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Testing, Testing 123: Phlebotomy Basics

When my mother underwent chemotherapy, we spent a lot of time visiting the phlebotomy lab for blood testing. I was always impressed by how easily the phlebotomist was able to find and puncture a vein to draw blood on the first try. I knew there had to be a method to it, and was astounded by how effortless and painless they made the process. It led me to research a lot about blood tests, from drawing to the actual screening. I've created this site to share what I've learned in the hopes of teaching others. The more you understand, the more control you can have over your own health care.



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Testing, Testing 123: Phlebotomy Basics

Dealing With Your Hearing Loss

by Francisco Arnold

The aging process can prove to be trying at times. There's no use in getting depressed when you find yourself suffering from hearing loss. The truth is that as many elderly people grow older, they are apt to experience hearing loss. Once you find out that you are not hearing as well as you used to, it's time to arrange a consultation with an audiologist, your ENT physician, or your primary care physician in order to discuss hearing aids. 

Audiologist Care

If you decide to be seen by an audiologist, the audiologist will examine your ear and perform tests that determine the degree of hearing loss you've suffered. Once you undergo the hearing test, then a treatment plan will be created for you. Since some audiologists work in ENT clinics, you might also be examined by an ENT physician conjointly with the audiologist.

Audiologist And ENT Input

Before hiring an audiologist, think about hiring one who has experience with your kind of hearing loss. The audiologist should be able to offer different hearing aid brands and associated technology that you can choose. Your ENT physician is a source who knows quite a bit about hearing aids. You can ask this physician about what kind of hearing aid is best for you. In fact, both the audiologist and your ENT doctor should jointly agree on what's the best hearing aid for you.

Fitting Information

It's important to get the right fit when you're trying on hearing aids. Don't impulsively purchase the device without obtaining a 30-day clause that ensures you a choice of returning the hearing aid if it doesn't fit right. Fitting the right device is time-consuming. You should also understand at the outset that it's not unusual for you to feel that your hearing is probably worse since you started wearing the device. It's a new device, and your brain must adjust and recognize it. So, it takes time for your brain to organize the new sounds of the hearing aid.

Settings Adjustment

 If you have a complex hearing loss, you might have to return to the audiologist's office to have settings on the device updated. That means you might have to return for several visits until all the settings are in sync. If problems persist, your audiologist might have to switch you to wearing a different kind of hearing aid device. Be that as it may, you will eventually dismiss any negative feelings you've had about your hearing loss. Your communication with others will get better, and you certainly don't have to withdraw and avoid social gatherings. Your hearing aid works wonders for you, and soon you'll be a social butterfly.