For individuals who are either born with hearing difficulties, or have suffered hearing loss at a young age, hearing aids are often the little devices that connect them with the rest of the hearing world. As the technology behind hearing aids in Surrey has grown and improved, these devices have taken on various shapes and forms, making them less obvious and more convenient to use, thereby providing those who use them with comfort and sound. There are a lot of people that end up needing hearing aids later in life. People with hearing difficulties are used to self-reliance and are somewhat inhibited by a self-perceived embarrassment at what they consider to be a weakness, so adapting to a hearing aid can be an emotional and psychological problem.
The fact of the matter is there is nothing to be ashamed of in hearing loss, and to suffer a loss in quality of life because of the self-consciousness wearing a hearing aid is to do oneself a personal disservice. There are new hearing aids that offer the wearer the ability to have their cellular telephone bluetooth device connected to their hearing, offering them the combination and comfort of a single device to communicate and hear the speaker. This advancement in technology has given the people who need to wear hearing aids a better ability to understand someone who is speaking to them on the telephone.
Almost anyone who sits in total silence will hear ringing in their ears while the lack of noise is being processed by the auditory nerves. Hearing aids in Burnaby can compound this problem by feeding a constant stream of noise into the auditory centers for processing, more than the person wearing the hearing aids might be used to when they are not wearing the hearing aids.
This ringing in the ears is called tinnitus and is normally defined as the perception of sound within the human ear in the absence of external sound. Tinnitus is not a disease but a symptom that can result from things like ear infections, foreign objects or wax in the ears, nasal allergies creating a buildup, fluid draining in the ears, natural hearing loss from aging, as a medical side effect to some prescriptions, congenital hearing loss, or noise induced hearing loss.
So many people are tired of paying a monthly bill to a utility company that is burning nonrenewable coal or natural gas to create electrical power. While there are some options for creating power that requires very little environmental impact, the carbon dioxide emissions created in a coal burning power plant are very high and contribute to the problems of acid rain. Forced air furnaces and air conditioners also contribute to the problems of increasing levels of pollution in urban and suburban areas. Other options for heating and cooling systems exist than just the standard forced air furnace and air conditioner combination found in most homes. Geothermal heating in Toronto and cooling units are becoming more widely recognized as a viable way to cut greenhouse emissions and reduce waste and cost for interior cooling and heating.
When the geothermal heating and cooling systems are combined with a solar electric system, these units can provide a zero emission and pollution alternative to the waste created by burning natural gas or propane in a furnace and the electricity used to cool a home. Contrary to popular beliefs, the use of electricity is not as environmentally friendly as some might think. To create electricity, many power generating plants burn natural gas or coal, creating greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide and monoxide as well as particulates infusing some serious air pollution.
nother alternative method to cool and heat homes that is energy efficient and reduces or completely eliminates heating and cooling bills is the use of a closed loop system utilizing geothermal heating. This is not the use of geysers to generate steam heat, but the use of the natural temperature of the earth at about six feet below the surface of the earth to cool and heat homes. Polyethylene pipes are buried under the ground either vertically or horizontally in three to six foot trenches. Then water or an anti-freeze mix is pumped through the pipes. During the winter, the pipes collect heat from the earth and carry it through the system of pipes back through the home. In the summertime, the pipes transmit heat into the earth and carry coolness into the building. By implementing a geothermal system in Toronto instead of a traditional HVAC system, homeowners can save thirty to fifty percent on their heating bills. Initial setup costs can be higher, but are sometimes offset by government financial incentives like tax credits, tax deductions, and utility rebates.
Finding the right place to call home can be a unique challenge. When buying a home, there can sometimes be an issue with the location of the property boundaries. Markers that were once defined as the property lines can have shifted over the years since being laid out, or the line could have been laid out incorrectly. One method of measuring boundary lines is called metes and bounds. This system was a carryover from the old English measurement system.
This method of surveying has been largely replaced in the Western part of the United States, but still exists in the Eastern part and in Canada. However, when pieces of land became bigger, the ability to measure everything out with rods and poles became harder. In the mapping out of different properties, using Global Positioning Satellites offers a way to be certain of the placement of anything and any place. A GPS surveying system offers a very precise way to chart boundary lines of any place, anywhere on earth.
There is a form of treasure hunting that has evolved from the use of GPS technology. Using simple GPS coordinates, a person locates and discovered a geo cache of different items. The advent of being able to use a system like Google Maps, Google Earth, or any other mapping program to find a point in the middle of a desert, and then using a GPS program to find that place on the ground allows for many advances. Many different mineral companies have started to use broad area scans to examine a place that might have resources.
They then examine the scans to see areas that have abnormalities like magnetic discrepancies and places that don’t look quite right. Using GPS offers a way to be able to ensure the claims on the land the minerals are discovered are precise and exact in the coverage of the mineral claims. While old time gold miners might have relied on luck and some skill in the past to find areas that had the minerals they were looking for, the use of modern technology and tools can ensure the claim would be properly filed and protected for the person who discovered it. GPS survey equipment gives an accurate recording of the area being claimed, whether for a mining and minerals claim, or for a place to call home, using accurate GPS surveying equipment makes a precise difference.
When I was a child, we had an elementary school science fair. Our whole year, we had been studying sustainable sources of energy, and I took a special interest in solar power. It did not make any sense to me that we were continually bathed in the sun’s energy, yet every type of fuel we were using was either non-sustainable, environmentally detrimental, or downright hazardous. Solar energy did not require the burning of any substance, gave off no toxic byproducts, and involved practically no risk to those who were managing or using it. As long as the sun would shine, there would be an inexhaustible supply of energy for a little to no cost to the consumer.
For my project, I decided to build a solar water heater in Pheonix. At the time, I had no access to solar power cells, so I would have to use conventional power for that, but that was not important to my experiment. I wanted to prove that the sun alone could heat water rapidly and efficiently, which could then be used for a number of purposes. Consulting with my father, we built a small wooden box with a glass panel. Inside the box, we installed a coil of copper tubing that extended to holes on either side of the box. From there, we connected regular plastic tubing to a pump, controlled by a small rheostat regulator to control the speed of the flow of water. The control, which was a five gallon bucket, would be kept out of direct sunlight and at room temperature.
I would run the solar water heater from noon to 1 PM every day for a week, checking the temperature of the water in the control once every five minutes. The data was then compiled to show the consistency to the increase in water temperature. The second phase of the experiment ran the same test at different times of the day and at different water speeds to track other variables. I was able to prove the sun would heat the water to our target temperature, and with the inclusion of solar cells, the experiment could be run from sunrise to sunset with no draw from the outside grid. Essentially, I could make water hot all day long.
While a very simple experiment, I was able to show that solar water can be heated effectively to be used in climate control, heating swimming pools, or even just making a cup of tea. Our long term energy solutions can be found in the environment, and our sun is chief among those solutions.
In today’s schools, much of what is taught is through memorization and regurgitation. Higher order thinking has been lost in our curriculum of rote learning. It is imperative that students learn through evaluating and disseminating information. If we only teach students to regurgitate, we lose the ability to progress in our thinking and advancement.
In times gone by students were taught philosophy, analysis, reasoning, and critical thinking. We have to give students the opportunity to problem solve, take information, and draw inferences and deductions from it. We need to teach them to compare and contrast information and draw parallels for their own lives. Higher order thinking helps students dissect the past and plan more fully for their futures.
Reading is the key to knowledge, understanding what to do with that knowledge is the next step. An interesting study was done with troubled girls in an inner city. The girls were given the choice to serve time in community service or attend a book club. The book club was directed by a teacher who acted as a mediator for the discussion. She would choose books about broken homes, drug abuse, or other social ills that may be affecting the girl’s personal lives. The directive was the girls were not allowed to talk about their personal struggles, only those of the characters in the book.
As the reading groups continued the girls became fascinated by their ability to problem solve, seek solutions, understand problems, and see parallels in their own lives. The ability to take information and use it gave them the tools necessary to solve problems in their own lives. The program was a tremendous success.
If we have the ability to assimilate information and use it, we can help others, help ourselves, and understand the great minds of the past. One will never understand the minds of Plato, Socrates, and Aristotle if one has only learned to memorize and regurgitate. Knowledge must be dissected, studied, analyzed, and meditated upon to grasp. Knowledge applied is true knowledge.
We need to help teachers develop and refine their students’ higher order thinking skills. There are websites that can help train and teach these skills. The models used when teaching psychology are explanatory modeling activities to help students achieve a deeper understand of their world. We need to reintroduce analysis, reasoning, philosophy, and critical thinking into our school to give our students the tools they need to succeed.
LEED is an internationally recognized certification classification recognizing green building. It provides third party verification that a building or community was designed and built to improve performance across all the metrics that matter most: CO2 emissions reduction, energy savings, water efficiency, and improved indoor environmental quality and stewardship of resources including sensitivity to their impact.
Creating green buildings needs to be the goal of all new projects. In the United States buildings account for 72% of electricity consumption, 39% of energy use, 38% of all carbon dioxide emissions, 40% of raw materials use, 30% of waste output, (136 million tons annual) and 14% of potable water consumption. LEED can apply to all building types, both residential and commercial. It works throughout the building lifecycle from design to construction, operation and maintenance, tenant fill out, and major retrofits.
Texas is a state to be proud of. We have higher than national salaries, education, industry, and science. Texas had a gross state product of $1.224 trillion, the second highest in the U.S. Texas’ economy is the fourth largest in the world behind England, California, and Tokyo. Texas has and abundance of natural resources. Texas also has one of the lowest tax burdens in the nation due to the state’s three-billion-dollar Texas Enterprise fund. The state has the most Fortune 500 companies headquarters along with California in the country.
Texas LEED buildings are innovative and leading the way for the nation in being environmentally conscience. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy & Environment Design. It is a voluntary, consensus-based standard to support and certify successful green building designs, constructions, and operations.
This certification program was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and incorporates over 7,000 projects in the United States and 30 countries. Almost 20,000 members are included in the organization. It was developed in 1998.
To be Texas LEED certified you need a company that specializes in the certifications. Services should include: Fundamental commissioning, enhanced commissioning, retro-commissioning, energy auditing, energy modeling, day lighting analysis, facilitation of eco-charrettes, LEED process assistance, LEED project assistance, LEED project administration, LEED documentation, LEED multifamily NC expertise, indoor air quality testing, and green specifications.
How can you smoke a cigarette without a lighter, tobacco, or smoke? You use a smokeless cigarette. Also known as electronic cigarettes, they are very similar to real cigarettes, except for a few important factors. They give the same feeling as a regular cigarette, and they look and taste the same too. The difference is in the way the nicotine is delivered to your system.
How Does it Work?
Typically the smokeless cigarette comes with a battery that powers an atomizer, which is a device that heats up. The cartridge is filled with liquid nicotine. The atomizer heats this liquid up and vaporizes it. So instead of inhaling smoke from burning tobacco, you are breathing in vapor from the liquid nicotine. The sensation is identical to smoking, but you don’t have to deal with all the inconveniences and health concerns that go along with smoke.
When you get rid of smoke and replace it with vapor, you also get a number of benefits as well. Because there is not tar or tobacco, smokeless cigarettes have less than 1 percent of the toxicity of regular cigarettes. When you smoke a regular cigarette there are about 40 cancerous substances present. With this new way of smoking you will no longer have to worry about second-hand smoke. This means you can really do it anywhere in your home and not have to worry about the smell getting stuck in your furniture, drapes, carpeting, or any material at all.
Not only are there less health concerns and cleanliness issues, but you are getting a better value as well. Most companies who sell this product sell it cheaper than regular tobacco filled cigarettes. To make the value even better, each smokeless cigarette is equal to about 10-20 cigarettes depending on the way you smoke. They are safer, they stink less, and they cost less.
Do They Look Real?
They are designed to look and feel like a normal cigarette. In fact, when you inhale, it lights up at the end and looks like it is burning. It of course never does. Most of these products will last up to a day depending on your personal smoking style. What also contributes to the realistic feel is the vapor. When you inhale and the vapor releases, it looks like smoke. The difference is you can take a smokeless cigarette into places that do not allow smoking.
My birthday is tomorrow, and to be honest, I really would not be that aware of it if I had not started to receive congratulatory messages on my social media pages. The bombardment started a day early, since my friends in New Zealand and Australia are a day ahead. I know from past experience that before the next few days are finished, my various social media walls will be filled with messages from dear friends, distant acquaintances, and a mass of others from strangers I only know because we have some shared interests. I’ll do my best to reply to them all, and would not mind if I had a ten dollar bill for everyone that wished me a happy birthday.
There are some of the closer people in my life who have started to ask me what I want. I am one of those people who more or less feels like he has everything, so to make things interesting, I have decided to ask everyone for gift baskets from Calgary. Most people expect me to ask for a book or a gift certificate, but this year, I have been asking for gift baskets. A couple of the surprised people have asked me why I would want that over anything else, and my reasons are simple.
For starters, the gift is always unique. No two gift baskets are alike, and so I know that I will not have to worry about having duplicates or feel the need to return a gift or regift it to someone else. Plus, gift baskets are generally filled with food, and that means that I can share them with the rest of my family. My wife and children will be more than happy to dig into those gift baskets with me. Being a guy, the other things that fill the basket tend to be man-things, so shaving lotion, aftershave, cologne, and things like that are always a favorite and always come in handy.
The thing I am most interested in is the basket itself. I have seen all kinds, from the cheap plastic Easter baskets to some that seem to be made from fine leather. I have no idea what I will be getting, but that is part of the fun. They should start pouring in tomorrow, and I think because of that, I am more excited about this birthday than I have been in years.
There have been many advances in technology going across many different fields. Global positioning systems have revolutionized things as diverse as luggage delivery and land surveying equipment. GPS survey equipment can have important legal uses to determine property lines and recover minerals. With improved record keeping systems, the importance of knowing where one property ends and another begins is vital to long term security. Geographic information systems rely on capturing, storing, analyzing, managing, and presenting data for geographic understanding. Merging cartography, statistical analysis, and databases offer significant advantages over the old ways of collecting and crunching data.
Getting the right information at the right time and the right place will be increasingly important in the world of the future. Buildings must be built in precise locations in many different cities. This is especially important to building projects that can involve multi-million dollar investments. Being off by inches at the base can affect the stability and safety of the whole project. While there have always been surveyors who measure and make certain a project is laid out as it should be, the quality of their equipment has improved over the centuries from a simple plumb, level, square, and compass to GPS surveying equipment, scanners, total stations, digital levels, leveling lasers, and other land surveying equipment.
Having the ability to measure the area of a building project makes the length of time to complete a project decrease sharply. Calculating lengths, coordination, the radius, and angles of different components accelerates project completion times and can earn a company big bonuses when they are finished swiftly and precisely. Laser technology is amazing for drawing a straight line across long distances. This is one reason lasers are preferred by marksmen to target rifles that need to shoot across long distances. There are gyros to help surveyors find true north, even inside a tunnel or other enclosed spaces where there is no way to see the visibility or weather. Scanners can digitally record all the information needed at a work site, including the area of a room, distances between different objects, and even obtaining a three dimensional model of the area that can be stored in a computer drafting program to find and look at any issues that might develop. Surveyors must be able to have their equipment function correctly in rain, wind, shine, and other damp and dark places, depending on the place being measured and recorded.
Our family computer has taken a real beating. With five children, all wanting computer time, both the mouse and the keyboard have both begun to have challenges. The mouse seems to have a short in its cord, and the keyboard has had so many things spilled on it that I am surprised that it has not shorted out and exploded. My wife and I have a laptop and a netbook, and so our home computer is not something that we use very often. We should still take the time to get it back into good repair, and that means buying a new mouse and a new keyboard.
We went to a couple of the local big box stores, and the selection that they have for replacement keyboards and mice is pretty sparse, especially for the prices that they want. I’m not usually very picky about such things, but the economy has forced me to watch my spending habits. Besides, with the kind of damage that my kids tend to inflict on things, I need something sturdy yet versatile. Feeling stupid for having wasted the gasoline and the time it took to travel to the various outlets, I decided to do what I should have done from the beginning. I decided to get online and see what online electronic stores have to offer.
The internet has made the whole world our oyster, and I was able to find several great offerings in a fraction of the time that it took for me to go out, get into my car, and drive down to the intersection, not to mention all of the time that it took for me actually to make it to the stores themselves and meander around their electronic sections. The prices of the things available through the online electronic stores were comparable if not better than those offered at my local stores, and many of them offered free shipping and handling. All in all, I was very excited with what I found and was able to order items that were far more tailored to my family’s needs. They arrived in a very timely manner, much to the joy and pleasure of my children, and are now being put through the paces on a daily basis.