Hearing Heroes

Never take your hearing for granted.  Once hearing is lost, it does not come back.  There is no magical surgery or medication to repair your hearing once it is damaged.  
When a loved one suffers hearing loss, he or she will find strategies to keep lines of communication open.  If your hearing is still intact, Mike Lee, Audioprosthologist may be able to help you keep it that way for years to come.
Causes of Hearing Loss
Certain conditions, including age, illness and genetics, may contribute to hearing loss over time.  Modern living has added a host of ear-damaging elements to the list that promotes hearing loss.  Some of these elements might include, medications, sources of loud and continuous noise, electronic devices that fit within the ear canal, increase of life span and many others.
Advanced age is the leading cause of hearing loss.  In persons aged 65- 74 one out of three suffer hearing loss.  At age 75, that ratio increases to one out of two.  If you are 75 or older, you have a 50% chance of suffering hearing loss.  
Noise is a major cause of hearing loss.  In the workplace, continuous noise is cause for great concern.  Forty-four percent of carpenters and 48% of plumbers report levels of hearing loss.  One might also consider military service, mining, manufacturing, agriculture, transportation and especially musical careers as other potential risk contributors.  If you or someone you know, work in any of these or other noisy careers, consider wearing hearing protection while at work.
Certain medications contribute to hearing and balance discrepancies.  Over 200 medications and chemicals effect hearing and balance negatively.  Certain antibiotics, chemotherapy, aspirin, loop diuretics, malaria pills and several drugs for erectile dysfunction negatively effect ones since of hearing.
Certain illnesses effect the blood supply to the ear.  Heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes fall into this risk category.  Otosclerosis is a bone disease affecting the middle ear and Menenre's disease affects the inner ear.  Both of these diseases affect hearing loss.
Trauma to the head or ears, especially puts the ears at serious risk for hearing loss.
Sudden hearing loss is the rapid loss of 30 decibels or more of hearing ability.  This loss can happen over several hours or days.  A normal conversation is 60 decibels.  There are about 4000 new cases yearly in America and the cause can only be found in about 10% of cases.
Infection or ear wax can block ear canals and reduce hearing capabilities.

Come in for your free hearing test today.  Mike Lee, Audioprosthologist will evaluate your hearing loss and prescribe the proper hearing aids that will work specifically for your type of hearing loss and life style.  

Many hearing impaired patients suffer from cookie cutter hearing aid dispensers.  Mike Lee takes the time to research your particular needs before prescribing your hearing aids.  He also spends individual time to teach each of his patients proper maintenance of their hearing aids.   After all, what good is a hearing aid if it is not properly prescribed to work within the patients hearing loss or maintained to function at optimum capacity?

Call Mike Lee today, at (903) 244-5117 for your free hearing test and personal audio care.

Article of Bereavement
Move On - A Ridiculous Term

There comes a time after you have lost a loved one that others want you to move on.  Some think it is unhealthy for you to continue grieving over someone who is gone.  Although misguided, at least these people have your best interest at heart.  Others are just uncomfortable with death and want you to get over it as you would a cold or the flu.  They want you to put it away in a neat little box so that they do not have to be inconvenienced or uncomfortable whenever they see you. This subject begs the question “Is there a time to move on.”

It is important to realize that you are the authority on the subject of your recovery timeline.  No one can, nor should tell you how and when to feel better, when to get over it, or when to move on.  No one except you had your experiences with the deceased.  No one can possibly understand the depth of your experiences with the deceased.  No one knows your ability to overcome the loneliness and sometimes fear associated with your loss.  At times, you may even feel anger.  Anger at the deceased for leaving you alone, anger at yourself for something you did or did not do before they were gone, anger at others for something they did or did not do.  Feelings of anger are natural and are quite often followed by feeling of guilt.  Guilt can be destructive because it can damage self-esteem.  On the other hand, it can be motivating in that it may encourage you not to repeat such actions ever again.  Most often though, guilt feelings are actually feelings of regret.  If you realize that your guilt is actually regret, your self-esteem may recover more easily. 

If you have a friend or loved one pushing you to move on,  analyze their motives.  If their motives are purely in your best interest, take an objective look at your situation.  Has your grief become debilitating for an extended amount of time?  If so, it may be time to seek out a source for counseling.  Debilitating grief is called complicated grief.  Once things have become complicated, it might be advantageous to have someone help you regain order in your life.  Remember, the death of a loved one requires a completely new structure in your functionality.  It may take quite some time for you to adjust to your new requirements in life.  Statistically, it takes on average, 3 years for a widow to recover to a comparable level of functionality after the death of her husband.  Unfortunately, for a widower, the outlook is a little bleaker.

The most important things to remember are that you will never forget your loved one, you will never stop loving your loved one, and you will never replace your loved one.  There will most likely come a time when you will be able to overcome the devastation of your loss.  A time when you will be able to function in your daily activities without crying or withdrawing.  Nevertheless, when you love someone, they are forever a part of your existence.  In other words, we never move on, we simply live on.

My name is Tracy Renee Lee.  I am a funeral director, author and freelance writer.  It is my life's work to comfort the bereaved and help them live on. 

Please follow my blog at http://pushin-up-daisies.blogspot.com/, follow me on twitter @PushinUpDaisies or visit my website www.QueenCityFuneralHome.com for additional encouragement and information.

Grief Brief #1      Fear of Forgetting 

Visiting places or carrying objects that remind the survivor of the deceased is motivated through a fear of losing or forgetting precious memories.

My name is Tracy Renee Lee.  I am a funeral director, author and freelance writer.  I write books, weekly articles and brief tips on understanding and coping with grief.  It is my life's work to comfort the bereaved and help them live on. 

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