Ask Away Blog: July 2021

Creating A Home That Makes You Happy

Thursday, July 29, 2021

 

Does your home make you happy? It should! If you want to live a healthy and content life, you need to know that the four walls around you look good, and that you’re proud of the little haven you’ve created. After all, no one wants to live in a washed out and messy space that has no hint of love and personality incorporated into its design!

However, it can be hard to arrange a home entirely around you and your family’s personalities - a lot can clash, there’s simply not room for it all, etc., but that doesn't mean you have to be unhappy in your own home. There are plenty of smaller ways to help you feel more comfortable with where you live, and with the ideas below, we hope to help you find that balance.

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Keep Storage Simple


How do you put things away? Does every little item have to fit neatly into a category and go in the right drawer? And what if you’ve got a whole wall of drawers and you can never find anything because this system is far too specific? You need to find a good middle ground here, and try to keep things much more simple!

And this is a lot easier to do than you might think. Take all of your miscellaneous wires, for example. A spare charger here, an old video input cable there… instead of separating them by their actual function, just label a box ‘Wires’ and then chuck them all in! Doing so won’t make it any harder to find the one you’re looking for, because you know all of your wires and cords are in the same place, and it’s just the one box you’ve got to look through. Simple and effective!

Make Space for What You Love


What do you love to do? Read? Write? Paint? Model? Pet your dogs? No matter what it is, incorporate these ideas into your home in one of the best ways possible: make a special space for it.

Say, if you have a spare room, it can be a good idea to incorporate a ‘safe space’ that’s just for you. You want to have somewhere a bit private that you can retreat to when a day has been rough, or if you just want to spend some time on self-care, and you deserve to have a little haven entirely of your own. It does wonders for mental health, and you don’t even need a whole spare room to make a private area that’s just for you!

Maybe it’s time to invest in something like a clawfoot tub, to give yourself an indulgent bath time experience? Or if there’s room near the window in the living room, why not think about creating a sort of window seat that you can read or write or nap on? And even just a spare wall you can set a comfy seat and a bookshelf next to will give you the privacy you’re looking for!

Add Plenty of Color

Color is something we’re naturally drawn towards, as humans, and that’s why you should incorporate this design element well into your home. You don’t want your living space to seem dark and dreary, nor do you want it to be washed out and bright like a clinic either. You want it to be a perfect balance of color and comfortableness, and that means you need to know how to work colors together. Even just looking up a few color combinations online can do wonders for your decorating plan.

For example, you can use websites like www.wallpaperboulevard.com to get a good overview of what wallpaper designs and plain paint colors work best together as well. This is good for those who want to build feature walls into their property, and overall give a space more than one dynamic to work with. And a bit of inspiration in this department can make you very happy about the way your home looks!

Get Involved in Your Community

One of the best things you can do, to make yourself more at home within your home, is to really integrate yourself into the area you live. If you want your home to make you happier, you need to feel comfortable living there, inside and out, and that means getting to know your neighbors, and even joining a local club or two.

So, what kind of hobbies do you enjoy? And are there any clubs in the local area that are orientated towards them? Even just finding out if there’s a book club hosted in a house on your street can make you feel so much more happy at home.

Most of all, wou want to feel like you’ve got support within your home area, and that you can reach out to those around you, even if they’re not family or technically friends. You want to know that you’ve got people you can have nice and polite chats with when you’re outside in the front garden or working away in the garage, because that’s what tends to make people happy. Knowing you’ve got this boosted element to your social life can do wonders for your mental health!

Does Your Home Make You Happy?

A home has many functions; keeping you and your family safe and warm away from the outside elements, and giving you a place of your own that you can safely sleep and eat in. However, we should also think about the top of this pyramid, and ensure that the look and feel of your home makes you happy as well.

So think about ways to cut down on the clutter, and keep your storage simple enough for you to simply put things away without thinking too much. Try to get to know who lives near you, and take part in a few community events. All of these things go a long way towards making your home feel like it’s the place you’re meant to be!


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Balancing Your Budget

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

 



By now, most of us have some sort of budget in place.  You know, the kind where you're SUPPOSED to stick to a set amount for certain expenses each month, but somehow you always come out negative and you can't get your sh*t together enough to have any extra money AT ALL left over to go towards debt or savings.  You aren't alone!


Saving Money on Summer Entertaining

Monday, July 26, 2021

 

8 Simple Tips to Save Money on Summer Entertaining

Summer is the best time to host a get together mostly because you can hang around outside so you don't need to clean your home from top to bottom inside.  The problem is, if you don't plan even the smallest of get togethers correctly, you may end up spending more money than you needed to.  Here are 8 simple tips to save money on summer entertaining when you're the host.


Want to go Green? Here are 5 Eco-friendly Home Updates

Saturday, July 24, 2021

 

Homes account for the most significant percentage of greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming. If you've lived in your home for long or just moved in and you want to make a few updates, consider going green. Making eco-friendly home updates have many benefits, including tax incentives, lower energy bills, and reducing your carbon footprint. Additionally, green is the new norm, so if you're ever thinking about selling your home, being eco-friendly increases its value to potential buyers. Here are some eco-friendly home updates to consider.

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Install solar panels

Solar panels are expensive to install, but that's all the investment you need to save yourself from high energy bills. The sun can power solar panels today and have almost 20% of it converted into electricity for your use. Solar panels also increase your home's value by 4.1% if you ever want to sell.
 
Make bathroom upgrades

There are more straightforward ways to create an eco-friendly home other than having a complete bathroom renovation. In the bathroom, water usage and wastage accounts for the most considerable portion of your water bill, which leaves a dent in not only your wallet but also the environment. Consider replacing your shower head and toilet by going for the touchless bathroom fixtures. Upgrade your toilet to a low-flow one that is WaterSense-rated. This way, you can reduce your water consumption by sixty percent. Similarly, low-flow showerheads cut down wastage even more.
 
Insulate your home

If your home has crevices and cracks, it lacks proper insulation. Heat escapes fast, causing an uneven temperature in your home. Lack of adequate insulation is prevalent with older homes built before the 1990s. Areas such as the attic and basement that face the most neglect are responsible for much of the heat loss and air entry. Fill these cavities with insulation material, such as rubber strips or caulking to retain indoor temperatures and keep HVAC system air clean.
 
Replace your windows with energy-efficient ones

If you want to save some pennies from your utility bills and go green, replacing your current windows with energy-efficient ones can do the trick. A lot of heat escapes through your windows, causing significant losses. Consider making replacements with recyclable steel or uPVC windows, and if your home is rustic or historical, use sustainably sourced wood. Also, consider coating your windows with insulated cellular colors to reduce energy costs by up to 20%.
 
Use products or appliances with an Energy Star rating

Your home appliances, especially those in the kitchen like your refrigerator, account for the highest percentage of your energy use. Fortunately, over seventy percent of your home products and appliances are energy-efficient and eco-friendly versions; consider upgrading them. If they aren't, swap them with eco-friendly Energy Star-rated appliances. Also, switch your bulbs to LED or CFL, and upgrade to energy-efficient ceiling fans.

Live an eco-friendly lifestyle by making simple upgrades to your home fixtures, like windows and bathroom utilities, and replacing your appliances with Energy Star-rated ones. Although the initial investment may be high, especially for things like solar panel installations, it can save you many costs in the long run and increase your home's value.


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How To Decorate Your Home on A Budget

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

 


One of the things that any homeowner will tell you is that a house costs money long after you move in.  It's not just maintenance and upkeep, but adding personal touches to your home can really break the bank.  If you're like me, you love decorating your home and making it beautiful inside.  Being the budgeter that I am, I put together some ways you can decorate your home without spending a ton of money.   There are always cost saving alternatives to look into.

A Beginners Guide to Improve Your Health the Right Way

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

 
If you're looking for a way to improve your health but don't know how or where to start, this guide is perfect for you. It'll take you through all the steps it takes to get started on a healthy lifestyle and give tips on what foods are best for your body.

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Go for Health Checks

Do you struggle to keep up with your health? Maybe it's time for a check-up. Sometimes, you may get so hung up in your day-to-day life that you forget to care for your body.

So, if you want an easy way to monitor your progress, then book yourself a health check-up today. These are often free, and a doctor, nurse, or healthcare professional of your choice can perform the various tests.

A basic exam will cover everything from heart diseases to diabetes and high blood pressure - so you'll know exactly what's happening inside your body. Remember, many health checks are free and will be worth your time in the long run.

Besides, a health check-up can uncover mild infections or issues that will save you massive medical costs and time when treated early. For example, your doctor may recommend tonsil surgery to correct your constant sinus congestion before the condition ultimately diminishes your breathing.
 
Work Out and Eat Healthily

There are a few ways to improve your health. One is by working out regularly and eating well. If you find yourself not having enough time for the gym, there's no need to worry because you can do plenty of exercises from home like yoga or Tai Chi. Working out with a friend is also great as you can motivate each other.

Additionally, eating healthy doesn't just mean cutting out all the junk food, but replacing it with nutritious ones like fruits and vegetables. If you find this unsuitable, you can always increase your whole foods and reduce junk foods.
 
Avoid Excessive Smoking and Drinking

Another way to improve your health is by avoiding excessive smoking and drinking. Not only do the two habits affect your body, but also the people around you. So instead, try cutting down on the frequency and type of substances you're consuming.

For example, if cigarettes interfere with your sleep, cut down to fewer packs a day and don’t drink more than the recommended two drinks per week.
 
Effects of Drinking and Smoking

Excessive smoking and drinking can lead to several different health problems. For example, smoking can cause cancer, heart diseases, and respiratory diseases, whereas alcohol links to brain damage and liver failure. So it’s crucial that you recognize the effects before they become worse.

Smoking often links with anxiety or depression, while alcohol can lead people towards addiction. Therefore, it's important that you know about these effects to stay clear of any detrimental habits like smoking and excessive drinking.
 
Things Smokers Should Know About Quitting

If you're considering giving up cigarettes, it might be good to read up on the things smokers should know before quitting.

Some of these are: managing urges, withdrawal symptoms, and coping with cravings - which is why it's essential to reach out for help if you're struggling.

There are also plenty of online resources that can provide support, such as forums or articles from people who have been in a similar situation.
 
Maintain a Healthy Weight

Another way to improve your health is by maintaining a healthy weight. You must keep an eye on this so that any unhealthy habits don't get out of hand. One easy and free way to do this is with the BMI calculator - which should be available with your doctor/nurse when you go for check-ups.

The BMI calculator works by using a person's height and weight to establish the healthy range; if you're outside of it, you can plan to rectify it.

You can also get an idea of what your ideal weight should be, which is why people use the calculator when they start losing too much or putting on weight.

Maintaining a healthy weight can reduce your risk of different diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease - so it's worth checking out.
 
Promote Healthy Skin

Another way to improve your health is to promote healthy skin. A good way to do this would be by keeping hydrated, which can benefit the whole body and more so on your skin. Drink at least two liters of water a day, or maybe even more if you find that it doesn't satisfy your thirst (some people need four or more).

Working out with a friend is also great as you can motivate each other and work together. On the other hand, eating healthy doesn't just mean cutting out all the bad food, but replacing it with wholesome foods like grains, high protein foods, and supplements.

There's so much you can do to promote your skin health, like using a moisturizer, practicing safe sun exposure, and wearing clothes that don't irritate the skin.

There are also some great beauty products to help with this, too, if you're looking for something more intensive (like an exfoliator or mask).

The benefits of promoting healthy skin include preventing acne, aging, or premature wrinkles and reducing the risk of issues such as dry patches and dermatitis.

There are many options you can try to foster healthy skin. Ultimately, you'll be so much happier with the way your skin looks!
 
Benefits of Improving Your Health

There are plenty of benefits to improving your health. For one, you'll feel better, have more energy, and live a much healthier lifestyle which is all worth it in the end.

There are also some benefits to your wallet, like reducing your risk of hospitalization or being absent from work.

There are many ways to improve your health, and with the correct information, it’ll be easier than ever. First, read this article for a beginner’s guide on how you can get started today! Then, ask your friends and family to join you in this journey. Indeed, nothing can go wrong when you take good care of your life.




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A Healthy Meal Plan To Try This Week

Monday, July 19, 2021

 

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Trying to stay fit and healthy throughout the years of our lives can be a challenge. Whether it is going to your local doctors for a checkup, getting regular hearing aid troubleshooting, or trying to exercise more in the morning.

We all know how challenging life can be to juggle, and that’s why we want to help you today by taking one tough decision away from you - what to eat.

Today we have a selection of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options you can try this week that will help you to lose some weight as well as make you feel healthier and happier.

Breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and today we want to demonstrate a few options for you to mix and match this week that will fuel you for the morning and keep your satisfied until you come to a healthy lunch.

Overnight oats

The first of the breakfast options we have is the easiest if you are working, as it can be prepared the night before and taken with you wherever you go. Oats are packed with fibre as well as slow release carbs that will give you some much needed energy for the morning.

Ingredients:

200g rolled oats

150ml almond milk (or milk of your choice)

100g frozen berries

1 tbsp chia seeds

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tbsp honey

Add all of the ingredients to a jar or Tupperware, mix well, and leave overnight. In the morning you can also add toppings such as banana or nuts.

Healthy pancakes

Pancakes are a treat to eat, and you’ll be glad to know that there are healthier options out there for a nutritious start to your day. This batter can be made and stored in the fridge for a few days allowing you to make easy pancakes each day you want them.

Ingredients:

2 large ripe bananas

2 eggs

100g protein powder (vanilla or chocolate)

50g plain flour

150ml milk

Toppings - yogurt, berries, honey, Chia seeds

Mash your bananas, and then add your eggs and beat together.

Add milk, then protein powder and four. You are looking for a fairly thick batter here, so adjust to your needs if too thick or thin.

Heat up a frying pan with some oil and add a ladle full of batter per pancake. Cook until bubbling on top, then flip and cook again.

Top these with your favourite healthy toppings for a great start to the day.

Lunch

These easy lunch ideas will keep you going for the afternoon and provide you with a balanced midday meal.

Steak salad

Steak + salad = good. This salad is super easy and can be prepped for 2-3 days.

Ingredients:

225g rump steak

100g mixed leaves

100g spinach

50g Parmesan

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp red wine vinegar

1 tbsp pesto

½ cucumber

5-6 baby corn sticks

5-6 asparagus spears

Season your steak with salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil. Add to a steaming hot pan. Cook to your liking.

Mix olive oil, red wine vinegar, and pesto to make a dressing.

Once the first side of your steak is cooked, add chopped asparagus and chopped baby corn.

Remove steak and rest, then slice into thin strips.

Add salad ingredients into a bowl and toss with dressing.


Taco chicken wraps

These chicken wraps will only take 15 minutes to make and can be packed in your lunch or prepared and served hot at home.

Ingredients:

2 large chicken breasts, sliced thinly

2 tbsp taco seasoning

Olive oil

Salt and pepper

1 large avocado

1 lime, juiced

2 tbsp jalapeño slices

½ bunch coriander

½ beef tomato

Sour cream

4 Wholemeal wraps

Marinate the chicken in taco seasoning and olive oil for at least 1 hour or overnight.

Pan fry chicken for 8-10 minutes.

In a small bowl, mash your avocado and add chopped coriander, lime juice, and salt.

In another bowl, combine chopped tomato and jalapeño slices along with some jalapeño vinegar.

To assemble - spread guacamole on the wrap, followed by some chicken, salsa, and a dollop of sour cream. Wrap up and either serve hot or cold.


Dinner

Salmon, rice, and vegetables

Sometimes you just need something simple, and this meal idea can be prepped for up to 4 days in advance.

Ingredients:

4 salmon fillets

Salt and pepper

250g wholegrain rice

400ml low sodium vegetable stock

2 heads broccoli

2 carrots

Zest of 1 lemon

Balsamic glaze

Chop up broccoli into florets and chop carrot into slices. Bake at 200C for 40 minutes.

Season your salmon with salt and pepper and bake for 20 minutes at 200C.

In a saucepan, add your rice, vegetable stock, and lemon zest and simmer until fluffy.

Portion your meals up into 4 and drizzle with balsamic vinegar.


Chicken stir fry

Chicken stir fry is a super easy midweek meal and this one will only take 20 minutes to make.

Ingredients:

1 chicken breast

100g medium noodles

2 tbsp dark soy sauce

1 tsp Chinese five spice

1 tsp honey

1 tsp ginger paste

1 tsp garlic paste

1 tbsp sesame oil

1 tsp rice wine vinegar

200g beansprouts

100g mange tout


Cut your chicken into thin strips. Season with salt, pepper, and Chinese rice spice and fry.

Add ginger and garlic paste, and then the other wet ingredients. Simmer for a few minutes.

Add vegetables and stir fry for a few minutes.

Cook noodles, and add them to the pan.

Serve with a garnish of spring onion and sesame seeds.


Slow cooked beef and vegetables

This slow cooked beef is ideal for a Friday evening and can be served with roasted vegetables.

Ingredients:

500g diced beef

1 tbsp flour

Salt and pepper

1 tin chopped tomatoes

1 beef stock cube

400ml water

2 tsp mixed herbs

400g chantenay carrots

1 head broccoli

Brown your beef in a dry pan with flour, salt and pepper.

Add all ingredients to the slow cooker. Cook for 8 hours. Adjust thickness of the sauce by using cornflour.

Serve with steamed chantenay carrots and broccoli.


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What To Do When You Unplug for A Day

 


Lately, I've been thinking about how productive you can actually be if you remove the digital distractions just for ONE day.  That's all.  24 hours.   And you're asleep for some of that time so really it's not even that many hours that you have to make the conscious effort.  


So whether you just wanna see what it's like to unplug for a full day or if you have things you want to get done and finally have a legit reason to unplug, so you can get them done - here are 5 things you can do around your home when you unplug for an entire day.

Using Baskets for Both Decor AND Storage

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

 

5 Ways To Use Baskets as Decor AND Storage

There's no greater feeling than walking in to a home that is clean AND organized.   Oh wait, there is - when your home is clean, organized, and has awesome decor that doesn't clutter it up more.   That's how my house is and I absolutely love it! 


People often say they need help organizing AND decorating and that's where I always recommend investing in baskets.  Baskets are a killer addition to your home because they not only corral your items and organized them but they also look nice as accent decor.  

So today I'm going to show you 5 ways that I use my newest basket, the Square Medium Laundry Basket from Peterboro Baskets. I love the neutral color of my basket because it goes with all of my decor so it's universal. It's 14" long, 14" wide, and 11" high so it's perfect for a variety of places in my home.

The Benefits of Eating Home Cooked Meals

 

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In today's fast-paced world, it is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Between work, family activities, and school obligations, there often isn't much time left for anything else. Unfortunately, this routine can lead to poor eating habits where people either eat out more than they would like or buy prepackaged food that may not be as healthy as home-cooked meals. Fortunately, even with a busy schedule, you can take some time to cook healthy meals at home!
You are in control of the Food-making Process

Unlike eating out or buying processed foods, you are in control of the food-making process. Cooking your meals gives you the authority over what goes into your meals -- whether healthy proteins, fresh vegetables, and fruits, or all sorts of different spices and herbs --- it's all up to you! The ingredients for many home-cooked dishes cost less than those found in restaurants. If you are an avid cook, it is also likely that you already have necessary kitchen ingredients and life-saving skills like how to properly clean your catch and marinate it.
 
Healthier Options

In addition to cost and convenience, home-cooked meals also offer healthier options. When you make a dish yourself, the ingredients are fresh, which means they will have more flavor! However, you need to know what's in your food to keep track of your calorie intake. Not only do many prepackaged foods contain unhealthy fats, sugars, and salts, but they can also contain unquantifiable additives.
 
Less Costly

Home-cooked meals are typically less costly than eating out. However, it is essential to remember that cooking from scratch won't permanently save you money, and it's always best to have a plan before investing in a pricier ingredient like steak or fish. With a bit of planning, though, you can get it right, so this shouldn't discourage you from enjoying homemade dishes more often.

Eating at restaurants may seem convenient, but they also offer unhealthy and affordable options such as fast food burgers and fried chicken wings. Unfortunately, it is easier for people who live busy lives to eat out more often than they would like.
 
You are in control of the Portions

Another benefit of home cooking is that you are in control of your portions. For example, if a recipe calls for two cups of water but your pot only holds one and a half cups, it doesn't matter because you can adjust to fit what is available.
 
Final Thoughts

The beauty of home cooking includes being in control over what goes into your meal; it is less expensive, offers healthier options, and the ability to serve the portions as you would like. You can accomplish all these by planning for ingredients or leftovers, which is a great way to ensure the above convenience. So often, eating out seems easy, but they have higher costs than preparing food yourself because restaurant meals are not frugal in the long run. Moreover, you can replicate restaurant meals at a lower price.




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How to Dress For a Class Reunion

Monday, July 12, 2021

 

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One thing you will have undoubtedly learned from celebrities is how to steal the show. It can be quite a boost to your ego if you show up at a class reunion looking like a million dollars after several decades from graduation.

If you got invited to a class reunion, you’ll want to do what it takes to look your best. You can use the class reunion to meet up with old friends, create new ones, or even shock former foes with your awesomeness. But, what are the secrets of success?

Take a look at the following inspirational ideas:
Buy a Designer Prom Dress

Let’s face it: you probably last wore a prom dress when you graduated from high school. But did you know there’s no reason to stop you from wearing another one today? You might already have dresses that can show off your shapely figure and dazzle the crowd.

However, if you don’t own such a dress, there are many places to buy designer prom dresses online and even locally. All you need to do is choose one that will impress everyone you meet.
 
Choose a Vibrant Color

When you do go shopping for a dress to impress your former classmates, make sure you consider examples that have vibrant colors. A bright color, or even white, is flattering and will make you stand out from the crowd.

The color you choose, along with the style of dress you select, should help you make a statement in a sea of faces. Also, another reason to choose a vibrant color for your dress is it’ll boost your look if you’re feeling stressed or anxious at the event.
 
Give Your Hair Some Care

Part of your look at your class reunion will involve your hairstyle. If you don’t really do much with your hair each day, now is the time to give your hair some care. There’s no reason to make significant changes; just make some minor tweaks.

For example, you could dye your hair if your roots show or add some highlights to it - especially if it’s been a while since you’ve done that. You might even surprise yourself with how your hairstyle can get transformed by making a few slight adjustments to it.
 
Keep the Dress Code in Mind

When you received your invitation for your class reunion, you will undoubtedly have been given the date, time, and venue details. You may also have been given a dress code to observe, although that doesn’t always happen with class reunion invitations.

Think about the venue. What would you wear to the venue if you went there for any other reason? Yes, it makes sense to “dress to impress,” but it also makes sense to wear clothing that fits your lifestyle.
 
Final Thoughts

Hopefully, the above tips have given you some inspiration on what to wear or how to look for your class reunion. Remember that the event is also to have fun, so don’t stress yourself out thinking of how to impress the people you once met each day as a youngster!



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Styling a Bar Cart

 

How To Style A Bar Cart


Whether it's a bar cart or a wine rack, either one can be a great decorative accent in your home while serving double duty as a practical solution for alcohol storage.  Plus bar carts with wheels can easily be moved into the room you're entertaining in.   But have you ever seen those perfectly styled bar carts on Instagram? Well, you can do that too!


3 Common Hearing Aid Issues

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

 
Statistics indicate that 28.8 million people need hearing aids but do not utilize them. On the other hand, those who use hearing aids report how beneficial these devices have been. However, they sometimes do not work due to internal or external damage that requires repairs. That said, here are three common hearing aid repairs to look out for.

Random switching off by itself

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Every hearing aid is designed with a switch button, but sometimes, the device will turn off by itself. This is one tell-tale sign that your device needs repairs. In most cases, this happens because of a problem with the hearing aid’s batteries; the battery may have run down and needs to be replaced. However, if the problem persists after changing the battery, you could be facing a more technical problem. The switch button in your hearing device is connected to tiny wires contained within the casing by design. Therefore, when there’s a tear or break in any wire, they lose contact and result in unregulated switching off.

Static sounds

Sometimes, a hearing aid repair is required due to issues with uncontrolled humidity. When moisture builds up within the internal components of your hearing aids, the result is usually static sounds. If you’ve ever tried tuning into a radio frequency but cannot quite get it right, those short and constant crackling sounds are known as static. That is what many users tend to hear when their hearing devices are in use. Usually, moisture accumulates in your hearing aid due to the failure to air them out often.

For example, after wearing your device for several hours, heat and humidity get trapped inside the shell. After a while, condensation takes place, which results in tiny drops of water in the device. For other users, static sounds are a result of improper device care. For instance, even though the hearing specialist cautions against wearing the device in the shower or swimming at the fitting, not everyone adheres to it. Consequently, flouting the maintenance rule results in damage that requires repair work.

Physical damage to the device

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Does your hearing aid drop onto the floor or hard surfaces frequently? Do you also see cracks or distortions along the edges of your device? Physical damage to hearing aids usually happens because of repeated falls onto any hard surface. In some instances, a sudden impact may not necessarily show on the outer parts of the device. However, there is a high possibility of breakage within its internal components.

If your device is the BTE type, the connecting tube or hook could break from a fall. Sometimes, the hook can be repaired, but the device may have to be changed entirely if it has more severe damage. Another common issue is a gradually declining sound quality, even when the hearing device is set at a high volume. In effect, any change you notice that is contrary to how it was before can be a sign that your device needs repair work. Your hearing aids are vital to your wellbeing, and it’s in your best interest to take good care of them.




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