4 Reminders to Keep Yourself Safe This Summer

Summertime is officially here, and we could not be more excited! With summer comes the sun, the fun, the heat and the opportunity to be outside with family and friends partaking in all different kinds of activities. Often, however, we are so busy trying to take in the sights and having fun, that we forget to take care of ourselves by doing the basics. This week we have come up with a few reminders to help protect yourself this summer.  

Reminder #1 Protect Your Eyes!

It’s easy to leave home without your sunglasses if you’re in a hurry to make it to an appointment, meet a friend or go for a walk. To avoid a possible corneal burn (sunburn in your eyes), make sure you are protecting your eyes with a pair of sunglasses that offer 100% UVA and UVB protection, like these from ILA.

In addition to wearing a great pair of protective sunglasses when you’re out and about, we also want to remind you to wear the appropriate eye gear when you are playing sports or working on other projects where eye protection is recommended to be worn.

Finally, if you decide to go swimming, bring along a pair of goggles. This will protect your eyes from the discomfort of the chemicals in a swimming pool, and will also protect your eyes from the debris of swimming in the lake or ocean. Wearing the correct protective eyewear while you participate in these fun summer activities will surely help in protecting your eyes from the elements.

Reminder #2 Keep Yourself Cool This Summer

You can keep yourself cool this summer by wearing light, airy clothing. Clothing made of seersucker, Madras, hopsack, oxford or linen are summertime favorite because they are all lightweight and have similar textures. They keep part of the fabric away from the skin, which allows your skin to breathe more freely.

Clothing that is light in color reflects sunlight, which will keep you cooler, unlike its dark counterpart that will absorb and trap the heat in. Also consider wearing long flowing, loose-fitting garments. These will keep you cooler than wearing a pair of shorts because they allow for more airflow.  

Reminder #3 Stay Hydrated & Eat Healthy

While we should focus on eating healthy and staying hydrated year-round, it’s especially important during the summer months. Eating smaller, well-balanced meals regularly will help your body to function better and provide you with more energy throughout the day.

Also, make sure that you are limiting your intake of alcoholic, caffeinated or other sugary drinks. These types of drinks will cause further dehydration. Instead, replace these sugary drinks with water. Drinking water throughout the day will quench your thirst and keep you more hydrated than any other drink out there.

According to FEMA.gov “Persons who have epilepsy or heart, kidney, or liver disease; are on fluid-restricted diets; or have a problem with fluid retention should consult a doctor before increasing liquid intake.”

Reminder #4 Wear Sunscreen

According to an article from everyday health, in “July 2015 Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) examined the results of a 2013 survey and found that only 14.3 percent of men, and 29.9 percent of women, in America reported that they regularly use sunscreen.”

Wearing sunscreen is one of the simplest things we can do to protect ourselves from skin cancer every day. Try to find a lotion with an SPF of 30 or higher. To avoid being burned, it should be reapplied every 2 hours. Furthermore, no sunscreen is sweat or water proof; lotions should be applied 20-30 minutes prior to getting into the water and depending on your specific lotion, should be applied every 40-80 minutes.

Enjoy Your Fun in The Sun!

Summertime is a fun time, full of laughter, joy, and memories being made. As we grow older, it becomes even more imperative that we take care of ourselves so that we can live a long and happy life. ILA hopes that you have a wonderful summer that is full of sun, fun, and laughter. We hope that you take these simple reminders with you to keep yourself safe this summer.


ILA has a variety of sunglasses to meet every need. Check out our inventory and find what might work best for you!


This blog was written by contributing author Sarah Bowman, stay-at-home mom turned business owner of Sarah Bowman Assisting.





How Do You Know It’s Time For Reading Glasses?

Lately, have you noticed when you are reading that you feel like your eyes are really straining to see the words on the paper? Do you have to move the paper or book further away from your eyes to see the wording more clearly?

If you do, you could be suffering from Presbyopia, also known as Long-sightedness. Presbyopia is not a disease, but more of a growing pain leading you into middle age. Around the age of 40, our natural internal lenses become less flexible. This means that our vision close up to objects becomes worse with less flexibility.

By age 45 most people will need some type of assistance with their vision, whether it be readers or contact lenses.

What Are Some Of The Signs of Presbyopia?

Presbyopia is something that comes with age and is completely normal. It’s the normal loss of your ability to focus on things close up. Some of the symptoms or signs to keep an eye out for are:

  • You are age 40 or older.
  • You may struggle to see print clearly- this could be you holding a book up close to your face but having to move the book farther away from your face to be able to see the words clearly
  • You may struggle to see smaller print in dim lighting.
  • You notice that your eyes begin to hurt when you are reading, sewing or doing other close eyework.
  • You find yourself getting headaches when you try to read.

What Are Readers?

Readers are glasses that are readily available to purchase online (like here at ILA) or in a local drugstore. These glasses are measured in units called diopters and range in strength of magnification from +1.00 up to +5.00 increasing in strength by .25.

They come in a wide range of varieties and styles. You can choose full frames (the prescription covers the entire lens) or “half-eyes” (these are the Benjamin Franklin style glasses that sit lower on the nose).

When looking to purchase a pair of readers, it is important to note that these glasses cannot be adjusted to strength per eye. If you think that readers may be an option for you, we recommend contacting your eye doctor. They will be able to recommend the correct strength for your eyes and can even write you a prescription for them as well.

If you choose to go to the store and pick out a pair of your readers on your own, WebMD recommends trying different strengths to find the magnification that will work best for you. They tell you to “hold a magazine 14”-16” away from your face”. They also mention that you may consider purchasing a couple of pairs, one pair for close up and one for middle distances (looking at a computer screen).

The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends that you schedule a baseline eye exam with your doctor when you turn 40. This is typically the time when most people begin to have problems with their eyes. Eye exams should be continued as recommended by your physician.


ILA has a variety of reading glasses to meet every need. Check out our inventory and find what might work best for you!


This blog was written by contributing author Sarah Bowman, Owner of Sarah Bowman Assisting







3 Gift Ideas For The Hearing Impaired Dad

Purchasing a Father’s Day gift for the dad with a hearing impairment can be a bit daunting. In some cases, it can be a sensitive topic because he has not yet come to terms with the fact that his hearing isn’t as good as it once was.

Or if he has been living with his hearing impairment for a while now, he still may not like to talk about it, and that’s ok. Finding a thoughtful gift for him will not only say thank you for all he has done for you, but it will also show him that you care. This week, we would like to give you a few ideas on some gifts that any dad would love.

How about Earbuds and headphones?

Why not pick your dad up a pair of wireless earbuds or headphones?  While wireless earbuds can be a bit pricey, they are great for those struggling with hearing loss. Most earbuds connect to your devices via bluetooth and are placed directly into the ear. By putting the earbud into the ear, the sound is placed more deeply into it, thus allowing the wearer to hear the music or phone call more clearly.

While looking at earbuds, you can also check out headphones. You can find noise-canceling or even headphones specifically for the TV. These headphones can be connected to your dad’s TV, again by Bluetooth, and stream the sound directly into the headphones. ILA carries lightweight, comfortable, Amplified Bluetooth Headphones.

Another option for dad could be turning his hearing aids into wireless stereo headphones. Yes, you read that right! If your dad has Phonak hearing aids, you can help him turn them into wireless headphones. “The Phonak TVLink enables hearing aid users to receive sound directly into their hearing aids.” The only caveat is that this must be used in conjunction with a ComPilot or ComPilot Air.

Not Just Any Old Alarm Clock

Do you think that you may want to find something a little more practical for Father’s Day this year? What would you say to a new alarm clock? Yes, there is the old adage, been there, done that, but sometimes those who struggle with hearing loss have a hard time hearing their alarm clocks in the morning. Several different types of clocks are available.

First, there are alarm clocks like this one, that come with a bed shaker. The shaker is placed under the mattress and will shake the bed when it is time to wake up. Secondly, you can check out alarm clocks that vibrate when it is time to wake up. This particular clock is portable and can easily be taken with your loved one when they travel.  Finally, if you’re not sure if your dad would like to wake up to the vibrating alarm clock, you can check out an alarm clock with flashing lights. There is even a bodyclock alarm clock that will gradually light up and help wake you naturally.

Let Dad Know When You Are There to Visit

If you’re concerned that the dad in your life may be missing visitors who come to his home because he may not be hearing the doorbell, you may consider looking into a portable doorbell like this, It has 3 volume levels and a flashing light. You could also get a few extra to place strategically throughout his home or apartment.

Buying Father’s Day gifts doesn’t need to become a stressful thing. With a little bit of thought, you can come with some pretty great ideas that any dad in your life would surely appreciate.

ILA has a variety of Father’s day gifts to meet every need. Check out our inventory and find what might work best for you!


Sources: https://www.audicus.com/5-best-gifts-people-hearing-loss/



This blog was written by contributing author Sarah Bowman, Owner of Sarah Bowman Assisting


Simple Alerts for the Phone

If you are hearing impaired, choosing an alerting system for your phone doesn’t have to be complicated. There are several simple alerting options that are easy to use and easy on the budget.

Devices that Ring Loudly

If you have some hearing, one option is to find a phone amplifier. Amplifiers make your phone ring louder. Our Audible Ring Signaling Device by Clarity offers an adjustable loud ringer and includes an adjustable ringing tone. This is helpful because sometimes the tone is as important as the volume in determining whether or not you can detect the sound. And the Audible Ring is powered by the phone line, so no batteries are needed.

Devices that Flash

If you only need a visual signal, you can choose a basic flashing alert, like the Phone Strobe Flasher. This compact strobe light has a powerful flash that will let you know when your telephone or TTY is ringing.

The strobe is easy to install and is powered by the phone line, so no batteries are needed. It will work with any analog phone and measures 3.25 x 2 x 1.25 inches.

Devices That Vibrate

But what if you’re deaf, and you’re not looking at your phone to see the flash? Phone alerts that vibrate solve that problem. Ditto is a wearable cell phone alert clip that allows you to feel your phone from 50 to 100 feet away. Ditto notifies you to calls, texts, emails, alarms and calendar updates.

You will also never lose or leave your phone behind because Ditto is electronically tethered to your smartphone via Bluetooth. It will vibrate to alert you that you are forgetting your phone.

If that sounds like too much information coming in, Ditto also comes along with an app you can download onto your iPhone or Android device. It allows you to customize the program with the exact notifications you would like to receive.

Combo Systems

Some of the most common phone alerts combine two or three features to cover all their bases. One of the best combo alerts we carry is the AmpliCALL10. When your telephone rings, this telephone ringer indicator will ring very loudly and flash to let you know there is an incoming call.

If that’s not enough, A CLA2 shaker pad can be plugged into the AmpliCALL10. When the phone rings, the pad vibrates. This is an ideal solution for heavy sleepers who are expecting important telephone calls at night.

One of the most affordable options we carry is the Loud Ringer Light Box FC-5683-2. It rings at up to 95dB and has a bright LED alerting light. Once again, no batteries or AC adapter are required because the device is line powered.

Other Considerations

When choosing an alerting system for your phone, you first need to decide what type of sensory alert you need- louder sounds, bright lights, or vibration. Beyond that, you want to consider whether or not you want the device to be part of a larger alert system, or if you want it to be stand-alone.

Also, you’ll need to understand the difference between digital and analog phones and what type of system works with each one. Some products, like the Serene Central Alert Home/Cell Phone Sensor-Transmitter can actually be connected to your landline and your cell phone with the help of a smartphone cradle.

Whatever combinations you need or considerations you have, ILA has a product that will work for you. Check out our variety of telephone amplifiers and ringers here.

Alert Devices For Those With Hearing Impairments

Before the days of technology, many people with hearing impairments had to rely on family and friends for their safety and connectivity to the rest of the world. As technology has evolved, it has made life much easier for everyone, including those with hearing impairments.

According to Healthyhearing.com, “Today there are assistive listening devices, hearing aids, FM systems, infrared systems, captioning and amplification devices that help people communicate with others, hear the sounds of everyday life and enjoy entertainment when they otherwise would have a difficult time due to hearing loss.” All of these devices use one or more types of signals such as light, sound, and vibration.

What Type of Alert Devices Are Available

There are many different types of alerting devices available, however some of the most frequently used are alarm clocks, doorbells, smoke detectors and indicators on phones. Parents can also use pagers to be notified if their infant is crying. Some of the alerting features on these devices include:

  • Alarm clocks can be set up with a flashing light, a loud horn or a gentle vibration to wake the sleeper.
  • A flashing light on the doorbell will notify people in the home when guests arrive.
  • Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms will use vibration and flashing lights to notify those in the home who may not have their hearing aids in.
  • Flashing light indicators or adjustable ringers can be added to analog phones to let owners know someone is calling. Portable versions of the flashing indicators are available so they can be strategically placed throughout a home or apartment.
  • Pagers are a great alert device and can be worn on the clothing or kept in your pocket. They can be programmed to whatever type of notification you would like to receive. They can vibrate when your phone is ringing or when someone arrives at your home. They can also notify parents or caretakers of young children crying. Some of these devices can even analyze the cry and determine whether the baby is hungry, bored, or sleepy and will light up an appropriate image.
  • Weather alert radios can be used by themselves or with other alerting accessories like strobes or bed-shakers. These are great for people with hearing loss because many times they cannot hear the rumble of thunder or crack of lightning. In addition to that, this will also be great for those who don’t watch TV or listen to the radio. The weather alert radios will give their owners warning that they may not receive any other way.
  • Finally, with the advancement of technology, companies have begun to develop a discreet bracelet, which is worn on the wrist. It can notify you for up to six things such as a phone ringing or fire alarm going off. There are little gills on the inside of the bracelet that move, and lights on the outside that light up to catch your attention.

As Technology continues to advance, there is no doubt we will begin to see more and more alert systems developed for those with hearing loss and impairment. Independent Living Aids will be there every step of the way, to help you through your journey.


ILA has a variety of alerting systems to meet every need. Check out our inventory and find what might work best for you!


This blog was written by contributing author Sarah Bowman, Owner of Sarah Bowman Assisting.