Archive for September, 2015

A Cure for Blindness

September 15, 2015

Blindness has plagued humanity almost since people started recording history. If you look in any diaries and journals from a century ago, you’ll find documents about how society was struggling to support people that were blind. Often, it was left to families alone to help their loved ones. In ancient records from throughout the Middle East that include the Bible, you’ll find stories about how the blind struggled to deal with their condition.

As a society we’ve learned to be better about taking care of those without sight. There are medical resources available, and we even have blind super heroes prowling around on the rooftops in comic books. What we’ve continued to lack is a cure. At Optical Outlets, we’ve been interested by the coming of a new treatment that might be a cure not only for blindness, but also bad eyesight. The treatment is still a few years away, but looks like it might provide new opportunities for those who cannot see.

It works by using stem cells to grow new optical nerves behind the eyeball. These nerves then transmit the signals to the brain that let people see. It’s an amazing development that is still at least a decade away, but it could be the cure we’ve been hoping for.

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The American Experience is Changing.

September 6, 2015

At Timothy Kitzmiller DDS we’ve been amazed by some of the breakthrough in dental technology. One of the biggest is how we deal with cavities. For many of us, having to get a cavity taken can range anywhere from being a nuisance to a terrifying ordeal. Especially when we’re younger, the sound of a drill could be frightening. Of course, many of us learn that cavities are a part of life. Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, cavities start to form.

But are we always going to have to drill them out? Some scientists don’t think so. In London, researches have been experimenting with new techniques to deal with cavities. In fact, some people don’t think we’ll be drilling much longer. One of the reasons why that is a new technique called Electrically Accelerated and Enhanced Demineralization will take the place of drilling. That’s just a fancy phrase for saying that soon, the minerals that make up your teeth will be replaceable.

Instead of drilling, doctors will use electric currents to push minerals into the damaged tooth. As they do this, it will allow your dentist to make the tooth solid again. No drills necessary! That could mean a lot less worried children in the future.

Getting Your Social Life Back with a Hearing Aid

September 4, 2015

Many people don’t want to admit they suffer from hearing loss. As we age, it is practically inevitable as the inside of our ears changes and causes hearing loss. It’s just a fact of life. Hearing loss impacts 48 million Americans. It is the third most common medical complaint after heart disease and arthritis. One in three people over the age of 65 have at least some hearing loss. This is a progressive problem but there is good news, there are many solutions to hearing loss.

One option is getting a hearing aid. These are not the unsightly things they used to be. The technology has advance significantly over the years and now they are hardly noticeable. They can be custom made to sit inside the ear or just behind it. No one has to know you are wearing it.

For some, the cost is the problem. Times are tough. The price ranges vary so much from depending on what kind you want, etc. Go into a local hearing aid service company and talking with them about your needs and what you think you would like. They can work out something that should be within your budget.

Hearing loss can really impact your life. It makes socializing harder and can lead to depression. Getting a hearing aid can give you your life back.


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