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JODY HOLTON: They are not ignoring you; they can’t hear you

first_imgMany medical conditions can affect your hearing health.Treatment of these and other hearing losses can often lead to improved or restored hearing. If left undiagnosed and untreated, some conditions can lead to irreversible hearing impairment or deafness.If you suspect that you or your loved one has a problem with their hearing, ensure optimal hearing healthcare by seeking a medical diagnosis from a physician. Next UpThree million children under the age of 18 have some hearing loss, including four out of every 1,000 newborns. So, every parent and caregiver should be watchful of the signs of hearing loss in their child and seek a professional diagnosis. Hearing loss can increase the risk of speech and language developmental delays.The most common cause of hearing loss in children is otitis media, the medical term for a middle ear infection or inflammation of the middle ear. It happens frequently during swim season.This condition can occur in one or both ears and primarily affects children due to the shape of the young Eustachian tube (and is the most frequent diagnosis for children visiting a physician). Tinnitus is the medical name indicating ringing in the ears, which includes noises ranging from loud roaring to clicking, humming or buzzing. Most tinnitus comes from damage to the microscopic endings of the hearing nerve in the inner ear.The health of these nerve endings is important for acute hearing, and injury to them brings on hearing loss and often tinnitus. Hearing nerve impairment and tinnitus can also be a natural accompaniment of advancing age.Exposure to loud noise is probably the leading cause of tinnitus damage to hearing in younger people. Medical treatments and assistive hearing devices are often helpful to those with this condition.Conditions that affect all ages are swimmer’s ear or otitis externa. One of the most common and easily treatable causes of hearing loss is accumulated earwax.Excessive earwax can be a chronic condition best treated by a physician. Autoimmune inner ear disease (AIED) is an inflammatory condition of the inner ear.Knowing symptoms of AIED is important: sudden hearing loss in one ear progressing rapidly to the second and continued loss of hearing over weeks or months, a feeling of ear fullness, vertigo, and tinnitus.A perforated eardrum is a hole or rupture in the eardrum, a thin membrane that separates the ear canal and the middle ear. The amount of hearing loss experienced depends on the degree and location of perforation. Sometimes a perforated eardrum will heal spontaneously; other times surgery to repair the hole is necessary.Never, EVER, stick anything into the ear to clean it. This can result in a painful injury, infection, and hearing loss.Take care of your ears, leave treatment to your doctor and stay healthy my friends.Jody Holton writes about health for Port Arthur Newsmedia. She can be reached at When left undiagnosed and untreated, otitis media can lead to infection of the mastoid bone behind the ear, a ruptured ear drum, and hearing loss. If treated appropriately, hearing loss related to otitis media can be alleviated.Age-related hearing loss (presbycusis) is the loss of hearing that gradually occurs in most of us as we grow older. It is one of the most common conditions affecting older and elderly adults.Approximately one in three people in the United States between the ages of 65 and 74 has hearing loss, and nearly half of those older than 75 have difficulty hearing.Having trouble hearing can make it hard to understand and follow a doctor’s advice, respond to warnings and hear phones, doorbells and smoke alarms. Hearing loss can also make it hard to enjoy talking with family and friends, leading to feelings of isolation.last_img read more

Sportful Squadra Avventura helps us all explore better ride storytelling in pictures

first_imgEarlier this year clothing maker Sportful sent a group of cycling photographers, storytellers, and adventurers out into the world by bike. The collective, dubbed Squadra Avventura, was tasked with exploring the roads & trails less travelled and sharing their stories. We’re seeing this approach more and more in the cycling industry, as brands get a few ambassadors with a creative eye to head out on tour, testing the newest gear, getting their brand seen both in the real world and across social media, and capturing the kind of imagery that inspires us to get out and ride (& buy) more.Well, this is an idea that I can really get behind. As a cyclist open to pretty much anything on two wheels, seeing others take off on adventures really gets my wheels turning, literally and figuratively. The Adventure Squad has already shared their first few trips, but now they are giving back with a How-To feature on telling your own story through the photos you take. Embedded photojournalist Justin Balog offers some good tips to get us all started, and plenty of beautiful shots to handle the inspiration… Blackburn’s Rangers were the first of the recent crop of brand ambassadors that came to mind, sending their riders on months long adventures for the past few years. More recently we’ve seen a bit of a crossover via 3T’s Xpdtn3 project, aiming to spread their aero gravel and road plus gospel, but also the idea that short multi-day bikepacking trips are within most peoples’ reach.So far Sportful’s Squadra Avventura has already outlined a few trips near the forgotten northern California coast, the off-road rail trails of the Columbia River in Washington, or the Painted Hills of Oregon. So if you live near those, you’re in luck, but their blog style documentation seems as much about just inspiring us to ride more in general than following specific footsteps.This latest entry in the log though is called Telling Your Story, and more clearly gives us three basic tips on how to take better photos of our adventures. I mean, if you’re gonna ‘Gram it, might as well make it good. Think about communicating a sense of place. Make time to explore. Remember the adventure continues beyond the bike.The ideas target documenting your adventure rides, trying to express the feelings experienced when we leave our daily concerns behind and escape off the beaten path. But while there are useful take away lessons for the most epic rides, our daily feeds could benefit as well. As we spend more time connected to social media, dropping snapshots and tidbits of information on Twitter, Instagram & Facebook, it’s important to take a broader look at why we ride. And what brings joy in our time on the bike. And, FWIW, in our opinion, what joy are those photos and words going to bring to those seeing them?Not every ride has to end up on Instagram (or even Strava for that matter), but if you are going to share photos from your adventures, at least take some time to think about what makes them memorable.Squadra-Avventura.comlast_img read more

Governor, Vermont Hospitals announce partnership on Vermont Health Connect

first_imgGovernor Peter Shumlin, the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, and other hospitals today announced a partnership to promote outreach and expand participation in Vermont Health Connect, the new insurance marketplace. ‘ Under the plan, hospitals across the state have agreed to help with outreach in the following ways (it varies from hospital to hospital):‘¢’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘  Train certified application counselors and navigators;‘¢’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘  Provide information about VHC on their websites;‘¢’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘  Provide onsite enrollment or refer patients to navigators for enrollment help;‘¢’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘  Distribute information about VHC to patients during the registration process;‘¢’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘  Display and distribute information in waiting areas and patient rooms;‘¢’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘  Ensure patients have materials about VHC upon discharge from the hospital;‘¢’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘  Use existing Blueprint Teams to provide education and enrollment services, which may include public information sessions or classes;‘¢’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘  Host public forums or other kinds of educational events; and‘¢’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘  Provide information to their patient financial services staff.’ Gov. Shumlin said 18 hospitals have agreed to participate. He said this is especially important because these facilities are connecting with Vermonters when they are sick or injured, and need coverage the most. ‘ ‘I want to thank the hospitals and their staffs for reaching out to Vermonters and helping them make the best coverage choices through Vermont Health Connect for their families,’ Gov. Shumlin said at a press conference at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin. ‘This is a first step toward controlling increases in health care costs, and ensuring everyone had access to quality, affordable coverage.’’ ‘Vermont hospitals are committed to ensuring Vermonters receive the coverage and care they need to thrive,’ said Judy Tartaglia, Chair of the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (VAHHS) and CEO of the Central Vermont Medical Center.’  ‘This partnership is one of many ways hospitals are engaged in initiatives to continually improve care and help bend the cost curve.’Source: Governor’s office 11.12.2013last_img read more

Attorney general settles with Vermont tobacco dealer

first_imgFired-Up Tobacco, Inc and its owner, Christopher P Moreau of Barre, Vermont have settled(link is external) with Attorney General Bill Sorrell for violations of Vermont’s tobacco law. Mr. Moreau and Fired-Up Tobacco, Inc. failed to file required reports, failed to maintain records, failed to report the sale of certain tobacco products, and illegally sold their own store-brand of roll-your-own tobacco.Under the terms of the settlement, Moreau and his business must surrender their tobacco retail license by January 9, 2015. Defendants will pay $1000 into the tobacco litigation settlement fund representing profits from the sale of their store-brand roll-your-own tobacco and $500 to the State of Vermont to defray costs of investigation. They will also pay the State a $50,000 penalty if they receive sufficient income or assets over the next five years based on their financial status. They are permanently enjoined from further violations of Vermont’s Consumer Protection Act and Vermont tobacco statutes should they ever again engage in retail or wholesale distribution of tobacco products.Vermont AG: Jan 15, 2015last_img read more

POC and Ibis continue Enduro team partnership

first_imgAhead of the first round of the Enduro World Series (EWS) in Rotorua, New Zealand, accessories specialist POC has formally announced its continued partnership with the Ibis Cycles Enduro Race Team for the 2017 season.POC, a leading manufacturer of helmets, eyewear, body armour, apparel and accessories was founded in 2005 in Sweden, with the mission ‘to do the best we can to possibly save lives and to reduce the consequences of accidents for gravity sports athletes and cyclists’.2016, which was the first year of partnership between POC and Ibis, marked a great EWS season for the team with some strong individual performances spread throughout the year and ‘ending with an incredible second place overall in the team competition’. POC notes that the 2017 season will hopefully produce more of the same and the team will again ride with POC helmets, eyewear, body armour and apparel, including the enduro range of POCs new mountain bike collection, Resistance.Paul Morel, Head of Marketing, POC, said “The first season of our partnership has been marked by extremely positive experiences and it’s a pleasure to keep working closely together with Ibis and the Enduro Race Team in 2017. At POC our mission guides us on everything we do, and working with a company like Ibis, who want the best performance and safety for their athletes fits perfectly with our approach.”He continued, “We have been really impressed by their dedication to their team riders and how they are continually looking to innovate to improve the rider experience. We are proud that our products have helped the team perform to such a high standard and their feedback has been invaluable in making our Resistance collection even better in 2017, which we hope will be seen in this year’s EWS results.”During the 2017 season many of the Ibis team riders will use POC’s Tectal Race and Coron helmets, Crave sunglasses and Cornea goggles, VPD knee and elbow pads, and the new Resistance enduro jerseys and shorts which feature a specific race cut, advanced fabric and integrated protection.Tom Morgan, Ibis President and Team Manager, said “We are incredibly proud of what the team achieved last year, especially as they naturally took on and developed the personality of Ibis. Continuing our successful partnership with POC is also part of that personality as we have mutual perspectives on rider safety and performance. As we look forward to the new season of racing, and all the extremely diverse environments we will go to, it’s really good to know we have leaders in innovation, performance and safety supporting the riders as they take on some extremely technical and fast EWS races.”The 2017 EWS racing season will kick off on 26 March in the Southern Hemisphere with Rotorua challenging the riders with some of New Zealand’s most technical singletrack.Robin Wallner, Ibis Cycles Enduro Team rider added “I’ve had a long partnership with POC, which started way back in 2009. Throughout that time what has struck me most is their absolute focus on rider safety and performance. Their willingness to listen to rider feedback is a key asset and from the training and riding we have already done this year it is easy to see that the needs of enduro racers have been integrated in their protection and new Resistance apparel.” Relatedlast_img read more

Gross gives FSU $50,000

first_imgGross gives FSU $50,000 February 1, 2014 Regular News Florida State University College of Law alumnus Terence A. Gross, a 1979 graduate, has made a cash gift of $50,000 to supplement the existing Terence A. Gross Diversity Enhancement Scholarship.The new gift follows $50,000 in earlier gifts made by Gross to create and expand the endowment, bringing the total gifts to this endowment to $100,000.The income generated from the endowment is used to support law school students who are from groups historically underrepresented in the legal profession. In recognition of the new gift, a conference room at the law school will be named the Terence A. Gross Faculty Conference Room.“Giving back to the college of law is very important,” said Gross. “I am grateful to have had the opportunity to attend law school and want to make sure others do as well — especially students who might not have thought the legal profession was an option for them.”“We are all extremely grateful to Terry for his generous support of the law school,” said Dean Don Weidner. “Alumni support is critical as we try to attract top students and provide them with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in the worlds of law and business.”Gross is a partner with the law firm of Gross & Schuster, P.A., in Pensacola. He practices in the areas of personal injury and wrongful death litigation.center_img Gross gives FSU $50,000last_img read more

Board to take up referral services and internship rules

first_img Board to take up referral services and internship rules A wide-ranging report on private lawyer referral services and companies that link lawyers and people seeking legal services, a potential report on the bar exam and certified legal interns, and a preliminary review of the 2016-17 Bar budget are on a busy Board of Governors agenda for its March 11 meeting. The board will also see a report on applicants to be the board’s next public member and receive a recommendation for a new certification area, among other matters. A joint project of the Technology Committee and the Board Review Committee on Professional Ethics (BRC), the lawyer referral service report will cover several issues. It began with a Supreme Court order last September rejecting Bar-proposed amendments to lawyer referral service rules. Those rules addressed disclosures lawyers would have to make to clients they got from referral services that also did referrals for non-legal services stemming from the same incident, such as medical care for an accident victim. Instead, the court ordered the Bar to prepare rules prohibiting lawyers from belonging to private, for-profit referral services unless they are owned or managed by Bar members and any other rules it found necessary to address the court’s concerns. In addition, BRC Chair Carl Schwait said there will be a recommendation addressing private companies that seek to link lawyers with consumers seeking representation. Those companies claim they provide “matching” services and are not traditional referral services. Finally, the Program Evaluation Committee, will make recommendations for changing the Bar’s Lawyer Referral Service, with the goal of making it more competitive with those private companies and not only help consumers find lawyers but help lawyers find clients. Schwait said the board needs to review the recommendations at its March meeting so the Bar can publicize its action and meet a May 24 deadline for filing its response with the court. He did hold out the possibility, though, that the Bar may seek an extension from the court. More potentially far-ranging recommendations may come to the board from a special committee that was formed in January and reported at the board’s January 29 meeting. That committee is made up of law professors, Florida Board of Bar Examiners members, Supreme Court justices, and board members and came about following a summit of law school deans held at the Bar’s Winter Meeting by the Young Lawyers Division. That special committee is looking at deans’ concerns that FBBE background checks for law students applying under Bar rules to be certified legal interns are taking too long and discouraging students from seeking the internships, and that too many subjects are covered on the Bar exam that requires more classroom time in law school and leaves less time for internships and practical experience training. Reporting at the board’s January meeting, YLD President Gordon Glover said the plan is for the special committee to report at the board’s March or May meeting. Aside from those issues, Budget Committee Chair-elect Paul SanGiovanni will present the board’s 2016-17 budget. At the board’s January meeting, SanGiovanni reminded board members that the budget would be presented. He did not provide any details, but warned next year’s budget will be “challenging.” The budget will not call for an increase in annual Bar membership fees, which will remain at $265 for active members and $175 for inactive members. This is the 15th year in a row that membership fees have remained at that level. Other matters coming to the board include: • The Program Evaluation Committee will present a proposed new certification area in International Litigation and Arbitration. • The board will vote on allowing the General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section to change its name to the Solo and Small Firm Section. • A screening committee will report on applicants to be the board’s next public member, replacing St. Petersburg Police Chief Anthony Holloway, who has served the maximum two terms allowed in Bar rules. The board will select three finalists and forward those names to the Supreme Court, for the final appointment. • The board will vote on a rule change which will authorize state and federally chartered credit unions to hold attorney trust accounts. • The board will appoint one lawyer to the Supreme Court’s Bar Admissions Committee and one lawyer to the Supreme Court’s Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee. March 1, 2016 Regular News Board to take up referral services and internship ruleslast_img read more

Maracay Homes, JEN Partners Close Of 74 Lots In Chandler

first_imgJEN Partners closed on 23-acres east of the south-east corner of Ocotillo Road and Lindsay Road in Chandler. Known locally as the Pastorino Dairy, the final plat is approved for 74, 60’ x 120’ lots and was annexed, zoned and platted by Maracay Homes.Opening spring of 2013, the community will be named Vaquero Ranch and feature Maracay Homes’ 45’ wide home series ranging from 1,800 – 3,700 square feet.  Prices will be based on market conditions at opening date.“This acquisition is a good example of Maracay’s continued pursuit of land opportunities in premium locations with capital efficient transaction structures,” said Tom Lemon, VP of land acquisitions and development for Maracay Homes. “Maracay Homes is excited about the opportunity to develop a land banking relationship with a well capitalized partner that has significant local market and home building expertise.”JEN Partners, a NY Private Equity Firm managed locally by TerraWest Communities, paid $2.3 million for the property.  The seller was the Estate of Londo Pastorino.  Under separate agreements with JEN Partners, an entity of Maracay Homes, Maracay VR, LLC, will develop the home sites and purchase them on a rolling option basis.Donna Bolen of Arizona Enterprises brokered the underlying purchase.  No broker was involved in the land bank transaction.last_img read more

Liberty Tolleson Center reaches 100 percent occupancy

first_imgLiberty Property Trust announced it has signed a lease with Green Light Direct Services at Liberty Tolleson Center, bringing the 200KSF project to 100 percent occupancy.Green Light Direct Services will move into its new location, 8601 W. Washington Street, in October. Rick Collins of CD Commercial Advisors represented Green Light Direct Services and Tony Lydon, Marc Hertzberg and Riley Gilbert of JLL represented Liberty Property Trust in the transaction.“There continues to be strong interest in high quality assets in prime locations throughout our Arizona portfolio,” said John DiVall, senior vice president and city manager for Liberty’s Arizona region.  “We’ve seen momentum in the Southwest Valley returning as of late, spanning from 50,000 square feet and up.”Since January, Liberty has closed eight lease agreements totaling more than 500,000 square feet across the Arizona region.last_img read more

Tuft & Needle relocates to Phoenix’s warehouse district

first_imgTuft & Needle, a startup mattress company, is relocating its headquarters to the Levine Machine Building in Downtown Phoenix’s warehouse district.Cushman & Wakefield of Arizona, Inc. negotiated a 5-year lease as Tuft & Needle relocates from Tempe to a 5,100-square foot facility at 605 E. Grant St.Tuft & Needle designs and manufactures a line of mattress that is exclusively available online and ships right to the door of the customer. According to Entrepreneur magazine, Tuft & Needle’s mattresses are the top-rated product in Amazon’s furniture category. The company was co-founded by John-Thomas Marino and Daehee Park, who formerly worked together at a Silicon Valley software startup.“We really enjoyed working with Daehee and JT on this assignment,” Ryan Bartos said. “It is always fun to watch a startup begin to scale, and we’re happy to be a part of that growth. They’re doing great things and we can’t wait to see what’s next for Tuft & Needle.”Bartos and Matt Coxhead of Cushman & Wakefield represented Tuft & Needle in the lease transaction. The landlord, Michael Levine, was self-represented.“As a Phoenix-based startup, we’re excited to partner with people like Ryan Bartos, Matt Coxhead and Michael Levine who share a genuine passion and vision for local entrepreneurship.” Daehee said. “The Levine Machine is an amazing building with a lot of history and character where we’ll continue building the best mattress company in the world.”last_img read more