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Six Often Overlooked Symptoms That Could Indicate An Underactive Thyroid Gland

Posted by on Aug 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Six Often Overlooked Symptoms That Could Indicate An Underactive Thyroid Gland

Thyroid disorders can be tricky. Often, the symptoms they cause are very non-specific, meaning that they’re easy to overlook or blame on something less sinister like the flu or lack of sleep. Many people live with an underactive thyroid gland for years, simply because they don’t realize the symptoms they’re experiencing are anything worth mentioning to their doctors. However, since untreated hypothyroidism can lead to complications like heart problems and infertility, it’s important to tell your doctor if you’re experiencing any of these often-subtle symptoms of an underactive thyroid. Constipation If you’re having trouble “going number 2,” the default is often to blame your digestive system or a lack of fiber intake. However, if increasing your fiber intake does not make you more regular, it’s time to consider the possibility that an underactive thyroid gland is slowing your digestive tract down. Excessive Sweating Some people do naturally sweat more than others, but if you find that you’re sweating buckets after a walk or a game when your friends are barely glistening, there’s a chance your thyroid is to blame. Exhaustion There are many possible causes of exhaustion, and it could be that you’re just working too hard and not getting enough sleep. However, if you’re exhausted even after sleeping well all week and taking some time to yourself, this may be due to hypothyroidism. People with underactive thyroids often begin withdrawing from activities they used to love simply because they don’t feel they have the energy to do them anymore. Anxiousness When you’re feeling anxious, ask yourself if there is a reason why you feel that way. If you have a big test or meeting coming up, your anxiety may be normal. However, if you feel anxious for seemingly no reason at all, or if even everyday situations are making you anxious, your thyroid may be to blame. Dry Skin Is your skin always itchy and dry, no matter how much lotion you slather on? You may want to have your water tested to see if you have hard water, as this is a common cause of itchy skin. However, if your water is soft, or if you’re experiencing dry skin in combination with other symptoms on this list, you should consult your doctor and ask for your thyroid hormone levels to be tested. Cold Sensitivity Can everyone else go outside in a t-shirt, while you must bundle up in a sweater and a jacket? There’s usually a reason why someone becomes overly sensitive to the cold. Sometimes, less serious conditions like anemia are to blame, but there’s a chance it’s your thyroid. All of these symptoms have multiple possible causes, many of which are minor and not too worrisome. However, since there’s a chance your symptoms may be caused by a deficiency of thyroid hormones, you’re always best off having your levels checked by someone at a place like Alpine Ear, Nose & Throat, PC if you notice these issues popping...

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Choosing The Right Hearing Aid For You

Posted by on Jun 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Choosing The Right Hearing Aid For You

Choosing the hearing aid that best fits your needs may seem like an unnecessary evil, a time-wasting endeavor spent leafing through devices that all seem to have the same effect: improving your hearing. However, when it comes to hearing aids, not all devices are created equal. In fact, using the wrong hearing aid could actually worsen your hearing, rather than improving it. How Can You Choose a Hearing Aid That Best Fits Your Needs? Your local audiologist can help you choose a hearing aid that fits your budget and lifestyle. However, there’s a lot that goes into choosing these devices. The severity of your hearing loss, the technology you’re happiest with, and your day-to-day activity level all factor into choosing the perfect hearing aid for your condition.   A Hearing Aid That Best Suits Your Lifestyle Your listening skills are used every second of every day and the lifestyle you live must be considered when choosing your hearing aid. Manufacturers take into account several lifestyles when creating their technology: active, casual, quiet, and very quiet. Talk to your audiologist about the hearing aid that best matches up with a lifestyle you find yourself relating to. Active: demanding career, frequent outdoor activity, frequent conversation or TV usage Casual: frequent conversation, relaxed career, occasional activities Quiet: rare activity, occasional TV usage and conversation Very Quiet: activities limited to in or around the house most of the day Questions to Ask Your Audiologist Before Sealing the Deal A hearing aid is a serious investment and should not go unquestioned. Have these questions ready for your audiologist to determine if your purchase is perfect for you. What is the cost of this hearing aid? Does this aid offer a trial period? What fees are nonrefundable if it comes with a trial period? How long is the warranty and what does the warranty cover? How do you use your hearing aid and what should you avoid? What seems to be an insurmountable task filled with obstacles of equal parts boredom and trepidation can quickly turn into a wasted investment if you don’t take care in how you choose your hearing aid. Talk to your audiologist, like those at Clarity & Comfort Hearing Center, about testing your hearing to determine your need for an aid, they’re going to be your best guide in choosing an aid that’s right for you. Remember: that’s exactly what it is– an aid to help you hear better; stay positive and enjoy a renewed sense of hearing with the technology has to offer!          ...

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