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A Brief Insight Into Invisible Hearing Aids

In the past hearing aids were considered to be unattractive and one might of felt embarrassed by having to wear one. They didn’t appeal to the eye in anyway as they were large, bulky, uncomfortable and in some instances even unmanageable.

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There used to be a negative connotation associated with having a hearing impairment and the need to having to wear a hearing aid. Most of these negative views and attachments are as a result of the old model hearing aids that are described in the paragraph above.

In the past,it was common for people to deny the fact that they may have been suffering from hearing difficulty. This was all because of the stigma that was attached to hearing aids and how they were perceived by a lot of people. People were very self conscious about having to wear a hearing aid, and they feared that their lives would change in a negative way because of it.

Fortunately, modern technology has made all that a thing of the past. The chunky and ugly hearing aids from the past have now been replaced by small and sleek instruments. These instruments are top class and provide users with a polished sound with very little ease.

The hearing instrument industry spends millions of pounds each year on research and development. Probably their most advanced and exciting creation to date is the invisible hearing aids device. This type of hearing aid is made up of many tiny devices that are worn and concealed completely inside the ear. This ground breaking technology banishes away all the negative thoughts about having to wear a hearing aid. The hearing aid is virtually invisible to the outside world.

Invisible hearing aids are the perfect choice for many people in many different situations. Audiologists will provide patients with information and tailored advice that adhere to their own personal case.

Other hearing aid options include instruments that are digital, water-resistant or wireless. Patients need to be aware of the different options that are available to them and be informed of the pros and cons that are associated with each option. Again, an audiologist will assist patients in the selection process of choosing the correct one to meet their specific needs and wants.

Nowadays, wearing a hearing aid is nothing to feel embarrassed about. There are so many options available today and patients can feel more content about getting the help and guidance that they need. The beauty of modern technology allows patients to wear an invisible hearing aid without anyone else even knowing that it’s there!

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Different Types of Stairlifts

If you are a sufferer with mobility problems and need a stairlift to help you up and down, then there are a number of different models available for you to consider. The main problem people face with these things is actually knowing which ones are right both for them, and their homes.

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This article will hopefully set you straight(no pun intended) with which stairlift is the right choice for you, and also a quick rundown of the different types.

The straight stairlift is the most common one used today. It’s designed to be used on stairs that have no curves and go straight up and down. No matter how small or steep the stairs are, these models can be fitted to them.

A reconditioned stairlift can be a wise choice if they person that needs it cannot afford a new one. A good reconditioned unit should come complete with a warranty for labour and parts. However this type of stairlift may not suit all types of stairs, so you need to make sure that it will fit properly first.

If you only need a stairlift for a short duration of time, then you should think about renting one. This will work out much cheaper, and you can rent them for a period of weeks or months. Therefore, you’ll only need it for when you have someone staying for a duration of time.

Some older houses have narrower staircases which makes practical stair lifts a bit of a problem. Ease of access can be difficult in these type of houses.

Did you know that there are also stairlifts that are made for the outdoors? They’re not just limited to indoor use. They are basically the same as their indoor counterparts, except that they have full waterproof seats and can take a battering from the weather.

Some people have also problems bending their knees into a sitting position. So you’ll be glad to know that there’s a perch stairlift that has a small seat which allows the user to stand while he/she is transported to the top or bottom. Obviously these stairlifts come with safety belts as well.

For users who are wheelchair bound and unable to get out of it easily, then there are stairlifts that have a platform so that they can easily get on and off when they want to.

An alternative to the platform, is a floor life. This can bring the wheelchair through the roof of the room up in the next one.

There are many options out there for stairlifts.

 

 

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4 Tips for Slimming Down Your Diet

There are so many diet and exercise plans circulating around, many of which claim that you must spend extra time in the gym to get the body you’ve always dreamed of. But how many of us actually have all that extra time in our day in between work, school, meetings, social engagements and everything else going on in life? The fact is, you can lose weight and maintain a great body with just a moderate amount of exercise (just 30 minutes, 3-4 times a week!) And that doesn’t have to be in a gym, either; simply go for a walk, bike ride, a hike on the weekend or another sport you enjoy. The number one way to lose weight is through your diet, so in the meantime, implement these simple diet tips to slim down your body:

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Stop Comfort Eating

Are you familiar with the late-night fridge run? You know, the one where you stand in the kitchen scooping out ice cream to eat covertly in bed because obviously, late-night calories don’t count. Or how about that movie binge where you pig out on popcorn, chocolate and soda right before bed? The fact is, late-night eating can be fun but it’s a nightmare for your waistline. The problem here is that when you eat late at night, you do no activity afterwards so all those calories just sit in your gut when you go to sleep. Your body must work extra hard to burn those off and when you wake up, chances are you gulp down breakfast before you even have a chance to burn off everything you ate the night before. It’s a straight shot to weight gain. So stop eating after dinner, preferably 2-3 hours before bed, and you’ll start to notice you’re feeling and looking healthier.

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Reduce Alcohol

Alcohol is a huge source of empty calories, and the worst part is, most of them go straight to your belly as fat! So if you want to slim down quickly, simply cutting out alcohol for awhile will make a huge difference. When you do bring it back, just drink in moderation. Not only is alcohol full of empty calories, but it reduces your inhibitions which makes you binge out on totally unhealthy foods (drunken munchies, anyone?) So skip the cocktails, leave the nachos and late-night burger and slim your waistline fast.

Avoid Artificial Sweeteners

It might sound counterintuitive, but the fact is that people who regularly drink diet soda weigh more on average than those who drink no soda at all. But why? It shouldn’t matter, since diet soda has no calories…right? Well aspartame and other artificial sweeteners trick your body into thinking it’s getting calories. When those calories never come, your body begins to crave them elsewhere, and you grab for empty carbohydrates anywhere you can. So diet soda and other drinks don’t save you calories at all; they simply make you binge out on junk food later. Besides, artificial sweeteners have been linked to cancer and other horrible outcomes… so why not avoid them completely! Choose honey or agave for a natural sweetness if you must have a bit of sugar.

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Use Herbal Supplements

When used in conjunction with a diet rich in whole foods, herbal supplements can be a great way to help your body slim down. Green tea extract, for example, helps boost your body’s metabolism and burn extra calories. Take a supplement each morning to boost health right away. From vitamin supplements to herbal supplements designed for weight loss, going the natural route can have great results for your body and overall health.

 

 

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5 Reasons to Care About Dental Health

Your mouth is one of the most important parts of your body. It’s where your words come from, its how you communicate with others, and it happens to be what most people look at during conversation. There has also been growing evidence that dental health has a direct correlation with your overall health. Don’t neglect your mouth! Below are five of the top reasons to care about your teeth.

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-A Healthy Mouth Leads to a Healthy Heart

The Canadian Academy of Periodontology has conducted research that links oral inflammatory disease with a higher risk of heart disease. People with periodontal disease are twice as likely to have a fatal heart attack than those who do not. Bacteria in the gums often leads to bacteria and increased inflammation throughout the body. One of the leading factors in heart disease is inflammation. Notice the signs before its too late. Go to a dentist in Surrey for regular check ups to make sure you stay healthy.

-Gum Disease is Linked to Diabetes

Although many people know and realize that those with diabetes are more prone to gum disease, the reverse is also true. They have an affect on each other, it isn’t just a one way street. The bacteria that can develop in the gums can increase your body’s resistance to insulin and therefore elevating blood glucose levels. With diabetes rising at alarming rates around the world, it is important now more than ever to take care of your gums.

-Prevent Oral Cancer

Only half of the people diagnosed with oral cancer live longer than five years. This is a very troubling statistic. Don’t let yourself fall into this stat. At your checkups make sure that you have your dentist check all the soft tissue in your mouth, gums, tongue, cheeks, and lips for small white or black spots. These are often early signs of cancer even though they may not have any effect on you. But you also need to do your part. Brush your teeth, floss, rinse your mouth, and attend regular check ups to take all of the preventative measures you can.

-Keep Your Jaw Intact

There are many reasons that adults lose teeth. The main reason is age, but poor dental care is also a cause. This takes a negative toll on the body for many reasons. The main being, as you lose teeth your body no longer needs to support the bone that once supported those teeth. The body will slowly start to stop caring for that bone, which is your jaw. This will cause your face to sag and lead to more tooth loss. If tooth loss isn’t preventable look into dental implants. Dental implants can give you jaw the correct structure it needs to still play a role in your body. You can get dental implants in Surrey. This is a much better option than letting your mouth get away from you.

-Can Help You Lose Weight

Thats right. Dental care can help you with weight loss. If you’re trying to lose weight but are having difficulty curbing your appetite dental hygiene can help. When you brush your teeth it signals your body that food time is over. Eat a healthy meal and then brush your teeth after. This can stop you from feeling the urge to dive into a late night snack or super sweet desserts. Also, not much tastes too good after you brush your teeth. Don’t believe it? Eat an orange after the next time you brush your teeth! 

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A Day Trip to Hilversum, Netherlands

Formerly deemed the Garden of Amsterdam, Hilversum is a serene, breezy city covered in trees (660 different varieties to be exact). Situated in Noord-Holland, it is a short metro ride away from Amsterdam, a perfect afternoon respite from the urban chaos. Travelers and locals flock to Hilversum for cycling or hiking through the heathlands, forest, and lakes surrounding the area.

Below is an optimal itinerary combining food, art, and the beauty of the city. To make your way to the Netherlands, check out www.fly.co.uk for airline tickets offered at low prices.

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This award winning coffee shop brings the taste of Italy to Hilversum. Although the menu is in Dutch and the baristas have limited English, they are happy to give suggestions. I’d recommend the vegetarian goat cheese sandwich on local bread. Grab a lime green tea to go and prepare for an afternoon in the sun.

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Founded by Amsterdam bank director B.W. Blijdenstein in the 19th century, this 1.5 hectare botanical garden has gathered an extensive amount of rare and endangered trees and plants. It also contains one of the most impressive collection of conifers and other gymnosperms in the world. It is a wonderful retreat to wander around and photograph the flora.

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Modern Architecture
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W.M Dudok crafted approximately 75 buildings in the city, making the entire city feel like an open-air museum for modernist architecture. To highlight the best of his work, the W.M. Dudok Architectural Route was created. This 10km, three-hour walk takes you through several of his most important works, including his most lauded work, Hilversum Town Hall. Another eye-catching building is the 2006 built Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision. The colorful exterior is etched glass featuring important moments from Dutch television history. 

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Royal Mandarin
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As Hilversum caters primarily to the upmarket, there are a few splurge spots for fine dining. Curiously based in a historic Dutch farm, Royal Mandarin is considered to be one of the best Chinese restaurants in the country. The prices are high, but the quality of food and knowledgeable staff is comparable. Order from the Surprise Menu to allow the chef to demonstrate his best dishes.

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Whats The Deal With Cheap Timeshare Auctions?

The timeshare industry has seen better days, that’s one thing for certain. The past few years have really taken its toll for these companies, who are now finding it more difficult than ever to get customers to sign a contract.

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If you did a search lately on the likes of Ebay, you would probably have seen a few timeshare properties on sale for less than £10!! Yes, you read that correctly.

Why are sellers letting go of their stake for such a ridiculously low value?

Well, the main reason is because they are completely fed up with their money zapping timeshare contract and they want out. Another reason is that they want to get it sold quickly, so by advertising it for such a cheap price, they’ll more than likely get a windfall of interest from potential buyers online.

However, this low auction value isn’t the only expense that the new owner can expect to pay. Not by a long shot.

The seller will have to add in the cost of legal checks, the price for transferring the documents and any outstanding maintenance fees associated with the property.

This means that once you click “buy now” on Ebay, you will then be faced with these charges. This is a bad way to attract potential customers and new buyers will get stung with all these additional charges.

If you are in a position where you own a timeshare piece of real estate and you want to get it sold at a decent price without spending a fortune in the process, then contact the folk at Right ChoiceTransfer to get the ball rolling.

Potential buyers who are looking at the timeshare market on Ebay need to pay attention to what’s actually being offered with the £10 property. It’s cheap for a reason, namely the seller wants to get rid of the financial burden and pass more or less all the expenses over to the new owner.

When you purchase this timeshare on Ebay and all the legal work is completed, you will basically have to pay the maintenance fees along with any other special fees that go with it. This means that if a new roof or sewage system is required, then you’ll have to fork out for it.

Don’t let your judgement be clouded by the thoughts of a holiday home in an exotic location. There’s a lot of financial intricacies involved with owning a timeshare, so think about it wisely before you make a decision.

 

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Why You Should Have Cat Insurance

Our relationship with pets has long been a source of stress relief and fun, subtly influencing the health and lifestyle we choose for ourselves. From the loyal and energetic dog to the charming antics and companionship of a cat, the benefits of owning a pet vary as much as the domesticated animals we care for.

In particular, the cat owner tends to have a certain personality type. One that prefers the quiet independence and playfulness of a feline over the ever attention-needy dog. One that enjoys the freedom of knowing your loved one will be just fine if you choose to take that weekend trip, and is happy to wait for your return.  In respect for that relationship, we will make sacrifices (such as passing on preferable rental locations and housing) to ensure that we can honour the companionship that develops over many years.

While we may enjoy the freedom that comes with a cat, we are rarely ready to let go; especially when the unexpected happens. While most of us wouldn’t hesitate to ensure that our own medical needs are covered with health insurance, cat insurance is rarely deliberated on when budgeting for the month. Veterinary expenses can and will rapidly rise faster than you will have anticipated. Have you set aside $500 for a leg-cast? $200 for anti-inflammatories and antibiotics? How about $800 for an eye examination and treatment? $4000 for a congenital problem that requires multiple treatments?

All of these events are commonplace among the furry little animals we care about. They are also all covered by a simple medical plan for the same cost as your cat’s monthly food budget. Some plans will go so far as to pay for local advertising and a substantial reward if your cat wanders off into the concrete jungle of our civilization.

As with your own medical coverage, when considering the purchase of cat insurance, realize that what you are purchasing is the certainty of a small loss, as opposed to the possibility of a large one. The goal is not necessarily to “come out ahead.” It is for that moment, when the time comes, whether it be months or years down the road. When your little friend is in trouble and your savings could only get you part of the way there. The vet will ask the question that determines the remainder of your pet’s life, and you can answer without hesitation “yes.”

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How To Get Rid of an Unwanted Timeshare

Timeshares appeal to the vacation-lover in all of us, especially though interested in “investing” in their vacation rather than spending money each year on hotels and resorts. But although they often sound great from the offset, timeshares can be a huge headache in the long run, and more than that, a massive money-hole. You may find yourself enjoying your timeshare for a few years, only to find the exorbitant maintenance fees draining all your funds away. Or maybe you bought a timeshare in California, but then moved away and can no longer use your timeshare every year. So the next question may be: How on earth do you get out of a binding timeshare contract without losing all of your initial investment? Here are some tips for passing off your timeshare:

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Check Your Contract

The first thing you need to do is check your contract to see if you have a deeded or a leased timeshare. A deeded timeshare is ongoing, while a leased timeshare is set only for a certain number of years. If your timeshare is deeded, you are able to sell it but if it is leased, you may be unable to sell; you’ll have to continue making payments until the lease is finished.

 

Selling Once you’ve determined that you can sell your timeshare, the next step is to contact the company that manages the property. Often, they have a service that helps owners sell their timeshares. You might have to pay a percentage for the help, but it’s better than not being able to sell at all!

 

If you can’t get any help from your property manager, you can always go the individual route. Post your timeshare on websites like Craigslist or even eBay, get an idea for the market and you can gauge the price and whether people in your area are looking to buy a timeshare property. Another option is to hire a real estate agent who has a great amount of expertise in this area to help you sell your timeshare.

 

Renting

If your timeshare is in a very desirable area and you’re not exactly sure if you want to get rid of it for good, is to rent it out. This way, you’ll be making a monthly income to cover the timeshare costs and maintenance fees without losing your property completely. There are tons of websites out there that you can list your property for rent.

Trade

A final option that might work for you if you’re unable or unwilling to sell or rent your timeshare is to trade it for another location that might be more desirable or affordable. Talk to your timeshare company to find out what your options might be in this area. If all else fails, there are companies out there whose sole purpose is to assist you in getting out of a timeshare contract. Talk to Right Choice Transfer for advice and assistance in dealing with an unwanted timeshare.

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Taking Time Out For Mental Health

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“When you change your mind, you change your world.” I whole-heartedly believe this principle. As a contributor for this site, I am pleased to be a part of your journey towards physical and mental health all in the direction of fulfilling the dreams that are yours for the taking. All of the greatest possibilities and potential for our lives to be the ones that we have dreamed of, must first begin with the decision that we make between our ears. Our lives are capable of achieving what our body takes action towards, and our bodies take direction from whatever we set our mind on pursuing. As we set our thoughts, our lives must follow their lead.

It is my first goal to set out the importance of placing your mental health as a primary responsibility as laying the foundation for a fulfilling and emotionally-enriching lifestyle. There are many ways in which each person finds their path towards mental health, and reading through this website is a great stepping stone in your own unique journey. In this article, I will share some proven methods of taking care of your mind, first, so that the rest of your life can follow the track of healthy thoughts.

1) Get Away large_285892-hugecorner2bed2bathoceanviewhonuakaicondo-001-1354547292

Sometimes the best way to separate our clouded minds from the rigmarole of daily routine is by switching things up. There are countless opportunities to pursue this channel for mental health. Whether your budget allows for a weekend camping trip or the chance to take Ocean Front Luxury Vacation Rentals in Central America, the principle still holds true. I am not saying that changing location with literally allow you to dissociate your struggles from your life, but often taking some time to recharge your batteries will allow you to look at things with a healthier and more optimistic perspective. It is all in the way you look at it. If your budget allows, Ocean Front Luxury Vacation Rentals are always a sure way to spend some hard earned vacation time and regain a healthy outlook on life and keep mental health at the top of the list.

2) Get Moving running woman

The best stress reliever for me after a frustrating day while traveling is to hit the running trail or drop down and do some push-ups. This way of releasing endorphins is clearly a healthier way of elevating our mood, than to eat away our bad feelings. So, next time you are feeling down, instead of reaching for that box of chocolate or fried potato chips, put on your gym shorts, lace up your running shoes, and put on your favorite tunes.

Wherever you find yourself reading this article, I hope that it has enriched your life and renewed the importance of taking care of your thoughts and mental health, so that the rest of your life can follow suit.

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The Health Benefits of Onions

I’m obsessed with onions. And there’s a good reason:  not only do they bring lots of flavor to my food, but also onions are chock full of health benefits.  Although they may make me cry in the kitchen, they are my best friends. Here’s why.

Onions and the heart
The more onions in a person’s diet, better signs of cardiovascular health and anti-heart disease factors were seen in their blood. Eating raw onions increases levels of HDL cholesterol, considered the “good” type of cholesterol. Even a small amount of onion daily can drop total blood cholesterol levels and triglycerides. They can also lower blood pressure. Onions, cooked or raw, serve to work as an anticoagulant, preventing unwanted blood clots and thinning the blood.

Onions and detoxification of the body
Organic sulfur compounds in onions can be used to detoxify the body, especially heavy metals, like mercury. The Vitamin C in onions can remove the lead, arsenic and cadmium from the body.

Onions and cancer
The stronger flavored onions, such as New York bold and western yellow, contain more antioxidants than other onion types, which provide additional benefits. Preliminary studies have shown that these types of onions can eliminate free radicals, which have been known to increase our susceptibility to diseases, especially cancer. In a test tube study, onion extract destroyed tumor cells and in another study implementing rats, stopped tumor cell growth.

Onions and bones
Studies with rats have shown that onions help maintain and can even increase our bone density.  This is especially good news for those women suffering from bone density loss while in the menopausal age. The sulfur in onions helps in the production of the connective tissues, tendon and cartilage. Tendons are particularly important as they attach bones to muscles. Onions are also a great source of flavonoid polyphenols, which aid in the increased production of oesteoblasts, or bone-building cells.

Other onion health benefits
The chromium in onions regulates and lowers blood sugar, while prolonging the life span of insulin. It has also been known to treat asthma by helping to relax the bronchial muscle. Due to the presence of allicin and the flavonoid quercetinin in onions, they contain antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and anti fungal properties. The antimicrobial qualities on onions have been seen to prevent bacterial infections related to gum disease and tooth cavity formation. To see the anti-inflammatory properties of onions in action place onion juice or raw slices on a bee sting or minor kitchen burn and it will stop the swelling and reduce the pain.

Onion magic at work. Now that you’ve been informed on the wonderful benefits of onions, try to eat some daily!