus on your fitness routine. Fitness plays a big part in how you feel overall. Despite popular belief, exercise doesn’t tire you out, it gives you more energy in the short term and makes you feel absolutely amazing after doing a bit of exercise. Endorphins are released from the body during exercise, and it’s these endorphins that give you that rush of a good feeling. Although actually having the motivation to get up and go to the gym is the biggest problem people face. If you do manage to go a few times a week, you’ll notice improvements in your weight, muscle tone, and overall energy throughout the day. Plus, a good work out a few hours before bed will knock you right out when it comes to sleeping.


Then you’ve got the things that we just can’t help that could be holding you back. These are the things that happen to us as we age, and when they do, they can be rather frightening. All of the sudden we aren’t the young spring chicken we used to be and things just seem to start falling apart. One of the most common is the loss of hearing of sight. Not a complete loss, but if you’re noticing a reduction in hearing, for example, it might be worth considering what options are out there for you. A lot of people hate the thought of having to wear a hearing aid due to them being on display all of the time. But companies are now working to reduce the size, but increase the effectiveness of their products. This 2018 guide to buying TV Ears will show you the best ones you can get for general everyday use. If you’re noticing your sight decreasing, then things might be a bit easier to sort. All you’ll need to do visit your local opticians and have a checkup. Again, people are reluctant to do so because they feel as though it’s giving into old age, especially if they’ve had the perfect vision all their life. Even though it’ll be a tad expensive, it’ll definitely be worth it in the long run when the quality of life is improved overall.

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Are Your Finances Holding You Back?


This is the main one for a lot of people. Money is everything, and there’s not much you can do without it nowadays. So to improve your quality of life, sometimes you need to find a way to take the stress away by removing financial issues. The best way to do this is to look at your spending and decide where you might be going wrong. A lot of people don’t realize how much money they’re wasting on rubbish all the time until they actually total up their monthly spendings. So, sit down and do a money plan, focusing on absolutely everything that you might need to buy on a monthly basis. We’re talking everything from food shops and household bills, to days out with the kids or a meal out with friends. What you’re left with is usually a lot of things that you can actually cut down on. For example, your TV box company. Some companies out there charge through the nose for additions such as movie channels, sports channels etc. Do you really need it all? The flat rate to just have normal channels could save you big bucks each month! Anything you can cut back on to give you a better quality of life, in general, is going to pay off. There’s no point being left with hardly any money left over to be able to treat yourself just so that you can have something as simple as a few extra channels each month!


Is Your Work The Problem?


Whether your quality of life is amazing, or whether you feel like there’s some room for improvements, work is always going to be a problem. We’re a slave to the system until it comes to retirement age, and sometimes that system is absolutely terrible to work for. Granted, there are a few people out there who get to live the absolute dream and have their dream job that they enjoy. But for the most of us, we really struggle with getting through the day and staying motivated. So, if this sounds like you, take a stand and find a reason to enjoy work again! If that means leaving your job, leave your job! There are so many different career paths out there that a person can take that will mean their whole quality of life is changed. Life is just far too short to be worrying about work and having to get up every morning to be there. Plus, you never know, some careers that you’ll find might end up taking you around the world, which brings us to our next paragraph.

Why Not Go Travelling?


Travelling is one of the most liberating and freeing things that you’ll ever do. But so many people get to old age and look back and think ‘I wish I actually gone traveling’. So many people waste the perfect opportunity to go and see the world. Instead, they’re stuck in work just waiting for their life to pass them by. Sound like you? Well, find a way to go traveling and go and do it. Don’t let money hold you back, you can always bar hop in different countries to bring in a little money. Or you could go freelance so you’re able to take your work with you wherever you go! Even if you go traveling solo it is still worth doing to get that excellent life experience. The people you meet along the way could well remain friends for life as well!


So, do you now feel as though you can improve your quality of life? Don’t spend life wishing you could, be proactive and make it happen!


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Protecting Your Senses This Christmas

As we approach Christmas and New Year, the festivities are running high and the world becomes infused with gingerbread, cloves, flickering lights, fireworks and everything that you can imagine can be linked to Christmas. It’s wonderful and magical but can also have a detrimental effect on your health. And we’re not talking about the extra pounds everyone puts on over the holidays. But these issues can be easily prevented without them putting a damper on the holiday fun.


With the millions of lights suddenly adorning every street, store, house front, and tree it’s an assault on the eyes. You might think that eating dinner by the light of your Christmas tree is romantic and full of Christmas spirit, but you’re actually straining your eyes to focus on what’s in front of you. The same when you light candles and try to see by that light alone. Use lamps and the big light in a room to alleviate the pressure on your eyes to see in the dark.


Apart from having to listen to the same bunch of Christmas songs since the first of November, the main thing to worry about is the fireworks. From Christmas Eve and onwards people love to keep the celebrations going by letting off fireworks every evening. And where

they aren’t much of an issue now and again, the constant barrage is enough to damage healthy ears, let alone those who already have damaged ears – which occurs more in the elderly. Hearing protection is simple enough in this instance; earplugs. You will still be able to hear the fireworks but dimmed enough to protect the delicate works of your inner ear.


Feeling can only be lost through nerve damage, which, usually, can only be damaged by extreme circumstances, but it can be temporarily damaged easily in the cold weather. Where it takes an extremely low temperature to cause instant frostbite, and people think that it only happens at the north pole, it can be developed within more habitable places like the UK, Russia and Northern parts of the US. The more you are exposed to the cold, the more the danger of frostbite grows. Which can cause irreversible nerve damage and cause you to lose feeling. Prevent this by wearing the right clothes out in the cold – don’t choose fashion over function. And by limiting the time you expose yourself to the cold weather.

The protection of your senses can be as simple as thinking things through. Like wearing a coat designed to withstand the cold, rather than layering a jacket with a jumper and hoping for the best. By giving your ears a break from the relentless booming of the celebratory fireworks. And by turning the lights up when necessary instead of straining your eyes in the attempt to be more festive.

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Tech Will Change Life For The Disabled Forever

It can be agonizing to come to terms with the fact that you have a disability. This will be true whether you recently received a medical diagnosis of a mental disability. Or, if you have suffered a life-changing injury. You will certainly feel the impact on your quality of life, and it is sadly, common for people with a disability to experience some level of debt. Usually, this is because someone who has special needs will find it more difficult to get a job and move forward with their life. But, hope is on the horizon because new tech is benefiting people with disabilities in lots of fascinating, often incredible ways. Let’s look at some of the different tech that has helped those with special needs.


Hearing Again


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Yes, technology has certainly helped those with hearing issues. In the past, hearing aids were your best option for getting help with a hearing issue. This would essentially amplify the sound to make sure that you could still hear properly and understand when people were talking to you. However, hearing aids often broke for various reasons. Thankfully, hearing aid repairs are often quite simple, and it’s easy to get the devices working again as they should be. But recently we have moved past hearing aids with hearing implants.


These implants are useful for several reasons. First, they can be completely hidden, and as such, no one will be able to tell an individual has hearing difficulties. Second, the quality of the sound often seems to the user for more natural, as though their ears are learning to hear once more. Implants can also be used to block out sound caused by a disability such as tinnitus.





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Losing a limb, a hand or perhaps even being born without one of these parts of your body certainly impacts your quality of life. Aside from feeling different and perhaps feeling as though you look odd abnormal or ugly the loss of a limb can stop you from completing the most basic tasks in life. That’s why robotics are now being used to give these individuals a second lease on life. These new robotic arms and legs can be, with training, used like a second limb due to the fact that they can essentially sync in with the rest of the body. As such, it’s possible for an amputee to be able to control their new arm as they would if they had been born with it.


Currently, this type of technology is both rare and expensive however it won’t always be that way. As more hospitals and research labs develop this tech, it will become more common, and there will be fewer people living their life missing an arm or a leg. You can often see this tech on full display during the Paralympics.




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It’s fair to say that one of the biggest issues for people with a physical disability is mobility. They often experience lower levels of movement, and the inability to enjoy life the way they want to. Similar to the elderly, many people with a disability rely on others to take them places or to get from A to B. However, in the future, things could be different and that is certainly thanks to autonomous cars. Whenever we consider this tech, we often think about how it’s going to improve the lives of the typical person rather than those who really need it. The fact is that once the autonomous tech is fully available to everyone and affordable, it’s going to mean massive changes for people with disabilities. Many will no longer have to rely on others and can regain some of their lost independence.


Looking To The Future

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Exploring current research areas, you can discover that ten or twenty years from now a disability is not going to be the life change that it is today. Could exoskeletons help people who have paralyzed due to spinal injuries walk once more? It’s certainly possible, and studies are currently ongoing. In Israel, experts are testing the potential of nanotechnology to heal and fix issues with the body that have caused a disability. For instance, chronic pain is caused by plates pushing against the spine. Theoretically, using sophisticated nanotechnology an otherwise impossible surgical procedure could be completed.


As such, it is important that we keep exploring different avenues and looking at ways that tech could change the lives of those with a disability. From the simple such as providing software for basic subtitles on video media to the incredible like giving those in a wheelchair the chance to walk again.


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Fixing Health Issues Before They Worsen

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This article isn’t meant to be an attempt at scaremongering. The vast majority of people have some health issue to some extent. Maybe you’re prone to allergies or illnesses, maybe you faint frequently, or maybe you’re simply not getting enough sleep. We all experience health issues on a minor or major scale throughout our lives. Whilst there’s little we can do to avoid problems cropping up with our minds and bodies, there are good ways and bad ways of dealing with health issues.

The good ways of dealing with health issues usually involve practicing healthier behavior and seeing a doctor whilst the bad ways of dealing with health issues usually involve… well, ignoring the issues altogether. If you fall in the latter category then it’s time to change your attitude towards your body because you only get one of them. If you experience minor health issues then the smartest thing to do is fix them before they worsen. We’re going to discuss some issues you might be experiencing with your health that are nothing to worry about now as long as you get them sorted.

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Diet and exercise.

These are the two most important aspects of your health and they’re also the two lifestyle aspects that you can most easily control. You choose what you eat and you choose how physically active you are. Given that so many of the health problems you might face in the future will be out of your control, it’s better to look after your mind, and body in the best way possible to reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and other problems with stem from a bad diet and lack of exercise. You need to fix your inactive lifestyle and bad diet before it becomes a health problem. You should focus on your diet first because ensuring you get all the right nutrients (and moderate sugary treats such as chocolate) will drastically improve your health and state of mind. You’ll feel more motivated, energized, and ready to exercise if you eat foods containing calcium and vitamin D for your bones, fiber for your digestion, and so on.

When it comes to keeping physically active, you don’t need to over-exert yourself to get results. The key is just to get your body moving. A brisk walk is always better than a lazy jog, so find a form of exercise about which you can truly be passionate. If you like your local park then walking around it briskly for 10 minutes or half an hour might be perfect for you. If you prefer socializing with others then maybe getting involved with a fun sport might be the right avenue for you. We’ve all come out with the excuse that we have no time to exercise but the truth is, as mentioned above, you only need to dedicate a tiny portion of each day to exercise. Find a form of physical activity which you’ll stick to on a permanent basis; it should be something that doesn’t feel like a chore.

Poor senses.

It’s a sign of aging when the senses start to fail you. Of course, many young people need glasses or may be slightly hard of hearing but these sensory failures are definitely far more common amongst members of the older generation. However, whilst your body may not be what it used to be, that doesn’t mean you have to shrug your shoulders and make do with your deteriorating health. There are always ways to improve your body and better look after yourself.

The key with failing eyesight and hearing is to frequently get both your eyes and ears checked out by professionals. Your senses will continue to deteriorate as you age but leaving them unattended can make things even worse; for example, the wrong prescription glasses (or a lack of glasses) might cause you to strain your eyes and damage them further, and coping with your bad hearing by turning up the volume on your TV or speakers will only damage your eardrums further too. You should really look into booking a hearing aid fitting if you think your hearing has become too bad. The point is that there are ways to stabilize any sensory problems you might be having; the modern age is offering up new technologies all the time.

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Finally, the health effects of addiction are something of which we’re all aware. Perhaps you tell yourself that your excessive drinking or smoking haven’t had any bad side effects yet but that doesn’t mean there’s not more taking place beneath the surface; the consequences can often be quite gradual. Kicking these bad habits as early as possible in your life will ensure that you not only live longer but that you avoid health issues in the future such as shortness of breath, liver damage, and, potentially, cancer.

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What To Know About Facing Life With Disability

For a long time before now and even now, in many circles and groups, disability has been something of a taboo. It’s something we don’t talk about in any real way, often until it’s staring us in the face and we have to learn how to deal with it. It’s a big change, and often a difficult one. But by thinking about how to cope with it, we can make living with it a lot easier.

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Know what you’re dealing with

Many disabilities are there from birth or a result of an accident or injury. There are others, however, that come in with time. Knowing the signs of disabilities like eye disease, deafness, and back pain that could grow chronic can help us start challenging them a lot sooner and learning the realities of a situation. Beyond getting regularly checked out, it’s also worth looking at your family history and seeing any conditions in your family history that could serve as a risk factor in your own life.

Know what you can do about it

Your doctor is always going to be the first port of call when it comes to treating the symptoms associated with a disability and helping you find ways around it. But there are other groups and organizations that can provide real practical advice. From devices like hearing aids for developing deafness to coping techniques for chronic pain, there is a lot of advice on offer. If you’re diagnosed with a disability, it’s worth looking at groups and organizations near you that can help serve as a support system. Your healthcare providers and family can help, but sometimes getting someone who truly understands what you’re going through can help you find real practical advice for fighting it.

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Know how it will change your life

Of course, the difference between disability and other forms of disease or illness is that we don’t consider disability temporary. It requires some changes, which means we have to learn how to understand what our limitations are and how to cope with them. This might mean looking at benefits on offer or modifications we might have to make to the home. Learning to accept our disability and start living with it, not against it, can also help in the next point.

Know the other ways it might affect you

We’ve mostly been tackling the effects of physical disability on your life, and mental disability is another topic deserving a multitude of posts on its own. But it’s also important to be aware of the impact that physical health can have on mental health. Stress, depression, and lowered self-esteem are some very common side-effects of learning to live with a disability. Be aware of the risks and that you might have to face them through counseling or by joining a support group like those mentioned above.

Living with a disability can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to stand in the way of a fruitful, comfortable, and fulfilling life. Being proactive and facing those challenges head-on is going to give you the best chance of getting that.

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What You Need To Know If You Are Approaching Retirement Age (Hint: It’s Not All Roses)

If you are approaching retirement age, you may be wishing the last day of work to come as soon as possible. Then you will be free to do all the thing that you never got time to do before, right? Well, yes but just like all of the other stages of life, there will be highs and lows during your retirement as well. The best thing you can do is to be aware of them.  Then you can deal with them appropriately when and if they do pop up. Read on for some guidance.


It can be boring!


Retirement is like an endless holiday, right? You can sleep in, do lunch with friends and spend your time how ever you want. However, holidays are often fun because they are a break, not a permanent state of being.


In fact, after a week or so many of us can start to get pretty antsy on vacation. As there is just not enough to do to occupy our bodies and minds. Unfortunate retirement is a long term state, and that means you will need to make provision for this, ensuring that you have things to do that will keep you engaged and enthused.


Many folks find that keeping a routine is very helpful during this stage of life because they know exactly where they are and what they have time to do. Also building in some daily exercise can help keep our body fit and your mind positive, as well as giving you the sense of achieving something each day. Lastly, it can be super helpful for those in retirement to have aims and goals just like at any other stage of life. These can include travel, spending time with loved one and family, supporting the community and carrying out creative projects.


You will have health issues to deal with


You also need to be aware that there is a natural increased trend with health problems during your retirement years. It’s not pessimistic to be prepared for this, it’s realistic.

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It also allows you to do things to prevent major health issues like exercising and having a healthy diet. As well as dealing with any that are already reading their head, such as loss of sight or hearing. In particular, the latter condition is one that is often ignored, but if it is something that is bothering you, check out this article on the top rated hearing aids this year for some more information. Then you can improve this condition, no matter what your age.

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It can be a big change


Lastly, something that many folks just don’t expect is how big a change being retired is and how tough it is to get used to it. They can have problems with setting their own schedule and deadlines for things. Deciding what to do with their time, as well as getting on with their partners, as they are not used to being in such close 24-hour contact.  


The key here is to be patient, both with others and yourself. Rome wasn’t built in a day! So accept that it will take some time to establish a healthy happy way of living in this stage of your life.

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Don’t Put Off The Renovation Project Your Home Needs Any Longer

The skeleton of a home is rarely discussed when it comes to renovation goals. We always think about the exterior of the interior, because we either want to update the decor and make ourselves look fashionable, or we just want a change of surroundings. However, just like human beings, without a healthy skeleton, the body becomes weak, and the skin starts to wither away. The same pretty much applies to property. The inner workings of a home are what makes it a livable space, with functioning water, heat, electricity and gas. All of these energy sources should move freely throughout the home, without putting anyone inside it at risk of physical harm. It’s logical to live by the term of hearing no evil, see no evil. But what lurks beneath the wallpaper, and inside the walls, under the floorboards, and in the attic, cannot be assessed openly. You have to go digging, and the home relies on you and your determination to keep a close eye on the quality and health of the structure that keeps it working and standing upright.

Get prepared and focused

To renovate your home is no easy task and cannot be done on the fly whenever you feel like it. You have to feel comfortable with what you’re going to see and know exactly what key aspects of the structure to examine. You should approach the task of renovation, like a project which is all encompassing. Don’t just stick to one room or one floor, as aforementioned, the home is like a skeleton, and everything is connected. Properties degrade over time, so don’t become complacent and start expecting not to find anything where you perceive the structure is healthy.

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Strike a budget

First and foremost, you need to set yourself a budget. Start planning to save 20 – 10% of your monthly salary to use solely on your renovation project. Workout roughly how much you believe you’ll need to spend, and this is done by accessing your memory bank. Obviously, you have picked up on some things that have been nagging away at you, which you’re aware need attention such as cracks in the walls or ceiling. Save a little extra for any hidden or unforeseen costs when it comes to buying materials or for when you realize the situation you’re addressing is actually worse than previously thought.

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Perform an exterior checklist

Methodically and precisely, go around your home from the front garden, the exterior walls and right through to the opposite end of the property. Go through each room, examining the walls for any signs of deterioration, cracks in the layers of brick, or even flaking wallpaper and paint which needs replacing. The floor is just as important as the walls, so place your feet carefully, listening for any groans from the wooden floorboards, which would indicate aged and stressed planks. Go next toward the plug sockets and the skirting boards. Any loose boards will need to be tightened or replaced, and the sockets should be put under the category of a hazard if they prove to be subpar. Any light fixtures or entrance for wires through the ceiling should also be marked in the same manner.

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Perform an interior check

The main operation for checking the interior of walls is to see where the water pipes are and to track their layout. Purchase or rent a domestic water leak detector from a home improvement supply store or perhaps a plumbing specialist store. You can read online about this technology and how to use it, but it’s relatively simple, so ask the clerk or store assistant about it. You’ll be able to find pipes and wires, and the gadget will make a sound or perhaps flash a light when it confirms a positive detection. Mark the location of the wires and pipes you have found, faintly with a pencil or some DIY tape, such as low tack masking tape.

Conclude and assess

Before taking any action, you need to compile your list of part of the home which requires the most attention and the least. The first stage to any kind of renovation is to perform an assessment of the information you have gathered. Any signs of structural damage which you believe are detrimental to the overall safety of the home should be looked at first. Signs of damp, where the wall has become covered in mold, and the wallpaper and plaster has become soft to the touch, show there is a leak emanating from within the wall or close by. Cracks in walls and ceilings may be purely aesthetic and skin deep, some others may be more serious where the weight cannot be supported for much longer. Exposed wires should be cordoned off and children, as well as pets, kept away from them.

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Addressing water leaks

When addressing pipes leaks, use the hunting prowess of the domestic water leak detector and where the damaged walls are, hover over the immediate and surrounding area. Water on the outside can flow from one part of the pipe to the other, so don’t fool yourself into thinking the pipe leak will be exactly where the mold or damage wall is. You should call out a water damage restoration service, who can find the leak in no time, and explain everything you need to know to you. What’s more, they can clean up any damage and then restore the property back to how it was original. Don’t try to fix the leak yourself as certified water technicians arrive with a van full of professional equipment that can access the leak without damage your property.

Replace the floor

Where you can hear squeaks and groans, take out the floorboard that is making these noises. Over time wood can bend, and due to cold and warm temperatures of the seasons, the structure can tighten and expand, stretching the molecules that hold it together. A rigid floor is what you should be aiming for, with a very little bend to your weight, hardly any noise perhaps even, an aesthetically pleasing look. Modern hardwood such as aged oak is a great and comprehensively priced purchase option, with the ability to get the wood in a dark brown, and light beige. If you have stone flooring, say for example for your patio, replacing the stone is going to be costly just in labor alone. It’s much better to use a filling agent to cover up the crack and maybe chisel away at the surface concrete or mortar, then replace it, so the stone fits better.

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Cracks in ceilings

This task is the most troubling to manage, but above all else, keep health and safety in mind at all time. First, if you spot a crack in the ceiling, get a ladder and stand on it to examine how deep the crack goes. If the crack is more to a deeper nature, this means that you should treat it as a tear, as in a structural integrity issue. If this proves to be the case, make sure nobody walks underneath the crack or maybe even the room. Equally, do not allow anyone of the household to go into the room of which the ceiling is to, the floor. Call in ceiling experts that will have the tools and the training to support the entire room’s structure, while repairing the ceiling from the bottom and top. On the other hand, if it’s just a crack that is shallow, it could be due to minor distressing such as old paint and plaster or perhaps man made damage. Lath and plaster the plasterboard ceiling, which will join and fill the parting.

Exposed wires

Exposed wires are a severe health hazard which means before you treat the problem, switch off the electricity in the home from the mainframe. If the damage is minor and all that’s visible is the inner copper strands, electrical tape, neatly and tightly wrapped around will solve the issue. If you know that the copper strands are ripped and flailing out of the wire, you will need to do a section repair. You can’t take the wire out as that would require the house to be ripped apart, but you can cut the damaged section off. With the same type of wire, i.e., earth, live or neutral, cut a little longer strip off your fresh supply. Peel back the casing and expose the copper strands; do the same to the wire being repaired. Intertwine the copper strands together, tightly, at both ends, Once the wire is roughly or perfectly fitting, wrap a decent layer of electrical tape around it. Put the wire back in its place and cover the area up as it should be.

When you renovate your home, you should avoid doing it in spurts and instead treat it as a project. One thing leads to another, and it’s very easy for problems left unchecked to spiral out of control. When you see cracks in ceilings and walls, address them immediately, so you don’t endanger the lives of those in your home with possible catastrophic structural integrity failure. Water leaks shouldn’t be treated as a secondary issue as the mold that grows on your walls leads to respiratory concerns, especially in young children. Insects and parasites can begin feasting on the mold, producing a foul smell in the process. Renovation of the skeleton of your home is just as important as aesthetically pleasing makeovers.

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The Little Signs That Your Elderly Parent Needs Help

Having aging parents is both a blessing and a curse. Naturally, you want to have your parents around for as long as possible. But it can be difficult to watch them age, and unavoidably degrade and lose some of their abilities. Besides the emotional involvement of suddenly having to care for your parents – whether you need to be a full-time care or to manage their living arrangements – , there is a much more urging matter. Indeed, elderly people may fail to notice that their health is degrading. As people age, they rapidly lose focus of their health to concentrate on everyday routines, such as their favorite TV show, the morning tea or even a sweet sugary treat before going to bed. But without any reference to health, they can become weak in front of your eyes without even noticing. It’s exactly why you need to pay attention to all the little signs that your elderly parent might show.

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#1. The TV Is Too Loud

When was the last time you’ve had a phone call with your elderly parent? If you’ve found yourself having to repeat constantly the same thing because they couldn’t hear you, it might be a sign of hearing issues. Although, before you rush to read all the latest hearing aid faq, you may want to check if this could be simply due to an old device. Seniors are, after all, not renowned for changing their tech devices as regularly as younger generations. You may want to investigate a little more, especially by checking how loud the TV generally is at your parents’ place. Old people tend not to notice that their hearing is getting worse, especially as all it takes is to turn the volume up. Additionally, there are other signs that can help you to notice the issue before it gets too late. For instance, you may find conversations difficult with your elderly parent. They may not ask you to repeat, but their answers might indicate that they didn’t hear you properly.   


#2. They Are Losing Weight

Appetite loss is a common issue with aging people. After all, they do need fewer calories, and consequently, it’s natural that their appetite is not the same than yours. However, there is a thin line between natural reduction of appetite and unhealthy behavior. There are many factors that can lead to eating less in seniors. They could be experiencing denture troubles, and consequently, might find it more difficult to eat. They might feel lonely and be lacking appetite as a result of their mental mood. They may even become forgetful and not notice that they haven’t eaten all day. Whatever the reasoning, you need to be very attentive to the first signs of weight loss. It is a difficult topic to discuss, but it can be helpful to first discuss the issue with a doctor, who can help you to identify the cause of their weight loss.


#3. They Become Very Clumsy

Everyone can have moments when they tripped on the carpet and fall. Even you. Or sometimes you accidentally drop a glass, and it breaks. So don’t get too nervous if it happens to your elderly parent too. However, if they fall a little too often, or things break too regularly, it might be a sign of something more serious than just clumsiness. The inner ear is responsible for your balance. The labyrinth of the ear contains many nerves and hairs that work together to coordinate your movement in space and against the pull of gravity. However, researchers have shown that the body starts losing nerves in the ear. This might result in a loss of balance. Eye problems such as cataract or glaucoma, which are common in old age, can also cause issues in moving in a room or seizing objects.  


#4. They Don’t Remember Where They’ve Put The Keys

Okay, the big worry about old age is Alzheimer’s disease or another case of dementia. There’s no denying that these diseases exist and are strongly related to memory loss. However, forgetfulness is not always a case of Alzheimer’s. Lack of attention or mild age-related memory loss is natural, and it isn’t anything that you should worry about. Serious memory loss, such as not being able to stick to the same routine activities or to form reasonable arguments, can be an indication of a deep loss of mental ability. Do pay close attention to your parent’s behavior, if you begin to suspect that they may be suffering from memory loss. Dementia doesn’t need to show its worst side for you to notice it. It can be little signs, such as mentioning a talk with someone who is already dead, or a sudden change of routine. If it is identified early enough, memory loss related diseases can be managed easily and successfully for a very long time.

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