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Annual Hearing Tests and Why They are Important

In Hearing Loss by Dr. Arica Black, AuD

Most healthcare practitioners will agree, annual health screens are a good idea. They help to ensure that we are healthy, and also help to identify any potential issues before they become a major problem. While most people are quite familiar with annual health screens, they may be less familiar with annual hearing tests. Unlike many other ailments that have easy …

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The Do’s & Don’ts of Hearing Aid Maintenance

In Hearing Loss by Dr. Arica Black, AuD

While we might have once thought of hearing loss as a predictable and benign part of getting older, we now know that leaving age-related hearing loss untreated can cause a cascade of negative health outcomes.  These can include earlier onset of dementia and cognitive decline, and can severely limit social engagement as well as our level of physical activity. In …

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Which style of hearing aid is best for me?

In Hearing Loss by Dr. Arica Black, AuD

Unlike choosing a new shirt at the mall, there is a lot of thought that goes into choosing the style of hearing aid that is the right fit for you. After all, also unlike a new shirt, you will be wearing your hearing aids for multiple hours a day – every day! It is important that you choose hearing aids …

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Hearing Loss and Dementia: What We Know Now

In Hearing Loss by Dr. Arica Black, AuD

Although it may not be the most obvious connection at first pass, researchers have continued to find connections between hearing loss and dementia, such as Alzheimer’s Disease. What is hearing loss? There are two types of hearing loss, sensorineural and conductive. Since it is the most common type, we will focus now on sensorineural hearing loss. Sensorineural hearing loss occurs …

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Remote Home Visits

In Hearing Loss by Dr. Arica Black, AuD

If you’ve ever wanted the same level of service at an audiology clinic but in your own home, we’ve got the solution for you. Whether you have mobility issues or are nervous about the heading out during this pandemic, our supportive and compassionate hearing specialist team is ready to come to you! We recognize it can be an anxious experience …

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The Connection between Diabetes & Hearing Loss

In Hearing Loss by Dr. Arica Black, AuD

At first glance, it doesn’t seem that there would be much in common between diabetes – or high blood glucose – and hearing loss. While hearing loss and diabetes are two completely separate diagnoses, they are both extremely common. It is estimated that about 48 million Americans live with some degree of hearing loss, and about 34 million live with …

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Telehealth and Hearing

In Hearing Loss by Dr. Arica Black, AuD

Chances are, in recent months, you’ve likely heard the term telehealth. Telehealth simply means using technology to allow health care professionals to provide services to patients without the need to physically visit an office. Telehealth services have always been wonderful options for people who have mobility issues, people with limited transportation availability, or those for whom physically entering a doctor’s …

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What’s the difference between a cochlear implant and hearing aid?

In Hearing Loss by Dr. Arica Black, AuD

Two of the most common treatments for hearing loss are cochlear implants and hearing aids. Both of these devices help a wearer to hear and communicate better. While they serve a similar function, there are some key differences between hearing aids and cochlear implants. How do hearing aids and cochlear implants work? Hearing Aids Hearing aids are external devices that …

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Understanding Your Hearing Aid’s Battery Life

In Hearing Loss by Dr. Arica Black, AuD

All hearing aids are battery operated. Some hearing aids use disposable batteries, while others use rechargeable ones. No matter what type of battery your hearing aid utilizes, it is important to gain an understanding of your hearing aid’s battery life. This will help you to avoid the obnoxious occurrence of you being left with dead hearing aid batteries and no …

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What is the Best Way to Clean My Ears?

In Hearing Loss by Dr. Arica Black, AuD

Earwax is a natural part of the ear’s processes – and it serves quite a few important functions. Firstly, earwax acts as a lubricant, keeping our ear canals from becoming dried out, irritated, and itchy. Secondly, earwax is a sticky physical barrier to dust and debris that may otherwise make its way inside our ear canals. Earwax works as a …