July 21, 2017 @ 12:00am

Have you noticed that you or the world seems to spin for a few seconds when you roll over in bed, bend forward, or lay down but then goes away once you hold still?  If so, you might be experiencing Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo, BPPV.  It is a long name for a common vestibular system disorder located in the inner ear. We all have small calcium carbonate crystals, or “rocks,” in our inner ears, but sometimes they get dislodged and move into one or more of the semicircular canals where they don’t belong. When this happens, you get BPPV.

May 25, 2017 @ 12:00am

May Is Better Hearing & Speech Month;

Audiologist Offers Simple Steps to Protect Your Hearing for a Lifetime


With more than half of Americans who experience noise-induced hearing loss not working in noisy jobs, the spotlight turns to what Americans are doing in their leisure time. May 1 marks the beginning of Better Hearing & Speech Month—a time to assess lifestyle habits that may be contributing to hearing loss as well as schedule a hearing evaluation for anyone with concerns about their hearing.


About 40 million U.S. adults aged 20–69 years have noise-induced hearing loss, a form of hearing damage that results from exposure to loud noise. This could be cumulative harm that developed from exposure over time, or it could occur from one severe episode. Although completely preventable, once it occurs, it is irreversible. Far from simply being an annoyance, hearing loss can affect almost all aspects of life, including physical health, mental health, employment status and success, social functioning and satisfaction, and much more. Hearing loss can be treated through various technologies and techniques under the care of a certified and licensed audiologist, but hearing is never fully restored.

April 18, 2017 @ 12:00am
There is a thick band of tissue on the bottom of your foot called the plantar fascia. This connects the heel bone to the toes and can sometimes get irritated or swollen. When it becomes inflamed it is called plantar fasciitis.

What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis? 

The most common symptom is pain under the heel and arch of the foot. The pain is often worst when you first get out of bed in the morning and may become less painful throughout the day. This area can also hurt when you get up after being seated for some time. It often affects people who run, jump, or stand for long periods.

What can you do on your own to make it feel better? 

  1. REST – Give your foot a chance to heal and avoid aggravating activities for a couple of weeks. But don’t completely stop being active as it might lead to more pain and stiffness.
  2. ICE – Put ice on your heel for 15-20 minutes up to 4 times a day or try an ice cup to massage your heel for 3-5 minutes.
  3. MASSAGE – Try
March 03, 2017 @ 12:00am

"Making a Sound Investment"


Hearing Loss: The Problem

Did you know? 

  • 360 million people in the world live with disabling hearing loss
  • Up to 330 million people in the world suffer with chronic ear infections
  • Up to 5 out of 1000 children are born deaf or hard of hearing
  • Nearly 1 out of 3 of adults above 65 years of age have hearing loss
  • Over 1 billion people are at risk of hearing loss due to listening to music at loud volumes and for long durations
  • Children with hearing loss can have delayed language and speech development
  • Children with unaddressed hearing loss have increased rates of grade failure
  • Adults with hearing loss have a much higher unemployment rate
  • Among those who are employed, they often earn lower wages compared with the general workforce
  • Exclusion from communication can have a significant impact on everyday life, causing feelings of loneliness, isolation and frustration
  • Hearing loss is associated with early cognitive decline in older persons with hearing loss


Hearing Loss: The Good News! 

  • 60% of childhood hearing loss is preventable
  • Early treatment for children and adults is key to help reduce negative consequences of a hearing loss


February 24, 2017 @ 12:00am

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Published by: Dr. Robert Castrovinci and Rebecca Richmond, COT


Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a deterioration of the macula. The macula is a small portion in the retina responsible for central and fine detailed vision, such as threading a needle, reading small print and driving.


Many older people develop macular degeneration as part of the body's natural aging process. About 15% of people over 75 have some degree of macular degeneration; symptoms may include blurriness, dark or distorted areas in your central vision. An example of what macular degeneration looks like would be seeing the TV set, while not being able to clearly see the images on the screen.  People with more advanced cases of macular degeneration continue to have good peripheral vision.

Understanding Your Health Insurance


Understanding your health insurance options can be confusing. At Divine Savior Healthcare you can speak with Concierge Services or Prior Authorization Specialists to help ease the burden of understanding your healthcare coverage.