Heartburn or GERD can Kill

Heartburn is a common annoyance. The busy lifestyle, quick meals, fatty or spicy foods all contribute to the occasional need of a chewable pain reliever. The acceptance of heartburn as an inconvenient, but natural, part of the daily grind can blind you to the warning that a severe heartburn symptom can bring.

Heartburn as a Disorder

Heartburn can be a symptom as well as a disorder. Simple heartburn or GERD can be controlled and dealt with. However, heartburn can signal the presence of a much more serious problem. If it’s heartburn, you will have a burning sensation in the chest usually after eating. There may be a spread of the burning to the throat, sometimes accompanied by a bad taste, difficulty in swallowing, belching, coughing, hoarseness and/or wheezing.

It can become worse by lying down or bending over or by eating. Relief can come from an antacid. While the more severe heartburn symptoms may be mistaken for a heart attack, simple heartburn is usually not made worse by exercise. If there is any concern that the pain may signal a heart attack, get help quickly.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Product Review of Phonak, Rexton and Starkey Hearing Aids

By Barb Hicks

# Phonak Review:

Phonak is a Swiss manufacturer of hearing aids that are small, light weight, and possess generous power. They automatically adjust when the sounds from the environment change. These heating aid devices come in many colors to match most all skin and hair colors. Phonak makes hearing aids for persons with mild to moderate hearing loss.

While most Phonak customers were satisfied with their purchase, some did complain that background noise was filtered along with voice sounds.

Phonak offers eight different hearing aids to choose from. They are: Micro Eleva, Extra Unio, Micropower, Excelia, Nadia, Andeo, Savea Art and Eleva.

This company has received the Medical Design Excellence Award and specializes in assisting hearing impaired children. A customer review posted on Amazin.com states that he is experiencing problems having the device adjusted properly. Whether this is an audiologist error or a device malfunction is not known. Phonak offers its customers a warranty of one to two years. In addition, this customer reports that you should find someone familiar with the device or expect to pay numerous fees for several adjustment visits.

Amazon.com offers the Micro Savia Art CRT Hearing Aid from Phonak Hearing Instruments for #2,295.00 instead of #3,999.00

# The Rexton Hearing aids:

Rexton has been in business for over 50 years making affordable hearing aids for the hearing impaired. They have a range of audio friendly hearing aids including BTE (behind-the-ear), CIC (completely in the canal) to Full Shell models. Their catalog currently includes the Revera, the Calibra, and the Targa. They come in half shell, ITE, mini canal and completely in the canal shells.

Located in Minneapolis, Rexton supplies hearing aids to the needy as well as offering programmable analog hearing aids. This company offers a one to two year product warranty depending on the device purchased as well as a 2 Year LOSS POLICY!

At Silkfair.com you can find Rexton's most affordable device, the Rexton Arena 1P Digital BTE for the amount of $319.00.

Rexton HearClearly hearing aids set of two with remote for $1989 also at silkfair.com

# Starkey:

In operation since 1973, Starkey operates thirty-five facilities in 24 countries.

Their Destiny hearing aid is mid-level, and the ELI is a high end hearing aid that is bluetooth compatible. The Destiny 1600 is new and comes with a self help diagnostic tool which informs the wearer of the instruments performance.

In June 2008, Starkey was chosen as the brand of the month for the Destiny 1600. It is available in BTE, ITE, ITC and CIC models and has the ability to automatically adjust to the sounds of the environment.

All Starkey products are programmed to eliminate whistling. They have a low battery warning, memory, autophone, adaptability and data logging. They offer a one year guarantee and free trial.

These hearing aids are found at precisehearing.com, and due to their low prices, they say, they do not list the prices of their Starkey hearing aids. You have to call them to request their hearing aid prices.

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