What You Should Know About Age-Related Hearing Loss

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Most people will experience some level of hearing loss as they grow older. Age-related hearing loss, also known as presbycusis, is one of the most common conditions affecting elderly adults, with approximately one-third of the United States older than 75 experiencing presbycusis.

Unfortunately, those who suffer from hearing loss have difficulty heeding to warnings, hearing doorbell and reacting to smoke alarms. It can also make daily life less enjoyable as conversations can be frustrating. If you or someone you know is suffering from age-related hearing loss, there are a few things you should know to help cope with the condition.

Why do you experience age-related hearing loss?

There are many factors that can cause hearing loss due to age including high blood pressure, diabetes and medications that are toxic to the sensory cells. Most often, those who suffer from age-related hearing loss also experience some noise-induced hearing loss, which is caused by long-term exposure to sounds that are too loud or long lasting.

How do I know if I have age-related hearing loss?

There are a number of ways to identify if you have a hearing problem including:

  • Difficulty hearing co-workers, clients or customers
  • Frustration when talking to family members
  • Restrictions or limitations due to hearing issues
  • Problems hearing the TV or radio at adequate noise levels
  • Embarrassment meeting new people because you struggle to hear

How can I prevent age-related hearing loss?

While there is no hard and fast way to prevent age-related hearing problems, you can protect your ears from sounds that are too loud and too long lasting at a young age. Sources of potentially damaging noises include loud music, lawn mowers, snowmobiles, firearms and leaf blowers.

What should I do if I have a hearing problem?

If you believe you’re suffering from hearing loss you should see a doctor who can determine why you’re having trouble hearing. Your doctor may send you on to an ear, nose, throat and neck doctor or another hearing professional called an audiologist. Audiologists are often trained to identify and measure the level of your hearing loss. Some audiologists may be able to fit you for a hearing aid which can be worn in or behind the ear to help you hear better.

If you think you may be suffering from hearing loss of any level, consider visiting Denton Regional Urgent Care. Physicians at Denton Regional Urgent Care are trained in urgent care, so you will receive the care you need in a timely manner.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.

4 Hidden Health Dangers Of The Gym

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No one will argue that exercise is essential to living a healthy life. While there are a number of places to exercise, the gym is a common place to get in a great workout. However, before you visit the gym again, be sure you’re aware of dangers hiding at the gym.

Locker Rooms: While most locker rooms appear to be clean, they are extremely susceptible to antibacterial-resistant superbugs, such as MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus), due to the chemicals used to clean the locker rooms. Unfortunately, something as small as a minor cut is all it takes to allow the bacteria under your skin. When you’re headed to the gym, be sure to clean and cover any cuts to prevent contracting a bacteria infection.

High-Intensity Weight Training Classes: Even for the most experienced fitness lover, high-intensity weight training classes can be dangerous. It can be hard to maintain proper form on the exercises included in these classes, especially once you begin to tire. If you want to include high-intensity weight training into your workout routine, try doing some of the exercises outside of a class at your own pace so you aren’t pressured to keep up with the rest of the group.

Spin Classes: Cycling is a great way to incorporate cardiovascular workouts into your routine; however, some instructors will incorporate movements during the class that should not be done on a bike. Classes that include push-ups, hip thrusts and hovers can put your shoulders and knees at a higher risk of injury and should be avoided on a bike.

Smoothie Bar: While smoothies can be a healthy addition to your diet, they can also be a diet disaster. Many smoothies contain sugar concentrates and highly processed protein powders. Protein bars that are typically sold at smoothie bars include high-fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners and refined sugars, which can wreck your diet.

If you’re planning to begin a workout routine for the first time in a while, it’s a good idea to get a medical examination before you start. Consider visiting Denton Regional Urgent Care for convenient hours and online check-in that provide you a quick and easy experience.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.

What to Expect From a Back-to-School Physical

iStock_74620519_LARGE.jpgWhile school physicals may not be at the top of the back-to-school checklist, it’s a crucial part of your child’s heath care. In fact, physicals are required by many school systems as a prerequisite for participating in certain activities. If your child has concerns about what their back-to-school physical will entail, it’s smart to fill them in on what they can expect to help calm their nerves.

  • Routine Physical: In order to document your child’s progress the past year, the nurse will measure their height and weight, blood pressure and pulse. Additionally, the provider will check your child’s heart, abdomen, lymph nodes, skin, eyes, ears, nose and throat.
  • Review of Medical History: Your child’s medical history will also be updated during the physical and the provider will usually want to discuss any medications he or she is taking or has previously taken. You will likely be asked about any illnesses, surgeries or hospital visits your child has experienced the past yeas as well.
  • Printed Assessment: Before you leave the doctor’s office or clinic, you should receive an updated report of your child’s stats and immunization records for yourself and the school to keep on file.

Physicals vary from school to school, but most local doctor’s offices will often have your school’s physical form on file. Open late into the evening and on the weekends, Denton Regional Urgent Care makes it easy to get a school physical at your convenience.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.

Are expired foods safe?

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Everyone’s been there. The expiration date on that jar of mayonnaise or box of pasta is past due, but you really don’t want to run to the grocery store while you’re in the middle of cooking dinner.  Many people will sniff, poke and taste test food to see if it’s “good,” none of which are the approved way of checking for freshness. So how do you know if your expired foods are safe to eat?

Learn what the dates actually mean.

If you see the term “expiration date,” it means the food should have been consumed before this date. Often there will be a “sell by” date on the label, indicating to the store how long the product should be for sale. If you see a “best if used by (or before)” date, this refers to quality, but not safety and is recommended for best flavor.

But are foods safe to consume?

There are a few basic rules regarding when food is still safe to eat. Keep the following rules in mind the next time you’re unsure whether or not to eat those eggs or drink that milk.

  • Milk is safe to consume for a week after the “sell by” date.
  • Assuming you bought eggs by the “sell by” date, they are OK to eat for up to 5 weeks after you’ve brought them home.
  • Poultry and seafood should be cooked or frozen within two days of purchase.
  • Beef and pork need to be cooked or frozen within five days of being bought.
  • While highly acidic foods, such as tomato sauce, can be kept for up to 18 months, low-acid foods like green beans in a can are actually good for up to five years. Canned goods should not be kept in a hot place such as a garage or warehouse.

Practice food safety tips when possible.

Whenever you are shopping, be sure to check the expiration date. Foods that are past their expiration date should not be purchased. Perishable foods should be taken home as soon as possible and refrigerated immediately. If a perishable food won’t be consumed within its recommended time, it should be frozen. Foods that are frozen are safe for an indefinite amount of time.

If you believe you or someone in your family has suffered an illness due to an expired food, you should seek medical attention immediately. Consider visiting Denton Regional Urgent Care for convenient hours and online check-in that provide you a quick and easy experience.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.

5 Low-Calorie Drinks To Enjoy This Summer

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During a warm summer day, there is nothing quite as refreshing as a cold drink to cool you down. Whether it’s iced tea or something fruitier, a cool drink by the pool or on the patio with friends is a summer staple. However, if you’re trying to keep that summer body in shape, it’s important to limit the amount of sugar and calories you drink.

Below are five low-calorie drinks that will let you enjoy yourself without the guilt this summer.

  1. Strawberry Lemonade: Nothing says cool like lemonade. Although most lemonade recipes are very high in both calories and sugar, you can make a few modifications to create a much lighter drink. This recipe uses fresh strawberries, freshly squeezed lemon juice and agave for a refreshing upgrade to a summer classic.
  2. Pina Colada Smoothie: This recipe offers a lighter take on a vacation favorite. Using lite coconut milk, pineapple chunks and honey, the pina colada smoothie tastes just like the real thing with fewer than half the calories.
  3. Southern Style Iced Tea: In the South, iced tea is a must have during the summertime. While unsweetened tea has zero calories, sweetened tea can seriously expand the waistline. At only 49 calories per serving, the southern style iced tea includes green tea bags, honey, lemon and fresh mint leaves for a perfect summertime drink.
  4. Pomegranate Juice: With only three ingredients, this recipe is a game changer. Sugar-free pomegranate juice, sparkling seltzer water and lemon make up sparkling pomegranate–sure to be your new summer favorite!
  5. Cucumber Mint Water: For something simple to sip on, this cucumber mint water recipe is as easy as it is delicious. With three ingredients–cucumbers, lime and mint–this healthy drink will keep you refreshed and beach ready throughout the summer.

For more healthy tips this summer, be sure to check in on the Denton Regional Urgent Care blog regularly.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.