Hands & Safety
Fireworks are a staple for Fourth of July celebrations in the U.S. The thrill of fireworks, however, can be dangerous. On average, 230 people visit the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the weeks around July 4. Most of these injuries are to the hands and fingers. Fireworks can also cause serious injuries to your eyes.
Typical fireworks injuries can be caused by firecrackers, bottle rockets, sparklers and more. Sparklers can burn at about 2,000 degrees, hot enough to melt metal!
While the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) encourages you to attend public fireworks displays, which are monitored for safety by a local fire department, here are some fireworks safety tips to follow while setting off fireworks at home:
Mental Health and Suicide Support
"Our nation is in the throes of a crisis of Veteran suicide. Every day, about 20 Veterans, Guardsmen and reservists take their lives, around 6,000 per year. More Veterans die by suicide each year than have been killed in action in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts combined and their suicide rate is 1.5 times the general population after adjusting for age and sex."
This Is A National Call To Action. Join us
End Alzheimer's Disease
"The Longest Day" is the day with the most light - the summer solstice. On June 20, people from across the world will fight the darkness of Alzheimer's through a fundraising activity of their choice. While participation in The Longest Day may look a little different this year, due to physical distancing, we have plenty of fun activities that you can participate in at home to engage family, friends, and co-workers. act.alz.org/site/TR?fr_id=13035&pg=entry
Your Preventative Care Is Important To Us
The Doctors You Know – The Safety You Can Trust
We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a great deal of change to our lives. While many things have changed, our commitment to your health and safety continues to be our number one priority.
Our Primary Care Clinics and Urgent Care Clinics Morningside and Northside locations are open. We will begin resuming services that we had put on hold due to COVID-19, including increasing patients in the office for sick visits, follow up for chronic conditions and other pertinent visits. It is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle and see your doctor for your chronic care conditions.
Your preventive care is also very important to us. If your annual wellness visit was postponed, we want to ensure you are up to date with all your screenings and other preventive care. We also want to help you manage any ongoing conditions so you can experience your best possible quality of life.
Safety and cleanliness in our clinic has always been very important. Now it is more important than ever. That’s why we are taking extra measures, and things will seem a bit different next time you come to the clinics. These changes are for your well-being, and we hope you continue to feel welcome and comfortable in our clinics. Your health is our top priority. Here are some things that have changed:
Thank you for choosing Family Health Care of Siouxland. It’s our joy and privilege to care for you. We look forward to seeing you soon.
3 Types of Hearing Loss
Types of Hearing Loss
Hearing loss can be experienced in varying degrees, such as mild, moderate, moderately-severe, severe or profound. Additionally, this loss can also vary depending on pitches or frequencies. A series of hearing tests can determine the amount of loss you experience compared to an average of many other adult listeners with typical hearing.
The volume of sounds you hear is measured in decibels (dB), 15-20 dB being the softest whisper and 120 dB being a jet engine. The softest sounds one can hear are called thresholds. Normal hearing thresholds for adults are considered 0-25 dB across the range of frequencies tested. Speech testing is also conducted as a part of this series of evaluations and helps to assess the levels of particular words you can hear clearly. These tests can help determine the type of hearing loss you’re experiencing, which can be categorized conductive, sensorineural or mixed.
Conductive hearing loss
Conductive hearing loss occurs when there is a problem with the way sound is conducted to the inner ear and a structure called the cochlea. The problem may lie in the ear canal, eardrum (tympanic membrane) or the middle ear (ossicles and Eustachian tube). The inner ear and auditory nerve remain unaffected in this type of hearing loss.
Symptoms for conductive hearing loss are similar to the other types; however, individuals may complain of sounds being muffled or far too quiet.
Some causes of conductive hearing loss can include:
Sensorineural hearing loss
Sensorineural hearing loss occurs when there is a problem with the sensory receptors of the hearing system, specifically in the cochlea of the inner ear or auditory nerve. The majority of sensorineural hearing loss occurs as a result of an abnormality or damage to the hair cells in the cochlea. This abnormality prevents sound from being transmitted to the brain normally, which results in a hearing loss.
Individuals with sensorineural hearing loss may hear muffled speech, suffer from tinnitus (or ringing in the ears), have difficulty hearing in background noise or clarity of speech problems.
There are a number of causes of sensorineural hearing loss, including:
Mixed hearing loss
Mixed hearing loss occurs when a person has a sensorineural hearing loss in combination with a conductive hearing loss. This means there is a problem in the inner ear as well as in the outer and/or middle ear.
The conductive hearing loss may be temporary or permanent, depending on the source of the problem. Mixed hearing loss can sometimes be treated with medical management and hearing aids are a common treatment recommendation.