Coping with a Loss of Hearing

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Those of us who are lucky enough to have perfect hearing take it for granted. We listen to the birds singing in the trees, enjoy our favorite musical artists and engage in the art of conversation with friends and loved ones with ease. So, when we start to experience hearing problems, it can be shocking and upsetting.

Many people struggle to cope with hearing problems and deafness, but it is important that, if you’re going through that right now, you do get to grips with it, be proactive and make the best of the situation.

To help you with that, here are some important steps you should take as soon as you notice a degradation in your hearing:

Have a Hearing Test

If you feel like your hearing is suffering, then you simply must get a hearing test as soon as you possibly can. A professional audiologist will be able to determine if your hearing is starting to go, how bad it is and what course of action needs to be taken, whether that’s a hearing aid fitting or a simple expunging of wax from your ear canals. The sooner you know, the better it will be for your health outcome, and the sooner you will be able to come to terms with the issue.

Find Coping Strategies

If it turns out that you are experiencing irreversible hearing loss to any degree, if you want to be able to cope with it as well as possible, you will need to find coping strategies to get you through. This could be as simple as wearing a hearing aid when you’re meeting friends, to declining invitations to loud gigs that you know will make things worse, learning how to read lips or working out which environments are best avoided if you want to feel as comfortable as possible. Find what works for you and stick with it even if it sometimes inconveniences others.

Attend a Support Group

Losing your hearing can be pretty upsetting, which is why it is never a bad idea to find a local support group where you can meet up with other people who are experiencing the same thing. If you’re able to share your story with others, you will feel less alone, and the new friends you make will help you to cope because they will know exactly what it feels like too.

Don’t Isolate Yourself

Many people who experience hearing loss end up isolating themselves because they feel self-conscious about their hearing aids or they feel like they’re being a nuisance when they struggle to hear what people are saying to them. This is one of the worst things you can do because the more you lock yourself away from the real world, the more down and depressed you’re likely to get about your situation, You’re also going to be less able to adapt to your new situation if you stay locked away.

People with hearing loss and those who are deaf can live just as happy, fulfilling life as others – you just have to give yourself the opportunity to do just that.

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Wholly Recovering Body and Mind After Serious Injury

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Injuries are never good. We hope to go through life being and remaining as injury-free as possible. However, life doesn’t always have the same idea, and sometimes you will succumb to an injury that was not your fault, but you are forced to suffer through it anyway.

When this sort of thing happens, it can have detrimental effects on both body and mind. While you might tell yourself that everything is okay and that you will leap out of bed and back to the world as quickly as you can, the potential for underlying issues still lingers.

ONLY FOOLS RUSH IN

Sure, it is a cliche, but it is a cliche for a reason. Only fools rush in and end up causing a total mess of everything (okay, that is not the exact quote). But when recovering from an injury, it is good to bear in mind when considering just how ready you are.

It is uncomfortable and distressing and just mentally defeating to hold yourself back even if you feel fine after an injury. However, the body does take time to heal, and so ensuring that you do not push yourself too hard during and just after recovery will save you from any further issues later on in life.

SOUND OF MIND

While much of the pain will be concentrated to your limbs and body parts, you also need to consider the mental aspects that such injuries can cause. This is especially true if you suffered an injury doing something you love like football or climbing. The mental barrier will often need to be breached if you are to get back to how you were.

Furthermore, mental strain can be exacerbated by poor medical care, and so seeking out a medical malpractice attorney will put your mind further at ease when coming to terms with, and eventually overcoming, your issues. You expect to be taken care of in the best way possible and so discovering that something went wrong somewhere along your road to recovery means that someone needs to be held accountable.

GETTING BACK TO NORMAL

It may take a while, but you will be able to get back to normal. This, however, will not happen overnight and you need to ensure that you can surround yourself with a group of supportive friends and family to make getting back to real life more comfortable.

There might be times where you believe you can’t do something, or an event or location brings back bad memories. It is okay to feel nervous during these times, and you should ensure that you do not push yourself, nor let anybody else push you if you do not want to.

WHOLE AGAIN

As with most things in life, recovering wholly takes time. But remembering to take it slow, to not rush in, and to ensure that you are in the right place mentally will make your transition back to work or play or merely just outside much, much easier. It is only natural to still feel the sting of your issues at first, but keeping a strong head to go with that strong body will get you back to normal in no time at all.

6 Rubbish Truths About Being A Woman That Women Won’t Talk About

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Us women know we have to stick together. It’s a fact and one that is coming to light a little bit more in the wake of some massive movements that demand equality. However, there are still a bunch of things about being a woman that us women don’t tell other women enough. Okay, so if you’re a fan of Caitlin Moran then this isn’t so much of a problem because there is a woman that isn’t afraid to tell you like it is. But even she isn’t the answer to all the silent struggles faced by women everywhere.

Now, don’t get our intentions all mixed up and cross-wired because we’re not here to save the day and talk you through every big-slash-little ache that women feel and think they feel alone. Instead, what we’re going to (try and) do is tell you a few things about being a woman that most other women are too embarrassed/ashamed/worried/anxious to tell you firsthand.

Think of us at that oversharing friend that you are embarrassed to take to a restaurant but absolutely love hanging out with at home. That’s us. That’s who we are.

  1. Say The Word Feminism Proudly

Even now, with everything women have been through, ranging from the suffragette marches to the #metoo movement, we still seem a little scared to say the word ‘feminism’. It’s like we’re scared people will think we’re over-opinionated and about to launch into some crazed and passionate rant about how great we think we are, and how much better we are than others. In that sense, it’s similar to saying you’re an environmentalist or, to a lesser extent, a vegan. But the point is this: the world needs you to say these words with pride. The world is resting on your shoulders – it’s the legacy we should all try and leave behind – and that’s because feminism and environmentalism and veganism could all save the world.

  1. Don’t Be Scared Of That Woman Thing

As you can tell from this subheading, just writing the word period slightly freaks us out, and this seems to be the general consensus, even with women that are over the age of forty-two. How is this possible? Simple. Just because you are a woman that has been a woman for a long time doesn’t mean being a woman is a walk in the park. It doesn’t matter how many times you have faced the trauma of a period, it still comes as a total bloody surprise (excuse the pun). It’s not just the fact it happens either. It’s the fact you get really bad acne before periods, and that you don’t know when it is going to happen even though you kinda know when it is going to happen. Trying to explain all that womby-stuff to ourselves is hard enough, but to a man, wow, what comparison is there? Leaking a rank liquid – let’s say espresso coffee – from your bits, once a month, for the next three decades. Exactly.

  1. It’s Girlfriends Over Boyfriends

Let’s get one thing straight here: us girls would prefer to have deeper relationships with our boyfriends than our girlfriends, but it doesn’t work like that. It just doesn’t. Us girls have far deeper relationships with one another than we will ever have with a man and that’s because only girls know what it is like being a girl; the hardships, the exhaustion, the constant expectations we have to shoulder and live with. Girls can cry in front of other girls about anything and not get judged by some misunderstanding person that only has preconceived stereotypes to fall back on as a means of understanding. Girls can be open with girls. There is no judging one another or thinking we are being silly about something trivial. And that is something we haven’t been able to find with men, yet, or even a man. It’s a total bitch.

  1. Answering The Biological Clock Question

It’s the worst. It really is. But the worst part is this: there is no right answer. You could lock yourself away in a closet with a thick notepad, a pen and a torch for a week and still not come up with an answer that will please you or anyone else, especially now that most women aren’t having children in their (cough) “childbearing years”. But of course we aren’t. Right now, we do the childhood thing, go to school, go to college and then get a job to support ourselves financially and, at some point during all of this, we’re meant to be able to find a man that we can spend the rest of our lives with. Yes, that’s the simplistic version, but the detailed one is no better because, let’s be honest, not many of us are meeting men between the ages of 21 and 28 that are ready for that part of their lives. Men don’t want kids at the time we are going through our “childbearing years” and, if they do want them, they aren’t in a financial position to have them. Understand this and you can understand just how tricky this whole question is.

  1. The Humiliation Is Tiring

It really is. From the moment you became an adult – and sometime before – we have to endure getting wolf-whistled as we walk the streets, we have to put up with that weird uncle telling us we’ll be a heartbreaker when we’re older, we have to pretend to smile when people say we’re big-boned and all of it is tiring. But what is even more tiring is the fact nothing can help us. Not even fame and fortune, something we have seen with our female idols getting ripped apart in the media for doing nothing other than being human. “Ooooo, look how much weight so-and-so has put on” or “they must have gotten their eggs frozen”. It’s all total bull, as is all the leaked photos and sex-tapes getting put up for sale and whatnot. It’s as if being a woman is cause for humiliation a lot of the time and that, as you can probably feel, is absolutely knackering. As is all the stuff we went through above – from the delicate feminism thing to the biological clock thing. So, if you feel this way, don’t worry, we all do, and if we keep thinking like this then hopefully it will change.

  1. Stop Being Scared Of Being A Burden

This is another one of those painfully delicate parts of being a woman. It’s this idea that women should be more doormattish and less of a burden or, in all honesty, less of anything. Don’t follow this idea. In fact, shun with all of your might. You have every right to tell people what you want and how you feel and to ask questions. Men do and so should you. If you don’t then, the reality is, no one will know what it is you are after in life. It could be asking your lover to define what your relationship is or where they see it going. It could be asking your spouse to help fund your passion so that you can turn it into a legitimate business. It could be something as simple as asking the mechanic that just fixed your car to itemise your bill so that you can see why it cost as much as it did. And, come on, you’ve gotta ask your boss about your future at that company. These sorts of questions do not make you a burden, they make you an assertive human. They make you normal and reasonable and all of that sort of stuff.

Houses for rent in Hawaii

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Sun, a gorgeous weather, the sea, and its breeze right outside your door, fine sand, palm trees, and cocktails, what more do you need to have the perfect vacation? Yes, you will need someplace where you can stay, a location that will have everything ready prior to your arrival, which is also capable of providing the amount of comfort and luxury we need. Because Hawaii is one of the most sought-after exotic locations out there, we will have a look at accommodation options and the beauty of enjoying a vacation in this gorgeous archipelago, located in the Pacific Ocean. If you are interested in houses for rent in Hawaii, then you should know that you have more than enough options to choose from, luxurious and elegant retreats that will allow you to have the time of your life.

Why should you choose a house for rent rather than just checking into a hotel? First of all, when renting a house and living in it, the experience will make you feel like one of the locals. Wouldn’t you like feeling like one of the lucky people that actually live in Hawaii throughout the year or like those celebrities that own luxurious properties on the islands? You’re going to enjoy a more intimate and cozy vacation this way, having all the privacy you need, something that you will rarely find in the formal environment of a hotel, no matter how well decorated it is. Believe it or not, there are quite a few luxurious villas and vacation houses that you can rent, together with your friends and family, and spend an unforgettable time in Hawaii.

Secondly, renting a house in Hawaii for the duration of your stay will give you perks that cannot be offered by a hotel room. For example, you can step right on the beach once you get out the door, if you choose the right house, of course. It will be like having a piece of heaven in your backyard, at your disposal around the clock. The best part about having a beach next to the house you rented is that it won’t be filled with tourists. These are private beaches that belong to the people that own the house, so when you rent the house, you also rent that patch of beach that will offer the privacy, peace, and quiet you need during your vacation. Also, you will definitely appreciate having your own private pool and terrace, where you can lounge and relax without having to share this place with people you don’t know. After all, most of us go on vacations in order to unwind, forgetting about dress codes, makeup, hairstyles, and so on, no needing eyes that stare at us while we sip our favorite cocktail or ice frape while still looking sleepy.

So, depending on how many bedrooms you need, you can easily rent your ideal Hawaiian house. You can find luxurious properties that have 2 bedrooms, for a more cozy and intimate vacation, large villas that have 8 bedrooms, and everything in between, so there is a place for anyone that wishes to enjoy an authentic Hawaiian experience. Also, each has its own set of amenities and may be located on various islands around Hawaii, so it is definitely worth checking more than one offer, just to make sure that you will get what you dream about. Because the accommodation is such an important part of your vacation, having the power to ruin it or to make it unforgettable, it is definitely worth investing in something that will make you feel like home and provide all the comfort you need. Thus, regardless if you plan to visit Hawaii with your family or friends, now you can rent a gorgeous house on the islands, and see what it really feels to live in this exotic paradise.

The trend of renting private properties rather than opting for hotel rooms is starting to enjoy more and more popularity, as tourists prefer adding a more a more personal note to their vacation, feeling more like at home rather than guests in a hotel. A house for rent gives them the chance to enjoy coffee and breakfast when they want, have their own pool, terrace, garden, kitchen, living and entertaining area, and so on. While it is true that you can find most of these in a 5-star hotel, it is not the same thing. No one will bother you during your stay and you will have the degree of intimacy you need. You will actually have the chance to live like a local and feel what it’s like to have a house in such a location. So, no wonder people redirect their attention toward this kind of properties. If you are already thinking to spend your vacation in Hawaii in this manner, you’d better book your favorite house as soon as possible, before someone else will book it. This way, you make sure that you’ll enjoy the magic of the Hawaiian Islands in the best way possible and in conditions that will make you want to stay there forever.

If you didn’t think that vacations in Hawaii can get any better, now you know that they can. Find houses for rent in Hawaii and choose the one that will make you feel spoiled while offering the degree of comfort and privacy you need for a perfect vacation, and you will definitely have an experience you will want to repeat as soon as possible.

What to wear to the races

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Horse races have quite a long tradition in the UK, being not just a sports event but also a social event where everybody display’s their best attires. So, if you plan to attend the coming horse racing event, stirred by the betting odds released by WilliamHill or simply because you want to enjoy the occasion, you need to know what to wear. Believe it or not, horse races are rather sophisticated events, where, regardless of how appropriate it may seem, you cannot wear a casual attire. Yes, you are going to walk on grass and dirt, but you need to display a flawless attire, suitable for a lady like yourself, so you may want to follow the pieces of advice listed below.

  • Choose the right dress

Before you choose the dress you will wear at such an event, you need to know that there is a dress code you need to respect. If this is not enough, each horse race may have its own dress code, so make sure you check this first. It is enough to access the website of the horse race that interest you and you’ll find there the information concerning the accepted dress code. But, as a general rule, short dresses should be avoided, as mid-length ones are more suitable. They should not be embellished with sequins or be too cropped, and they should not allow your underwear to be seen. So make sure you assort the underwear with the color of your dress.

  • Don’t forget about the hat

Hats are elegant accessories, so if you always wanted to wear one, but never had the chance to do so, a horse race is the best occasion. Again, check the website of the race to see if there are any specifications concerning the hat particularities that are accepted. But, whatever you do, choose a hat that will flatter your attire and body size and shape. For example, if you are not too tall, a hat shaped like a mushroom will make you look even shorter. Never choose the hat and then the dress, as it may turn out to be more complicated. It is easier to find the dress first and then find the hat that is right for it.  

  • And yes, you must wear heels

It may not seem like such a good idea to wear heels somewhere where walking on grass may be involved, but horse races are all about elegance, so you will have to make this sacrifice and leave your practical sense at home. Of course, you can avoid walking on grass, for the sake of your shoes, and only do it if there’s no other way. Concerning the heels, make sure they are clean and that they do not present any scratches or scruffs. You will be very well analyzed by the rest of the participants at the race, so you need to protect your image. But, even so, it is not a good idea to wear new shoes at a horse race, as you’ll end up with painful blisters. Try breaking them in by wearing the shoes around the house.

  • A light makeup will be the winner in this case

The makeup you will use when getting ready for a horse race should complement your natural traits and not cover your face. You are not going to a nightclub, so forget about smoky eyes and bright red lipstick. If the day will be sunny, your makeup will be even more visible, an extra reason to opt for something light, like rosy blush and pastel eyeshadows. And if you really want to have a flawless appearance, ask the help of a hairdresser to match your hairstyle and hat in a way that will make you look amazing and chic.

What To Do If You Have An Accident At Work

Having an accident at work can put you in a really difficult position. If you’re off for a while then you’ll struggle financially and being stuck at home all of the time can take its toll on you emotionally. But you can make the whole process a lot easier if you take the right steps in the days and weeks after the accident happens. Here is a step by step guide that you should follow in the event of an accident in the workplace.

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Report It

It’s important that you report it right away so your employer can start to do everything that they need to in this situation. It can take a bit of time for them to sort out sick pay etc. and the longer you wait before telling them, the more likely you are to be left without money. It’s also important that they are made aware of any dangers around the office, otherwise, somebody else might get injured in the same way. You’ll also need solid records of the incident if you’re going to make a claim and that’s a lot more difficult if you report it later on.

Make A Claim

If you sustain a serious injury like a spinal injury, for example, you’re going to be out of action for a while. If the accident happened because of negligence on the company’s part, you’re eligible to make a claim. Get in touch with spinal cord injury lawyers to find out what you’re entitled to. This compensation money will be such a huge help if you end up being out of work for an extended period. It can be a lengthy process so make sure that you get it started right away before your sick days run out.

Take Photos

By the time that your claim process is underway, a lot of the physical signs of damage might have faded. Your employer can then use that as a way to play down the serious nature of the injury. To avoid that happening, it’s important that you take photos of your own injuries as a record. If the accident happened because of a danger in the workplace, it’s important that you get good photos of that to document it as well. If you don’t, your employer is likely to fix whatever the problem is and then they can deny that the accident was their fault. If you can’t prove that you were injured through somebody else’s fault, you might not be able to make a claim at all.

See A Doctor

When you’re trying to document your injuries, your word doesn’t carry a huge amount of weight in a court of law because you aren’t an expert. You may claim that your injuries are serious but you need an expert opinion to back that up. You should see a doctor right away anyway get any treatment that you need but while you’re there, ask them to do a full report of your injuries and how it will affect your ability to work. This information will be vital when you’re trying to make a claim for compensation further down the line.

Keep A Diary

One of the main things that affects how much money you’re entitled to when you make a claim is the long-term effects of the injury. Any permanent damage will seriously boost the amount that you’ll get. To keep a good record of this, you should write a daily diary of your symptoms and your ability to carry out normal day to day tasks. Don’t just focus on work either, think about how it hinders you when you’re in the home as well. You can use this diary as evidence when you’re making your compensation claim. In this diary, you should also keep a note of the financial impact and any loss of earnings that might make life difficult for you because that will all be taken into account as well.

Find A Reliable Colleague

A lot of things will change while you’re out of work which can make the transition difficult when you come back. You should find a reliable colleague that can keep you up to speed with any major changes in the company that you need to be aware of. They’ll also be able to take on some aspects of your work, with your advice, so you don’t end up getting pushed out by a new employee that comes in to cover you while you’re off.

Take these steps as soon as you’ve suffered an injury and the whole process will be hassle free.

Control The Mold Before It Controls You!

We’re in the part of the year where the temperatures plummet and ice and snow are prevalent. We may be rid of the summer time bugs, but there’s other nasties out there that are present in the winter months and one of those nasties is mold. Dark nights, cold and damp weather and the formation of ice outside means the heating goes on and we no longer open the windows. Not doing this means that the quality of the air in the home drops and mold has the chance to creep right in.

Mold loves humidity, and with the heating being on and the windows being closed, you couldn’t get more humid if you tried! Proper ventilation is exactly what your home needs to avoid mold, and where you may have already installed flooring like DMX 1-STEP, which maximises air circulation for a healthier home, you need to consider other ventilation options. Obviously, you don’t want to leave windows open all the time when the temperatures are below zero, but there are plenty of preventative measures that you can take to stop the growth of mold in your living space.

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  1. Where you can, dry your clothes outside. It’s not going to happen in the winter; all you’ll achieve is frozen trousers! But drying clothes inside can cause condensation to form if the place you are hanging wet clothes is not properly ventilated. Make sure your washer and dryer are both properly ventilated, and try to keep clothes in a specific space, like a conservatory. This way, you can throw open the windows to that room while keeping your house closed off and warm.
  2. If you have family members who smoke, ban smoking from inside the house. Those toxins in the smoke clouds rise and reduce the air quality in the house, which also linger and can cause mold in the walls. Smoking shouldn’t be happening anyway, but if possible, smokers should always be outside.
  3. Regularly having your carpets shampooed could be a cause of mold in the flooring, but if you are getting them dried properly, you shouldn’t have a problem. There are plenty of nasties that live in the carpets and if you have ensured that your carpets are shampooed correctly, you can get rid of them far easier. Try and avoid the installation of carpets in rooms that have sinks like bathrooms and kitchens. Laminate flooring is a far better idea if you can, as you can avoid the floors becoming wet.
  4. Using mold removal products on a regular basis is a smart plan for keeping mold out of your home. You may not even see mold, but prevention is better than a cure and if you can input mold cleaners into your regular cleaning schedule, then you can see the differences in your home all the time.

You’ll always notice if coloured mold sets into your home, because you’re preventing it from occurring in the first place. Control the mold in your home, so that it doesn’t overtake and control you.