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10 Signs You May Be Suffering from Hearing Loss

By Kirsten Daniels, Au.D., CCC-A Like any medical condition, the sooner you address hearing loss the better. Here are 10 common signs that you may have hearing loss. You have trouble hearing on the phone. Mobile and landline phones are equipped with a volume control setting, so you might not have trouble hearing your friend, co-worker or client because you’ve amped the telephone to the max. Check the volume setting, and if you find yourself inching the volume up louder and louder, you may have hearing loss. Your family (or neighbor!) complains that your TV is too loud. Television programs can be hard to follow, particularly during times when music is drowning out dialogue. Turning the TV up louder doesn’t always help make the sound clearer. If you consistently need the TV turned up so loud to understand the dialogue, it’s time to get a hearing test. You’re tired from straining to hear conversations. Constantly straining to hear and follow conversation is mentally and physically fatiguing. Doing so can make you feel exhausted and worn out after even a normal day. So, if a typical day of conversing with coworkers, friends and family leaves you with a headache or feeling physically fatigued, you may have hearing loss. You have trouble following a conversation when multiple people talk at the same time. Our ability to process multiple incoming and competing signals deteriorates over time, so being a little lost in conversation occasionally isn’t always a sign of hearing loss. However, if you’re at a work meeting or eating dinner with family, and you frequently have a hard time keeping up when two... read more

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, White Fish Cooking Class

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, White Fish Dietitian Debra Sanders of Vibrant Health partnered with Family Fresh Market to present a healthy cooking class “1 Fish, 2 Fish, Red Fish, White Fish” to teach participants how to make heart-healthy fish tacos with cod and salmon with veggies. Debra introduces one of the menu items for tonight’s cooking class (asparagus) in the Family Fresh kitchen. To keep asparagus fresh, place it in an asparagus jar (stalk side up) filled 1/2 with water and store in the fridge. To garnish the cod fish tacos, a colorful coleslaw was made, which included red cabbage, carrots, peaches, green onions, and lime juice. Debra showing off one of the cute “sample-sized” tortillas! Debra pan-frying the cod for the fish tacos. It was cooked on medium-high in a greased pan. Cook covered for 3 minutes, flip, uncovered for 1 minute, and then covered for 2 minutes. The beautifully done salmon with asparagus and lemon! The finished products! Thank you to everyone who came out! We hope to see you in November at our next cooking class, Mouthwatering Meatless Meals.  ... read more

Weekend Highlights- September 16 & 17

On Saturday, September 16th, Spring Valley Dam Days hosted their 30th annual 5K & 10K Family Fun Run, which Vibrant Health sponsored. Runners were #poweredbyhealthandwellness even through the rain! Great job to everyone who came out to support the Spring Valley Lions Club! Thank you to Vibrant Health employees Denise Burkett, Dennis Paul, and Sierra Hawkins who participated. The same morning, even 1,111 miles away in San Antonio, Texas, the Tashjian family was #poweredbyhealthandwellness. Dr. Tashjian, his wife Barb, and his son Eddie ran a 5K at the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) conference. We had a busy Sunday #supportingourcommunity! We started in Spring Valley with the Spring Valley Dam Days parade. Samantha, Julie, Sierra, Brandi, and Chad handed out lip balm/sunscreen sticks. Julie did double duty- she walked in the parade AND worked in the Spring Valley Lions Club burger booth. Talk about being #poweredbyhealthandwellness! After that, we headed over to River Falls for our first Walk With A Doc event. Nora Bennett C-NP spoke about the importance of eating fresh food, particularly produce. She even brought banana peppers and eggplants (that she grew herself) for everyone to bring home! Thanks to everyone who came out to Hoffman Park. See you next week at 5:15 p.m. for our next WWAD event! We love the communities we are part of!... read more

Busy weekend ahead for Vibrant Health!

Vibrant Health is going to be out in full force supporting our communities this weekend! On Saturday, September 16th, we are sponsoring the 5K & 10K Family Fun Run at Spring Valley Dam Days. If you aren’t registered yet, registration begins at 7:30 a.m. in front of our Vibrant Health Clinic in Spring Valley (130 S. McKay Ave.) with the races beginning at 8:00 a.m. We can’t wait to be #poweredbyhealthandwellness with you! On Sunday, September 17th, we’re back at Spring Valley Dam Days to be in the Grand Parade at 2:00 p.m. Look for us handing out our lip balm/sunscreen sticks! At 5:15 p.m. we’ll be in River Falls at Hoffman Park for our first Walk With a Doc event for the fall season! Nora Bennett will be our physician champion and will be speaking about the health benefits of walking and more. Don’t forget about the Healthy Kids Running Series taking place beforehand. More information about that here. See everybody this weekend! #bevibrant... read more

Our Neighbors’ Place Community Connect

Our Neighbor’s Place is offering FREE help for ANYONE who is in need of assistance on September 28th at their “Community Connect” event. There will be information about resources for housing, jobs, food, and health care. There will also be FREE food, haircuts, clothes, and rides if you are in need. Check out the poster for more... read more

Turningpoint donation drive= great success!

Vibrant Health recently held a donation drive to support Turningpoint – the only domestic and sexual violence crisis shelter in all of Pierce and St. Croix Counties of Wisconsin. The donation drive included baby formula, baby wipes, bleach, body wash, colored pencils, construction paper, craft supplies, diapers, disinfectant wipes, deodorant, glue sticks, hair conditioner, Kleenex and other daily necessities. In addition to providing shelter and at 24-hour crisis counseling, Turningpoint offers legal systems advocacy, children’s programming, violence prevention education, and support groups–including the only young adult support group for victims of violence in Wisconsin.... read more

Kinni River Trout Trot Cheering Section

We had a great time on September 9th at the Vibrant Health cheering section for the Kinni Trout Trot! All of the runners did a great job and we are proud of you for being #poweredbyhealthandwellness. 13.1 miles and 20 miles are a long way but you did it! Thank you to the staff that came out: Dr. Chris Tashjian and his wife Barb; Kelly Peskar, Health Information; Sierra Hawkins, Marketing; and Samantha Bluhm and her sweetie Chad,... read more
Specialized Women’s Health Care- Evening Hours

Specialized Women’s Health Care- Evening Hours

Remember our salute to the backbone of the family? If not, view it here: To further salute women, Vibrant Health is excited to announce Specialized Women’s Health Care is now offering evening hours! We offer a broad range of treatments from therapies to medications to surgeries. Our goal is to provide life-changing relief from your symptoms, including but not limited to: • Bleeding Problems • Incontinence/Prolapse • Menopause • Bio Identical Hormone Therapy • Hormone Replacement Therapy • Preventative Care • “Band-Aid” Hysterectomy Our Women’s Health Care team can help you get back to the good life. Make an appointment... read more
Ellsworth Location CLOSED 9/7/2017

Ellsworth Location CLOSED 9/7/2017

Due to a power outage, our Ellsworth location is CLOSED. If you have an appointment there today, please contact our River Falls location at 715-425-6701 to reschedule an appointment in River Falls or to set up a new appointment. We apologize for the... read more

Dr. Greg Miller works to keep UWRF student athletes healthy!

Dr. Greg Miller works closely with the University of Wisconsin-River Falls Athletic Department at sporting events to ensure that athletes stay in great condition for competition. On Saturday, September 2nd, he assisted at the first Men’s Football game of the season. Be sure to look for him on the sidelines at future... read more