1/4 of Americans Lose Hearing From Noise

Hearing loss has long been an issue associated with old age but a recent report conducted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that hearing loss is starting younger than previously recorded. The study was ignited by a call to action in a report from the 2016 National Academies of Sciences which urged for governmental agencies to up their efforts in collecting data on hearing loss in adults. The result was a study titled “Vital Signs: Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Among Adults” which analyzed data collected from 2011 to 2012. The results were eye-opening. Continue reading “1/4 of Americans Lose Hearing From Noise”

Top 3 Hearing Loss Disorders

Many individuals believe that if someone is suffering from hearing loss that person is simply deaf. What many people fail to realize is that there are various problems that can cause hearing loss. This includes everything from the brain being unable to identify what and where the sound is coming from to a damaged hearing organ. These varying causes for hearing loss require different approaches for treatment. It is up the audiologist to identify and accurately treat these issues to aid their patient in living with their disorder.  Here we discuss the top 3 most common hearing loss disorders.

Conductive Hearing Loss

An individual experiencing conductive hearing loss has a problem with their outer or middle ear interfering with the sound passing through to the inner ear. This type of hearing disorder can be caused by:

  • Excessive earwax
  • Ear infections
  • Fluid build-up
  • Punctured eardrum
  • Otosclerosis

Conductive Hearing Loss is most common in indigenous populations and young children. There are a few technologies such as bone conduction hearing aids and bone anchored hearing devices that can be used to treat this disorder. In more complex cases a middle ear implant may be the only effective treatment.

Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Sensorineural Hearing Loss is permanent in most cases and occurs when the auditory nerve or the cochlea cannot successfully transfer electronic information from the ear to the brain. This hearing disorder can be genetic or the result of:

  • Aging
  • Loud-noise exposure
  • Diseases
  • Accidents

Hearing aids and various implants have been successfully used to reduce the impact of sensorineural hearing loss.

Auditory Processing Disorders

Auditory Processing Disorders (ADP) is a term used to describe all disorders that have to do with the brain’s inability to hear and process sound. Simply put, the brains of the individuals with ADP are unable to decipher the information embedded in the sound itself. The most common of these is Spatial Processing Disorder. This frustrating disorder hinders an individual’s ability to locate and hear sounds coming from various directions in their immediate environment. Contrary to many other hearing disorders, ADP can be sporadic. This means that a person can hear perfectly fine one day and have the most difficult time processing sounds the next.

The individuals suffering from these various disorders are in need of help so that they can lead a seemingly normal life. That is where the services of an audiologist come in. As an audiologist, you will analyze and evaluate a patient’s hearing and outline the necessary plan of action. Ardor Health Solutions can get you started on the road to this rewarding career. Visit our job listings page to search audiology jobs across America or give us a call at (855) GO-ARDOR.

5 Ways a Speech Language Pathologist Can Help Your Child

A SLP, better known as a Speech Language Pathologist or Speech Teacher, is a speech therapist that helps children overcome their specific speech issues. These issues may include everything from mild articulation delays to more intense disorders like down syndrome, motor speech disorders, and hearing impairments. An SLP’s sole purpose is to help your child overcome speech and communication issues through intimate one-on-one sessions. While this is an SLP’s general duty, it comes as a surprise to many the various focus areas included under the speech pathology profession. Check out these 5 ways a speech pathologist can help your child.

Speech Fluency

A major speech disfluency is stuttering. This usually begins in childhood and is identified by breaks in speech that can be accompanied by a few primary behaviors. These include blocks, prolongations, and interjections. In a more complex instance, your child’s stuttering may be coupled with stomping, nasal flares, and tension in the neck. An SLP is trained to help your child control this behavior to improve speech fluency.

Listening Skills

Listening and speaking skills go hand-in-hand. Children naturally have better receptive language skills than expressive language skills, meaning that they can understand better than they can express what they want to say. Speech language pathologists help children improve their vocabulary so that they can easily and accurately express how they feel and what they are thinking.

Expressive Language Skills

Spoken English is accompanied with bodily movements such as waving to say goodbye or raising eyebrows, to show different emotions. These gestural symbols must be accurately interpreted by children in order for them to accurately react or respond. Your child’s SLP will work on these abilities, as well as help him or her learn new words and how to correctly phrase them to get across a message for seamless communication.

Cognitive-Communication Skills

A cognitive-communication disorder affects your child’s memory, awareness, and reasoning abilities. There are multiple ways your child may have acquired this disorder, which can include your child being born with these deficits or from a severe head injury. An SLP will work with your child by teaching him or her ways to circumvent their cognitive issues through compensatory methods.

Feeding Issues

As surprising at it may seem, speech language pathologists can receive pediatric training that permit them to help with your child’s feeding and swallowing issues along with their auditory issues. This is not as far-fetched as many may believe, considering that speech pathologists have specific knowledge on the overall structure and functions of oral cavities, including tongue thrust.

As a speech language pathologist, you have the opportunity to put your passion for child development to work helping children improve their communication skills. This and other medical professions that have an impact can be searched on our healthcare job listing page. Our goal is to help individuals find the healthcare career that best fits their skills and passions. Take a look and find yours today!

3 Ways to Celebrate April as Occupational Therapy Month

April is Occupational Therapy Month, which makes it a great chance to explore how the practice helps the lives of thousands every day. Raising awareness for the profession, showing appreciation to those who have helped others, and developing your own OT skills are just some of the ways you can show support. If you are pursuing occupational therapy with Ardor Health, we invite you to celebrate with these tips; perhaps it will enlighten those who question you about your chosen profession!

Community Outreach Events

One irritating issue that occupational therapists face is the public’s lack of knowledge around their careers. This ignorance harms two groups: the occupational therapists looking for work, and the many people who don’t find the treatment they need. A community outreach event can appear in many forms, and is a terrific method of giving the public some hands-on teaching on the typical day of an occupational therapist. Community outreach events can include college conventions, health fairs, and teaching a local class.

Sharing Success Stories

There are few things more persuasive than a success story. Think of clients you or others have helped re-integrate into their routine with physical therapy. Storytelling can give people unaware of occupational therapy a new perspective on what work and progress can be done. After all, while occupational therapists are experts at analyzing levels of activity, it may not be so obvious to those who do not think about it every day.

Run a Fundraiser

Fundraisers achieve two goals. You can raise awareness of a cause with a fundraiser, while making some money for a local organization that dedicates itself to said cause. Fundraisers do not have to be large or expensive events. They can be small and creative, including running a bake sale, an open-mic night, helping clients with groceries, or running a newsletter with a request for donations. You may be surprised by the public’s generosity!

Demand for occupational therapists is high throughout the states. At Ardor Health, we have job listings that you can customize to meet your needs. Find your new travel occupational therapy position with us today, and spread the good word of OT!

The Daily Life of a Surgical Tech

The surgery room often evokes images of a green-clad man, armed with scalpels and barking out orders. Most don’t think about the team of surgical technicians who make so many surgeries possible in the first place. These specialists are the people who provide and arrange the life-saving devices many doctors need. Students who are interested in working in the medical field but don’t want to go to medical school can find their place as a technician. What is it, exactly, that a surgical tech does in her day-to-day life?

Tasks Before The Surgery

Before an operation takes place, surgical techs are the people who make sure the operating room is set up correctly. This does not just mean setting the appropriate tools for the surgery; it also involves small factors like whether the surgeon is left or right handed, confirming the procedure plan with the patient, and whatever preferences the practicing surgeon might have. Surgical techs are usually the first in line to verify that the room, equipment, and any clothing worn by the doctors or patients are sterilized and safe to use.

Tasks During The Surgery

A surgical tech’s duties are at their most unexpected during a surgery. Though you may have seen the classic scene of a doctor shouting “scalpel!” to make an incision, there are hundreds of more appliances that a tech must memorize before being properly qualified. It is rare for any two surgeries to be the same – even if the medical condition is similar – and part of the tech’s duties is predicting what the surgeon will ask for next. This predictive instinct is what allows many surgeries to smoothly proceed. Other tasks include keeping incision sites open so the doctor can see what she is doing during the procedure, and accounting what tools or items were used so nothing is accidentally left inside a patient after stitching the incision closed.

Tasks After The Surgery

After the procedure, it is the surgical tech who makes sure bandages are correctly applied to the patient and that the patient leaves the operating room (OR) safely. Once the patient is gone, it is time for cleanup duty. The surgical tech works with a team of nurses to wash and sterilize the OR to prepare for the next operation. Dirty instruments used during the operation are taken to the sterile processing department for a proper cleaning. It is not uncommon for the tech to work a day of back-to-back operations, which means once the OR is cleaned up, it’s time for the next surgical assignment.

Without surgical technicians, many lead surgeons would not be able to fulfill their duty to treat the patients. Each healthcare facility will have its differences with more specific tasks, but knowing the basic instruments and understanding general responsibilities are vital aspects to succeeding in this career. Are you ready to take on your first job as a surgical technician? Take a look at what jobs are available on Ardor Health today.

Ardor Health’s Back To School Special

Summer is right around the corner, but it’s never too early to start thinking about your next School Assignment! Whether you’re a Speech Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, Registered Nurse, Physical Therapist, School Psychologist, Social Worker, Special Education Teacher, or Tele-therapist, we’re sure we can find the position you’ve been looking for.

We know, we know — you probably want to enjoy your well deserved time off before you start thinking about your next assignment, but hear us out! Ardor Health has a back to school special designed especially for you! Continue reading “Ardor Health’s Back To School Special”

Dealing With Stress in a Per Diem Position

Per diem nursing can be one of the most demanding positions in healthcare. The hours are unpredictable, your work environment changes often, and there can be a looming feeling of job insecurity. If the stress of a per diem position is not adequately addressed, it can lead to sickness, injury, and poor job performance. When you need to balance your personal life between your work life, it is highly advised to plan ahead for the whiplashing lifestyle changes. Below are some of the steps you can take as a per diem nurse to manage your stress. Continue reading “Dealing With Stress in a Per Diem Position”

Travel Work vs Permanent Placement

When you are looking for a new job in the healthcare field, choosing between permanent placement and a traveling career largely depends on your lifestyle. Neither choice is strictly right or wrong. What do you need to consider between travel work and permanent placement? At Ardor Health, we help healthcare employees answer such questions daily. Continue reading “Travel Work vs Permanent Placement”

Ardor Health’s March Traveler of the Month!

We love taking the time to recognize Ardor Health’s inspirational and dedicated travelers, which is why we are proud to announce Ardor Health’s March Traveler of the Month, John!

His recruiter Angelina says, “John has over 11 years of experience and has traveled with Ardor in the past (1 year to be exact). Aside from being a jokester, he enjoys traveling and hunting on his spare time.  He is extremely outgoing and considers himself a “D a r e Devil”.

John is an RN now on assignment working in an ICU at a Montana Hospital.

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1. What’s your favorite part about being a travel RN?

The surprises.  There are few common or bland days while RN traveling.  Each day provides a variety of colors via one’s lodging, staff interplay, patient variance and patient management system challenges.  The fun never stops.  One’s needs to celebrate the unknowns of each assignment in order leverage travel potentiality.

2. Is there a location that you haven’t visited yet that you hope to see one day?

Chile, Afghanistan, Bhutan, and Tibet.

3. What do you like to do in your free time?

Fly fish, high dive, spelunking, and knitting.

4. You just came home from a long day of work, what meal would really hit the spot?

Kielbasa, pickled herring, buttered brussel sprouts, and cookie dough.

5. What’s your dream car and why?

Tesla Roadster: 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds.  Electrifying.  Enough said.

4 Types of Nursing Professions to Explore

When the average person hears that you would like to become a nurse, the first thing that comes to mind is that you will be working in a hospital somewhere, taking blood pressures and changing sheets. This may be a part of a nurse’s duty, but there are plenty of nursing professions that are unknown to the everyday person. We have outlined a few professions in the nursing field for you to explore to help broaden your options.

Travel Nurse

Many people believe that traveling and working should be separated. Being a travel nurse buries that argument. As a travel nurse, you can visit various destinations around the world while doing what you love. You have the ability to select where you would like to go and for how long. This profession is most popular amongst single individuals without families as you tend to spend months out of the year way from home.

Legal Nurse

Do you have a passion for nursing and working in the legal field? This profession combines them both. As a legal nurse or Certified Legal Nurse Consultant, you use your immense healthcare knowledge to work on medical related cases. What makes this position most attractive is that it is attainable with an RN license and allows you to be a part of the legal process without obtaining a legal degree.

RN Case Manager

This profession is most similar to a social worker’s job but instead, has to deal with the medical field. As an RN Case Manager, your duties include:

  • Perform new admissions
  • Outline care plans
  • Supervise over healthcare staff

You have the freedom to work in a hospital, clinic, home health agency, and much more as an RN Case Manager.

Nurse Educator

Do you love the nursing field so much that you would like to spread that knowledge? As a nurse educator, you can teach students on everything they need know about becoming a nurse. This position often requires you to have an advanced degree and allows you to be everything from a high school teacher to a university professor.

You have many options to pursue in the nursing field and these are just a few for you to explore. Allow Ardor Health Solutions to help you find the position right for you. Check out our healthcare job listings today and get on your way to a rewarding career.