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The Hearing Company Reveal Handy Tips for Hearing Aid Users to Stay Active and Play Sports

As we look back upon a fantastic year for British sport, the UK’s leading provider of modern hearing aids has some great ideas about participating in sport, despite any hearing difficulty.

When the success of the London 2012 Olympic Games was only added to by the Paralympic games, an important message was sent out which made clear that just about anybody could take part in fun and exciting competitive sport and all would benefit from doing so; even those with hearing difficulties.

The modern hearing aid allows the hearing impaired to lead as normal a life as possible, and do many of the things that they might have done previously. But wearing hearing aids and playing various sports can be extremely challenging, whether those sports are played individually, or as part of a team.

Communication is vital in team sport, but that communication needn’t purely be verbal. If you are keen to remove your hearing aid during the game, it is important to speak to your coach and your teammates and suggest the best way for them to communicate with you during practice and match play. When the coach is dishing out important words of wisdom, make sure you have a clear line of sight to the information, or suggest an alternative method of getting the information across, such as a whiteboard.

As small electronic devices, a number of hearing aids can be sensitive to excessive sweat. A simple headband or sweatband will prevent any moisture from affecting the hearing aid, and can even help to keep the device in place.

A number of waterproof digital hearing aids are available, and these devices, won’t just help with a little sweat, but can also be worn whilst swimming. These devices are more expensive to purchase and are only recommended to regular swimmers.

For more information about the different types of hearing aid available and the ways to book a hearing test with The Hearing Company, visit the official website today.

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Ribbon Cutting & Launch of Breathmobile® in Alameda

On Friday, January 20, 2012, the Prescott-Joseph Center for Community Enhancement, Inc. (PJCCE), in partnership with the Alameda Boys & Girls Club and Alameda Head Start will host a special ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Alameda Boys & Girls Club, 1900 3rd Street in Alameda as it launches services of the PJCCE Breathmobile®, a 33ft pediatric mobile asthma clinic, in the City of Alameda. The press conference and ceremony will start at 10:00am and will include members of the Alameda School Board, City elected officials, Alameda Head Start representatives, Alameda County representatives, and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. Light refreshments will be provided.

Event: Breathmobile ® Press Conference & Ribbon Cutting
Friday, January 20, 2012
10:00am – 10:30am
Alameda Boys & Girls Club
1900 3rd Street, Alameda

Asthma rates for children in the City of Alameda, and particularly at Alameda Point are high in the 0-5 age group. Many families do not have insurance to access regular asthma health care,” says Washington Burns, MD, Executive Director of the Breathmobile. “We are happy to be partnering with the Alameda Head Start and Alameda Boys and Girls Club.” Dr. Burns was contacted in 2011 by Daniel Javes of Alameda Head Start, after Javes concerned about asthma rates in Head Start children, had heard about the work the Breathmobile was doing at schools in Oakland. Javes contacted Dr. Burns and said that the Boys and Girls Club would be a perfect site in Alameda to see children with asthma. Javes suggested he should contact George Phillips, Executive Director of the Alameda Boys & Girls Club, which he did. “The Breathmobile fits right in with our other health care initiatives like our dental clinic.” says George Phillips, the Club’s Executive Director, “It allows us to offer convenient access to services they might not otherwise use and will help us realize our goal of instilling healthy lifestyle habits in the children of our community.”

The Breathmobile®, the first of its kind in Northern California is owned and operated by PJCCE and is a 33 ft. Winnebago RV outfitted with the latest equipment to function as a pediatric mobile asthma clinic. Inside the van, there are an intake station, a small waiting space, a testing area for vital signs including Oximetry, allergen skin testing and spirometry, and an exam room. On board are two computer systems, the first has a health risk assessment system for asthma, and a screening module for pre-diabetes, and the other system is a state of the art electronic medical records system called “AsmaTrax.” Asthma and allergy specialists on-board include Pediatric Allergists, Registered Nurses, and Respiratory Therapists. A video system is also on board to play educational videos and CDs. Services are provided in English and Spanish, and are available at no cost to children and families. The Breathmobile® will also provide services at the Matheson Head Start in Alameda Point.

The Breathmobile’s® mission is to reduce the effects of asthma among economically challenged families by providing a sustainable, accessible asthma management program that will focus on regular preventive care, thereby shifting families away from acute episodic and emergency care.

There are other Breathmobiles® operating throughout the US, including Los Angeles, Orange County, Chicago, Baltimore, University of Alabama, and Phoenix, Arizona. All of these units form a national collaborative organization linked by a computer system located at USC to study and improve the effective treatment and management of asthma. Collaborative studies of Breathmobile® units in Chicago, Baltimore, Los Angeles and Orange counties in Southern California show a dramatic 73% reduction in Emergency Room visits and hospitalizations of asthma children being served by their Breathmobiles®. In its two years of operation, the PJC Breathmobile® has shown significant decrease in emergency room visits from 122 to 2, asthmarelated hospitalizations from 63 to 1, and school absences from 351 days to 17.

“There are so many diseases that we cannot control, but asthma is a controllable disease,“ says Dr. Burns, “By having the Breathmobile®, we can drastically reduce emergency room visits, hospitalizations, school absenteeism, reduce medical costs, and decrease morbidity and mortality of asthma by teaching patients how to control their children’s asthma. We are also increasing children’s academic performance.”

Founded in 1995, the Prescott Joseph Center for Community Enhancement, Inc. works to enhance the wellbeing of individuals and families in the West Oakland community through a broad range of wellness, education and cultural programs, and resources delivered in a safe, welcoming, respectful environment. Prescott Joseph Center partners with organizations and agencies to deliver services and referrals within the community. Located in the Prescott district, also called the Lower Bottom,” of West Oakland it is a center for community services, education, culture and development. Prescott Joseph Center for Community Enhancement has a three-fold mission to: promote the individual self-esteem of citizens in the community through education, skill training and cultural programs, thus supporting healthy families and economic self-sufficiency; promote the on-going renewal of community spirit among West Oakland residents and to organize and promote community activities that facilitate economic, social and cultural development within West Oakland community.

For more information, about the Breathmobile ® of Northern California, please contact Washington Burns, Executive Director at 510-290-1476 or e-mail:drburns@prescottjoseph.org. You may also visit the Breathmobile® website at:www.breathmobile-nca.org.

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Ear Plugs Help You Sleep Soundly Without The Use Of Drugs

All Ear Plugs, an online ear plug retailer, has seen an increase in popularity for sleeping earplugs. Heartech Silentear earplugs have taken the top spot, offering a noise reduction rating of 32 decibels (dB), which eliminates most sounds and allows the wearer to fall asleep peacefully.

Claire Brown, E-Commerce Manager at All Ear Plugs has said that earplugs can be just as, if not more, effective than sleeping pills. “When you suffer from sleepless nights, it’s very easy to turn to tablets in hope that they will make a difference. However, a more cost effective way of ensuring a good night’s sleep can lie in wearing earplugs. Sleeping earplugs like Mack’s Pillow Soft earplugs can eliminate surrounding noises allowing wearers to fall asleep peacefully and quickly.”

It’s easy to fall asleep in silence and that is what sleeping earplugs aim to provide, silence. Eliminating noises such as the sound of ongoing traffic or next door neighbours’ dog can create a peaceful atmosphere. Once that is removed all the thoughts of what you would like to do to the barking dog or the person blasting their horn will turn into peaceful dreams.

The amount of noise you wish to block all lies in the earplugs noise reduction rating. For instance Mack’s Ultra Safe Sound earplugs can eliminate noises up to 32dB. That is the equivalent of a loud conversation and an office environment. It may not seem much, but when you wear these earplugs the sound of city traffic can be reduced from 80 decibels to 48dB.

All Ear Plugs suggests that people should try out a pair of sleeping earplugs before reaching for drugs. Earplugs could offer you the solution you’re after at a fraction of the cost.

Please note if a lack of sleep is affecting your daily life and you feel that it’s a problem, please consult with your GP.

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Nominate Your Loved One for the ‘Gift of Hearing’ from Estes Audiology

Estes Audiology (www.HearLifeAgain.com), a professional hearing healthcare provider dedicated to improving the lives of the hearing impaired and their families is again giving away three sets of hearing aids during its annual “Gift of Hearing” holiday giveaway. Each year, Estes Audiology donates hearing aids in December to worthy individuals who suffer from hearing loss and lack the financial resources to purchase hearing aids. Estes Audiology is soliciting nominations regarding qualified participants starting today thru December 9, 2011. On December 14th, the recipients of the ‘Gifts of Hearing’ will be notified.

“We are fortunate to live and work in the great communities of New Braunfels, Georgetown and Boerne. During this holiday season, Estes Audiology wants to continue its annual tradition of helping those in need of hearing assistance through our ‘Gift of Hearing’ program, ” said Soriya Estes, Au.D., founder and owner of Estes Audiology. “This annual giveaway is our way of saying thanks to the people of Central Texas. It warms all of our hearts when we hear what an impact our gift has made.”

Jane Whitehouse was a past recipient from the “Gift of Hearing”. When reflecting on the impact of receiving such a gift, she emotionally says, “I cannot put into words what Estes Audiology has done for me. That same year my husband passed away and I was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, a blood disorder. For years, I had been plagued with hearing loss. With the hearing aids, I could hear again. Words cannot express the gratitude that I feel towards Estes Audiology and its staff for this wonderful gift.” Her daughter-in-law Lisa Whitehouse added, “It was definitely the best Christmas gift I have ever been a part of. Receiving the hearing aids has totally changed her life.”

To be considered as a recipient for ‘the Gift of Hearing’, participants or those who nominate them must write a short essay – 400 words or less – describing how hearing aids would impact them and the lives of the people with whom they interact. Nominations and essays for the ‘Gift of Hearing’ holiday giveaway may be submitted directly to info@estesaudiology.com or may be mailed to Estes Audiology Hearing Center, 1528 Common Street, Suite 5, New Braunfels, Texas 78130. The winners will be selected based on the following criteria: hearing need, financial need, opportunity to impact the recipient’s life, and opportunity to impact the lives of the people with whom they interact.

This is the sixth year that Estes Audiology Hearing Centers has given away sets of hearing aids to deserving individuals. Since the ‘Gift of Hearing’ program’s inception in 2005, Estes Audiology has given away more than 13 pairs of hearing aids to hearing impaired individuals – an in-kind donation worth more than $59,000.

Estes Audiology, a woman-owned professional hearing healthcare provider, was founded by Soriya Estes, Au.D., a well-known Central Texas audiologist and former adjunct professor at the University of Texas-Austin. Estes Audiology currently has offices in New Braunfels, Georgetown, Boerne and San Marcos. Putting its patients first, employing only the most talented and educated staff, using state-of-the-art measurement tools, and providing the most digitally effective hearing solutions and devices, Estes Audiology is the hearing healthcare provider of choice in Central Texas.

To learn more about Estes Audiology and to take its online hearing evaluation, visit HearLifeAgain.com.

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New Website Aims To Help Texans In Need Of Medicaid Hearing Aids

Hearing Aid Express launched  Texas Medic Aid Hearing Aid to help eligible Texas Medicaid recipients understand their benefits and successfully be fit with quality hearing aids.

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This site helps those eligible for Medicaid hearing aid benefits navigate the process of getting hearing devices, step-by-step.

To see if you have a hearing loss , schedule an appointment at a Hearing Aid Express office. Provide your Medicaid card and a photo ID upon check in.  We will give you a 100% free hearing test to determine the degree of your hearing loss and if an eligible hearing loss is found suggest the appropriate device.

Next, visit a doctor who will examine your ears and determine if there is a medical reason why you should not be fitted with hearing instruments . The doctor will complete a medical release form that is downloadable from the Texasmedicaidhearingaids.com site. Bring the completed medical release to any Hearing Aid Express office and you will be fit with hearing aids.

Following a significant change in Medicaid benefits for the hearing impaired, eligible residents can now get a pair of quality hearing aids (average value of $4800) at no cost to them every five years. Prior to Dec. 2008 it was only one aid every six years.

Many might not be aware how quickly hearing aid technology has evolved in recent years. Today’s hearing instruments are tiny and are equipped with state-of-the-art features that offer quality performance.

Because there have been instances of Medicaid fraud, this website also features a special section to help Medicaid recipients avoid becoming victims.

Since hearing has a tremendous impact on lifestyle, it is important to get your hearing tested for free if you believe you have a hearing loss. Hearing Aid Express, a leading provider of hearing aids in Texas, is striving to share information and fit area Medicaid recipients with quality hearing instruments.

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Sinusitis Treatment Rather Than Sinus Surgery

General Home Pharmacy Inc. Sinus Dynamics™ announced the company has successfully treated over 25,000 patients suffering from Nasal Allergies, Sinus Infections and Sinusitis. Sinus surgery was recommended for over 75% of these patients; however they chose SinusDynamics™; a topical sinus treatment using nebulized antibiotic and anti-inflammatory medications to treat sinusitis rather than sinus surgery.

Sinus surgery or Sinusitis surgery is often times the last option to treat this chronic sinusitis condition. SinusDynamics™ has an alternative non-surgical sinusitis treatment option with proven efficacy and safety. For patients whose quality of life is regularly impacted by acute sinusitis or chronic sinusitis, this non-invasive nasal sinus treatment with Nasal nebulizer offers the convenience of treating their condition from the comfort of their own home or work place without any limitation or interference associated with any sinus surgery.

What does combined antibiotic and anti-inflammatory nebulized treatment mean for patients suffering with Nasal Allergies, Sinus Infections or Sinusitis? SinusDynamics’™ combined antibiotic and anti-inflammatory treatment is a non-surgical solution offering the most advanced technology in treating sinusitis. This treatment method targets the source of the infection directly, resulting in quicker and better outcomes for patients with little to NO side effects. The SinusDynamics™ treatment is quick and easy-to-use, providing patients with an alternative to surgery.

Findings in clinical studies have shown SinusDynamics’™ combined antibiotic and anti-inflammatory medications improved and treat the condition of sinusitis patients. The SinusDynamics™ deposition of smaller particle size is supported by experimental and clinical studies. Researchers found that Sinus Dynamics increased deposition of aerosolized antibiotics in the maxillary sinus resulted in longer infection-free periods for patients with acute and chronic sinusitis. This study used particles with a mean diameter of 3.2 µm.

Researchers retrospectively found 82.9% of patients treated with Sinus Dynamics™ nasal nebulized antibiotics with mean particle diameter of 3.2 µm had a “good” or “excellent” response in treatment of Sinusitis. The medicated mist penetrates the tissues of sinus cavities and sinus infection topically to treat sinuses that are inflamed and infected. Physicians from across the country fax their prescriptions to Sinus Dynamics™ with combined antibiotic and anti-inflammatory nebulized topical treatment for their sinusitis patients.

Sinus Dynamics™ provides patients with a high level of customer service. SinusDynamics™ insurance billing and patient follow-up is unmatched. The company has a wealth of data and information gathered from their patient base and strives to ensure that each patient receives and achieves the optimal experience and results.

For most sinusitis sufferers (before or after sinus surgery), the infection can often times take over their lives – requiring numerous treatments throughout the years. Sinus Dynamics™ sinusitis and allergy treatment offers patients the option not to settle for simply managing the symptoms of a chronic disease with surgery.

Sinus Dynamics™ has raised awareness among influential groups, such as The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI), to include the nasal sinus nebulizer combined Antibiotic and Anti-Inflammatory treatment in their treatment regimens. There is also a growing trend that discusses the overuse of oral antibiotics and the issue of antibiotic “resistance” and how alternative antibiotic therapies with nasal nebulizer need to be used and evaluated at the time of treatment. Physicians need to consider not just topical antibiotics but alternative delivery methods such as nasal nebulized therapy utilizing the SinusAero which is the only nasal nebulizer offered exclusively by SinusDynamics™.

Contact Sinus Dynamics™ at 877-447-4276 visit their web site at  www.sinusdynamics.com. Sinus Dynamics™ works with otolaryngologists, allergy & immunology, infectious disease specialists, and pulmonary specialists throughout the United States; providing custom compounded medications, exclusively formulated to treat sinus infections and inflammation through nebulized topical sinus treatment. A network of representatives is available for on-site demonstrations and consultation.

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The Hospital Group Reports A Significant Increase In Ear Reshaping Surgeries

The Hospital Group has reported that they have seen a 21% increase in women having an otoplasty (ear reshaping) procedure over the past 3 years.

Otoplasty, or, ear correction, is a popular procedure amongst both men and women of all ages. Ears that protrude or appear overly large can often cause great emotional distress, which is why ear correction is one of our most common cosmetic procedures.

A spokesperson for The Hospital Group, said: “We have seen an increase in almost all cosmetic surgery procedures in women, and otoplasty is no exception. This procedure that can definitely improve a person’s self confidence.”

Whatever the problem, in the hands of a skilled plastic surgeon, most of these imperfections can be considerably improved. Ear reshaping can therefore, give the patient both a visual and also a psychological improvement

The Hospital Group is one of the UK’s leading providers of plastic surgery, number one in Obesity Surgery and breast enlargement surgery experts. So whatever your requirements, you’re in safe hands!

Since The Hospital Group was established in 1992, it has risen to become the UK’s biggest plastic surgery providers, performing more gastric procedures last year than the NHS. The Hospital Group is committed to providing the very highest standards and all procedures are performed by an expert medical team in state-of-the-art facilities that are second to none.

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Co-operative Pharmacy Offers Free Hearing Tests

The Co-Operative Pharmacy has pledged to provide free hearing tests at a number of their branches throughout the UK. The proposal is a part of a new audiology service being trialled in selected branches in the UK as an effort to help those with hearing problems get the treatment they need.

Many UK patients do not notice any deterioration in their hearing and it is hoped that by having these sessions made available that the Co-Operative Pharmacy can help identify who may need a hearing aid.

If after taking part in the free hearing test that the patient is identified as having hearing difficulties then they will then be offered advice on purchasing a hearing aid, either privately or being referred to a GP if they wish to get one via the National Health Service.

For patients opting to purchase privately they will be able to have their hearing aid fitted within 3 weeks and free follow up appointments to make sure everything is fine at their pharmacy.

The Co-Operative aims to have the service in 80 of its branches nationwide with fully qualified audiologists available twice a month for consultations by September 2009.

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Acurest – The First Non-Invasive, Drug-Free, Predictable Solution For Snoring And Sleep-Related Problems

“Acurest™ finger wraps provide the first non-invasive, drug-free, predictable solution for snoring and Sleep-Related Problems“, says Dr. Gerald Smith, CEO of the International Center for Nutritional Research and author of several books including Headaches Aren’t Forever and Alternative Treatments For Conquering Chronic Pain.

Acurest

The inventor of the Acurest™ Anti-Snoring Device is Eula Mae Pollard – a reflex therapist from Mississippi, United State. Ms. Pollard discovered, in April 2006, that continuous massage to the first joints of the thumbs and index fingers could prevent snoring and other sleep related problems.

This discovery came after twenty-four years of study and the utilization of a simple therapy that helped her and others recover from disabling injuries.

In 1980, Eula Mae Pollard suffered a severe whiplash injury which gave rise to a rare arthritis of the spine and fibromyalgia, Told by a rheumatologist that she would have to take medication for the rest of her life, she worried that this would be no cure for the underlying cause of her condition and decided to research alternative options.

One day as she sat crying, her son handed her a book on reflex therapy, that her grandmother had left her. He said “Here, Mother, read this, it will help you”. She had glanced through this book before and thought it sounded to good to be true, but her son’s words, “It will help you”, touched her deeply.

Eula Mae propped the book up on a pillow as she was unable to hold it up, and could only read two or three chapters at a time because her severe pain and stiffness seemed to distort her concentration and her ability to comprehend. As she was reading she decided out of desperation to prove or disprove whether reflex therapy could relieve pain. In one of the chapters she learned how to stop throat pain, and it so happened that one week later she woke up with a severe sore throat.

Eula Mae considered the sore throat a great opportunity to test reflex therapy. She massaged her right hand as directed in the book, and the pain on the right side of her throat disappeared. She repeated the massage on my left hand, and got the same pain relief on the left side of her throat. In five minutes her throat was completely pain-free.

Eula Mae felt as if God had shown her this, and she thanked him for it immediately.

Her throat pain returned in two hours, so she repeated the therapy every two hours that day, and had less pain every time it returned. The next morning she was pain free.

This proof gave her new hope in finding a solution for her overall body pain and stiffness. She continued to study the book, and continued to massage her hands and fingers in a certain way. Her pain and stiffness began to diminish as days went by. She found that she couldn’t miss a once-daily treatment, and soon regained her health in every respect and started to give reflex treatments to family and friends.

This is what eventualluy gave birth to Acurest™ (Snoring Remedy), a solution to the age-old problem of snoring.

She named the finger wraps Acurest™, because they prevent Snoring and other sleep-related problems. Acurest™ allows one to get accurate rest, when they sleep.

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WeInterpret.Net and University of Maryland Medical System Expand Contract

WeInterpret.Net has signed a contract with the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) and has been providing sign language interpreting services to both the University of Maryland Medical Center and the University Specialty Hospital, both in Baltimore. The additional seven member hospitals have now been added to the contract. Located in Baltimore City and Glen Burnie, along with Cambridge, Easton, and Chestertown on the eastern shore, the list of participating hospitals includes Maryland General Hospital, Baltimore Washington Medical Center, Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital, Memorial Hospital at Easton, Chester River Hospital Center, Dorchester General Hospital, and the James Lawrence Kernan Hospital. As one of the largest hospital networks and related clinic services in Maryland, hundreds of patients each year require interpreting services to communicate successfully with hospital staff and medical personnel. WeInterpret.Net, providing interpreting services throughout the state of Maryland and in many locations across the country, is pleased to have been chosen by the University Medical System to provide services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Nationally Certified and Qualified Interpreters provided by WeInterpret.Net assure that the hospital is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. which requires equal access through appropriate methods of communication.

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Appropriate communication methods vary by individual and We Interpret.Net can provide interpreters skilled in American Sign Language, Signed English, The Rochester Method, Cued Speech and Oral Interpretation. In areas such as the Washington / Baltimore metro area, interpreters are in high demand and short supply. “Full-time staff interpreters along with managers who are also certified interpreters, allows the agency to respond to every request with qualified interpreters even on the busiest of days or during the overnight and weekend hours,” stated Tauna Faries, Vice President of Operations for WeInterpret.Net.

About WeInterpret.Net
Maryland Interpreting Services, a Maryland corporation doing business as WeInterpret.Net and WeInterpretLinked was established in 1996. Owner and President, David Stephenson is a nationally certified interpreter. Since its establishment, it has provided some 6 million hours of interpreting services to some 900 customers through offices in Utah, Virginia, Maryland and New Mexico. Staff Interpreters and Independent Sub-Contractors numbering over 1000 provide On-Site (www.WeInterpret.Net) and Video Remote Interpreting. (www.WeInterpretLinked.com)

About University of Maryland Medical System
The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) was created in 1984 when the state-owned University Hospital became a private, nonprofit organization. It has evolved into a multi-hospital system with academic, community and specialty service missions reaching every part of the state and beyond. (www.umm.edu) UMMS is a national and regional referral center for trauma, cancer care, neurocare, cardiac care, women’s and children’s health and physical rehabilitation. It also has one of the world’s largest kidney transplant programs, as well as scores of other programs that improve the physical and mental health of thousands of people daily.

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WeInterpret.Net Signs With The University Of Maryland Medical System To Provide Sign Language Interpreting

WeInterpret.Net a Sign Language Interpreting agency in Maryland has a contract with the University of Maryland Medical System and is providing Interpreting services currently to the University of Maryland Medical Center and the University Specialty Hospital, both in Baltimore. This contract is for the provision of services to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing patients when communicating with their medical providers. As one of the largest hospitals in the area, the contract for interpreting services is one of the largest outside of the federal government entities in the state of Maryland. This contract allows the hospital to be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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WeInterpret.Net has signed a contract with the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) and is currently providing signed language interpreting services to both the University of Maryland Medical Center and the University Specialty Hospital, both in Baltimore. As one of the largest hospital networks and related clinic services in Baltimore, hundreds of patients require interpreting services to communicate successfully with hospital staff and medical personnel. WeInterpret.Net, providing interpreting services throughout the state of Maryland and to many locations across the country, is pleased to have been chosen by the University Medical System to provide services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Nationally Certified and Qualified Interpreters provided by WeInterpret.Net assure that the hospital is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 which requires equal access through appropriate methods of communication

Appropriate communication methods vary by individual and We Interpret.Net can provide interpreters skilled in American Sign Language, Signed English, The Rochester Method, Cued Speech and Oral Interpretation. In areas such as the Washington / Baltimore metro area, interpreters are in high demand and short supply. “Full-time staff interpreters along with managers who are also certified interpreters, allows the agency to respond to every request with qualified interpreters even on the busiest of days or during the overnight and weekend hours,” stated Tauna Faries, Vice President of Operations for WeInterpret.Net.

About WeInterpret.Net
Maryland Interpreting Services, a Maryland corporation doing business as WeInterpret.Net and WeInterpretLinked was established in 1996. Owner and President, David Stephenson is a nationally certified interpreter. Since its establishment, it has provided some 6 million hours of interpreting services to some 900 customers through offices in Utah, Virginia, Maryland and New Mexico. Staff Interpreters and Independent Sub-Contractors numbering over 1000 provide On-Site (www.WeInterpret.Net) and Video Remote Interpreting. (www.WeInterpretLinked.com)

About University of Maryland Medical System

The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) was created in 1984 when the state-owned University Hospital became a private, nonprofit organization. It has evolved into a multi-hospital system with academic, community and specialty service missions reaching every part of the state and beyond. (www.umm.edu)

UMMS is a national and regional referral center for trauma, cancer care, neurocare, cardiac care, women’s and children’s health and physical rehabilitation. It also has one of the world’s largest kidney transplant programs, as well as scores of other programs that improve the physical and mental health of thousands of people daily.

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Deaf Individuals Are Now Provided With Cost Effective Interpreting Solution By WeInterpret.Net

WeInterpret.Net and We Interpret Linked open a Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) call center in Owings Mills, Maryland. This new call center, staffed with local, nationally certified Sign Language Interpreters, allows companies to obtain interpreting services for their deaf patients, clients and customers in rural areas nationwide. The costs of travel and last minute cancellations can now be minimized by taking advantage of state of the art technology while remaining compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

We Interpret Linked announces the opening of a call center in Owings Mills to provide access to communication during interactions between Deaf and Hearing individuals. Through state of the art Video Phone technology, hospitals, businesses, school districts and government organizations can obtain the services of an interpreter 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act has mandated that communication access be provided by all private companies to allow for equal access to all citizens who use alternative means of communicating. The new call center allows a single location to employ up to 20 full time interpreters available to consumers across the country at the touch of a button.

Although the preferred method of communication varies depending on individual preferences, the most common communication support service is that of an interpreter. In areas such as the Washington / Baltimore metro area, interpreters are in high demand and short supply. Often interpreters are not available and the situation is magnified by the fact that interpreters can spend as much as half of their day traveling from job to job. Costs of travel time and mileage are often passed on to the company responsible for paying for this service. “Citizens and businesses in rural areas of the country have difficulty locating interpreters within a reasonable travel distance,” says David Stephenson, President of Maryland Interpreting Services. Even in the most remote locations, interpreters are now available and companies can benefit by availing their goods and services to a larger community of customers. According to Gallaudet University, there are over 10 Million Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals, potential customers currently underserved in America today.


About WeInterpret.Net
Maryland Interpreting Services, a Maryland corporation doing business as WeInterpret.Net and WeInterpretLinked.Com was established in 1996. Owner and President, David Stephenson is a nationally certified interpreter. Since its establishment, it has provided some 6 million hours of interpreting services to some 900 customers through offices in Utah, Virginia, Maryland and New Mexico. Staff Interpreters and Independent Sub-Contractors numbering over 1000 provide on-site interpreting and VRI operation since 2007.

About Video Remote Interpreting

IP based video and audio communication technology allows an interpreter in a call center to be seen and heard at a remote site wherever business interactions occur between Deaf and Hearing persons. A light weight, portable Video Phone is required at the business site and at the call center interpreter work station. High speed Internet service is required at both sites as well.

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Mack’s® Earplugs Are #1 Doctor-Recommended Brand According To New Research

Mack’s® Earplugs (www.macksearplugs.com), a world leader in hearing protection products, is the #1 doctor-recommended brand according to new research completed by Kelton Research (www.keltonresearch.com), a leading independent market research firm with clients that include McDonald’s, ESPN, Whole Foods, Wal-Mart and Proctor & Gamble. Mack’s® Earplugs are manufactured by McKeon Products, Inc.

In research conducted in November 2008 involving 151 Ear, Nose and Throat doctors from across the U.S., Mack’s® was found to be the brand that doctors recommend most. Mack’s® is the #1 doctor-recommended brand for both its moldable silicone and soft foam earplugs. Additionally, when the doctors were asked about specific issues including prevention of hearing loss and getting a good night’s sleep with a snoring spouse, Mack’s® moldable silicone earplugs and its foam earplugs are the #1 doctor-recommended brands. The research also revealed Mack’s® is the #1 doctor-recommended brand of moldable silicone earplugs to help prevent swimmer’s ear.

“This research is further validation of the excellent quality of all Mack’s® Earplugs products,” said Devin Benner, President and CEO, McKeon Products, Inc.“We’ve worked hard to provide comfortable, effective and convenient products that meet the needs of people concerned with ear health and hearing safety. We’re pleased that Mack’s® is the #1 doctor-recommended brand of earplugs.”

Innovation is an important element of the Mack’s® Earplugs success story. The company recently unveiled Mack’s® Roll-Ups™ Wallet Earplugs, designed to address the biggest problem faced by earplug wearers – not having them when you need them. Mack’s® Roll-Ups™ Wallet Earplugs feature patent-pending technology and fit easily into a wallet. Each package is smaller than a credit card and includes a pair of silky smooth strips of foam that roll up quickly and easily — providing the ultimate in convenience, comfort and hearing protection.

Mack’s® is the #1 doctor-recommended brand in the U.S., with a variety of products designed for sleep, travel, swimming and overall noise reduction. Since 1962, McKeon Products, Inc. has led the retail ear care industry with its original and #1-selling Mack’s® Pillow Soft® silicone earplugs. Today, McKeon manufactures a full range of earplugs for a variety of uses. The Mack’s® line of products also includes sleep masks, ear drying aids, lens wipes and earwax removal drops. McKeon, an ISO 9001:2000 quality certified company, is committed to supplying the highest quality, innovative products at the lowest possible price.

McKeon Products, Inc. is based in Warren, Mich. The phone number is (586) 427-7560.

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