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What’s The Deal With Ear Wax?

There are many things in life that I don’t understand. I don’t understand why people have such an addiction to the television, I don’t understand why some people are afraid to fly, and I don’t understand why anyone would choose to eat asparagas. Ear wax is another small thing in life that I don’t really understand. I’ve heard people say that ear wax is for our good, that it is protection for our bodies and that it is natural to have, but I still cannot understand why ear wax really exists or how I am supposed to feel about it. Quite honestly, I am a little weirded out by ear wax. I think it is sort of gross and I cannot stand finding any ear wax in my ears.

My wife is a nurse, so I have had many conversations with her about ear wax and about how I should be dealing with it. She always laughs at me and tells me that I am making a really big deal out of something that is not supposed to be a big deal at all. She tells me that all I need to do is clean my ears out consistently and I won’t have a problem with ear wax. I guess my problem is that I hate having ear wax, but I also hate having to clean my ears.

My wife tried this new method with me a few months ago where she burned a special candle in my ear that was supposed to suck up all of the ear wax that my ears contained. I was very frightful going into it, but it actually turned out great. It felt weird having the end of a candle stuck in my ear and knowing that a flame was burning the candle down. I couldn’t really feel anything happening except that the inside of my ear felt really warm. When it finished, my wife showed me how much ear wax that the candle had collected. I was completely disgusted even though I knew that it was very normal.

If you have questions about ear wax, ask your doctor or do a little research. There is much more to be learned about ear wax than you would imagine. I have become quite fascinated with the reasons why we have ear wax and with the most healthy ways of dealing with it. I have learned that ear wax really is a protection for us and that far too many people over clean when it comes to their ears.

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How Phonak Hearing Aids Make Listening Easy

How Phonak Hearing Aids Make Listening Easy

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Paying attention to your surroundings at all times isn’t easy for anyone. It’s even harder for those with hearing deficits. Sounds seem muffled or far away. Voices are indecipherable. Furthermore, some hearing aids amplify all sounds, even the ones that are just distracting. Phonak hearing aids can make listening easier for those with hearing loss.

Phonak hearing aids come with different levels of technology. Analog is the least advanced. These are manually adjusted and do not accommodate themselves to a person’s preferences automatically. They just receive sound, amplify it, and send it to the ear.

Digitally programmable, also known as analog programmable, is a type that is actually an analog device that can be programmed by using computer software. This allows for some of the advantages of a digital Phonak hearing aid, such as preprogrammed settings, without the expense of a digital.

The digital Phonak hearing aids are where Phonak really shines. With digital technology, it is possible to acquire a hearing aid that is suited to your own personal preferences. This process begins with the fitting, but it doesn’t end there.

As you use your Phonak hearing aids you will naturally set the volume as you see fit for the way the setting around you sounds. You will adjust it differently in a crowded football stadium than you will in the relative quiet of your own back porch. After awhile, the Self Learning technology will adapt to the way you do things and will begin to take over the volume adjustments.

Self Logging in you Phonak hearing aids will store information about your choices for use by your audiologist. Then, there is the AutoPilot feature. This element of the hearing aid will automatically change to any of several preset adjustments. The SurroundZoom feature diminishes sounds you’d rather not hear in the background.

Phonak hearing aids offer a version of their aids called the microPower. It is tiny. It only weighs about 2 grams. It is also powerful enough for people with greater hearing loss, because it is essentially a behind the ear, BTE, hearing aid. Its tiny speaker rests in the ear canal. As with other BTE’s the speaker and microphone are separate from the speaker and rest behind and on the ear. The tubing they are connected with in this case is extremely small. In fact, all the microStyle hearing aids are similar in size of both the case of the hearing aids and of the tubing. They are also very lightweight.

Phonak hearing aids come in the usual styles. There are ITE, in the ear, hearing aids. These are fine for hearing loss that is not too severe. The BTE, behind the ear, aids are more appropriate for such user with any treatable level of hearing loss and also for children.

Neither Phonak hearing aids nor any other hearing aids are capable of giving your hearing back the way it was before you suffered hearing loss. But, they can make it easier to hear and understand the world around you. With that goal in mind, the use of Phonak hearing aids is worth exploring.

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9 Tips to Improve Your Bedroom Environment and Help you Sleep Like a Baby

9 Tips to Improve Your Bedroom Environment and Help you Sleep Like a Baby

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The goal of this article is to help you find the ideal sleep conditions for you personal preferences. You may have to experiment and try a variety of techniques to find what works best for you.
It is important to create a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere in your bedroom. Your objective is to be highly relaxed and a calming, cool environment with plenty of oxygen will help you feel this way.
Ideally your room should be on the cooler side; but its up to you to experiment with a range of conditions. You don’t want to wake during the night either too hot or too cold and then find yourself wide awake once again. Sleep experts say that the ideal room temperature is 65 to 70 degrees F.
You should try and sleep with the window open. It is important that you have a constant fresh supply of circulating air which will help you breathe deeply and sleep soundly.
If you find that you’re woken by noises outside your bedroom, you should consider buying ear plugs – they take a little while to get used to but there are ear plugs that have been designed to be comfortable and unobtrusive, which won’t disturb your sleep.
If you can’t bear the thought of ear plugs you may want to use a “white noise” machine, such as a fan.
The “white noise” will mask other noises that you’re not used that wake you in the middle of the night.
Your circadian rhythm tells your body to wake up in the sunshine and go to sleep in the dark. Therefore you should endeavor to make your bedroom as dark as possible. You can do this by hanging thick, dark curtains. Or you may try buying a comfortable eye mask.
Do you find yourself listening to the irritating sound of a ticking clock? If so you should consider replacing it with a digital clock. Also you shouldn’t keep looking at the clock to see how many hours you have to sleep will only increase your anxiety and stress about not sleeping.
You should avoid having television, computer and stereo equipment in your bedroom. Furthermore you should only use your CD Player to play soothing music that will help you feel relaxed and fall asleep.
If your room is too dry you may want to purchase a humidifier, especially in the winter months.
And lastly, it’s important that you wear loose, comfortable clothing…

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Coaching The Candle Burners

Coaching The Candle Burners

Have you ever had one of those moments where it seems as if everything is chaotic one moment and in slow motion the next?
In those moments there seems to be either a rushing sound in your ears or perhaps a ringing. Color fades to black and white and you can almost seem disassociated from the events that are happening around you.

Sometimes this can be experienced when you are faced with bad news, sleep deprivation or extreme weariness where you teeter precariously between apathy and physical exhaustion.

There is an expression we all use that is applicable to this malady. This expression is, “Don’t burn a candle at both ends.”

The phrase means that we should find a balance in our lives because if we don’t we will either try to work too hard or enjoy life too much devoid of the assumption of adequate responsibility. Either of these extremes may not be a healthy approach to life.

In business this phenomenon can be noticed when we don’t take the time to experience life apart from the business.

The scenario goes something like this….

A burst of activity takes place in the business-planning phase.

This activity is followed by another burst of activity in product acquisition and site design.

This is followed by working on Search Engine Optimization (SEO) strategies and Internet marketing.

This is followed by extensive networking to develop quality connections and the potential for backlinks for improve site ranking performance.

This is followed by __________ (fill in the blank).

Which is followed by __________ (fill in the blank).

And then ____________ (fill in the blank).

The original idea of burning a candle at both ends goes back to the 18th century practice of candle making. If you were to burn a candle at both ends it would mean the candle would be placed in a horizontal position instead of vertical with wicks burning at both ends. This type of candle might supply improved light, but the wax would drip and the wick would burn quickly causing the entire candle to become worthless in a very short period of time while leaving a mess behind in a darkened room.

This is the picture of a person who does not recognize or take time to recharge and renew. They are quick to say something like, “It’s better to burn out than rust out,” and they are getting close to their objective every day. Inch by inch their candle is consumed and they suffer burnout, chronic fatigue or worse.

It is possible to expend bursts of activity that exceed your typical capacity, but the prolonged push to over perform can render the individual ineffective and without passion for the very thing they thought they wanted to do most.

There is another saying, “All work and no play make Jack a dull boy.”

We are all designed with the need for refreshment and relaxation. Find a way to make that happen in your business efforts and expect to see a better long-term output in productivity and energy.

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The Right Home Remedy For An Ear Infection

The Right Home Remedy For An Ear Infection

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As a parent, your best choice for treating ear infections could be home remedy. It seems that children are prone to getting frequent ear infections, and the cost of seeing a doctor each time can really add up. It can be even more troublesome if you need a quick fix while you’re on vacation. Fortunately, there are several treatments that you can apply yourself. However, it’s still best to see your doctor at some point, especially if the pain doesn’t subside.

People have been treating ear infections for ages, using nothing more than the products they could find in their homes. They had to because easy access to doctors was hard to come by, not to mention that medical sciences wasn’t up to today’s standards. That meant people had to find home remedies that worked, remedies that you can also take advantage of.

A good option, whether at home or on the road, is a warm compress. Wrap the compress in a towel, then have the child (or adult, if they’re the ones with the ear pain) put the compress to their ear. Then have them lie down on their side, with the bad ear down. This will let gravity work to drain some of the build up out of the ear, which will also help in easing any pain that’s present.

Chances are good that you have some hydrogen peroxide on hand. If so, gently placing a few drops in the ear is an easy method that can kill the bacteria that are causing the ear infection.

Lemon juice is a more natural alternative to hydrogen peroxide, but has a similar effect. The juice is highly acidic. The acidity stops the infection by neutralizing the pH of the bacteria.

This next all natural method for treating an ear infection sounds more like the start of a tasty recipe, but don’t let that fool you. Simply simmer some onion and garlic with olive oil and water. After it cools use an eyedropper to apply a few drops to the problem ear. Leave it to work, and the infection can be gone in as little as twenty four hours.

Another common ingredient easily found at home is vinegar, which can also be used to make a solution for fighting infections of the ear. A simple mix of 50% water and 50% vinegar is all it takes to do the trick.

Vodka! Yes, vodka has even been used by some to ease the pain of an ear infection. Wait! Not by drinking it until they feel no pain (which would be a bad idea for treating youngsters anyway), but by dabbing some onto a cotton ball and holding it against the ear. It’s also much safer than using 100% alcohol.

Use any of the above remedies and take note of which ones work best. You can then use them over and over, as needed. Keep in mind that not all home remedies for ear infections will work in all cases. Also, be sure to see your doctor or pediatrician if the pain persists.