In this issue
April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

When to be screened for a hearing problem

By Harvard Health Letters | "What?" How often do you have to ask this question during conversations? If the answer is often, you could have a hearing problem.

Nearly a third of adults ages 65 to 74 and almost 50 percent of those age 75 or older have at least some degree of hearing loss, according to the National Institutes of Health. First to go are the high-frequency sounds--the "s" and "th" sounds in words. Later, lower-frequency sounds become muffled, too.

Hearing loss is an inevitable part of getting older, says Dr. David Vernick, assistant clinical professor of otology and laryngology at Harvard Medical School. With hearing aids and other treatments available, you don't have to settle for silence--yet many of us do. We're willing to sacrifice conversations, concerts, and phone calls rather than wear a hearing aid. According to one survey, just 14 percent of adults who need hearing aids actually wear them.

The time to get screened is when you -- or someone close to you -- notices a problem with your hearing.

"People usually go for screening if they often have to say 'what?' and their partner or colleagues say they need to get their hearing checked," Dr. Vernick says.

You might have a hearing problem if you:

1. Have trouble following conversations or picking up voices in noisy rooms

2. Have to turn your TV or radio up loud to hear it

3. Need to read lips or strain to hear

4. Hear a ringing, hissing, or roaring sound in your ears (these are signs of tinnitus, which can be a symptom of hearing loss)



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If any of these issues has been bothering you, visit your primary care provider. The doctor will first check for problems that can prevent sound waves from reaching the inner ear, such as earwax buildup, fluid in the ear, or a punctured eardrum. These are causes of conductive hearing loss, which can usually be reversed with treatment.

If none of these problems is to blame, you'll have a hearing test done. During the test, you'll listen for low-frequency, mid-frequency, and high-frequency tones. If you can't hear the sounds, you might have sensorineural hearing loss--damage to the inner ear or auditory nerve. At that point, your doctor will send you to an otolaryngologist--a doctor who treats problems related to the ears, nose, and throat--or an audiologist, a specialist who screens for hearing problems and helps fit patients for hearing aids.

The solution to most age-related hearing loss is to wear a hearing aid. You might immediately picture an elderly person with a big, clunky device in his/her ear, but hearing aid technology has been significantly streamlined. Today's hearing aids are much smaller and higher-tech than their predecessors. Many hide inside the ear canal or behind the ear, making them almost invisible.

Modern hearing aids are also digital and adaptable. They can adjust automatically as you go from one environment to another--for example, from a noisy cocktail party into a quiet corridor. Many hearing aids even come equipped with Bluetooth technology, "so they can go wirelessly to the phone or TV, or into a theater," Dr. Vernick says.

Your audiologist will recommend a particular type of hearing aid based on the results of your hearing test and your typical listening situations. Try on different models until you find one that will be comfortable and small enough for you to wear on a daily basis.

An alternative to a traditional hearing aid is an implantable one. The advantages to implanted hearing aids are that you never have to take them out, even in the bath or shower. However, these devices require surgery, which always carries risk, and they're still being studied.

"The technology is still early in its development," cautions Dr. Vernick. Cochlear implants (small, surgically implanted electronic devices) are also available, but they're only for people with very severe or total hearing loss.

If you're not quite ready for a hearing aid, set yourself up for better hearing by taking these steps:

1. Try to have conversations in quiet environments. For example, have dinner with friends at an intimate, quiet restaurant rather than a big noisy one.

2. Look into assistive devices, such as a personal amplifier to boost sound and reduce background noise. You can learn more about these devices through the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (

3. Don't live in silence. See your doctor as soon as possible, so you can get your hearing problem diagnosed and be a part of the conversation again. -- Harvard Women's Health Watch

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