Look for these three traits when choosing your child’s eye glasses

Children are notoriously active: If they’re not busy climbing a tree or jumping on a trampoline, chances are they’re swimming or playing soccer. For this reason, it’s especially important to find glasses for your child that won’t break or scratch easily. By keeping your child’s glasses intact, you save money and time, and they can continue seeing clearly. So, next time you schedule an appointment with an eye doctor on your True Dental Discounts vision plan, work with him to find glasses with these three traits:

  • Spring hinges – If your child is like most children with glasses, he probably pulls his glasses off without a lot of thought. Unfortunately, quick, jerked movements can often compromise the structure of normal glasses. That’s why glasses with spring hinges are a great buy; the springs boost the flexibility of the frames, making the glasses snap-resistant.
  • Polycarbonate lenses – These durable lenses are made from material that was created to withstand extreme wear and tear. In fact, polycarbonate can be found in bulletproof windows and astronaut visors! It goes without saying that lenses made with polycarbonate are great for children, particularly those who are involved in sports or other physical activities. In addition, polycarbonate lenses are lighter and thinner than most glasses, which means your child won’t have to keep pushing them back into place on their nose.
  • Scratch-resistant coating – Even though polycarbonate lenses come with a basic coating to prevent scratches, it’s a good idea to find a specialized coating to apply on top of the existing one.  It’s important to note that no lenses or coatings can completely prevent scratches, but applying an extra coat is a great way to stretch the time in between repairs. Many of these coatings also come with warranties just in case the lenses do scratch.

What is an audiologist?

According to the American Academy of Audiology, audiologists are primary health care professionals who “evaluate, diagnose, treat, and manage hearing loss and balance disorders in adults and children.” These doctors of audiology (Au.D.) can work in a wide range of environments, including ear-nose-throat offices, schools, universities, hospitals and private practices. Li-censure requirements for audiologists vary by state, but once the requirements are met, audiologists may treat patients ranging in age from infants to adults. Some of an audiologist’s most important responsibilities include:

  • Prescribing and fitting hearing aids
  • Recommending personal amplification systems and devices
  • Assisting with cochlear implants
  • Testing a patient’s hearing by measuring “the loudness at which a person begins to hear sounds, the ability to distinguish between sounds, and the impact of hearing loss on an individual’s daily life” (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • Designing hearing protection programs for schools and the workplace; conducting newborn hearing assessments
  • Performing hearing-related surgical monitoring
  • Providing “hearing rehabilitation training, such as auditory training, speech reading, and listening skills improvement” (American Academy of Audiology)
  • Researching treatments for hearing- and balance-related disorders

The AAA suggests that audiologists are able to treat nearly all forms of hearing loss. In cases of hearing loss caused by nerve damage, an audiologist may use hearing aids, assistive listening devices, and hearing rehabilitation to maximize the patient’s hearing capabilities. For more information about the role of audiologists in treating hearing loss, talk to an audiologist on your True Dental Discounts hearing plan. More than 2,000 provider locations are available throughout the nation, and participants are eligible to receive up to 58 percent on digital hearing aids nationwide. Start saving your hearing – and your wallet –today.

My child has hearing loss – now what?

Once a child has been diagnosed with any form of hearing loss, the parent’s next step is critical. In most cases, parents must work with a team of professionals to learn what to expect and how to adapt. According to the National Institute on Deafness and other Communicative Disorders, the child’s primary care provider can refer parents to an audiologist, an ear/nose/throat doctor, and a genetic specialist. This team can help determine the cause of the hearing loss and recommend a course of treatment, if possible. Parents should expect to answer questions about the child’s pre-natal and birth history, as well as the family’s medical history. In addition to this information, specialists may recommend further testing of the child, including genetic tests and balance or eye examinations.

All of these tests can help narrow down the cause of the hearing loss and potentially point to a treatment plan. For this reason, it is very important that you talk to a medical professional about your child’s hearing. An audiologist can guide you through the needed appointments and help your family adapt to any changes. Call today to find out how you can save money on these appointments with your True Dental Discounts hearing plan.

The link between chiropractic care and a healthy immune system

Chiropractors have known for years that taking care of your spinal health can lead to better physical health, as well. Now, research is uncovering the same link. A study in the Journal of Physiological and Manipulative Therapeutics showed that the health of a person’s immune system may be directly affected by the health of a person’s nervous system. In the study, white blood cells were shown to have receptor sites for chemicals produced by the nervous system. According to Chiropractic America, this suggests that white blood cells can communicate with the nervous system.

Researchers concluded that spinal misalignments can cause harm to a person’s immune system by interrupting the link between the nervous system and immune system. People who visit their chiropractor regularly may be able to stay healthier by restoring that communication and correcting any interruptions. Use your True Dental Discounts health plan to find a chiropractor who can help you learn more about the connection between a healthy immune system and chiropractic care. By using your plan, you can save a lot of money on preventative care that can help increase your overall wellness and happiness.

Could a prescription help treat my migraines?

If you suffer from the intense, throbbing headaches known as migraines, you join more than 30 million other Americans with this condition. Although prescription medications cannot specifically cure migraines, they can help remove the debilitating symptoms and help prevent future attacks. Drugs known as triptans help reduce the dilation of blood vessels in the brain that often cause migraines to worsen. According to pharmacist Jim Morelli, they target serotonin receptors and also interrupt the chain of chemical events that lead to a migraine. The sooner a person takes medication designed to stop the progression of a migraine, the better the results seen.

For patients whose migraines do not respond well to basic over-the-counter painkillers or general prescriptions, some doctors also prescribe drugs used for other conditions that have been found to help. These include antidepressants, antihistamines, and anticonvulsants. In the case of antihistamines, these drugs help relieve migraine symptoms by counteracting the dilation and inflammation caused by histamines in the body.

Side effects of medications used to treat migraines depends on the type prescribed. While triptans may cause tingling, sleepiness, and chest tightness, tricyclic antidepressants can cause weight gain and dry mouth, among other effects. It is important to talk to your doctor about prescriptions that may be able to help treat your migraines. He or she can help you figure out the right combination of medicines needed to relieve your symptoms. Also, ask your pharmacist if you have questions about dosage or side effects associated with a particular drug. By using your True Dental Discounts membership, you can save significant amounts of money on your prescriptions that will reduce your headaches and enrich your quality of life.