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Recently, I was having a conversation with a gentleman and he seemed disinterested. I tried not to take things too personally, but I thought maybe he didn’t like me, or maybe he was just not very friendly. It turns out, this gentleman suffered from hearing loss, and he had not taken any steps to fix his hearing. I wondered to myself: how many people literally suffer in silence because they don’t know about the advancements in audiology, or because they are afraid a cumbersome hearing aid will make them look older?

Today, hearing aids are smaller, more powerful and less expensive than ever before. Loss of hearing affects millions of Americans and hearing aids are the best way to correct hearing loss for the majority of these people. Hearing aids are not just for your grandfather! A hearing device can help anyone needing additional assistance with their auditory range.

There are two standard types of hearing aid devices: the in the ear models called (ITE) and the behind the ear models, called (BTE). Each of these models has several different sizes ranging from almost imperceptible to large, depending upon what the patient needs. A doctor will help you determine the correct aid for your particular situation.

hearing aidThe smallest hearing aids made are called Invisible in the Canal and Completely in the Canal aids. The fit snugly into the ear canal and are designed for people with minimal hearing loss. These are a great option for folks who want their hearing aid to be virtually invisible. In the Canal hearing devices are placed on the lower part of the outer ear bowl and they are very comfortable and easy to use for the wearer. Since this type of mechanism is larger than the Invisible in the Canal and the Completely in the Canal styles, they have a longer battery life and are a great option for people with all types of hearing loss. Larger devices, known as low profile hearing aids, come in the half shell designs to devices that almost fill the entire outer ear bowl. These types of appliances are excellent for people with limited dexterity, since they are easier to handle. Many of these kinds of hearing aids are large enough to have microphone and volume controls to accommodate the wearer.

Behind the ear devices have not been too popular over the years because they used to be so obvious, but today, these appliances have thin ear tubes and ear tips, making them almost undetectable! These types of hearing aids are gaining a resurgence in popularity due to their sleek cosmetic look, long battery life, and their ease of use. There are several BTE devices to choose from, including the Mini BTE, made with the ultimate discretion in mind; the receiver in the ear or receiver in the canal aids which have speakers built into the ear tip; and the traditional BTE OKC hearing aids with ear molds, constructed for any type of hearing loss, from mild to extreme loss.

Not sure which hearing aid is right for you? Keep in mind that all digital hearing devices have at least one microphone to gather sound, an embedded computer chip to amplify the sound and a speaker portion to send signals to your ear, as well as a battery to make the aid function properly. When you meet with your audiologist or regular doctor, they will take into consideration your level of hearing loss, your budget and your lifestyle. Since there are many hearing aid manufacturers and new innovations are being made almost daily, speak to your hearing care professional about the products available and then have them make recommendations regarding the best device for you.

Once the selection has been made regarding the type of hearing aid that best suits you, you will need a professional fitting and programing by an expert in the field. In addition to the consideration given to your budget and needs, attention will be given to your hobbies, your career and your cosmetic preferences. If you are not particularly tech-savvy, that might play into the hearing aid selection by your audiologist. In addition, your doctor or hearing professional will also consider any other physical limitations you may have, including your dexterity. These factors will make your new device comfortable and user friendly. The most important part of this consultation will be the setting for your new hearing aid; an audiologist or hearing specialist can precisely adjust your device to the frequencies needed to help you hear what you have been missing!

Once you have been fitted with your new hearing device, recognize there will be an adjustment period. It may take some getting used to, even if you have worn a hearing aid in the past. Make sure to ask your audiologist or specialist for instructions and advisement when breaking in your new mechanisms.

Some of the most recent advancements in hearing aid technology is the use of wireless electronic components. With this innovation, two hearing aids can work in conjunction with one another as one complete system. Wireless systems also let the person wearing the hearing aid to customize and program the devices to their specifications. Another great aspect of the wireless hearing aid—it can connect with MP3 players, computers, televisions and even mobile phones.

Now that you have gone through the process of determining your level of hearing loss, you have discussed the various options with a professional and have decided on a model, what will it cost you? The amount depends upon the features, size and the level of customization, but you can expect to spend anywhere from $1000.00 to $4000.00 per ear piece. You can find discounts, depending upon affiliations you may have, but generally, hearing devices are not covered by insurance. You can find financing to make them affordable, however.

A hearing aid can drastically compliment your quality of life. The subtle sounds of nature, the dialogue of a movie, even a conversation with a loved one will be enhanced. With the strives in technology, hearing never sounded so good! Here is a map direction to the nearest hearing aids near me (where I live). They have Norman and Moore locations as well.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa–  Claims of hypocrisy and allegations of mismanagement mark a heated second debate in the race to become Iowa’s governor.

The election is less than three weeks away and both candidates know it will be close.

Three high profile Iowa sexual misconduct cases came up during Wednesday’s debate.

Fred Hubbell and Governor Reynolds were asked how they plan to end the so called “locker room atmosphere” in the work place.

“It’s about bringing more woman into leadership positions if you look at the face of my cabinet are strong, bold woman that are leading, that’s how we are going to change the culture,” Governor Kim Reynolds said.

Fred Hubbell questioned that response.

“It’s been about ten years that the governor has been involved in that toxic culture, and we have seen hardly any changes. We do need to change the culture, but we need to stop talking about it and take steps like the “whistle blower” process”.

The two also sparred over education funding.

With Hubbell critical of last year’s 1.1% funding increase for k-12 education.

“For the last three years in a row this administration and the prior administration have cut the budget for our schools, have cut the budget for community colleges, tuition keeps going up, student debt keeps going up. We are not managing the budget properly, we are not stopping the wasteful corporate give a ways, Fred Hubbell said.

The Governor disagreed.

“We can not fall into the trap of measuring the quality of education by the shear number of dollars that we put into it, if we are not preparing our young people for the jobs of today and tomorrow then we are failing,” Governor Kim Reynolds said.

A lot of disagreement, but both agree that no one wins in President Trump’s trade war against China, and protecting Iowa farmers is a priority.

The two candidates will debate for a third and final time this weekend.

That debate will take place Sunday morning at 8:00 in Davenport.

 

 

INDIANOLA, Iowa — As Sears announced bankruptcy and another round of closures across the country, their Iowa ties remain anchored into the ground quite literally.  “This house probably came on a rail from Chicago,” said, John Hutchcroft who owned a Sears catalog kit home built in the 1920s in Indianola for 18 years.  He did not realize it until he was about to sell it a year ago.  “I kept running across numbers on nails with a large head on them and on the inside of floor joists,” said John.

From 1908 to 1940 the one time retail giant allowed people to buy their homes from a catalog.  The numbers instructed buyers on how to install the home.  John said, “Even if you were limited on reading blueprints, you could follow the numbers.”

Homes ranged in price from a few hundred dollars to several thousand.  Customers met their new home at the train station in pieces and got to work.  “Most people probably did some extra things to the home.  The homes were basically rectangular shape,” John said.

John isn’t alone in having once owned a Sears catalog home in town.  He said, “I think there are eighteen homes in Indianola that are craftsmen homes.”

As one door closes on history and because of Sears shuttering the doors of less profitable stores for good, independently owned and operated Sears Hometown Stores, like Lee Mundus’ in Waukee, are busy reassuring people they will continue to open their doors to the future.  “The calls have been non-stop.  We just have to tell people we are not part of that news and we are going strong and we are here to stay,” Lee said.

Although the Sears name is going through tough times, their legacy continues to wave in past homes and current businesses in Iowa.  Lee said, “It is huge.  If I had to do Lee’s appliances or Lee’s tools, it wouldn’t have near the draw that Sears does.  It’s an iconic name for 120 years or so.”

There are nine Sears Hometown Stores in the state of Iowa.  The Sioux City Sears retail store is the last remaining of its kind in Iowa.

TATE COUNTY, Miss. – A Mississippi man wants answers after he says two Tate County sheriff’s deputies entered his home uninvited and one demanded he stop filming them.

Cardravious Crump had just hosted a Halloween costume party at his mother’s house about an hour before the deputies arrived Sunday morning.

“Party went great. No problems, no nothing, no fights, no anything,” Crump told WREG.

But later that morning, he said he and his mother discovered two sheriff’s deputies had entered their kitchen without asking.

Crump said they mentioned underage drinking even though he said the party had already ended and then said they asked for IDs.

“I asked him nicely to step out. I said, ‘Well then, I can talk to you, but can you step outside?'” said Crump’s mother, Carla Echols.

But Echols said the deputies refused.

“So I cursed him out. I was like, ‘You gonna get the [expletive] out my house ’cause I did not tell you to come in here,'” she said.

That’s when Crump said he took out his phone and started recording.

One of the deputies responds by saying, “You can turn that off. You can turn that off.”

Crump, a 20-year-old business student, said he continued to record as the same deputy continued to demand he stop. It is not illegal in Mississippi to film a police officer.

“You’re gonna turn that off, get that out of my face,” the deputy says.

When Crump asks why, the deputy replies, “Because,” then says, “I just told you to turn it off. I’m not gonna tell you again.”

“I felt violated, being in my own home too,” Crump said.

The video rolls for only 49 seconds because after a final demand to stop filming, Crump finally relents.

“At the moment when he reached around his side, I didn’t know what he was reaching for, so I just stopped recording,” Crump said.

Crump said it turned out the deputy was reaching for his handcuffs, but neither Crump nor anyone else in the house were arrested.

Nevertheless, Crump said his story should serve as a learning experience.

“Learn your rights and don’t let an officer scare you just because he has a badge and a gun,” he said.

Tate County Sheriff Brad Lance said the deputy was wrong to ask Crump to turn off the camera.

“After a preliminary review of the facebook video, as well as the video from the deputy’s bodycam, I can say that my deputy erred in ordering the individual to turn off his camera,” Lance said in an email. “All citizens have the right to film law enforcement in the performance of their duties except in a very limited set of circumstances.”

The department is conducting an internal investigation and expects to have more answers in about a day, he said.

PLEASANT Hill, Iowa–  The Henderson’s from Pleasant Hill are waiting to see if their adopted daughter will continue to get the psychiatric treatment they believe she needs

The family says it’s been a long and tough road, but they are finally seeing progress.

“Taking whatever, she could and hitting me with it and physically punching me and kicking me trying to push me down the stairs,” resident Melissa Henderson said.

Melissa Henderson is talking about her 15-year-old adopted daughter.

“There would be days that she destroyed our house,” Melissa Henderson said.

The Henderson’s say their daughter was born opioid dependent.

Records show she is diagnosed with bipolar and Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD).

The state of Iowa gave her Medicaid for life and she has been in and out of mental health facilities almost her entire life.

“Well I am not leaving my child I want her to get the help she needs, and we couldn’t get it,” Melissa Henderson said.

That’s when the family turned to Calo which is a treatment facility in Missouri that specializes in RAD.

“We feel like we are on the right track and we believe we are on the right track. We know this place is helping our daughter when she comes home we can be a family again,” Dennis Henderson said.

The program cost $435 a day the family says without insurance they can’t afford it, and now their MCO United Healthcare doesn’t want to pay for it.

“United Healthcare is not denying that this child needs services, but United Healthcare believes that these services can be provided to this child out-patient,” attorney Jennifer De Kock said.

“Literally within a couple of months of AmeriHealth pulling out as an MCO and United Healthcare taking over they started questioning everything they were doing, and wanted her out of there,” Melissa Henderson said.

Back in April, United Healthcare sent a letter to the family denying inpatient benefits at Calo.

The Henderson’s appealed that decision and a judge ruled in their favor.

“It was not only the family’s opinion but also of the medical providers that she continue to need inpatient psychiatric care,” Attorney Jennifer De Kock said.

That wasn’t good enough for United Healthcare, the MCO wants Director of Medicaid Jerry Foxhoven to conduct another review.

“We are asking that director Foxhoven to let this decision stand,” Attorney Jennifer De Kock said.

DHS declined comment, and we reached out to United Healthcare and its attorney and have no heard back.

Foxhoven has agreed to review this case with no timeline about when a final decision will be made.

Attorney Jennifer De Kock says the worst case scenario is that the family will have to reimburse Medicaid more than $100,000.

The Hendersons’ hope this case paves the way for other families.

 

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The skilled and knowledgeable lawyers at these firms can also handle cases involving; sex crimes, drug-related crimes, violent and white collar crimes among others. They always strive to ensure that your rights and freedoms are granted and protected and that you are able to achieve the best possible outcome in the case.

 

URBANDALE, Iowa — Commuters familiar with the old looping exit ramp from I-35 north to Highway 141 north near Urbandale were all too familiar with stop and go traffic.  “As the traffic demand has grown for traffic moving north, the system has become overwhelmed,” said AJ Johnson, Urbandale’s City Manager.  A $44M construction project is underway to fix it.  Johnson said, “Particularly at the 141 interchange, they looked at the situation involving slow downs, accidents and the volume of traffic starting to build in that area.”

The 141 flyover interchange aims to allow I-35 northbound drivers to smoothly exit onto Hwy 141.  “So by creating a flyover what you do is segregate the traffic coming off the interstate on that curve and move it safely across and head north.”

The flyover will not exist for drivers along Hwy 141 exiting onto southbound I-35.  That exit will remain the same.  Drivers will see a noticeable difference in several areas.  “First and foremost safety, efficiency of moving traffic,” said Johnson.

Completion in June of 2020 won’t only bring safety to Urbandale traffic.  Between the newly built 100th street interchange, the flyover and the Meredith street diamond interchange, it could bring a windfall of economic opportunity to the city.  Johnson said, “We are just so excited because it opens up close to seven-hundred acres of developmental property in the city of Urbandale.

As officials affectionately call themselves, “Uniquely Urbandale,” road projects are providing unique opportunities for their city`s future.  “When you look at how the city has grown and where our growth potential is and the impact not only on existent business but the future of business in our community, really the possibilities are almost endless,” said Johnson.

The flyover and the Meredith diamond interchange will be paid for with state and federal funds.

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Good news for Steak ‘N Shake lovers, the famous franchise is planning to open a restaurant in the metro.

One of the locations developers are considering is in West Des Moines at Mills Civic Parkway and I-35.

This area has seen several new chain restaurants open their doors this year including Raising Canes and Wahlburgers.

The West Des Moines Director of Community and Economic Development Clyde Evans said more restaurants are choosing to open in West Des Moines, because that particular area of the town sees around 24 million visitors each year.

“With Jordan Creek Town Center being one of the largest shopping venues in the state of Iowa and the midwest, you also have Wells Fargo sitting there with almost 9,000 employees,”

The Iowa Restaurant Association said this competitive area in West Des Moines is good for restaurants and also their employees because it drives up wages.

“When you become a culinary destination and one place looks busy, where do you go? You go next door. We see that restaurants go into groups like this because success brings success,” President and CEO of the Iowa Restaurant Association Jessica Dunker said.

Opening a restaurant in the suburbs also allows more space for parking and drive-thrus.

“West Des Moines has a history of having the one and only of within the metro or within the state, but I think ultimately though what that does is that if they are successful here then they start looking for other locations in the metro area to do a second or a third store,” Evans said.

Evans said in addition to Steak ‘N Shake hoping to open summer 2019, Dave and Busters is also considering the Jordan Creek area.

DES MOINES, Iowa — Three candidates for governor shared some personal stories about mental illness and addiction at a forum put on by the Des Moines Register at Des Moines University on Sunday.

Governor Kim Reynolds said mental health services are at the forefront of her administration and from personal experience she knows mental health and addiction go hand in hand as she celebrates 18 years of sobriety.

“I think it’s important that we work really hard to put in place an integrated coordinated health care system and that’s part of it. And I think that the more we are able to do that we will do better at being able to utilize the resources that we have to get people the treatment that they need,” Gov. Reynolds said

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Fred Hubbell said he disagrees with the way Reynolds and former Gov. Terry Branstad tried to address mental health issues and believes the programs are underfunded.

“As governor I will also support expanding community based care by investing in more training and funding for psychologists, social workers and nurses that will help Iowans address mental health issues before they reach a crisis point and before they need to access a state level institution,” Hubbell said.

Libertarian Gubernatorial Candidate Jake Porter said he too can relate to others because at one point he had come close to committing suicide and in addition to increasing funding he thinks the stigma around mental issues and addiction needs to be addressed.

“There’s so much stigma surrounding it that a lot of people aren’t going to donate money to help with this and they are not going to help form non profits to help with this as well. And if we diverted some funds over into actual treatment as opposed to putting people in prison and we made that part of this, I think funding would be a lot better,” Porter said.

But all three candidates do agree on one thing, the legislature needs to do more to address mental health services.

AMES, Iowa–Ames High School officials posted a message online to families Sunday night notifying them of an anonymous threat to the school for Monday. A Facebook post by the district said police received two phone calls alerting them of the warning.

Police plan to have additional staff at the high school Monday.

 

Marshall County, IA — The Drake University community is mourning the death of one of their own tonight.

23 year-old Amanda Wilken was killed Thursday in a car crash in Marshall County. It happened at the intersection of Durham avenue and 295th street just after 9 A.M. A police report says Wilken ran a stop sign was hit by another vehicle.

Wilken was a fourth year pharmacy student at Drake University working toward a Master of Business Administration degree.

The crash is still under investigation.

In a statement to the community, Drake University President Marty Martin said:

Dear students, faculty, and staff,

It is with great sadness that I share with you that Amanda Wilken, a student at Drake University, died this morning in a car accident. Amanda was in her fourth year of Pharmacy and was also working on a Master of Business Administration degree.

Amanda started at Drake in the fall of 2013 as a Pre-Pharmacy major. She was a 2016 graduate of the Adams Leadership Academy and was committed to being a model servant leader. In addition to her academic pursuits, Amanda was involved in a number of co-curricular organizations, to include the Alpha Phi sorority, the National Association of Women MBAs, and the American Public Health Association.

I am sure that many of us are struggling with Amanda’s passing. Please know that counseling and support services are available for our students through the University Counseling Center by calling 515-271-3864. For staff and faculty, the Employee Assistance Program is available by calling 515-244-6090. In addition, the Crisis Text Line is always available by texting “HELLO” to 741741.

We will post information on the myDrake site as we learn more regarding funeral arrangements. Please keep Amanda’s family in your thoughts and prayers.

Peace,

Marty