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    Since 1927, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association celebrates Better Hearing and Speech Month each May.  This month of awareness is a good time to analyze your own hearing and determine if you are one of the estimated 30 million Americans who have a hearing loss that can be treated.  You... Read more

  • How is TMD Diagnosed

    An accurate diagnosis is imperative to finding answers and receiving successful treatment. Here is the diagnostic procedure most often used, even though it will vary from office to office. An INTERVIEW HISTORY is taken to discover when your pain or popping jaw started and any associated medical problems. A... Read more

  • What Should You Look for in an Annual Financial Review?

    Given the complexities of the investment world, you might consider working with a financial professional to help you achieve your goals, such as a comfortable retirement. And, at least once a year, you’ll want to meet in person to discuss your situation. What should you look for in these... Read more

  • Hot Spots

    Hot spots are moist, inflamed, infected areas of skin that feel warm to the touch. These spots can affect both dogs and cats, but are more commonly seen in dogs. Hot spots can form anywhere on the body, but often develop on the chest, head, and hips in dogs... Read more

  • Sticker Shock

    This one is for the engineers and rocket scientists at AEDC.  But it is good for everybody else too.  Bet you didn’t know that one of my hobbies is economics.  Economics is that field of study that exists in the space between hard numbers and human psychology.  I suppose... Read more

  • What’s Your Vision?

    See your vision come to life. We have adopted this saying here at the shop because we want to give our community the opportunity to see their dream come to reality, so much so that we put the saying on our wall. Our focus isn’t designing or printing exceptional... Read more

  • Owner Online Printing Versus Local Print Shops

      If your small business relies on a significant amount of printed material, then you may have considered using an online print service. But online printing has its pros and cons. How do you decide if printing your materials in the cloud is really the best choice for your... Read more

  • Slow Down, You Talk Too Fast!

    A common complaint heard in audiology offices is, “I just can’t understand when people talk fast.” We live in a fast paced world, bombarded with information and entertainment. Some of the difficulty in comprehending speech may be related to reduced memory abilities and an age related decrease in the... Read more

  • Strategies for your investment “garden”

    If you’re a gardener, your busy season is here, as April has been designated National Garden Month. And some gardening skills could be transferred to other areas of your life – such as investing. For example, gardeners look for thick stems, which indicate healthy plants. As an investor, you,... Read more


    Malfunction of one or both of the TM joints can be caused by trauma, whiplash injury, malocclusion (bad bite), poor posture, teeth grinding, skeletal malformation or stress. All of these conditions place unacceptable pressure on the discs which can result in TMD. The clicking, popping or grating of the... Read more

  • Caring for your pet before and after surgery

    Is a surgery in your pet’s future? If it is, you probably have a few questions about pre- and post-surgery care. Paying close attention to care recommendations will help you ensure that the surgery is just a minor disruption to your pet’s normal routine! Before Surgery Your pet will... Read more

  • NOitis

    One day I walked into a patient room to a scene I see all to often. A patient, named RT, was sobbing in my chair, getting my seat cushions soggy and turning my floor into a salty marsh. As an aside, if you figure out who RT is, you... Read more

  • A Healthy Morning Routine

    The Good Book says “train a child in the way they should go, when he is older he will not depart from it.” I chase after that verse like a chicken on a junebug. This is because my children, despite extensive education on healthy living, are still not meeting... Read more


    Knowing what happens after you send your files to the printer and how to choose the appropriate printing method for a job is just as important. The main distinction in printing technologies is between those that require a master (conventional printing) and those that do not require a printing... Read more

  • Sensorineural Hearing Loss

    Did you know there is more than one type of hearing loss?  Changes to different parts of the hearing system will result in one of three types of hearing loss: sensorineural, conductive, or mixed. Sensorineural hearing loss results from changes in the inner ear (cochlea) and/or the auditory nerve. ... Read more

  • Women’s Day – How Can Women’ Make Financial Progress?

    On March 8, we observe International Women’s Day. This year’s theme is “Press for Progress” – but women still face barriers to their financial progress. For one thing, there’s still a pay gap between women and men. Also, women take more time out of the workforce to care for... Read more


    National Sleep Awareness is in March along with daylight saving time that start March 11. Losing an hour is harder than gaining an hour. It takes more than 48 hours to adjust to a one-hour loss. Some people will be more sluggish than others Monday morning – particularly those... Read more

  • Motion Sickness

    Imagine: You’ve just started your road trip with your furry friend when you hear a particularly disturbing sound, followed by an unmistakable odor. Motion sickness doesn’t just affect humans; studies show that 1 in 5 dogs suffer as well! Sometimes the vomiting may discourage owners from taking pets on... Read more

  • February is National Pet Dental Health Month

    According to the American Animal Hospital Association, nearly two-thirds of pets suffer from dental problems from lack of dental care. Just as in humans, not brushing leaves bacteria and plaque in your pet’s mouth. As this plaque hardens into tartar and builds up on the teeth, it starts to... Read more

  • Guts, Snot, and Liquid Poo

    The common cold is one of those nasty little ailments that doctors hate. That’s because there is really nothing you can do about it, but patients think you are either an idiot or a NAZI brown shirt if you don’t. Yeah, yeah, I know there are lots of doctors... Read more

  • Different Types of Printing Process and Their Differences

    Back in the days printing of books, broadsheets, brochures and other printed materials were done via a meticulous process. This printing process has been revolutionized and has been widely known all across Europe and America. The movable type allows a faster printing of books which in turn helped spread... Read more

  • Super Hearing Ideas

    There are several Super strategies that can be used to help people hear and understand better. Make conversations Super by doing the following: a. Mute or turn down the television b. Move to a quieter room/hallway or walk outside away from the noise c. Stand next to a wall... Read more

  • What Should You Do With Your Tax Refund?

    It’s tax-filing season again – which could mean you’re in line for a refund. What should you do with the money? Your decision can depend on the size of your refund. Last year, the average tax refund was about $2,760. If you got that much this year, and you... Read more

  • TMJ Disorder & Headaches

    Does your jaw click, pop, or lock? Do you suffer from frequent headaches? As part of our commitment to patient health, Dr. Long is pleased to offer therapy for TMJ in Tullahoma, Tennessee. The TMJ is the temporomandibular joint, or the joint that connects the lower jaw to the... Read more


    Many people visit their dentists and learn they have a tooth that requires a crown. In many instances, dental crowns are necessary for proper tooth care. Crowns were once widely referred to as “caps.” A crown is a permanent cover for a tooth that would otherwise require a very... Read more


    Your pets make the best workout buddies! They never complain or cancel at the last minute, and they’re always excited to follow you out the door. There are so many activities that you and your pet can do together-all while strengthening your bond and your biceps! Fetch – By... Read more


    If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to get healthier, you may already be hitting the gym and improving your diet. But don’t forget about your financial fitness. How can you “shape up” your investment picture? Just as exercise can help build your endurance for the demands of... Read more


    Hearing loss is a signifi cant and growing public health issue – for people of all ages. One in 5 children ages 12 – 19 is suff ering from hearing loss, an increase of 31% since the late 1980s/early 1990s. This is a trend that coincides with skyrocketing use... Read more


    When everyone starts creating their own designs, the web becomes inundated with these poor visuals that not only annoy professional graphic designers, but also turn off viewers with enough design literacy to tell the difference between a good design and a bad one. One of the fastest ways to... Read more

  • How to Make Your Want-to’s Into Have- Done’s

    About 90% of what I do as a doctor is just trying to get people to do things they don’t want to do. Quit smoking? Lose weight? Exercise? Monogamy? Why do good docs burn the midnight oil trying to get our patients to do these things? Because we want... Read more

  • Tinnitus: Those Annoying Sounds In Your Ears

    Ringing, buzzing, crickets, roaring; those sounds you hear in your ears when no outside sound is present, especially at night!  About 14 million people in the United States experience tinnitus. Causes of tinnitus are many and varied; including high blood pressure, noise exposure, certain medications (including high levels of... Read more

  • The Basics of Graphic Designing

    The graphics play a major role in creating the outlook of your design. As a graphic designer, this is your territory. In order to make such intriguing visuals, you will require a graphic design software that will help you improvise the images, models, and text that is to be... Read more

  • Lions and Tigers and Fats, Oh My!

    Just like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, doctors are on a mission of discovery. Sometimes we find the right path and sometimes we don’t. Sometimes we stay on the wrong path way too long and winged monkeys threaten to carry us off. Fats have been important to doctors... Read more

  • Orofacial Pain

    The term “orofacial pain” stands for any pain or disorder found in the mouth or face. Conditions are associated with hard and soft tissues of the head, neck and face and all of those within the mouth. Orofacial pain can range from chronic headaches and neuralgia to tooth pain,... Read more

  • Holiday Hazards for Pets

    The holidays are fun, even for pets, but the season brings added danger for animal companions. Learn to recognize and manage holiday hazards to keep your pet safe during the festivities. Tinsel can cut through the intestine and cause peritonitis. Sharp, broken pieces of ornaments can lacerate you pet’s... Read more

  • During Holidays, Be Extra Vigilant About Protecting Financial Data

    It’s always important to guard personal information that could be linked to your financial accounts. But you need to be especially vigilant during the holiday season, when fraudsters are particularly active. So, for example, consider installing some mobile security software to help protect all your mobile devices from identity... Read more

  • Retirement Plans: What Should You Know?

    Required Withdrawals from Retirement Plans: What Should You Know? You may spend decades contributing to your IRA and 401(k). But eventually, you’ll need to withdraw from these accounts – so you’ll want to know just how much you should take out. First of all, you generally should begin taking... Read more

  • Common Causes of Hearing Loss In Adult

    Hearing loss is one of the most common problems for adults, as only arthritis and hypertension are more common.  The most common causes of hearing loss for adults in the United States today are: Genetics: Inherited sensorineural hearing loss can occur at any age, including in adulthood. Nearly 20%... Read more

  • The Basics of Graphic Designing

    The basic elements of design include colour, line, shape, scale, space, texture and value and these are the fundamental pieces that make up any piece of work. Did you know that shapes can convey a mood just like any other element of design? Angular shapes like squares and triangles... Read more

  • Adult Vaccinations

    The world of adult vaccinations can seem like a confusing mess, but it gets pretty easy if you focus on two issues. First, what infection are you most likely to get? Flu and pneumonia are very common infections and far outstrip other illnesses that can be vaccinated against. Second,... Read more

  • TMJ disorders

    Dentist focus on the relationship between your teeth and jaw along with taking care of dental health needs. TMJ disorders would be in this category . Other terms sometimes used to describe TMJ disorder are CMD (craniomandibular dysfunction ) and MPD (myofascial pain dysfunction). SYMPTOMS OF TMJ DISORDERS Popping... Read more

  • Insurance For Pets

    As the amount of money spent on pet healthcare increases steadily at an estimated rate of 40% a year, and as pets become more like family, owners are looking to have their pets covered by insurance. Some basic plans start at $10 a month, while more extravagant plans cost... Read more

  • Obesity in Pets

    Gaining a few extra pounds can cause big health problems for your pet. Although chubby pets may look cute, extra weight increases the risk that your pet will develop several preventable diseases and health conditions, including diabetes, arthritis, and liver disease. Obesity affects pets in many of the same... Read more

  • Does Market Volatility Scare You?

    Halloween is almost here. Of course, most costumes and decorations are more amusing than frightening. But some people seem to have real fears about other things – such as what may happen in the financial markets. To keep these fears at bay, consider the following suggestions: First, don’t stop... Read more

  • Untreated Hearing Loss Can Cost You

    Research has already shown that hearing loss has an effect on a person’s quality of life, including feelings of isolation, fatigue, and stress as well as increasing the risk of the onset of dementia. However, it has also been determined that not seeking help for hearing loss can affect... Read more


    Have you ever wondered if the vaccinations your pet receives are really needed? Experts agree that widespread use of vaccinations within the last century has prevented death and disease in millions of animals. Vaccinating your pet has long been considered one of the easiest ways to help him live... Read more

  • “Empty Nesters”

    When your children leave home and you become an “empty nester,” you’ll probably need to adjust your lifestyle — and you may want to make some financial moves, too. For example, if your mortgage is nearly paid off and your spouse has sizable resources for retirement, you may not... Read more


    Persons with moderate hearing loss may understand conversational speech while close up and face to face with the speaker. However, in most listening situations, a person with a moderate hearing loss will miss 50-75% of speech. Most will comment that they can hear but not understand. This can cause... Read more

  • Hear Better, Think Better

    A study conducted at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine has found that “for individuals older than 60 years, more than one third of the risk of dementia was associated with untreated hearing loss.”  The researchers suggested that using hearing aids can help minimize the risk of dementia. A larger... Read more

  • Euthanasia: Saying Goodbye

    It’s not easy to say goodbye to cherished pets, even those that have lived long, happy lives. Although you may hate the thought of life without your pet, euthanasia can be the kindest decision you can make when your friend is suffering. If your pet is in constant pain... Read more

  • What Will Be Your Legacy?

    August is “What Will Be Your Legacy? Month.” But while this special month may not be on your calendar, it can remind you of how important it is to start planning your legacy. In particular, you’ll need to work with your legal and tax advisors to create the proper... Read more


    Hearing loss is one of the most common undetected and untreated health problems in the United States. Recent statistics indicate 15% of adults age 45-64 years and 27% of adults 65-74 years old have significant hearing loss. Hearing loss too often goes unnoticed or “sneaks up” on the individual... Read more


    Imagine how startled you would be if you suddenly heard loud booms and saw bright lights but had no idea what caused them. Although your family may eagerly anticipate fireworks every year, you pet has no idea that your usually peaceful home will soon be disrupted by loud, frightening... Read more

  • Want to Retire Early? Start Planning Now.

    The average American retires at about age 63, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. But what if you don’t want to wait until 63 or so? Can you afford to retire early? Possibly- but it could be challenging. Still, you may be able to boost your chances by following... Read more


    Although hearing problems are commonly associated with aging, more than 5 million young people in the United States between the ages of 6 and 19 report noise-induced hearing loss and more than half of all hearing-impaired persons are under the age of 65. America’s kids need to dial the... Read more

  • Do you think that your pet may have seasonal allergies?

    If you have seasonal allergies, you are very familiar with the symptoms of the condition, but your pet experiences different symptoms when seasonal allergies flare up. Allergies are more likely to affect your pet’s skin. If your dog or cat frequently licks or scratches its skin when spring or... Read more

  • Declare Your Financial Independence Day

    We’re getting close to the Fourth of July, when we celebrate our many freedoms. The U.S. Constitution grants us many of these liberties, but we have to earn others – such as our financial freedom. How can you achieve this goal? For starters, always contribute as much as you... Read more

  • My work plan allows me to take a loan against my 401k.

    “Is that a good idea?” Actually, there are some good reasons for not dipping into your 401(k). When you take out a 401(k) loan, you are removing resources intended for your retirement. And even though you’ll repay the loan, you’ll lose the time when your money could have potentially... Read more


    Diabetes is a disease characterized by elevated blood glucose levels. People with diabetes often develop hypertension, high cholesterol, and other cardiovascular diseases. Diabetes affects about 10% of adults in the United States and about 40% of these cases are undiagnosed. For many years the relationship between diabetes and hearing... Read more

  • It Only Takes One Bite

    How do dogs and cats get heartworm disease? There’s only one way – through a mosquito bite. It cannot be spread from one pet to another. If the pet is not on a heartworm preventative all year, the larvae mature and multiply, causing damage to the heart and lungs.... Read more


    Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus that attacks the nervous system. The virus is secreted in saliva and is usually transmitted to people and animals by a bite from an infected animal. Although bite wounds are the most common way the virus is transmitted, any contact... Read more


    An important benefit from using properly fitted hearing aids is that understanding takes less work and less energy, meaning you will be less stressed and fatigued at the end of the day. We know that persons with hearing loss no longer have “automatic hearing”, that is to say that... Read more

  • “How do you stay calm in this business?” Wow. That’s a Great question!

    Several others have asked me the same thing. Hey, we all know that no one controls the market, and we’re all trying to win in our portfolios, so why do some people seem a mess about and others seem calm? I’d like to say the answer is easy, but... Read more


    Many of the same problems that affect people as they age, such as arthritis and diabetes, can also affect your pet. Making a few changes to the way you care for your furry friend will help you ensure that your pet stays healthy and happy as the years go... Read more


    An updated clinical practice guideline from the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Foundation was published because there is an inclination for people to want to clean their ears because they believe earwax is an indication of uncleanliness.  This misinformation leads to unsafe ear health habits.... Read more

  • What’s the priority?”

    to save for college AND retirement. Great question! First, let’s remove the idea that it’s one or the other. Almost everyone with more than one bank account is working toward multiple goals. You can, too. The solution here is develop a workable and livable plan for both retirement and... Read more

  • What does it mean for the Dow to hit 20,000?

    Well, nothing really. It’s just a fun number. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA or Dow) is price- weighted index that gets its value from 30 stocks of large US companies. It’s sort of like a cross-section, and it’s simply a method of attempting to measure the market’s direction... Read more

  • D.A.T.A.M.A.R.S

    The American Humane Association estimates over 10 million dogs and cats are lost or stolen in the U.S. every year, and one in three pets will become lost at some point during their life. Furthermore, only about 22 percent of lost dogs that entered the animal shelters were reunited... Read more

  • Identifying Hearing Loss

    15% of Americans have hearing loss.  The statistics are shocking and even more so knowing that over half of those 37.5 million Americans are under the age of 65. Hearing loss can be caused by exposure to loud noises; ear infections, trauma, or ear disease; illness or certain medications;... Read more

  • Is this a good time to invest?

    I’m often asked whether or not this or that time is a good time to invest. For example, with the market being as high as it is now, I have encountered reticence about investing in equities, or even investing at all. In response to this, I rely on the... Read more

  • Secondhand Smoke Affects Pets Too

    The effects of secondhand smoke on people are well documented. Exposure to tobacco smoke causes a variety of serious health problems. Not surprisingly, secondhand smoke also increases the risk of health problems for your pet. Breathing in tobacco smoke can increase the chance that your pet will develop lung... Read more

  • Holiday Foods, Are They Safe for Our Pets?

    We’ve all heard about animals getting sick after eating jerky type treats. According to the FDA, there have been reports of 3,600 dogs and 10 cats that have become sickened after consuming jerky treats since 2007 resulting in the death of 580 of those pets. The majority of those... Read more

  • What’s The Most Common Question About Investing

    The most common thing I hear about investing is “that stuff is too complicated for me.” In fact, it’s so prevalent to hear that phrase nowadays that I’ve actually started running across the misconception that a retirement or investment plan has to be complicated in order to be smart.... Read more

  • Does Your Pet Have Fleas?

    For every one flea you see, there are at least 10 in your house. Fleas can survive on your pet and inside your house anywhere during the colder months. Even if your pet is clean, it can pick up fleas at any time no matter where you are. Fleas... Read more

  • “Should I own this stock?”

    I’m often asked “Should I own this stock?” It’s a valid question, but unfortunately, it’s nearly impossible to answer without a lot more information about the person asking me. Before owning any investment, you and your Financial Advisor should carefully evaluate the assets you already own, your place in... Read more