DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Our 2-month-old son was just diagnosed with total deafness. Initially there was a 50 percent hearing loss in one ear, but after two months we were told he cannot hear at all. What could cause hearing loss in an infant? Is there any hope, such as promising clinical trials, that he may someday hear?
ANSWER: Finding out a child is deaf can be very difficult for families, and deciding what to do can be tough. Although there is no way to restore natural hearing, promising treatment options may help a child to hear.
A variety of causes can lead to hearing loss in infants. Babies born prematurely are at a higher risk for hearing loss than other infants. Some infections during pregnancy may lead to hearing problems in babies. For unknown reasons, the structure of the ear may not develop normally early in pregnancy. Also, many genes are necessary for normal hearing, and many abnormalities can result in hearing loss. Although testing can identify some causes of hearing loss, determining why an individual child has hearing loss is not always possible.
Right now, there are few clinical trials designed to treat or cure newborn hearing loss. One trial that is currently ongoing uses stem cells in an effort to remedy hearing loss. But the results of that study are only preliminary, and the treatment is not readily available at this time.
Among the keys to maintaining good health are being properly nourished and effectively eliminating waste from the body. The best way to accomplish both of these is to eat simple, natural foods; in other words, the ones our creator put here to provide us sustenance.
Fruits and vegetables should make up the vast majority of the human diet. This misleading idea that we need meat for protein and iron is a myth propagated by people who know little about nutrition or have a vested interest in selling meat. A person can get all the necessary protein from beans, lentils and legumes without ever consuming a scrap of meat.
But back to my point, fruits and vegetables — the more raw the better, as long as your digestive system can handle the rawness — provide a plethora of vitamins and minerals as well as the fiber one needs to move waste through and out of the bowels. Chew your food slowly to properly mash it and prepare it for digestion. The better it is chewed the easier it will be for the sponge-like stomach and intestines to digest, the better the nutrients will be able to be absorbed, and the better your bowels will be cleansed as it works its way through.
Palos Township Health Service will hold a cholesterol screening on from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 21.
A total cholesterol screening is $10 for residents and $15 for non-residents. This test tells only the total cholesterol value. Fasting is preferred. The Cholestech test tells the total value, the high density, the low density, the triglyceride value, and the ratios as well as glucose values. Do not eat or drink after midnight the night before the test. A fee of $35 is charged for residents and $45 for non-residents. A Hemoglobin A1C test can be performed for diabetics which reflects the average blood sugar levels over the previous three months. No fasting is required for this test. The fee is $10 for residents and $15 for non-residents. All fees are cash only. Call the Health Service to schedule an appointment at 708-598-2441. All screenings are done at Palos Township at 10802 South Roberts Road in Palos Hills.
Smith Senior Living to host retirement planning sessions Smith Senior Living, as part of an ongoing “Smart Sessions” series informing older adults about retirement living and planning, has invited Sharon Brooks, a national retirement living expert, to speak. During two free workshops titled, “Retirement Planning 101,” Brooks shares her insights about how to be a savvy shopper when exploring retirement lifestyle opportunities.
Brooks will provide an overview of retirement living options, offer resources and strategies for retirement living planning, and suggest questions older adults and their families should ask when touring a retirement community. Both events include lunch prepared by Smith’s executive chefs and a tour of the Smith facility.
The Smith Village “Retirement Planning 101” presentation is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, at 2320 W. 113th Pl., Chicago. For reservations, call 773-474-7303. The Smith Crossing presentation is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 21, at 10501 Emilie Lane in Orland Park. For reservations, call 326-2308.
Double Nickel The Double Nickel Plus Chorus meets at the Community Center, 3450 W. 97th St. in Evergreen Park, every Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. in Room 111. Newcomers are welcome. For more information, call 422-8776.
55 and Up Palos Hills residents 55 years and older meet from noon to 2 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at the Palos Hills Community Center, 8455 W. 103rd St. Tickets for events must be purchased one week in advance. Entertainment includes musicians, singers, luncheons, movies, plays and bingo.
Pinochle The Worth Senior Pinochle club is seeking new members. Membership is free. Visit the group at the Worth Park District Terrace Centre, 11500 Beloit Ave., every Monday and Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Games begin at noon. Call 448-1181 for information.
Meals on Wheels The Evergreen Park Office of Citizens’ Services offers a Meals on Wheels program for village residents 60 years and older who are unable to prepare their own meals. Meals are delivered Monday through Friday. For more information, call 422-8776.
EVERGREEN PARK The Evergreen Park Public Library is located at 9400 S. Troy Ave. For more information, or to register for a program, call 422-8522, or visit evergreenparklibrary.org.
Today: Seniors are prime targets for financial exploitation both by persons they know and trust and by strangers. The Preventing Financial Exploitation class at 10 a.m. at the Evergreen Park Public Library is designed to provide seniors with information and tips to help prevent common frauds, scams, and other types of financial exploitation. Registration is requested at evergreenparklibrary.org.
April 29: Chef Eric Teverbaugh of Iona’s on the Blu will appear at the Evergreen Park Public Library at 6:30 pm to demonstrate some of his best southern soul food favorites. Registration requested at evergreenparklibrary.org.
April 30: The Evergreen Park Public Library presents its Adult Spelling Bee. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the event begins at 7 p.m. Patrons can choose to participate, or simply come to watch the contest. Registration is available at evergreenparklibrary.org, where participants will find contest rules. The first place wins a trophy and bragging rights. Entry fee includes light refreshments. Registration is requested at evergreenparklibrary.org.
GREEN HILLS/PALOS HILLS The Green Hills Public Library District is located at 8611 W. 103rd St., Palos Hills. For more information, or to register for a program, call 598-8446, or visit greenhillslibrary.org.
May 2: Paper shredding will be available in the south parking lot of the Green Hills Public Library on Interlochen Drive from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Anyone can have important documents shredded safely and securely. Participants are welcome to wait, but it is not required.
May 6: The Green Hills Public Library Lego Club for children in kindergarten through fifth grade will meet from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. or from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The library supplies the Legos, participants supply the imagination and building skills.
May 7: The Prairie Godmothers will discuss container gardens at 7 p.m. at the Green Hills Public Library. Container and window box gardens are a wonderful way to bring beauty and even a little whimsy to a condominium balcony, patio, or entry way. The Prairie Godmothers reveal the secrets behind earth friendly, low cost, and uncommon plants and planters that are sure to be showstoppers. Registration is required and available online.
May 9: A Farmers Market Tote Design class will be held at 11 a.m. at the Green Hills Public Library. Patrons and their families are invited to decorate a canvas tote bag. The library will use real fruits and veggies and stamp their shapes in paint. Participants are asked to dress accordingly because this class could get messy. All ages are welcome. Registration is required and limited to 30 families. Registration is available online.
May 11: The Green Hills Public Library presents Polish story time for children ages 3 to 5 at 11 a.m. The group will share stories, songs, and flannel-boards in Polish and English. Registration is required and limited to 18. Register is available online.
May 12: The anti-hero film, Joe, will be shown at 7 p.m. at the Green Hills Public Library. An antihero is an individual who proves himself, or herself, despite not having courage, or other heroic qualities. These films display what it truly means to be a not-so-typical hero in the face of adversity.
May 13: Arabic story time for children 3 to 5 will take place at 5 p.m. at the Green Hills Public Library. The group will share stories, songs, and flannel-boards in Arabic and English. Registration is required and limited to 18. Registration is available online.
May 13: Green Team Time with Miss Emily, for children ages 6 to 8, will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Green Hills Public Library. Participants will enjoy nature themed stories and activities.
May 14: South Side Seniors will be viewing the movie, Unbroken, at 10 a.m. at the Green Hills Public Library. Coffee and tea will be provided.
May 14: Dave DiNaso is bringing his Traveling World of Reptiles back to the Green Hills Public Library at 6 p.m. He will provide an up-close, live experience about reptiles and amphibians from around the world. Registration is required and limited to 90. Patrons should register all attending. Registration is available online.
May 15: The Green Hills Public Library Teen/Tween Movie Night presents Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, at 6 p.m. Participants, ages 10 to 17, can snack on pizza and pop while the watch the movie. One lucky person will win a copy of the movie. Registration is required and limited to 30. Registration is available online.
May 18: Drop-In story time at the Green Hills Public Library will begin at 6:30 p.m. Patrons of all ages can come to the library for songs, stories, and fun.
May 19: Computer basics is a hands-on class being held at the Green Hills Public Library at 9 a.m. Topics that will be covered include basic functions such as minimizing/maximizing windows, deleting items, and basic Internet searching. Basic keyboard and mouse skills are required. Registration required and available online.
May 19: The Green Hills Public Library teen/tween cookie wars will start at 6 p.m. Participants are invited to show off their cookie-decorating skills, while competing against others to create great tasting, perfectly presented, and creative cookies. Prizes and bragging rights will be awarded to the winners. This contest is for those ages 10 to 17. Registration is required and limited to 30. Registration is available online.
May 20: The Green Hills Public Library Pokémon Club comes to order at 6 p.m. Patrons of all ages are invited to come to the Library to meet and battle other Pokémon fans. They should bring their Nintendo DS, games, trading cards, books, and anything else Pokémon that they would like to share and discuss.
May 21: Civil War expert Don White will tell patrons tales of civil war heroes Abraham Lincoln and General Ulysses S. Grant at 7 p.m. Civil War-era candy will be supplied to all history hunters. This is a family program for those ages 10 and older.
May 22: The Green Hills Family Movie Time presents the movie, Annie, at 4:30 p.m. Movie-goers can enjoy popcorn and juice while they watch the movie. All ages are welcome.
May 23: Science Saturdays at the Green Hills Public Library is for children. Participants can come to the library to do a science experiment based on a favorite story book. Some experiments get messy, so participants are asked to dress accordingly. Children 3 to 6, with a caregiver, will meet at 11 a.m. and youngsters ages 7 to 10 will meet at 12:30 p.m. Registration is required and limited to 25 for each group. Registration is available online.
May 27 and May 28: Patrons can paint their very own boot planter at the Green Hills Public Library at 6 p.m. on both dates. This program is for those 5 and older. Registration is required and limited to 34. Due to high demand we are offering this program on two dates. Patrons are limited to registering for only one session. Registration is available online.
May 27: Patrons can join in on the monthly book discussion, Unshelved in May, at 7 p.m. at the Green Hills Public Library. The group will be meeting at Harvest Room, 7164 W. 127th St., Palos Heights, to discuss “A Tale for the Time Being,” by Ruth Ozeki. Copies of the book will be available at the circulation desk one month prior to the meeting for GHPLD cardholders.
OAK LAWN The Oak Lawn Public Library is located at 9427 S. Raymond Ave. For additional information, call 708-422-4990, or visit olpl.org.
May 2: Patrons can celebrate pop culture and Free Comic Book Day with OLPL Fan Fest: Year One, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Oak Lawn Public Library. Free comic books will be available for every child, teen and adult, courtesy of Chimera’s Comics in Oak Lawn (while supplies last). OLPL Fan Fest is an all-day event, held in partnership with Chimera’s Comics, and features fun for all ages, with a variety of activities. Free Comic Book Day is celebrated nationally each year on the first Saturday in May. Started in 2002, the first event coincided with the theatrical release of “Spider-Man.” The superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name then resulted in two sequels. This year, the call to battle is “Avengers Assemble.” Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” which is hitting theaters the day before Fan Fest. At Fan Fest, participants can wander through the Exhibit Hall on the library’s lower level where local artists, creators, comic retailers, vendors and social groups will showcase their latest custom wares, toys and apparel such as steam punk jewelry, embroidery, My Little Ponies and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Exhibitors include: Comic Wreck, David Curbis, Nerdtastic, Phantom’s Plushies, King Bone Press, Maneki Neko Con, Twisted Jewelry, Custom Embroidery, Steve Palenica Studios, Inc., dorkabout art, Chicago Extra Life Guild, 501st Midwest Garrison and Rebel Legion Nar Shaddaa Base. In addition, fans can take a break with some vintage superhero movie clips and trailers, or play some board games. Participants can also attend panels on pop culture, anime, Doctor Who and comics. The lineup includes: 11 a.m. to noon: “From Luke Skywalker to Harry Potter: A Nostalgic Journey Through Pop Culture” with Kevin Korst, local history coordinator. 12:15 to 1:15 p.m.: “Exploring Anime and Manga: The Art of Animation of Japanese Comic Books” with Claire Faulkner and Lucy Welsh 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.: “The Wibbly-Wobbly Timey-Wimey Guide to Doctor Who” with Gordon Dymowski. 2:45 to 3:45pm: “Getting Into Comic Collecting,” with Anthony Molinaro. Children can stop by the Youth Services Department for stormtrooper storytime, crafts, treasure hunts and more. The Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn will provide face painting. Those who have never seen a Wookie belly dance, should be prepared to watch Raks Geek at 4 p.m. This cast of professional belly dancers and trained fire spinners share original takes on their favorite subjects. The performance has been described as part art, part comedy. Those who wear costumes can participate in the library’s all ages Cosplay Showcase. Judging occurs at 4:30 p.m. Prizes will be available and one winner will receive a weekend badge for Anime Central – Chicago and the Midwest’s largest anime, manga and Japanese popular culture convention. A photo booth, which will be complete with props and different backgrounds, will be available. There will be cardboard cutouts, so individuals can strike a pose with their favorite characters like Thor, Captain America, Legolas (The Hobbit), Princess Leia, Rose (Doctor Who), Chewbacca and more. Guests will be able to view their photos online on the library’s Flickr page. Teens are invited to submit printed medium artwork on the subjects of art, pop culture and comics through Thursday, April 30 for a Teen Art Exhibit to be on display in the lobby. Following the Fan Fest, after-hours trivia will be held at the Homestead Barr, 9306 S. Central Avenue in Oak Lawn, at 7 p.m.