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Quality Hearing Systems Exposes Common Hearing Aid Myths in Recent Publication

Maplewood, MN (PRWEB) May 05, 2015

Quality Hearing Systems recently published an article in April 2015, titled The Top 5 Hearing Aid Myths Exposed, to dispel the common myths that prevent people with hearing loss from benefiting from the use of hearing aids.

According to Quality Hearing Systems, most myths and misconceptions about hearing aids are based on the problems associated with the older analog hearing aid models. But since most hearing aids are now digital, those problems are a thing of the past.

The first myth concerns performance, as there is a common perception that hearing aids simply don’t work. But recent research suggests the opposite: a study reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association, titled “Efficacy of 3 Commonly Used Hearing Aid Circuits,” found that all three commonly used hearing aid devices “provided significant benefit in quiet and noisy listening situations.”

The question is not whether hearing aids work—the question is whether the patient has the right hearing aid for their unique hearing loss, professionally programmed according to their preferences by a qualified professional, according to Quality Hearing Systems. Bad experiences are likely the result of buying the wrong hearing aid, buying hearing aids online, consulting the wrong individual, or not having the hearing aids customized and professionally programmed.

The other myths include the belief that hearing aids are big and unsightly, too expensive, and uncomfortable and difficult to operate. Again, while this may have been true of the older analog models, the newer digital hearing aids are smaller, more attractive, and are becoming more affordable. Modern digital hearing aids are also generally easy to operate, with some models that can be controlled through the patient’s mobile phone.

The original article, and additional information about hearing aid myths, can be found at

About Quality Hearing Systems

Quality Hearing Systems is a full-service audiology practice located in Minnesota, with locations in Maplewood and Eagan. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology and compassionate staff, Quality Hearing Systems offers comprehensive services including hearing tests, hearing aid evaluations, custom hearing aid fittings, hearing aid cleanings, rehabilitative counseling, preventive care advice, and service and repair for all hearing aid models. With services delivered in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere, Quality Hearing Systems is Minnesota’s leading destination for better hearing.


David Vlastuin

Quality Hearing Systems


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Making a Will – 10 Common Misconceptions

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(PRWEB UK) 3 October 2013

With the launch of Free Will Month, the annual event which raises awareness of the importance of writing a Will and promotes the opportunity of leaving a gift for a favourite charity, Over50choices reveals their 10 Will writing misconceptions aimed at dispelling common myths and confusion surrounding the legal process of making a Will.

Recent figures suggest almost 60% of UK adults do not have a Will in place which includes 1 in 3 over 55s who are seemingly happy to leave the division of their estate in the hands of the law rather than being certain that their wishes are adhered to and subsequently that their families are protected.

To help promote the importance of having a legally valid Will in place and the associated risks, the guide highlights 10 Will Writing Misconceptions, focusing on some of the key pitfalls that have led to families throughout the UK losing out on an often much needed inheritance.

The 10 Will Writing Misconceptions:

1.    The closest family member decides how assets are divided

Without a Will, the deceased’s estate is divided according to the law of Intestacy; a set of statutory rules that decide who inherits what. These rules are fairly antiquated and do not take into account the more complex lives people lead these days so could result in the inheritance being shared amongst more distant family members.

2.    A Will is unnecessary for married couples

A surviving spouse does not automatically inherit everything. Particular rules may dictate that part of the estate will be left to children with the spouse receiving:

    Personal possessions
    The first £250,000 of the estate
    A life interest in the remaining estate

3.    A long term partner can inherit everything

A common law spouse has no automatic rights regardless of the number of years they have lived with the deceased. Quite simply the law does not recognise ‘common law’ relationships.

4.    A Will does not change through marriage

A marriage will invalidate any previously written Will unless a specific clause is added to the Will called an ‘in contemplation of marriage’ which acknowledges that the previous provision still stands.

5.    A family member can be written out of a Will

Although strictly speaking a person can decide who will and won’t inherit from their Will, a family member who would naturally expect to receive an inheritance can under the Inheritance (Provision for families and Dependants) Act challenge the Will if they believe they should have received something.

6.    An Executor of a Will cannot be a Beneficiary

An Executor of a Will who is the person nominated to sort out the finances in accordance with the deceased’s wishes can also be a beneficiary. It is the person who witnesses the Will that cannot benefit from the estate.

7.    All debts die with the deceased

Outstanding debts need to be paid so the estate cannot be distributed according to the Will until they have been settled. If there are insufficient funds in the estate, the debtors will take what they can and the remaining debt will be written off.

8.    All outstanding contracts end

If a contract has been agreed prior to death, it still stands and has to be followed through by the Executor.

9.    To be legal, a Will has to be written by a solicitor

A Will can be made through a Solicitor, using online legal services like those provided by Over50choices or via a DIY template. It is therefore not a requirement to use a solicitor but it may be advisable to have a solicitor or qualified specialist check the contents to ensure the Will is legally valid.

10.    The solicitor making a Will has to carry out probate

Solicitors who write the Will frequently offer to hold it for free for safekeeping in the hope that they will automatically be first in line when it comes to probate, the name given to the process of sorting out the deceased’s affairs. There is no requirement for the same solicitor to carry out probate so the family or Executor of the Will can choose how they want to proceed when the time comes.

In addition to providing comprehensive information about Wills and Probate, funeral planning experts Over50choices also offer free Wills to customers who buy a Prepaid Funeral Plan through their comparison website. To find out more, go to

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Safe-Direct Car Shipping Enumerates the Top Five Most Common Mistakes When Shipping A Car

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) December 23, 2012

Most first time auto shippers have the wrong idea about the auto transport industry. Sometimes, that can affect a customer’s ability to successfully ship a car in a timely fashion. Here are the top 5 mistakes first time auto shippers make when trying to ship a car, according to Safe-Direct Car Shipping.

One common misconception is comparing getting a spot on a car carrier’s truck to reserving a seat on an airplane. In the auto transport industry there simply are no advance schedules like there are for the travel industry. That’s because, unlike airlines, that schedule regular flights out of regular hubs, there are no hubs or regular runs in the auto transport industry. Instead, there are thousands of independent trucks across the country each serving general routes (southeast to southwest and back, or the Midwest only, as examples). Each independent car hauler has unique customers with unique addresses and destinations. So, car carrier’s routes vary from week to week, which affects timing and scheduling.

Related to that is the expectation that a customer should be able to reserve a truck weeks or months in advance for pick-up on a specific date at a specific time. But there is no standard, coordinated pre-set schedule for all trucks. For the reasons outlined above, pre-planning is simply not an option no matter how much notice a customer gives. Cross-country auto transports are confirmed the week of pick-up. Since truckers cannot control things like the weather, traffic, issues with other customers, they cannot predict with accuracy the time each run will take them. As drivers have to allow for the fluidity of their schedule, so too should the customers expect flexibility with the service.

Another mistake eager auto transport customers make is putting down a deposit before a truck is confirmed for their transport. Most customers assume that doing so guarantees service within a specific time frame and/or for a specific (very low) price. This is simply not how the industry works. Until a specific trucker agrees to the pay and confirms availability on a specific date, there is no carrier transport contract. In fact, having rigid timing restrictions and/or a low-ball budget is more likely to scare off potential carriers whether or not there is a deposit.

That brings up another critical issue: price-point. Many potential customers receive lots of estimates, only place their order with the lowest suggested offer assuming the price quoted is a done deal. However, as explained earlier, there are thousands of independent haulers, each setting their own routes and accepting the best offers. The lower the offer, the less appealing it is to a potential trucker. There are no set rates or lowest price guarantees – if the offer is too low, the vehicle will simply not draw interest and will unfortunately not move, no matter how long the wait.

One final mistake first time car shippers make is not researching the industry. There are lots of on-line resources including plenty of customer review sites where a newbie can learn about the car shipping process from the experiences of those who have gone before. While it is prudent to read customer reviews with a grain of salt, it becomes clear that many “unhappy customers” simply had unrealistic expectations of the service from the get-go. Most satisfied customers were, in fact, well-informed about the industry and prepared for the unique business that is auto transporting.

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