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Health Care Reform and Debate

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 Discussions and disagreements related to the very idea of Health Care Reform are among the most hotly argued issues in America today. While President Obama tries to get a bill through Congress that will alleviate some of the problems with the current health care and health insurance system, both Democrats and Republicans in the legislative branch are not going along with the President's plans. Meanwhile, the grass-roots Tea Party movement continues to gain steam, and every announcement by Obama or other liberal Democrats further fuels the ongoing debates and protests against the idea of "socialized medicine."

Below are links and resources to this divisive yet important debate over the future of health care in the United States.


Health Reform--Official government website touting President Obama's Health Reform efforts

Student Loan Reform: What's It Doing in the Health Care Debate?? -CBS News, March 10, 2010

Does Lack of Insurance Kill? --NY Times, March 10, 2010

Why Californians Can't Afford Health Insurance --Counterpunch, March 10, 2010

Powerful Catholic Quietly Shaping Abortion, Health Bill Debate?--NPR, March 10, 2010

What 'Government Takeover'?--Newsweek

Obama Gets Tough on Health Care Fraud --NY Times, March 10, 2010

Medicine: Debate Over National Health Insurance - TIME

Health-Care Reform 2010 - Tracking the National Health-Care DebateIn-depth news coverage and information on health-care reform and health-care policy.

Vital Signs with Dr. Sanjay Gupta--CNN

Making Sense of the Health Care Debate - Prescriptions Blog-NY Times

The Top 5 Lies About Obama's Health Care Reform - Newsweek.com

What the Health Care Debate Is Really All AboutJan 23, 2010 --RealClear Politics




An example of modern technology and the ongoing debates over healthcare in America--Maintaining Your Hearing Aid is a Snap


Modern hearing aids require relatively little maintenance. Even the age-old complaints about frequent battery changes have been eliminated as companies such as Miracle Ear have introduced rechargeable battery systems. However, it is still important to keep your hearing aid clean, since ear wax and airborne dust can cause it to malfunction.



If you work in a dusty environment, or one that includes overspray or other airborne contaminants, you should talk to your audiologist about steps you can take to protect your hearing aid from becoming clogged and possibly damaged as a result of dust or other buildups. Even if you don't have a working environment that subjects your hearing aid to punishment, airborne contaminants abound in your daily environment. Many grooming products, including sprays, powders, soaps and shaving products, pose a threat to your hearing aid, causing buildups and even clogging the opening of the microphone. Always remove or cover your aids before grooming at home, and take special care to protect your units during visits to the barber or hairdresser. You should also avoid wearing your aids under a hair dryer or while using a hand-held dryer. If you remove your hearing aids during these procedures, make sure your ears are dry and your hair is dry or pulled back before you reinsert them. Before doing an activity that will cause you to break a sweat, remove your unit. Your audiologist can recommend a protective material that you can wrap your aid in before strenuous activity.



For in-the-ear units, use the wax brush that came with your aid to keep the sound opening and vent clean by gently brushing across the receiver and microphone areas. Never use sharp objects such as needles or toothpicks to try to remove debris, as these may damage your unit's microphone. If your hearing aid has a removable wax guard, follow your audiologist's directions for changing it. Wipe the outside of your hearing aid with a tissue or a soft, dry cloth regularly.


If you have a behind-the-ear unit, you should wash the earmold regularly by removing it from the unit's earhook and washing it gently in warm water with a mild soap. Rinse the earmold well and then leave it to dry overnight. In the meantime, use a tissue or a soft, dry cloth to wipe the rest of the unit. Once the earmold and the tubing are both completely dry, reassemble your hearing aid.


When to Call the Professionals

Regardless of the type of unit you have, remember to take your aid to the audiologist to be inspected and professionally cleaned at least twice a year. Also, if you have a behind-the-ear unit, it is normal for the tubing to shrink and grow hard as time passes. This will interfere with your unit's performance and reduce its sound quality, so you should visit an audiologist to have the tube replaced whenever you notice signs of deterioration. Normally, your hearing professional can do this during the visit, so that you never have to go without your hearing aid.