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Occupational Hearing Hazards

In Hearing Loss by Dr. Arica Black, AuD

At work, do you sometimes have to raise your voice in order to communicate with someone standing just a few feet away from you? If so, your workplace may be noisy enough to cause damage to your hearing.  The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has issued guidelines that help both employees and employers protect their hearing while on the …

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Understanding Noise Induced Hearing Loss

In Hearing Loss by Dr. Arica Black, AuD

How Healthy Hearing Works Our auditory system is one of the most complicated and most fascinating functions of our body. In order to best understand noise induced hearing loss, it is important to first have a basic understanding of how healthy hearing works.     First, sound waves enter the ear through the ear canal.     Next, these sound …

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Tips for Traveling with Hearing Aids

In Hearing Aids, Tips & Tricks by Dr. Arica Black, AuD

Traveling with hearing aids can seem daunting, but a trip with hearing aids doesn’t need to stress you out. Prepare for your trip in advance, and you’ll be able to relax and enjoy great hearing without any issues.   Whether you’re flying to another country, or visiting friends in another city or state, exploring a new place can be exciting. …

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Tips for Driving with Hearing Loss

In Hearing Loss by Dr. Arica Black, AuD

For older adults, driving with hearing loss can be a challenge. As we age, our reaction time may slow down, which means we must take extra precautions on the road. This is especially true if you have hearing loss and struggle to hear the sounds around you when you’re in the vehicle. Driving keeps you independent, so we hope you …

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Tips for Adjusting to New Hearing Aids

In Hearing Aids by Dr. Arica Black, AuD

On average, Americans wait about seven to ten years from the time they notice changes in their hearing to the time they seek help from a hearing professional. There are many hypothesized reasons for this; however, the fact that hearing loss is most often very gradual typically plays a key role.   Because hearing loss is so gradual, it is …

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What to Expect at a Hearing Test

In Hearing tests by Dr. Arica Black, AuD

If you are thinking about making an appointment to have your ears checked, it is important that you understand the process and be prepared for the ultimate day. Taking care of your ear health will go a long way towards achieving greater success in life. Although the process of hearing test varies from state to state and clinic to clinic, …

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The Benefits of Treating Hearing Loss

In Hearing Loss Treatment Benefits by Dr. Arica Black, AuD

Hearing loss is a growing health concern both in the US and worldwide. Hearing loss can affect people of all ages, for different reasons. However, aging is a primary cause of hearing loss. Data from the United States Census Bureau’s show that there are almost 77 million Baby Boomers, people 55-75 years old. Many of the people in this age …

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Encouraging a Loved One to Take a Hearing Test

In Family & Friends by Dr. Arica Black, AuD

For the adult who has lived an honest and independent life, suffering from a hearing loss can not only be challenging but discouraging. For those who know the feeling the thought of having to rely on someone else for assistance can be frustrating. For this reason, finding the strength and encouragement to speak with your loved ones about your hearing …

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Identifying the Signs of Hearing Loss

In Hearing Loss Signs by Dr. Arica Black, AuD

Hearing loss is a condition that affects millions upon millions of people. Some statistics have it as high as 48 million Americans, or 20 percent of the population, that has some kind of problem with their hearing, however minor. Only a small percentage of those people seek treatment. This means that untreated hearing loss is something of an epidemic in …