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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.

AMES, Iowa– Monday, Ames Police identified a body as 22 year old Former Iowa State golfer Celia Barquin Arozamena. Barquin Arozamena was found dead Monday morning at Coldwater Golf Links in Ames.

The investigation led to Collin Daniel Richards.

Richards aged 22, has been charged with Murder in the 1st degree, a Class “A” Felony.

Barquin Arozamena was a golfer, and the 2018 Big 12 champion and Iowa State Female Athlete of the year.

The concern started when golfers found an abandoned golf bag on the course at Coldwater Golf Links.

Student Milla Charles lives next to Coldwater Golf Links.

“When I read the address, I saw my address that’s when I started to freak out a bit,” Charles said.

The view from above shows the scope of Ames Police and, DCI’s investigation.

The golf course will remain closed until further notice.

Iowa State Athletics Department released this statement, “Celia had an infectious smile, a bubbly personality and anyone fortunate enough to know her was blessed,” Iowa State Director of Athletics Jamie Pollard said. “Our Cyclone family mourns the tragic loss of Celia, a spectacular student-athlete and ISU ambassador.”

Funeral arrangements are pending.

The Iowa State Athletics Department will honor Barquin Arozamena’s memory at Saturday’s football game vs. Akron.


DES MOINES, Iowa — Three civil rights groups hope an Iowa case can change what they believe is causing a racial disparities across the country.  “Quite frankly it is a crisis,” said Betty Andrews, president of the Iowa-Nebraska NAACP says minorities are falling victim to pretextual stops for minor infractions such as a broken tail light.  “The proverbial driving while black,” said Andrews.

On Tuesday, the Iowa Supreme Court will hear oral arguments from the Iowa NAACP, ACLU, and LULAC on behalf of Scottize Brown, an African-American woman who was pulled over in 2015 by Waterloo police for having two of her rear license plate lights out.  “It is a devastating ordeal to be put through when you are stopped just because of how you look.  Just because of the color of your skin,” said Andrews.

Once brown was pulled over, the officer then noticed an empty beer can in the vehicle and smelled alcohol on Brown’s breath and cited Brown for driving while intoxicated.  It is a charge Andrews believed should have never happened and was unconstitutionally made.  Brown refused to take a breathalyzer test. Andrews said, “There’s a point where we have to draw a line and when people feel invaded we need to draw that line.”

The groups say statistics prove racial disparity exists in Iowa where African-Americans make up just 3.5% of Iowans.  Andrews said, “We are number three in the nation when it comes to African-American disparities.  For every eleven African-Americans per capita, one white person is in our criminal justice system.”

Two years ago the Des Moines police department heard similar cries.  Sergeant Paul Parizek said, “We got a lot of feedback from the community along the lines of hey you are stopping us for these minor violations.  They are just simple things and we were like well we can help eliminate the problem.”  A tail light check up has been held every year since.  It allows the community to fix minor traffic violations on their cars for free.  Parizek says it has made a big difference in the community.  “Every time you’ve got a good relationship with somebody it is so much easier to communicate with them.  It’s just a small program like this that has such a big reward in the end,” said Parizek

It isn’t a cure-all.  The NAACP says a recent lawsuit against the Des Moines Police Department, where two black men were pulled over with no reason and even placed in handcuffs sheds a bright light on why Tuesday’s Iowa Supreme Court hearing on a pretextual traffic stop is so crucial.  “It would be great in the realm of criminal justice reform to be known as the leader in looking at these issues and eliminating driving while black,” said Andrews.

The oral argument hearing for this case will be held Tuesday September 19, at 1:30pm.  An Iowa summit on justice and disparities will be held October 16 fromm 8am-4:30pm at the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny.


ANKENY, Iowa — The Central Iowa “Out of the Darkness” Walk held at the DMACC campus in Ankeny not only gave people a chance to open up about their own struggle or loss, but also serves as a  platform to help change the way Iowa approaches mental health care.

This year’s main speakers, Mary Neubauer and Larry Loss, have advocated for change to the system following the death of their son, Sergei, to suicide in 2017.

As of Sunday, the walk has raised almost $65,000 through online donations. The link to the donation page can be found here.


DES MOINES, Iowa — Some four-legged friends and their handlers from Nebraska Task Force One are on the east coast helping with Hurricane Florence relief efforts.

Moses and his handler, Robin Greubel are part of Nebraska Task Force One and they respond within a moments notice when disaster strikes.

“When we were in Joplin Missouri, one of the things that would happen is they would send the dogs through, searching for missing people. And then it was our responsibility, me and the other handler I was witht we were the last dogs through the area before they would send in heavy equipment to begin clearing the area,” Greubel said

Two dogs from the task force are currently responding to Hurricane Florence and they started staging earlier this week.

“The dogs form Nebraska Task Force One that are currently deployed are ‘live find’ dogs because the focus remains on rescue. Recovery can happen later. The dogs can immediately tell the difference between a live human and dead human. Discrimination is not a problem for them,” Greubel said.

She said she spent hours training Moses to do this life saving job and is the Founder and CEO of the K9 Sensus Foundation.

“We have what is commonly known as starting ritual. So all of the FEMA search and rescue dogs work naked. So they have no vest and no collar because we don’t want them getting caught on any of the debris. So he will sit, I will remove his collar and I will release him to go search wherever he needs to go search. And I give him a cue and I tell him, “Go search,” and he jets off very quickly and begins his job,” Greubel said.

Once he’s found the person he’s looking for he will bark and Greubel will reward him with a simple game of tug and a treat.

“There are only 300 dogs in the nation trained to do what Moses does and there is no detector on the planet that is as good as a dog’s nose. They’ve tried for years to create one and they can’t. And the amount of training and expertise that goes into the development of these dogs to provide that first and last line of defense is crucial for public safety,” Greubel said.

You can donate to the K9 Sensus Foundation to help train more dogs and handlers here.

ANKENY, Iowa — One person is dead following an officer-involved shooting in Ankeny Saturday afternoon.

Police were called to a robbery in progress at the Hy-Vee Gas on Oralabor Road at around 4:30 p.m. A responding officer located the suspect near Kum & Go on SW White Birch Circle. The suspect drew his weapon and pointed it at the officer. The officer then opened fire and hit the suspect, killing him.

Police then tried to resuscitate him using CPR but were unable. A firearm was recovered at the scene. The suspect’s name has not yet been released.

Shortly before the robbery, Ankney police received a call about a suspicious male in all black near Kum N Go on SW White Birch Circle.
The caller also said it “looked like a gun fell out of the [suspects] pants.”

This is a developing story.

DES MOINES, Iowa — The barbers at Platinum Kutz in the Drake neighborhood are already masters of their craft, but on Sunday they’ll be around some of the best in the country as hundreds of barbers come to the city for the Clash of the Clippers, a barbering contest with thousands of dollars up for grabs.

“We bring hair to the stage. The barbers compete for cash prizes, the compete for the trophies, bragging rights” said Robert Presswood, owner of Platinum Kutz.

Presswood is organizing the event. A competition barber himself, he’s proud to bring the event to the city.

“This is something I want to bring back to my hometown to show the barbers and stylists what I do. They see it on social media, but I thought I could bring the same thing that I’m doing outside the state here” said Presswood.

And he won’t be alone. Celebrity barbers will be joining him, including the man who cut the hair of late rappers Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G., as well as the barber to Will Smith and P-Diddy.

“A lot of these barbers that we’re showcasing, that are going to be teaching classes, cut hair all over the world.  They teach classes in Europe, do shows in Russia, so it’s kind of exciting to see these guys come to Iowa” said Presswood.

The competition also doubles as an expo, barbers like Cynthia Delgado are excited to expand their knowledge.

“It’s going to be a great experience especially for me personally learning from the best barbers in the world” said Delgado.

Delgado says when Des Moines’ barbers have the chance to learn more, their clients are the ones who benefit.

“They’re going to get to see the results, the new trends, the new designs, the new beard designs, everything that is new right now in the barbering industry; it’s amazing” said Delgado.

A red carpet meet and greet starts Saturday at 9 p.m. at the downtown Marriott.

The expo runs from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Forte Banquet and Conference Center.

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowans looking to help Hurricane Florence relief efforts have a few options.

The first comes on Sunday when FedEx delivery driver Tony Gardner tries to “Fill the Truck” with food.

He’ll be parking his FedEx truck at the Hy-Vee on Fleur Drive from 9 a.m to 5 p.m.

The goal is to fill the 900 square ft. van with as much non-perishable food as it can handle, with shopping lists available on site.

“I think it’s a natural response to want to help, especially being from Iowa I think its human nature to stand up and pick people up when they’re down and there’s a lot of people that are suffering right now and potentially having the worst times of their lives” said Gardner.

All the food will go to victims of the hurricane. For more information you can click this link.

Meanwhile, LifeServe is looking for blood donors.

Representatives say they are trying to over-supply the affected region because they don’t know how long local blood collection centers will be out of commission.

“The big concern is just their community blood centers may not be able to function, you know if their team members are being effected, if donors aren’t able to come in to donate, so they may just not be collecting for multiple days on end in various areas and that effects their community blood supply, so we want to be able to help out if we can” said Marketing Manager Danielle West.

To make an appointment to donate, just head to www.lifeservebloodcenter.org

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Public Health is currently investigating 73 cases of West Nile Virus, that’s the highest it’s been in about 15 years.

IDPH reports 147 cases in 2003.

Specialists say they believe one of the reasons for this spike is the weather.

“We’ve had a long string of warm days. We’ve had quite a bit of heavy rains and so when we have those really heavy rains the water tends to sit around for awhile. When you combine that warm temperatures for the last numerous weeks in a row, that really creates a great environment for mosquitoes to breed and grow to high numbers,” Iowa Department of Public Health Deputy State Epidemiologist Ann Garvey said.

An Iowa State University Entomologist said the virus spreads through an interaction of birds and mosquitos and infected birds can carry the virus for years without being severely affected.

“If another mosquito feeds on that infected bird, then that new mosquito can then become infected itself. And so you can kind of see how this creates a bit of a cycle in which more birds are becoming infected and more mosquitos are becoming infected,” Iowa State Department of Entomology Associate Professor Ryan Smith said.

He said then the infected mosquitoes bite humans during peak hours from dusk until dawn.

“I think when we get into the fall months and school is back in session, we tend to forget about mosquito repellent and sunscreen. So it’s really important right now to be using that repellent.
This is really the heart of West Nile season. We’re going to have quite a few more weeks of the season, unfortunately. We know that mosquitoes will really be hanging around until we see our first hard freezes so we’ve got quite few more weeks.”

It’s important to use mosquito repellent that contains deet when you are outside, but especially from dusk until dawn.

DES MOINES, Iowa– Thursday, for a little over two and half hours, Pope Francis huddled with America’s top bishops over the priest sex abuse crisis.

Several states are now launching investigations.

The pope also accepted the resignation of a West Virginia Bishop who’s now under investigation following allegations of a long history of sexual abuse.

In Des Moines, Bishop Richard Pates has called the abuse “totally unacceptable” and offered “heartfelt apologies” to all the victims.

“Some humans can only be exercised by prayer and fasting I have to undertake it first myself,” Bishop Richard Pates said.

Bishop Pates with the Diocese of Des Moines says victims of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church need more than just prayers.

“To hear all this stuff is a moral disaster that seems to have occurred worldwide and not just in the United States,” Bishop Pates said.

Pates is right, a new report from Germany’s Catholic Church found 3,766 cases of child sex abuse by clergy between 1946 and 2014.

Last month, a different report found 300 priests in the Pennsylvania Catholic Church responsible for sexually abusing 1,000.

Those are allegations, a man whose dedicated to life to the church doesn’t take lightly.

“I try to address it from three different perspectives this is a tragic moral failure, we cannot condone it, and it is what it is,” Bishop Pates said.

Even Des Moines isn’t immune, over the past ten years Pates says there has been one report of sexual abuse of a minor in The Diocese of Des Moines.

In the most recent abuse investigation last month, a priest was suspended after making unwanted advances towards a woman.

Bishop Pates is calling on parishioners to fast to raise awareness about the problem plaguing the church and realizes more needs to be done.


ANKENY, Iowa — As Ankeny Centennial sophomore Gabe Arredondo prepared to battle on the gridiron Thursday, his mother, Gunner Mate First Class expeditionary warfare specialist Diem Carpenter a seventeen year Navy veteran, was battling for freedom in Kuwait the last ten months.  “The flag means a lot to me.  She serves our county and I have nothing but respect for what she does to serve our country and sacrificing everything,” said Gabe.  But mom called an audible of her own.  “I actually texted him a couple of days ago and told him I won’t be home until next week,” she said.

Soon after the national anthem, Diem was armed with blockers of her own.  “We gotta hide. He’s gonna see me isn’t he?” said Diem as she ducked behind another family member.  The excitement reached a fever pitch when she sprinted to the goal, her son.  “Oh baby,” exclaimed Diem as she embraced her son Gabe and gave him.  The two sharing tears throughout the mother-son hug.

The emotional surprise and embrace was the ultimate pep talk for her son.  He said, “I was totally surprised.  I didn’t have any clue this was going to happen.  I heard my mom’s name on the loudspeaker and I looked around and thought oh man.  I definitely had a rush of emotion.”

As the American flag waved Thursday night, it was also the first time Gabe’s mother could wave to her son in person during a high school football game.  “I missed all of last year and this is the first one I get to see,” said Diem.

Gabe may not remember his final stat line but he will never forget when mom came home.  “It’s been a long time. I’m just glad I get to see my mom again.”

The last time the two saw each other was in December for four days before Diem left for her sixth deployment.