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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 …

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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. …