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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.

When a person is slapped with a criminal charge, he or she could find the whole thing disturbing and very scary. A person who has been accused of criminal wrongdoing must immediately take steps to address the situation. This is where the role of a good criminal lawyer in Sugar Land and the surrounding area becomes critical and crucial. But many such lawyers are seemingly qualified and experienced in criminal law. While having a choice if vital and important, it also could lead to confusion and indecision. As a customer, you should be in a position to choose the right professional taking into account quite a few things. We are happy to share some of the most important points to be kept in mind when it comes to identifying and availing the services of criminal defense lawyers. The points mentioned below have been drawn up based on the overall experience and expertise that has been built over the years. Therefore, they are factual and reliable and could prevent the customers from going in for a trial-and-error method.

Be Sure Of Their Experience

Having a legal qualification is one thing and having the right practical experience is a completely different thing. Different lawyers handling criminal cases specialize in different areas. Therefore, when it comes to dealing with a criminal charge, the customers must always go in for a lawyer who has the right experience backed by educational qualifications. This will increase the chances of a winning sentence from the court by many notches. The lawyers should have adequate knowledge of criminal law backed up years of experience in fighting cases in courts, on behalf of their clients.

Have A Look At Their Colleagues

There is an adage that says that a person is known by the company he or she keeps. This applies to criminal lawyers also. The criminal lawyer in question should be associated with some good organization or community. This will help customers to take feedback about the services that are being offered and get to know more about them. While there is nothing wrong with choosing a criminal law firm, be sure that the lawyer who you are recruiting is reachable and contactable to you whenever needed. In many cases, the lawyers have a battery of assistants and this makes it almost impossible to establish contact with the lawyers in question.

The Importance Of References

Qualified and experienced criminal lawyers have the professional quality of sharing the contact details of their clients, subject to their approval. This will help prospective customers to directly get in touch with previous customers and get to know more about fort bend criminal lawyers. They will be able to get first hand feedback that is honest and to the point. It will certainly help to weed out the grain from the chaff and make the best possible choices.

Ask Them To Assess The Case

Not all criminal offense cases are the same. You must ask the lawyers about their honest assessment of the particular case. They should be able to share useful information about the elements of the case that work in favor and those that work against them. The possible things that the customers should expect along the case should also be made clear.

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DES MOINES, Iowa — Wet weather is making things interesting for a Des Moines muralist.

Ben Schuh is the man behind the “Greater Des Moines” mural on the corner of 5th Street and Locust Street. The project’s finish date is just over a month away, but all this rain is forcing Schuh to get creative with his timeline.

“Anytime I work on an outdoor project I try to assess the weather,” Schuh said. “This particular project has to be done by June 20th so everything is critical in terms of planning. The initial transfer, that you see behind me, got done [Friday] night because weather did cooperate. [Saturday] we’re not painting because it’s about to start raining, but it’s one of those things. Mother Nature is going to be there and it’s how you approach it, and whether or not it gives you a hurdle is up to you.”

Schuh worked until 1 a.m. Friday night to finish his first sketch on the building’s wall, ensuring the paint would be dried and cured before rain hit the metro once again.

He estimates the mural will take over 130 hours to officially complete. Schuh is also the mastermind behind the Exile Brewery Mural and says this one is five times the size. It’s big reveal on June 20th is a birthday present for the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines.

After months of planning, Schuh released a preview of the mural on Instagram this week.

 

“Every public art project in Des Moines, in my opinion, has the ability to connect people with art that might not otherwise have access to it. For me, the exciting part about this is going to be the proximity to residents. There is a neighborhood building right here next door and I’ve been talking to residents and making it clear that this is their project as well,” Schuh said. “I think the biggest thing is sometimes people might look at something and think ‘well there’s just another piece of artwork,’ but if they look at it and think ‘there’s another piece of artwork for me, I think that’s something that Des Moines does really well.”

Schuh says the Papa John Sculpture Park is one of his biggest inspirations. This mural will be focused on Des Moines and some of the projects that the Community Foundation has impacted.

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Heritage Carousel opened for the season in Des Moines’ Union Park.

The Heritage Carousel has been a staple in Union Park for 21 years.

One of the most nostalgic things about the carousel is the price. It is the same now as it was 21 years ago — it only costs 50 cents for a child to ride. Rides are just a dollar for adults.

“It’s a blast. I recognize kids from year to year. There are new kids, kids who have had their birthday party. It’s almost as fun to watch the adults come and ride,” said Jackie Cacciatore, executive director of the Heritage Carousel Foundation.

It also has a new sales counter to better display their goods.

The carousel will be open all summer each day except Monday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

DES MOINES, Iowa — Friday was a soggy move out day for freshmen students at Drake University.

“We just got soaked while moving everything out. We live on the fourth floor, so we were walking a long time on the cat walk,” student Becca Dwyer said.

It was either move in the rain or wait for it to stop. Those who waited were sent into a mad dash. The rain stopped around 1 p.m. with an official move out deadline at 3:45 p.m.

Some only had a short time to pull off all the work.

“It made it a little interesting. We were getting a late start. Seems like we have a lot more moving out than when we moved in,” parent Amy Halleran said.

DES MOINES, Iowa — Multiple lightning strikes overnight kept firefighters busy.

At 4th Street and Seneca Avenue in Des Moines lightning hit a “no parking” sign Thursday night. It ruptured a natural gas line and ignited a nearby tree.

The gas fed the fire, making it impossible to put out until MidAmerican Energy could shut off the gas line.

Lightning is also blamed for a fire at an apartment building in the Sherman Hill neighborhood.

Firefighters say the strike hit the second floor and started two different apartments on fire.

“It was scary. We didn’t necessarily see flames shooting out of windows but in that second window there you could see that there was a gentleman in the room while the firefighters were in the other room,” neighbor Liz Johnson said. “We didn’t see any flames coming out of the building until we saw firefighters come through the rooms and break open the wall, so it seemed like that was the source of most of the flames.”

It took crews several hours to put the fire out. No one was hurt or permanently displaced.

PLEASANT HILL, Iowa– A Southeast Polk High School substitute teacher is out of a job after attempting to discipline a student.

Whether Lois Johnson will be reinstated is in the hands of the school board.

“She is South East Polk,” parent Kim Turnbaugh said.

Johnson is a longtime educator who kept teaching as substitute after retirement. She was suspended over claims of violating district policy. A group of students say she took a disruptive classmate by the arm to guide him back to his seat.

Many are frustrated by the suspension.

“I want her reinstated she was my teacher and my daughter’s teacher three generations there is no way this can happen,” Turnbaugh said.

Thousands followed Turnbaugh lead and signed a petition to reinstate Johnson. Many of those supporters attended Thursday’s school board meeting to voice concern.

During public comment, the board tried to cut Johnson’s attorney Frank Smith short. Smith says his client didn’t break the rules and the district didn’t follow policy.

According to South East Polk School District, an employee can use minor reasonable physical contact to maintain order and control. And all matters must be addressed to the teacher or employee first.

“She was not given her chance and her due process, and I think that is completely wrong,” Turnbaugh said.

Ultimately, it’s up to the school board to decide whether Johnson will keep her job

Frank Smith says Lois just wants her job back.

The school district wouldn’t comment on Lois’ suspension but did say they are committed to supporting a professional work environment where employees are valued and respected.

DES MOINES, Iowa–  Thursday night there were widespread reports of hail. Some viewers reported seeing roughly dime- shaped hail rain down in parts of the Metro. Des Moines Police are reporting traffic light outages across the area. Water was pooling near Ingersol and MLK Parkway, and police report heavy street flooding along Merle Hay Road. Homeowners are also in the dark, at one point Mid-American Energy reported more that 10,000 outages. That includes at the Kenny Chesney concert at Wells Fargo Arena. The concert was delayed for about a half hour.

 

IOWA — Iowa’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) says farmers may be able to use Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres to graze livestock.

The emergency grazing use is approved through May 14 because of extreme weather, flooding, snowmelt and mud.

Participation is limited to livestock producers who lost pasture or fences and who request approval from their local FSA office. CRP participants can also allow others to use their acres but the livestock owners will still have to complete paperwork.

There will be no reduction in rental payments for CRP for grazing if used under this emergency.

DES MOINES, Iowa — On Friday, Taylor and Danielle Morris received the Robert D. Ray Pillar of Character Award.

Taylor was wounded in combat while serving in the U.S. Navy in Afghanistan in 2012.

“Unfortunately I stepped on and IED. It was like a homemade landmine and it was something that our detectors weren’t tuned into yet. That’s kind of just unfortunately how you find the new things out there is you have accidents like that. So I stepped on that and it exploded and I lost parts of all four limbs,” Taylor said.

When Taylor returned to the United States, his now wife, Danielle, flew to Maryland to help him through the recovery process.

She said for her it was a no-brainer, and the three days she wasn’t by his side was the hardest part.

Drake University President Marty Martin said their story is one of resilience and triumph and they are a wonderful example of determination.

Danielle said they are humbled and honored to receive the award.

“We just took this huge curveball that life threw at us and we just took it step by step and so it is humbling to receive an award like this and to be honored and named among all the past recipients when really we feel like we were just doing the best that we could with the curveball that was thrown at us,” Danielle said.

Taylor and Danielle said they are happy to finally be back in Iowa close to family and friends.

 

DES MOINES, Iowa — Pain management is a daily routine for many who suffer from endometriosis.  “It is a multi-systemic disease.  Tissue similar to what is found in your uterus grows all over your body,” said Katie Joy Ussery who has dealt with that pain for fourteen years of her life.

In March, Ussery, from Des Moines, was suffering from ovarian cysts and sought help at the Iowa clinic OB/GYN.  “I already had an established OB/GYN at that clinic that I loved.  She wasn’t available so the clinic gave me the next available physician.”

Ussery claims that physician immediately recommended a clinical trial of Orilissa made by the company Abbvie, which she did not want to use.  “I felt he became confrontational when I dared to stand my ground, advocate for myself and disagreed with his opinion,” said Ussery.

After the appointment, she researched http://www.openpaymentsdata.cms.gov which is a public site that tracks payments from pharmaceutical companies to doctors.
Ussery said, “I found that from 2013-2017 he was paid almost $350,000 in associate research funding by that same company.”

Ussery took to Twitter to post a negative review of the physician only to find out at her next appointment in April she was discharged, and unable to receive treatment from any of the Iowa Clinic physicians.  “I was told I tweeted something against this physician,” said Ussery.

Without any endometriosis specialists in Iowa, Katie was now blocked from receiving the vital treatment she needed from a place she had also seen as the right fit.  “I feel I was punished for advocating for myself and my health care was jeopardized because I spoke out about the health care I received,” Ussery said.

The Iowa Clinic responded to Ussery’s claims in a statement saying, “If a physician within our OB/GYN department chooses to discharge a patient – that patient is not able to schedule with anyone else within that specialty. Our OB/GYN department has this policy because patients are shared among all partners.”

With a new pain, Ussery is now looking at her legal options.  “I have a feeling of betrayal, mistrust and heartache,” she said.

In response to the physician receiving funds for clinical trials, The Iowa Clinic has also stated, “The Iowa Clinic embraces medical research and the role it plays in providing new treatment options for patients. The claims made by Ms. Ussery on social media regarding our participation in clinical trials for Orilissa (Elagolix) are misleading. Highly regulated industry protocols require us to identify a Principal Investigator for every study, and all financial reporting falls under his/her name.  The Principal Investigator does not receive all of the funding for a clinical trial. The funding is used to cover expenses associated with that trial, and a percentage will go to the Principal Investigator for his/her work and oversight.”