HERBS FOR HEALTH MANAGEMENT

Herbs are a foundational root in medicine and health treatments, dating back thousands of years throughout every culture around the world. Modern Western herbalism comes from ancient Egypt. The Greeks developed a comprehensive philosophy of herbal medicine by 100 BCE and the Romans built upon it to create a variety of medical practices, some of which are still used today.

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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE IMPACTS PSYCHOLOGICAL HARDINESS

Psychological hardiness is an individual’s resistance to stress, anxiety and depression. It includes the ability to withstand grief and accept the loss of loved ones. Alternative medicine is a more popular term for health and wellness therapies that have typically not been part of conventional Western medical approaches but are often used along with conventional medicinal protocols.  Coping and dealing with stress in a positive manner play a major role in maintaining the balance needed for health and well-being.

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ALTERNATIVE REMEDIES FOR ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION

Interest in complimentary and alternative medicine (CAM) is increasing as consumers and health care professionals search for additional ways to treat anxiety, depression and other mental health disorders. Some of these remedies include:

St. John’s Wort.  More than 30 studies show it to be effective for treatment of mild forms of depression,…

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The second category is hearing-aid controller apps. These apps allow consumers to control and adjust their hearing aids directly from a smartphone app. The most popular control apps include ReSound Smart and ReSound Control from ReSound, TruLink from Starkey and RemoteControl from Phonak. Oticon won the 2018 CES Innovation Award for its HearingFitness app. It tracks hearing-aid use and gathers and collects data such as heart rate, sleep patterns and other health markers. Telecare is a live service that connects the user with a hearing professional in real time to address hearing problems, troubleshoot and make adjustments.


Streaming music, television programs or movies directly from a smartphone, tablet, computer or television to hearing-aid buds is just like wearing earphones. Apple has patented technology that connects certain brands of hearing aids directly to its iOS platform. These hearing aids are specifically marketed as “Made for iPhone.”

NOT JUST SOUND AMPLIFIERS: INNOVATIONS MAKE HEARING AIDS BETTER THAN EVER

ANGELA S. HOOVER

Angela is a staff writer for Health & Wellness magazine.

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In the age of the Internet of Things, hearing aids are no exception. Smart devices in your home – doorbells, smoke alarms, lights, safety equipment, appliances – can now send a signal directly to your hearing aids. This connectivity also makes sound synchrony more effective. Older hearing aids functioned as monaural devices: The hearing aid for the right ear and the hearing aid for the left ear worked independently. With ear-to-ear connection, or binaural capability, hearing aids are connected by a wireless signal. Adjusting one hearing aid affects the other one automatically. This connectivity also stops different sounds from bombarding one ear because ear-to-ear connection creates one sound that more closely resembles natural hearing.


In addition to improving sound quality, Internet connectivity allows a wide array of cool options and functions. Two categories of apps connect hearing aids to smartphones and tablets. The first category is hearing-aid amplifier apps. These apps use the built-in microphone in hearing aids to amplify outside sounds. Some can also help equalize sound between the ears and decrease background noise while bringing certain sounds to the forefront. Popular amplifier apps include HearYouNow, BioAid and Hearing Aid with Replay.

Hearing aids are no longer mere sound amplifiers. Not only do manufacturers continue to try to make them smaller, more attractive and easier to use, they also aim to keep pace with the latest technology by including apps and wireless connectivity.


Hearing aids are smaller than ever imagined. Whether worn inside or behind the ear, they are harder for others to detect. Customization of shapes and sizes has also advanced to where there’s no need to have impressions or molds made.


Current hearing-aid models are stylish with sleek designs. There are even hearing aids that allow you to attach a separate accessory called HearRings that can match your mood, fashion style or particular occasion. Some HearRings are made with Swarovski crystals that come in multiple colors.


Charging capabilities are now more convenient. Hearing-aid buds with rechargeable batteries can be placed in a charging pod for approximately 30 minutes to hold a 6-hour charge or for three hours for a 24-hour charge. This option eliminates worrying about running out of battery juice or having the hand dexterity to change small hearing-aid batteries.