Hearing Loss — Education and Prevention

Posted: August 30th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

All of us at Spring Arbor Living seek to promote healthy life styles for both our residents and their entire family.  According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), ten million Americans have already suffered irreversible hearing damage from noise and another 30 million are exposed to dangerous levels of noise each and every day. Hearing loss is a common affliction for both the old and the young. So take two minutes to read, reflect, and if need be, change your bad habits that put your hearing at risk.  

The rule of thumb, according to NIDCD, is to be wary of noises that are “too loud”, “too close”, or last “too long”. When exposure to potentially dangerous noise is unavoidable, noise induced hearing loss can be prevented by using effective hearing protection such as earplugs, earmuffs or headsets. These will help drown out the sound from those outside sources and protect your ears.

Make sure to watch out for symptoms of hearing loss, including sounds that appear distorted or muffled a ringing in the ears, a feeling of fullness in the ears and difficulty understanding speech. Any of these signs signal that a hearing test is essential. The test will go through a series of sounds and pitches to determine where your hearing level is and if it is damaged.

Today’s hearing aids are smarter, smaller and more comfortable than ever before. With proper professional hearing care support, they can benefit 95 percent of all those with hearing loss. However, there is no substitute for prevention, and noise induced hearing loss is 100-percent preventable. There are many programs and companies out there that specialize in hearing aids. And most of them would be glad to help out.

As a small quick tidbit, we'll share some quick sound facts since we are on the subject of hearing and sound. We hope this post was informative and everyone protects their ears. Being able to hear is a valuable sense to have and we take it for granted until it is gone.

•   The unit used to measure sound is a decibel: A whisper may be 30 decibels, and typical conversation measures 60 decibels, while a hair dryer can come in at 90 decibels.
•   An increase of 10 on the decibels scale means the sound is 10x more powerful.
•   The Sight and Hearing Association estimates that unprotected hearing can be damaged in four hours when using a power saw (95 decibels), 15 minutes at a stadium football game (115 decibels), and eight hours in truck traffic (90 decibels).
•   A single acoustic trauma can result in permanent hearing loss – or in temporary hearing loss, which may be followed by partial or total recovery. Sudden hearing loss always requires prompt medical attention.

So just exactly what is "too loud too close, or too long".  Unless you carry a decibel meter wherever you go, you just have to trust your instincts. You know, young people just know that they are going to "hear forever".  We, the mature, know better.  Just be honest with yourselves, and don't be lazy.  Reach for your hearing protection each and every time your gut tells you to do so. 

Stop by or call to continue the discussion or for more references on the subject of hearing loss. 

Ashley Ford Sale’s Free "Owner Advantage Rewards Program"

Posted: August 30th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: truck, vehicle | No Comments »

When you have your vehicle serviced by our ASE certified trained technicians, Ashley Ford's Owner Advantage Rewards Program participants earn a percentage of the qualified out-of-pocket expense toward future parts and service needs.  When you purchase a new or Certified Pre-Owned Ford, Lincoln or Mercury vehicle, you also earn rewards toward a future purchase of a new Ford, Lincoln or Mercury vehicle. When you purchase a new or Certified Pre-Owned vehicle or purchase an oil change, you earn credits that are accumulated and redeemed against future oil change. All of these opportunities come to you free of charge from your friends at Ashley Ford Sales.

The rewards that you earn under this program are redeemable only at Ashley Ford Sales.  This includes Base Service Rewards, Base Oil Change Rewards, and Base Sales Rewards.  Of course Ford Motor Company can and will offer additional benefits that apply to all participants in any Owner Advantage Rewards Program and redeemable at any participating Ford, Lincoln, or Mercury dealership.  

As a member of the program, you earn Base Service Rewards, which are a percentage reward on the amount you pay for qualifying parts and services purchases at your Dealer, rounded down to the nearest penny. You may also earn Base Oil Change Rewards. You earn credits when you purchase an oil change. Once you receive a number of credits specified by your Dealer, you may redeem the credits for a complimentary oil change. You may also earn Base Oil Change Rewards by purchasing a new or Certified Pre-Owned Ford, Lincoln or Mercury vehicle. Just what rewards can you earn?

At Ashley Ford, you free enrollment starts with a $10 enrollment bonus redeemable towards any future parts or service purchase! You receive a 5% credit on all parts and service purchases that can be applied toward any future service need. We take care of our loyal customers, so you can count on us to apply program rewards against service applied to any vehicle in your household no matter the make or model. Other rewards of being an Ashley Owner's Reward Program member:  Tires for life, batteries for life, and bonus trade-in credits.  

So enroll today and start racking in the savings and special offers! Did we mention it free?


Posted: August 30th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: truck, vehicle | No Comments »
  • The Ford Transit Connect and Ford E-Series vans are joining Geek Squad as part of Best Buy’s ongoing efforts to build a more fuel-efficient fleet
  • 290 Ford Transit Connect compact utility vans will be used instead of larger cargo vans by Geek Squad technicians who service home appliances
  • Best Buy also is taking delivery of 738 Ford E-Series vans, which will be used by Geek Squad technicians who install and service home theater equipment; the E-Series vans have smaller displacement engines, which provide better fuel economy than their current vans with larger engines

DEARBORN, Mich., Aug. 26, 2010 – The Ford Transit Connect and Ford E-Series van are joining Geek Squad as part of Best Buy’s continuing efforts to build a more fuel-efficient fleet and streamlined transportation system.
Best Buy® – an international leader in consumer electronics and entertainment – will soon take delivery of 290 Ford Transit Connect compact utility vans and 738 Ford E-Series vans. The Transit Connects will be used instead of larger cargo vans by Geek Squad technicians who deliver, install and service home appliances. The E-Series vans will be used by those who install and service home theater equipment.
“We appreciate Best Buy’s business and confidence in our commercial van lineup,” said Len Deluca, director, Ford Commercial Truck Sales and Marketing. “The combination of Transit Connect and E-Series provides a wide range of utilization that will help Best Buy meet its customers’ needs.”
Ford Transit Connect provides utility and fuel efficiency - According to Jason Pucely, senior manager, Best Buy Fleet Operations, the selection of the Ford Transit Connect was dictated in many ways by the company’s new operating model, which drives to deliver superior client service through more efficient scheduling, inventory management and transportation systems.
“We’re streamlining all of our activities,” he explained. “We’ve developed a more effective routing system, and we’re more efficient with the tools and parts we carry when we do our work. That has enabled us to put the same technician doing the same work in a smaller, lighter vehicle.”
Pucely says the Ford Transit Connect offers the functionality Geek Squad technicians require to get their work done, while not compromising on some of the space requirements that a full-size cargo van offers.
In addition to the cost and environmental benefits, Pucely foresees other advantages.
“Our technicians typically carry diagnostic equipment, motors and other electronic parts, so having the side access panels will make it easier for them to get to the equipment they need,”
he said.

The unique appearance of the Ford Transit Connect promises to be an added bonus, says Pucely.
“A distinctive vehicle has been part of the history of Geek Squad in the marketplace,” he said. “We value our fleet as a tool to enhance our brand messaging, and the Transit Connect will certainly help in that effort.”
All of the vehicles will carry the familiar Geek Squad branding – black-and-white with the orange-and-black Geek Squad logo.
Ford E-Series vans provide functionality and improved fuel efficiency for larger jobs.  While Ford Transit Connect provides an ideal solution for Geek Squad technicians who service home appliances, a full-size cargo van is essential for those who install and service home theater equipment. With fuel efficiency a priority, Best Buy opted to purchase 738 Ford E-Series vans with smaller – 4.6-liter – displacement V8 engines that provide better fuel economy than its current vans with larger engines.
“Home theater equipment is large, and it requires the space of a full-size van,” said Pucely. “But our technicians can do the same amount of work using a vehicle with a smaller engine, which is less expensive to run and burns less fuel.”
Ford Motor Company and Best Buy: Teaming up in other ways - Ford recently teamed up with Best Buy to ensure consumers have a great experience learning about and using Ford industry-leading SYNC® system. Best Buy Mobile offers thousands of specially trained associates to assist with Ford SYNC mobile device/phone compatibility and basic feature setup, and SYNC training for consumers.
Best Buy also includes Ford SYNC mobile device/phone compatibility results in its monthly Best Buy Mobile Buyer’s Guide to identify which of the latest mobile devices work seamlessly with Ford SYNC. The ratings are based on phone compatibility tests conducted by Best Buy’s Geek Squad and are updated frequently. The SYNC ratings also can be found at www.syncmyride.com.
In addition, Best Buy is the primary sponsor of the No. 43 Best Buy/Insignia Ford Fusion of Richard Petty Motorsports in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series. The Fusion is driven by A.J. Allmendinger. In August, Best Buy and Ford will launch a national sweepstakes focused around the all-new 2011 Ford Fiesta, the Insignia television brand, Richard Petty, Allmendinger and Ford’s Rally America and X

A-1 Foundation Crack Repair Can Install Your Sump Pump

Posted: August 30th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Did you know that most basement water problems are not basement problems at all? They can be exterior drainage problems. So before you consider a sump-pump installation, take a good look at the drainage around your home. Make sure that gutters aren't clogged, and that downspout extensions move roof runoff at least 4 ft. beyond the foundation and that the soil within 3 ft. of the foundation slopes away from the house. If need be A-1 Foundation Crack Repair would be glad to perform an inspection of your foundation and check where the source is.

Even if these conditions have been met, water may still accumulate in your basement. The problem may be a utility trench that invisibly channels runoff back to the house or a seasonally high ground-water table. In these cases, a sump-pump installation is a good solution. Many new homes have a sump pit already in place, complete with a drainage-tile system under the basement floor that's designed to channel water to the pit.

This system is most appropriate where water infiltrates only one area of the basement, or where the basement floor was poured over a gravel bed. Many homes built over the past 30 years have several inches of gravel beneath the concrete floor. The gravel was used to bring a slightly over-excavated floor back to grade. Because water seeks the path of least resistance and will migrate sideways before it moves up, moisture beneath the floor will move through the layer of gravel to a sump pit before flooding the floor.

Sump pumps sound great. Well the only problem is that it's a big job that involves removing a 24-in.-wide swath of concrete and soil from the inside perimeter of the basement, adding gravel, drain tiles and a pit and replacing the concrete. Which is why we suggest you hire the professionals at A-1 to come in and do the work for you. While most home repair activities are do-it-yourself, they require a lot of expertise and labor to get the job done perfect. And our trained professionals know what to look for and how to find the best solution for your home. Contact us today and don't let water leaks take control of your home.

What is Young-Onset Dementia

Posted: August 29th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

"Dementia" is a general term that refers to decline in multiple areas of thinking and/or memory while an individual is awake and alert; the decline is enough to interfere with normal daily functioning, whether on the job or at home.

The term "young-onset dementia" refers to dementia that begins before the age of 65, sometimes as early as the 30s and 40s. This is to be differentiated from "early stage dementia," which has nothing to do with age. Rather, it refers to the beginning of a dementia syndrome regardless of the age at which it starts.
Young-onset dementia can be caused by frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD), Alzheimer's disease (AD), cerebrovascular conditions (e.g., multi-infarct disease, stroke), Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, prion diseases (e.g., Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease), and other conditions.

These early dementias are devastating neurological conditions that exact a tremendous emotional and financial toll on patients and their families and present a host of challenges never envisioned by the young patients. The condition causes a unique problem not only because it is so unexpected but because most of the potentially helpful programs and services that a younger patient needs have all been carefully designed and targeted for much older people.

One of the major problems with young-onset dementia is that it cuts down a person in their prime wage-earning years. While most older people with dementia are retired, many people with young-onset dementia are still working when they are diagnosed.