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You may need hearing aids and not even know it!

You may need hearing aids and not even know it!

If you do these 6 things you may need to visit an Audiologist!

If you love going to concerts, use a Bluetooth earpiece, or wear earbuds you may be putting your health at risk and not even know it! We live in a world where noise is a constant; honestly, we do not even realize how loud things are. Construction sites, firing ranges, going on a bird hunt, and even that awesome rock concert may not be what is best for your ears.

Now, I love loud live music and I always have. I absolutely turn the radio up loud…and the television, and I ask people to speak up when I cannot hear them. Yes, I also wear hearing aids in both ears due to hearing loss. Now, being hearing impaired has taught me to cope with my hearing loss. Many people cope with hearing loss in our society and do not even recognize what they are doing.

There are things that people do that may be signs they need to go get their hearing checked out by an Audiologist with a specific hearing test that can determine if their hearing loss is significant enough to need a hearing aid.

This list is not complete by any means, nor it is a medical diagnosis. However, if you or someone you know are using these as coping techniques you may want to pursue going to the Audiologist:

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1. People complain that you have things turned up too loud.

You are used to hearing people say, “Can you turn that down please?”

You are constantly turning up the volume on the radio, television, or your laptop. Or, you ask others to turn up the volume. This may sound obvious, but many simply do not see this as a sign of hearing loss.

2. Asking people to repeat what they say.

You commonly use the phrase, “What did you say?” Or, “Huh?”

That’s right, those with middle tone loss (like I have) tend to have difficulty hearing what an average adult says to them even at close range sometimes. Now, I did say an adult; children usually have higher pitched voices so you may not have as much difficulty hearing them.

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3. Changing rooms during a conversation.

You tend to say things like, “Wait a minute, I will be right there.” Or, “I can’t hear you, can you come in here please?”

Now, this may sound a bit strange but stay with me here. Usually those with hearing loss need to be in the same room with the person(s) they are talking to. Even yelling from one room to the next often poses problems for them. They will either go into the room with the person who is talking, or ask them to come into the room where they are.

4. Not hearing what others are saying correctly.

Think: do you often here the phrase, “I didn’t say that!”

Many times, those with hearing loss hear a few phonetic sounds of the word and their brains may piece the rest of the word together. If you tend to hear words that were never said or have misinterpreted words regularly, this is a sign you need not ignore.

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5. Sitting in one specific area in large meeting places.

For example, I tend to want to sit in the front left of any meeting I am in: in a staff meeting at work, in church, or when I am in a class. I do not sit there out of habit. I sit there because I hear better when I am in that specific location. People who have hearing loss usually want to sit with their stronger ear towards the speaker; thus they regularly want to sit in the same location.

6. You watch people’s mouths.

You don’t do this because you like the color of their lipstick, you watch their mouths to read their lips. Yes, even people with a mild hearing loss will do this, so that they “hear” what the person is saying correctly. Usually, your eyes can help your brain understand what the person is saying by reading their lips, so that your brain does not make up the syllables it did not hear.

Again, this list is really not exhaustive, but it is a list of things to consider. If you really do have the above issues, you may want to consider visiting an Audiologist. Now, I have had hearing aids since I was a child, so I am quite used to all of the above accommodations. People even with a mild hearing loss tend to cope naturally.

What you do not want to do is ignore these signs. Your coping strategies will not solve your hearing loss.

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For more information on symptoms of hearing loss visit this page.

Featured photo credit: Man with hearing aid/Bundesinnung Hörgeräteakustiker via flickr.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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