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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 …

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Dementia and Hearing Loss

In Hearing Loss by Dr. Arica Black, AuD

Hearing Loss and Dementia: What We Know Now Throughout the last decade, medical researchers and healthcare professionals have been noting a correlation between hearing loss and risk for developing dementia. While there is still quite some mystery surrounding this correlation, research has found there is an undeniable correlation between hearing loss and dementia risk. Keeping these statistics in mind can …

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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 a hearing test varies from state to state and clinic to …