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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 …

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Watching TV with Hearing Aids

In Hearing Loss by Dr. Arica Black, AuD

Many of us enjoy cuddling up on the couch with a loved one and watching our favorite movie or binge watching a new show. Especially now, during the era of shut-downs and coronavirus, TV has become especially important to many of our daily lives. Watching TV with hearing loss and hearing aids can sometimes cause frustration, but it doesn’t have …

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Veterans and Hearing Loss

In Hearing Loss by Dr. Arica Black, AuD

Veterans and active duty military personnel are some of the most valuable members of our society. The brave women and men who choose to put their own lives on the line in order to protect ours deserve only the best: including the utmost respect, highest quality protective equipment, and most robust healthcare.    Unfortunately, our heroes in uniform do not …

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

In Hearing Loss by Dr. Arica Black, AuD

Although tiny, hearing aids pack a mighty punch when it comes to technology and power. Don’t let their size fool you, hearing aids involve many intricate parts, and also require regular maintenance to continue operating properly. Just as you wouldn’t expect your car or your home appliances to run forever without maintenance, the same principle is true with your hearing …

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All About Tinnitus

In Hearing Loss by Dr. Arica Black, AuD

What is Tinnitus? Tinnitus, pronounced (ti-nuh-tuhs) is a common issue. Tinnitus is the perception of a phantom noise that often seems loud and annoying, but that no one else can hear. Tinnitus can should like it is ringing, roaring, buzzing, humming, clicking, or hissing. The sound can be loud or quiet, high frequency or low frequency, and can come and …

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Telehealth and Hearing

In Hearing Loss by Dr. Arica Black, AuD

COVID-19 has  greatly impacted our everyday lives and routines. In the medical world, healthcare practitioners are finding creative ways to reach their patients and provide excellent care, while keeping them safe and limiting social exposure. Telehealth appointments have become an increasingly popular and effective tool in accomplishing this. Audiologists are able to utilize video appointments and remote programming to continue …