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Some surprising facts about the five senses

By Staff | November 15, 2019

HEARING: The sense of hearing is actually due to a response to mechanical stimuli; vibrations are converted into nerve impulses that the brain receives. Sensible facts: • Humans can hear sounds up to 20 kHz.The greater wax moth can hear soundsup to 300 kHz!• The cilia in theear push earwax out of theear naturally.• Snakes hearfrom theirjawbones! No,really. Theirinner ears […]

Serving clients since 1919

By Staff | November 15, 2019

The Duluth-based Lighthouse Center for Vision Loss has been serving northern Minnesota residents who are blind or visually impaired for 100 years. As we enter our next century, we are expanding our mission to serve not only individuals with vision loss, but also individuals with other challenges to independence. Our goal is to empower individuals of all ages and all […]

Many people take these lesser-known senses for granted

By Staff | November 15, 2019

“Mary stepped out onto her porch into the bright light of a crisp, winter morning. She inhaled the scent of new snow and pine needles. Her warm coat bunched around her elbow as she lifted her mug for a sip of chocolatey hot cocoa. A nearby chickadee trilled, and Mary smiled.” A pretty neat scene. Did you notice anything? In […]

Say what? (My attempt at humor)

By Staff | November 15, 2019

I’m deaf in my left ear. When I tell people this in person, they usually say something like, “Oh, really? I didn’t know” or “How did that happen?” I then respond with “What?” or “Huh?” because I think that’s funny. Some people give me a courtesy chuckle, while others take me seriously and repeat themselves. (My previous HTF stories have […]

Do I need a hearing aid?

By Staff | November 15, 2019

As we age, we often find that one of our physical parts wears out and doesn’t work quite as well as it did when we were younger. If someone around you is more frequently asking, “Huh?” or “Speak up, stop muttering,” or if someone in the house is complaining that the TV is too loud, an observer might assume that […]

An alternative treatment

By Staff | November 15, 2019

It fits in the palm of your hand or easily hangs from your neck and is no larger than a cell phone. The wires coming from the small device look like a set of earbuds, but the ends are clips bearing tiny cotton rings inside of each. Once the cotton rings are dampened with a conducting solution, the clips are […]

A sense of home

By Staff | November 15, 2019

HIBBING — Your ears, nose, and throat make up a large part of your senses—60 percent to be exact—so when it comes to caring for them, it’s good to know that there’s a place nearby that can help. Fairview Range’s Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) department can handle an array of issues and surgeries and is located right here in […]

Ways to introduce and transition pet foods

By Staff | November 15, 2019

The food a companion animal is eating today may not be the food he or she consumes in the near future. Pet owners alter their pets’ diets for a variety of reasons. These can include food allergies or intolerances that develop, new formulations that boast health benefits or the cost of food. Food transitions also occur when juvenile pets mature […]

Tips on safe holiday entertaining in pet-friendly households

By Staff | November 15, 2019

The holidays are a time to spend with friends and family. Celebrating and entertaining are large components of what makes Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukah, and New Year’s festivities so enjoyable. Holiday hosts with pets must consider companion animals when planning the festivities. The holiday season brings added dangers for pets. The American Veterinary Association notes that, by keeping hazards in mind, […]

Advanced Esthetic Solutions

By Staff | November 15, 2019

VIRGINIA — Business owner Leah Sirotiak opened Advanced Esthetic Solutions in July 2019. Located in Virginia, Advanced Esthetic Solutions offers a wide variety of custom skincare treatments, makeup applications, and products. Sirotiak, an advanced practice esthetician, graduated from Cosmetology Careers Unlimited (CCU) in Duluth in 2009. After passing the Minnesota Board Exam, her post-graduate studies included The International Dermal Institute, […]