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Continuing Education Is Important for All Professions

There are many professionals working in the United States who have acquired some type of license to do business in their state. Licenses do not come easy. Most states require the applicants to pass an exam or series of exams to receive their license or designation. Exams contain information about state laws, regulations, and important information regarding the specific profession. In most professions once licensed, all you have to do is complete your continuing education to renew your license. Some states require you to renew your license every year, some every five years. It just depends on the profession and their state laws. Education is vital, especially for those who have had their license for 20+ years. Many laws and regulations have changed since they first took their state exam. Today we are going to discuss some of the various professions and the importance of continuing education classes they are required to take to renew their license.

Professions such as attorneys, insurance agents, hairdressers, nurses, and real estate agents need certain classes every compliance period to keep their license active. These agents owe a lot to their clients and the advice and information they provide could be crucial to important decisions their clients make. For instance, wouldn’t you want your attorney to be up to date on various court cases, new laws, and information regarding a case? Or, if you were shopping for a life insurance policy you need your insurance agent to know the best policy available that fits you and your family’s needs. The health industry is one of the most regulated industries in the United States. Nurses and doctors need continuing education to ensure they are up to date on new medications and procedures. Education in the health field could be the difference of life and death for some patients. These are just a couple of examples on why it is so important for states to mandate continuing education for certain professions.

Continuing education can be completed in a variety of ways to make it easy and flexible for the agent. Agents should check with their state department to see how many continuing education credits they need and when their license will expire. These courses are very important and should be taken seriously not only to keep your license active, but also to offer piece of mind to your clients that you are up to date on current information regarding your profession.

The Wonders of Online Education For a Working Man With a Family

If you are a single man, go back to school to learn new knowledge to improve your career standing might be easier than a working man with a family. Imagine a man named Joe who has a family who needs to drive 42 miles from Baltimore to work at Prince George’s county. He needs to work extra hours at office most of times and he might needs some more hours at home just to finish his work. He allocates the weekend for his two daughters and his lovely wife.

But, the world economy goes worse, the job opportunities go down and he might loss his job due to recession. He needs to stay competitive with an advanced degree related to his working field. But, Joe’s busy working schedule and his obligation as a family man, making him hard to fit into any of the traditional campus-based degree program. That’s why Joe keeps postponing his plan to obtain a career related degree.

If Joe desperately wanted to go back to school and complete a degree, what choices does he have?

Online education is a perfect education solution for Joe. Here’s how online education fits for Joe’s situation:

1. Almost all degree programs offered in campus-based colleges available online. Joe should be able to find an online degree that helps in his career. He just needs to go online and look for his desired degree program offered in online format.

2. Joe doesn’t need to travel from his workplace to school or from his home to the school just to attend the classes because he can log on from anywhere through internet connection.

3. Joe doesn’t need to quit his job just to go back to school. Thus, there is no disruption of Joe’s income stream. Working and studying can always be done simultaneous in online education setting.

4. Although Joe’s schedule is too stuffed to accommodate fixed class times, he can always find some leisure time here and there: during the break time, when his daughter watching the TV, while waiting for clients or waiting for a meeting to be started. Whenever Joe has time, he can always go into online class to access his learning materials, to watch pre-record lecture session, to ask question at online discussion forum, etc.

5. He can still spend his time with the family during weekend. He may just need to arrange some time of study before going to bed. There is no crashing between family obligations and studying for a degree because the learning schedule of online education is flexible. Joe can always plan his time of study and follow his own pace to finish the desired degree program.

If you are a working man with a family like Joe, online education can be a good option to obtain a career related degree, either for career advancement or career change. It does not disrupt your obligations as a working man with a family and you don’t need to sacrifice your job. Do you see the wonder of online education for you as a working man with a family?

Hearing Screenings for All Age Groups

Hearing screenings are available for all age groups. Screenings are fairly quick, and serve to reduce the need for full hearing evaluation and to identify hearing loss as early as possible. In many areas, these screenings are available to newborn infants! Older children and adults may be able to get a screening through the school systems, physician’s offices, and local health fairs.

Newborns and infants

Many hospitals screen hearing of newborns during the hospital stay following birth. Screening is easy, quick, and painless. While the child is resting or sleeping, a very quick screening procedure (Otoacoustic emissions screening and/or auditory brainstem response [ABR] screening) is completed. Using these screening measures, hearing loss of 30 decibels (dB) or greater in the speech range (from 500-4000 Hertz [Hz]). At this age, failing a screening does not provide a definitive diagnosis of hearing loss. Fluid from the womb or middle ear fluid may be present, creating a false fail during the screening. A second screening may be performed before the child is discharged from the hospital or a follow-up with an audiologist in the area may be scheduled to confirm any screening results.

If a follow-up with a pediatric or general audiologist is scheduled, a more thorough hearing evaluation may be completed. Depending on the outcome of initial tests, this evaluation can take a much longer time to complete. Results should be more thorough, but failed tests may still not mean permanent hearing impairment. Follow-up appointments will be made to continue this process until a definitive diagnosis can be made.

Screening of infants is extremely important for early identification of hearing loss. Without early screenings, hearing loss may not be detected until after age 1. The later the hearing loss is diagnosed and managed, the greater the likelihood of delayed speech and language development. Delayed speech and language can, in turn, impede academic abilities in school-age children.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) covers appropriate screening and identification of hearing loss. If you are interested in a screening, contact your local public school system or health department. Free screenings and services may be available to your child.

Hearing loss does not always occur in infancy or young childhood. It can occur later in life. Not all who have hearing loss were born with hearing loss. If there are concerns for you or a loved one regarding hearing, do not hesitate to request a screening or evaluation from a physician, audiologist, or hearing instrument specialist.

Children and Adults

Older children and adults typically encounter screenings during public health testing (e.g., school screenings, physician’s office, health fairs, senior centers). Initial screening is completed with a pure-tone evaluation of 25-30 dB from 500-4000 Hz. If a screening is failed, the individual will be recommended to complete a more thorough hearing evaluation to confirm findings. Some individuals and websites advertize their ability to test your hearing via a website interactive plug-in or by phone. It is difficult to screen hearing ability in these situations, and not advisable over an actual hearing screening performed by qualified individuals.