SCV Business Journal August 2020

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B6 · SATURDAY, JULY 25, 2020 · THE SIGNAL

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FIVE REASONS WHY THE ’BURBS ARE BETTER HOLLY SCHROEDER President & CEO of SCVEDC

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ere are five reasons why the suburbs are uniquely suited to, and could benefit from, the coronavirus crisis: 1. Work from home provides more flexibility Employees have long been requesting to work from home, and now that managers have realized that their employees are at least as productive, if not more productive at home, employers are likely to reconsider the need for everyone to be in the office all of the time. This has allowed for movement out of city centers and into the suburbs as long commute times are less of an issue. 2. Homes in the suburbs often boast private yards One of the huge benefits of living in the ‘burbs is buying a home with a private yard. This issue has come to a head in recent months as stay-at-home orders went into effect. Being able to access outdoor space is beneficial for a healthy body and mind, and during the crisis, many city dwellers fled their cramped apartments to either rent or buy homes in the suburbs. 3. Density perceived to contribute to coronavirus outbreaks Several recent studies have shown that density does not actually cause a spike in Covid-19 cases, but that doesn’t stop the perception that it does to the benefit of the ‘burbs. Many millennials who were already considering leaving the city, have accelerated their move to a community that offers more space to spread out. 4. New home construction is more attractive than ever Searches for new home construction have surged 73 percent compared to last year, according to The Harris Poll commissioned by real estate listing company Zillow. With thousands of new homes planned or underway here in the Santa Clarita Valley, we are well-suited to meet that need. 5. Modern, city-like amenities in ‘burbs create ideal live-work-play communities While cul-de-sacs, paseos, and neighborhood schools still score big points among those who are escaping city life, most millennials don’t want to leave it all behind. The trend today is creating mini urban centers in suburbia that are walkable, provide excellent amenities (like high end shopping, arts, dining, and coffee houses), and have easy access to public transit. This reimagined suburb living provides the kind of live-work-play environment that is attractive to both potential homebuyers and businesses. For more information about the SCV Economic Development Corp., visit SCVEDC.org, or by calling (661) 288-4400.

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A QUESTION-AND-ANSWER ABOUT HEARING HEALTH DR. KEVIN BOLDER AuD, Audiology Associates

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hen it comes to hearing loss, it’s normal to have a lot of questions. As hearing care professionals, we frequently have patients come in with questions about their hearing, hearing aids, different types of hearing loss, and how we can help them find a solution. Q What causes hearing loss? A Depending on the type of hearing loss you have there are many factors that could have contributed to your hearing loss. Some common causes of hearing loss

include: ear infection, head/ear trauma, malformation of the outer/inner ear, aging, genetics, earwax build-up, perforated eardrum, exposure to loud noise, or medications that are toxic to hearing. Q Can I talk on the phone with my hearing aids in? A You can talk on the phone with your hearing aids in, and with today’s technology you won’t receive any distracting feedback or whistling. With Bluetooth compatible hearing aids you can connect your devices directly to your smartphone. This allows you to stream phone calls straight to your hearing aids. Bluetooth hearing aids make listening to phone calls easier and less complicated. Q What if I lose my hearing aids? A If you lose your hearing aids and they’re still under

warranty, contact us immediately. Many manufacturer warranties will replace a lost hearing aid within two years after you’ve purchased the device, but it varies depending on the manufacturer and type of device. The best thing you can do to make sure you are maintaining your overall health and well-being is receive regular hearing screenings in addition to your other doctor visits. To schedule a hearing aid consultation today, please call Audiology Associates at (661) 284-1900. Kevin Bolder, Au.D, Patrice Rifkind, Au.D. and John Davis, Au.D. are three of the best in Santa Clarita and San Fernando Valley. Visit our website at www.AudiologyAssociates.net or stop by our office located at 23838 Valencia Blvd., Suite 100, Valencia. We are hearing healthcare excellence.!