Growing Up Is Optional

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The first day of school our professor introduced himself and challenged us to get to know someone we didn’t already know. I stood up to look around when a gentle hand touched my shoulder. I turned around to find a wrinkled, little old lady beaming up at me with a smile that lit up her entire being. She said, “Hi …

Reading Glasses

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We had just been seated in a local restaurant when my two friends asked the waitress if she had any reading glasses. “Oh of course, people often leave them here, I’ll be right back.” She returned with three pairs and I commented, “I don’t need those things.” She looked blankly at my graying hair and walked off. These two friends …

Remembering Our Veterans

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“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.”—Cynthia Ozick Even though I never served in the armed forces, my family has a long history of service. My father Herb Wood served in the Navy during the Korean War and the lineage goes all the way back to my third great-grandfather Henry Hilton Wood who served …

Another Chapter

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Within seconds of the Giants sweeping the World Series, I became a Grandfather! What an exciting day! While I’m not really a big baseball fan, I am a huge fan of a little girl we call Lily! While our families (and a few others) where getting swept up in the excitement of the game, my daughter and son in law, …

Becoming a Grandparent

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They say being a grandparent is better than being a parent. I would agree, and I’m not even a grandparent yet! But I will be any day. See, the thing is, now that my daughter Mandy is due any moment (timer was set for 10/14) it’s all I really think about. Seems like I have a tough time focusing on …

Language Barriers

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Traveling in a country with a different language is kind of like having a hearing loss! Maybe you know a few words of their language, or more than likely they know some English. But there is still plenty of repetition, hand gestures, and wrong interpretation that can’t be avoided. If you are traveling with someone who knows the local language, …

Daily News Features UpState Hearing

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Here at UpState Hearing, all of us try to understand the challenges endured by a person with hearing loss, even if that means simulating the experience. Our office was recently featured in an article by the Red Bluff Daily News about this very practice. Enjoy reading! UpState Hearing: Raising awareness of hearing loss A Redding CEO, whose company is also located …

Queen Elizabeth II Wears Hearing Protection During Jubilee Concert

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At UpState Hearing we say, “Bravo for the Queen!” She obviously knows how important it is to protect her precious hearing. Setting an example to her UK subjects, and perhaps the world, Queen Elizabeth II has reportedly worn hearing protection during an all-star rock concert celebrating her sixty-year Diamond Jubilee. A photograph taken from television and published in Britain’s Daily Mail shows a yellow …

Marvel Comics Inspired to Create New Superhero with Hearing Loss

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Marvel Comics has created a new superhero inspired by a four-year-old with hearing loss. Anthony Smith refused to wear his hearing aids because his favorite superheroes didn’t wear them. When the boy’s mother emailed Marvel, she was directed to an issue in which Hawkeye had to wear a hearing aid after being injured during a mission. Then Marvel took it …

Wearing Hearing Protection

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Like many things it’s easy to forget. “I’m just going to blow off the back patio, it only takes a few minutes.” Or how about, “Wear ear protection for mowing the lawn? The lawn mower is not loud.” Sound familiar? Wearing hearing protection, and eye protection for that matter, is an easy thing to either forget or just not think about …