Hearing Protection is Something That Should Be Taken Seriously By All Ages

Importance of Looking after Your Hearing

Hearing protection is vital to maintaining proper communication and physical safety. Can you imagine driving your car and not hearing a siren until it is right next to you? Or not hearing your child cry out in pain? A life without proper hearing can be difficult and sometimes dangerous. Not to mention how the average person will assume a person is less than intelligent before they will realize the problem lies with a hearing loss.

One of the most common causes of permanent hearing loss is excessive noise. Exposure to excessively loud sounds for an extended period of time can cause irreversible nerve damage to the inner ear. The longer the exposure to loud sounds, the more apt there is to be a chance of hearing loss.

OSHA standards state that, to the unprotected ear, sustained exposure to noise over 85 decibels will cause gradual hearing loss in the majority of people. The louder the noise, the faster this damage occurs. To illustrate this further, the allowed exposure time goes down by one-half for each 5 decibels over the normal limit of 85 decibels.

Protecting the ear is fundamental to preventing sensorineural damage, more commonly known as nerve damage. Nerve damage can be a very sneaky culprit when it comes to hearing loss. The damage may be gradual and is often painless. Usually, by the time a person notices their hearing loss problem it is too late to correct it.

Watch for the signs and be aware that they can be avoided with proper protection. Always choose the best hearing protection for your application. If you notice any of the symptoms below, contact a health care professional specializing in hearing to have your hearing tested.

Look for:

Finding it difficult to understand speech; if you find you can hear some words but not make out all of them

ÂYTinnitus (a ringing or buzzing in the ears right after being exposed to loud noises

ÂYSounds being muffled and difficult to hear after departing a loud area

Hearing protection is just as important as wearing sports safety equipment. Sure, you could play football without a helmet or padding, but your chances of getting hurt would certainly increase. It makes common sense to wear the proper football gear just as wearing a bicycle safety helmet is now accepted because it has become a proven method of protection. As we progress in our knowledge and technology, we have the ability to make the world as safer and more enjoyable environment.

Ear protection needs to be an everyday occurrence when you are going to be exposed to higher and louder than normal noise levels. There are many types of hearing protection specifically designed for different circumstances. Consult your audiologist to discover the best protection for you.

Why, As Web Developers, Do We Operate From Thailand?

I’m going back four and a half years now, when the bubble that had burst a while back from then was having hugely negative effects on the web design industry as a whole. Eventually, and in hindsight naturally, the web design agency I was working for collapsed under the weight of insufficient revenues, high staff costs and, worst of all, nearly a million dollars in unpaid debt from the telco part of the business.

Taken unawares, I suppose, but as a result extraordinary revenues had to be generated each month to pay the huge salary bills and rent in an office in the centre of London. They weren’t being met.

To break even, we needed consistent revenues of £60,000 a month. To give you some idea of the scale of this, our SEO Services in Thailand would, including salaries, rent, taxes, etc. but excluding developers costs, survive with that one monthly income for over forty months.

At my previous company our marketing strategy was high-end and search engine marketing was not something that was taken too seriously. In the event, we could never have survived as a company with false expectations in a market gone sour, especially with the cutbacks in the corporate sector on web-related projects. After four years of working on some exceptional sites, we were broke.

All of us had worked for six months for free, running up all sorts of debts, on the promise that we would be paid in full when the telco deal came through. It didn’t.

Coincidentally, I received an unexpected email from a friend and, to cut a long story short, he got me out here to start up my own web company. I work in an office in the center of Bangkok that costs us nothing, as the real estate company we’re associated with, Soho Properties Co., Ltd., owns the lease and the two companies share the same owner.

Our staff costs are very reasonably priced in comparison to the UK. I have looked for quality, reliable professionals, specifically from Pakistan and India, to build the business. We’re in contact with our Pakistani developers every day, where we plan, manage and develop ongoing projects. We are also associated with a company in India, who have far greater staff levels and can therefore take on much larger and complex sites.

Our Pakistani developers have helped raise the profile of our portfolio to a level that much larger companies are looking to employ our services. Most of our inquiries do not come from within Thailand itself; in fact, we have a very limited number of Thai clients. Our clients are based in the UK, America, Germany, France, Austria, Monte Carlo, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Brunei.

A few months ago, when I was visiting my father in the UK, I met up with my old boss. He told me he was charging £2,000 for a static 5-page website. Since then, I have set out to are compete in the UK market for business as well as Bangkok as I figure that you don’t have to be glued to any specific location if you can communicate online.

This site has been named and optimized for the express purpose of placement on the search engines, where we hope to generate interest in our services and demonstrate, with our portfolio, what we have been able to build up in the past three years.

 

Cooking Ideas That Will Save You Time And Money

The saying, “time is money” certainly applies in the business world, but it applies in the kitchen, too. Saving time and money in the kitchen really helps with family time and the family budget. So it works in our favor when we come up with cooking ideas that save time and money in the kitchen. There are a lot of kitchen shortcuts out there, but no matter which way you cut the roast, cooking is still cooking. So what are some cooking ideas that will save you time and money?

Easy cooking is a great place to start. We all like to think of ourselves as good cooks, but not everything has to be complicated. It’s hard to save time and money if you aren’t organized. So get organized by focusing on what to cook and when to cook. Write your cooking ideas down and put them in your own personal cooking book. Along with planning what to cook, you should plan when to cook. Most people assume they have to cook dinner between the hours of 4 pm and 7 pm. As the norm this is great, but make sure you are using easy recipes for dinner.

Here is another one we found works in our house. Cook dinner at breakfast. No, most would not classify this as a normal habit. Think of it this way. By cooking your dinner in the morning, you will not have the evening rush of “what to cook” which regularly translates into “where can I order out” because you don’t have the time or energy to make a home cooked meal. Prepare your dinner meal while you are fixing breakfast, and then put it in the refrigerator. When you get home, you will only have to reheat and a home cooked meal is on the table in a jiffy. This is especially good when you are cooking for kids.

Here is a another one from the cooking book. Dig out the crock pot. We do this a lot on Sundays. There are healthy and great tasting dishes that you can make in a crock pot. In the morning, all your ingredients get added to the pot. By dinner, it’s ready to serve. How much prep time do you have when you get home? Just long enough to set the table. Talk about easy cooking! To us, this is as close as it comes to having someone cook your dinner for you. Shop around. There are some great crock pot recipes available that will tantalize your taste bud.
Along with those quick and easy recipes, try this. Plan a kitchen table picnic. What does that mean? It means you use paper plates and plastic ware. Does that beat washing the dishes or what?! Even the kids can get involved with throwing out the plates when they are done eating. I f you do this when you do crock pot cooking, then you have only one dish to wash, the crock pot!

This one needs prep time, but offers you a real break on a day to day basis. We do this about five or six times a year. We cook for a whole month a one time. Everything goes in the freezer. When we are done, there are 30 dinners in the freezer. It takes two days to get it all done, but for a month, dinner is on the table about 20 minutes after we get home. If a month seems overwhelming, start with doing meals for a week or two. Every night then has easy recipes for dinner!

Save time. Save money. It’s a great way to run a kitchen. The more easy cooking and cost effective cooking you can do, the better off your kitchen is!