Going On Long Trips With Hearing Concerns?

Going On Long Trips With Hearing Concerns?

Going on long travel trips when you have hearing problems pours water on your parade. You want to have fun and see the world just like everybody else, but the sounds of large crowds, traffic and winds are all too much for some people. In the home you have a controlled environment so you can control the level of noise. When you’re out in public and especially tourist traps, you have to find new ways of coping. Having hearing problems while in large crowds, can result in headaches, orientation issues and sometimes anxiety attacks. It’s best that you plan for whatever may come on your trip rather than giving up on the idea altogether. Here are a few ways you can protect your ears and enjoy crowded spaces and other great sight locations.

The thicker the better

If you have really sensitive ears, not even basic ear plugs will be enough sometimes. However, you can utilize technology from the sport shooting world to help you adjust the level of sound that goes into your ear. With electronic headphones you have lightweight sound protection from even the loudest noises. These headphones are used in shooting competitions and various competitive firearms tournaments. You set the db rating on your headphones and when a sound goes higher than those levels the headphones will automatically block that sound out. For example, if you don’t want to hear a noise louder than 85db, the headphones will allow any noise below that level to be heard. But if it’s over that level, you’ll hear very little of that sound or none at all.

The longer the better

The one thing you don’t want to be without when on long trips is your hearing aid. It’s the least amount of ear protection you can get and still have your ears and head feel normal. So you never want to be out of batteries while you’re out seeing them world. Instead of taking lots of batteries with you if you click here you’ll find some of the best batteries for modern hearing aids. There are four different types to choose from and each of them are color coded. The blue is a zinc-air battery and designed to work for behind-the-ear hearing aids. These batteries can last up to 20 days at a time while the others hover around the 10-13 days mark. If your trip is for 2 to 3 weeks, these blue (BTE) batteries are the type that you should pack; if you have the right kind of hearing aid, of course.

Avoid the crowd

With just a little planning you can avoid the large crowds at the most popular tourist attractions. Plan to go on the trip not during the holiday season, go during the weekdays and get their early. Whatever kinds of locations you’re planning on visiting, always try to avoid the crowds and not put yourself in a situation where your hearing condition will cause you trouble.

Don’t confine yourself within your home when you have a hearing condition. You can wear electronic headphones that can shut out sounds that are very loud so you’re always within your safe range.

Top Tips To Help Elderly Family Members

Top Tips To Help Elderly Family Members

Age happens. A natural part of life that nobody can beat. As people age, things change. Certain actions aren’t as easy as they used to be. When this happens it can be immensely frustrating for the individual. It can also be distressing for the younger family too. There are ways you can help. Ways you can make an impact to help them live their lives as close as they used to before. Some are more time consuming than others but the trick is to manage your time with other family members so you can all take it in turns. Although their body might be slowing down, it doesn’t always mean their quality of life has to deteriorate. Here are a few tips that can get you started.

Get The Specialist Help They Need

It can be one thing to take it upon yourself to help out, but it’s supremely important to understand that in certain situations you may need specialist help. The individual may not want it either, perhaps because they’re scared or don’t like visiting medical professionals. In the same vain, you need to understand when they need care from a professional instead of a devoted family member. This doesn’t have to be full time residential care. You could consider a nursing home alternative if they didn’t want to go full time. Think of the smaller things that could make their life better. Getting a hearing aid, going to an eye doctor to ensure they can read and see properly. These things all need specialist help but it’s help that can make an enormous difference to their life.

Be Ready To Drive Them Around

Losing the freedom of the road must be a massive blow to anyone. After spending a life on the road, having that taken from you is pretty jarring. Help negate this a little by offering to take them out when they want. Again, manage this with other family members so you can all take it in turns. Sure, there may be buses and other public transport available but nothing beats going from A to B in the quickest of fashions. Taxis aren’t a long term solution, they cost too much to do daily.

Cook From Time To Time

It might not be possible for them to cook home cooked meals anymore, leaving them dependant on a microwave. A nice gesture could be to cook for them. You could turn this into a family event where everyone gets together, a potential source of joy for the elderly. It’s not something you could do all the time, understandably. But think about bringing them over to your home and them taking part in your own meal instead of you going to them. It’ll save you time.

Take Them Shopping

It’s a simple way to pass the time but if their mobility is impaired or hampered they might need someone to come with them. Even if it’s for groceries or the odd item of clothing, having someone with them can make all the difference. It also gets them out of the house for a while, a bit of fresh air and new scenery can make all the difference to someone who spends most of their time at home.

A Helping Hand, For Them And You: Being The Best Grandparent Possible

A Helping Hand, For Them And You: Being The Best Grandparent Possible

Being a grandparent is challenging in its own unique way. You want to be the best grandparent possible, and so, you need to find a way to look after yourself. Your grandchildren will want to run around and generally, wear you out physically and mentally. As such we have got to think about ways to keep ourselves in good shape in every capacity. So what can we do to provide a helping hand for our grandchildren, and ourselves?

Check your senses

A visit to an audiology clinic for hearing tests needs to be part of your yearly schedule. But if we want to be fighting there fit many different ways that we can look after yourself. It’s not just glasses, but it’s things like hearing aids, and generally making things a bit easier for us. As we get older, these little problems can tend to chip away at us and threaten to isolate us somewhat. This is especially true with something like hearing loss, so instead, think about finding yourself in that way. Your senses are a terrible thing to waste.

A healthy diet as a foundation

It’s a cliche but having a healthy diet is crucial that we need to find ways to enjoy our diet. It’s not just eating healthy all the time, especially when we have grandchildren that like candy on occasion. That means we have got to find a good way for us to reap the benefits of a healthy diet while also indulging in a sweet treat now and again! There is no point in eating rabbit food for the rest of our days because it will make us miserable, but we can find parts of our lives that require a little fine-tuning. Granted, the right diet is subjective, especially these days, but cutting back on alcohol and not overloading yourself in sugar is a simple method. And also, the benefits of the Mediterranean diet have been shown to work wonders for those in later years.

Looking after your mind

A mind is a terrible thing to waste, and you want to enjoy being a grandparent, and while you can take an omega-3 supplement, and consume the right quantity of vitamins, it’s about keeping your mind nimble. To an extent your grandchildren could do this for you! But, if you have concerns about your brain abilities declining, there are numerous brain tricks to help improve your memory. It’s about using the right tools, not just thinking that your brain is of a certain ability. In fact, because of neuroplasticity, and the research undertaken into this, we can make significant changes to our brain regardless of how old we are! It’s not about cognitive decline, but it’s about finding ways to exercise your brain. You can do brain training, but if you really want to keep that muscle going, learning a new language or an instrument are the best ways.

To be the best grandparent possible, you don’t have to be superman or superwoman, it’s about being the best version of you as possible. Your grandchildren love you, and it’s just about staying true to who you are but giving yourself a little helping hand to ensure that you are firing on all cylinders.

Beef and Pumpkin Shepherd’s Pie

Beef and Pumpkin Shepherd’s Pie

A warm and healthy Beef and Pumpkin Shepherd’s Pie loaded with so many beautiful flavors….where do I start? The beautiful beefy filling? The crispy Parmesan cheesy top? Or the creamy layers of pumpkin?

This recipe has been handed down to me by my one and only mother. I may only ever change a couple things, but really, this is perfection.

The beef mixture inside this Beef and Pumpkin Shepherd’s Pie is like beast mode a la Arnold Schwarzenegger. The Terminator of Shepherd’s Pie…or Cottage Pie. Whichever one rocks your socks. So much happening it may not be like your normal average Shepherd’s Pie, but since when are we normal anyway?

One slice of this mountain of glory and you’ll be so full and fulfilled in every way possible, you won’t want a nothing else after it.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 kg | 2lbs butternut or kent pumpkin , washed, peeled seeded and cubed (I usually use 1/2 a kent pumpkin)
  • 3 large potatoes , washed, peeled and cubed
  • 2 tablespoons reduced fat butter/spread of choice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion , chopped
  • 2 medium carrots , peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 red capsicum/bell pepper , seeded and chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves , minced (or 3 teaspoons minced garlic)
  • 500 g | 1lbs ground/mince extra lean beef
  • 2 ripe tomatoes , diced
  • 3/4 cup frozen peas
  • salt to season
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable stock (I use Vegeta)
  • 2 tablespoons gravy powder , whisked in 1/4 cup boiling water (until free of lumps): or you can substitute the gravy
  • powder with cornflour/corn starch.
  • 4 cups baby spinach leaves , washed
  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 cup finely grated parmesan cheese

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 200C | 400F. Combine pumpkin and potatoes with just enough water to cover them, in a large saucepan/pot over medium heat, and boil until tender. Alternatively, microwave or steam them until soft. Drain well, add the butter/spread and mash until smooth and creamy. Season with salt to suit your tastes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a separate large pan over medium – high heat. Add onion, carrots and capsicum, and cook stirring for about 5 – 10 minutes, or until onions become transparent. Add the garlic and cook stirring again, for about 2 minutes. Add beef and fry until meat is browned on all sides (break up all lumps with your wooden spoon). Add the tomatoes, cover pot with lid, reduce heat and simmer until tomatoes soften. When tomatoes are soft, add the peas, salt and vegetable stock powder, and simmer again covered with lid for about 10 minutes, or until all vegetables are soft and cooked through. Add gravy powder or cornflour/corn starch mixture. Cook stirring to combine all ingredients together until a sauce forms, reduces and thickens. Stir the spinach and parsley through, and take off heat.
  3. Evenly spread half the pumpkin/potato mash into a large oven proof baking dish. Spoon the beef mixture over the top, and spread remaining pumpkin mash over the top of the beef.
  4. Sprinkle evenly with parmesan cheese.
  5. Bake until the top of the pie turns a golden brown and sauce is bubbling underneath (about 20 minutes).
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6 Halloween Books for Pre-Schoolers

6 Halloween Books for Pre-Schoolers

It’s that time of year again!  Yup it’s almost Halloween, one of our family’s favorite holidays.  (And you know we love all holidays!)  To get into the Halloween spirit, pun intended, we like to usher in the holiday by reading Halloween Books with the grandkids.

We have grands ranging in age from 2 months to 16, so clearly we don’t read the same Halloween Books to all of them.  Although in years past the oldest one sometimes sits in during the pre-schoolers story time if only to tease his brother about the baby books.

Anyway for this post I’m going to tell you about 6 Halloween Books our pre-schoolers love.  In fact they like them so much we’ll be reading them many more times between now and Halloween, and perhaps even after.

This post contains affiliate links to the recommended books

halloween booksPete the Cat: Trick or Pete

My 4 year old twin grandkids love Pete the Cat.  They think he’s super cool!

Pete the Cat:Trick or Pete is the perfect Halloween book for them.  It’s a lift the flap book that follows Pete as he goes trick or treating in his neighborhood.  As he goes from house to house the flap opens to a fun spooky surprise.

It’s a fun book and will be loved now and the years to come!

 

 

halloween booksRoom on the Broom

My 5 year old grandson loves the Room on the Broom!  It’s good a witch on a broom, 3 helpful animals, and a hungry dragon, what more can a child ask for?

Is there room on the broom for the 3 helpful critters, and can they save the witch from the hungry dragon?  Read the book to find out!

 

 

 

halloween booksLittle Blue Truck’s Halloween

The 4 & 5 year old boys love this book.  Of course they’re currently in their cars and trucks phase and this book is perfect.

The popular Blue Truck is picking up his animal buddies to go to a costume party.  Lift the flaps on this board book to find out who’s wearing each costume.

Will the Little Blue Truck wear a costume too?  Lift the flap to find out!

 

 

halloween booksThe Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat

My 4 year old granddaughter loves this classic Halloween Book, but mostly I think she loves the stickers.  She loves stickers!

We’ve read this book with all the grands and will be reading it I’m sure next year to the now 2 month old grandson.

It’s a fun book that teaches kids right and wrong.  The bear kids are excited to go trick or treating with their friends but when someone decides they should play tricks this go quickly awry!

 

 

halloween booksCorduroy’s Best Halloween Ever

Here’s another beloved character!  Follow along as the cute bear plans his Halloween Party.  There’ll be pumpkin carving, apple bobbing, and of course trick or treating.  But wait!  What will he wear?  Help Corduroy decide on his costume!

 

 

 

 

 

halloween booksSpider Sandwiches

What pre-schooler doesn’t love monster?  Specially those that eat yucky gross food?

Come eat with Max, a monster with a monstrous appetite!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Could You Benefit From A Hearing Aid?

 

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 As we age, many of us will find that our hearing will deteriorate, though it’s not uncommon to experience hearing problems earlier in life. The issues associated with hearing loss can be an inconvenient struggle. Due to a range of technology, those who experience the condition can get the help that they need. Hearing loss ranges from mild to severe. Slight cases are somewhat harder to detect initially. Perhaps you’ve begun to experience some symptoms? There are a few warning signs to look out for which may mean that you need a hearing aid.

 

Not always understanding 

 

When experiencing slight hearing loss, you will hear people- yet not always entirely understand. Generally speaking, vowels have most of their emphasis on lower frequencies (which are easier to detect). If you are experiencing hearing loss, you may find that constants such as ‘sh’ or ‘ th’ are more challenging to hear. Such sounds are both softer and more higher-pitched. You may begin to find that even if noises are loud, that they often lack clarity. If you are misunderstanding people often you may be experiencing hearing loss. 

Fatigue and headaches

You may find that you are generally fatigued and suffer from headaches. When you experience hearing loss, you may strain to listen. It could be the case that you are having to put more effort into listening. Doing so will make you more tired during the day. If you find that the normal following of a conversation is hard work, you will need to get your hearing tested. It could be that you’ve begun to experience ringing in your ears frequently? If that’s the case, click here for some more information about tinnitus and hearing. 

Issues in crowds

When experiencing hearing problems, you might find that you have issues when in large crowds. It could be that you find it hard to decide who is talking to you? Perhaps you find it hard to separate voices from background noise? If lots of different sounds are occurring all at once, those with hearing problems find it hard to follow conversations. 

Issues with technology

Do your family always complain that you have the TV turned up too loud? If you are always listening to the TV at a volume that is too high; your hearing might be suffering. It’s a good idea to ask your family and friends if you are not entirely sure about this. Continuing to listen at a high volume will only cause you further problems. In this case, it’s best to make an appointment with an audiologist or hearing aid specialist.

Hearing problems can be daunting and frustrating to deal with. The most important thing is to get help early. There is a range of different hearing aid technology out there today. An audiologist will be able to help you to find both the cause and treatment for your issues. The first step is an initial consultation on the phone, from here you can book a session to have your hearing tested properly.