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The Healthy Hearing Report

Each week the Healthy Hearing Report team publishes helpful information about living with hearing loss, tinnitus and other auditory disorders. 

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Ear candling

A woman receives ear candling, a dangerous alternative practice.

Are you tempted to try ear candling to clean your ears? While it's growing in popularity, ear candling is considered dangerous and there is no medical research showing it works.

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Ear candling

Are you tempted to try ear candling to clean your ears? While it's growing in popularity, ear candling is considered dangerous and there is no medical research showing it works.

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Hearing loss statistics at a glance

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The latest hearing loss and hearing aid facts and statistics among hearing impaired Americans, including kids, older adults, veterans and more.

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Hearing loss statistics at a glance

The latest hearing loss and hearing aid facts and statistics among hearing impaired Americans, including kids, older adults, veterans and more.

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Understanding high-frequency hearing loss

Illustration of symptoms of high-frequency hearing loss

If speech seems muffled and you have trouble hearing women's and kid's voices, birds sing or doorbells ring, you may have high-frequency hearing loss. Learn the causes and treatments for this common type of hearing loss.

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Understanding high-frequency hearing loss

If speech seems muffled and you have trouble hearing women's and kid's voices, birds sing or doorbells ring, you may have high-frequency hearing loss. Learn the causes and treatments for this common type of hearing loss.

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What this tinnitus doctor wants chronic sufferers to know

Dr. Amy Greer

Audiologist and tinnitus specialist Dr. Amy Greer shares her technique for helping patients who have chronic tinnitus and have gotten little help from other doctors.

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What this tinnitus doctor wants chronic sufferers to know

Audiologist and tinnitus specialist Dr. Amy Greer shares her technique for helping patients who have chronic tinnitus and have gotten little help from other doctors.

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Apps for tinnitus: My top picks

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With so many apps available for people with tinnitus, tinnitus expert Glenn Schweitzer put together a list of his favorite tinnitus-related smartphone apps to help you find relief for the ringing in your ears.

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Apps for tinnitus: My top picks

With so many apps available for people with tinnitus, tinnitus expert Glenn Schweitzer put together a list of his favorite tinnitus-related smartphone apps to help you find relief for the ringing in your ears.

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Understanding your audiogram results

A basic audiogram showing hearing loss.

Curious how to read your audiogram, or hearing test results? We break it down for you step by step, plus examples of atypical audiograms.

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Understanding your audiogram results

Curious how to read your audiogram, or hearing test results? We break it down for you step by step, plus examples of atypical audiograms.

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Can stopping anxiety meds lead to tinnitus?

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Discontinuing anti-anxiety medications such as benzodiazepines and antidepressants can potentially lead to hearing problems, including tinnitus. Here's what you should know.

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Can stopping anxiety meds lead to tinnitus?

Discontinuing anti-anxiety medications such as benzodiazepines and antidepressants can potentially lead to hearing problems, including tinnitus. Here's what you should know.

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How long do hearing aids last?

A man gets new hearing aids.

While most modern high-quality hearing aids can be expected to last somewhere between three and seven years, two people can buy exactly the same hearing aid and have them last vastly different amounts of time.

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How long do hearing aids last?

While most modern high-quality hearing aids can be expected to last somewhere between three and seven years, two people can buy exactly the same hearing aid and have them last vastly different amounts of time.

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Hyperacusis, tinnitus, and sound tolerance: Finding relief from noise

A man wearing headphones to help with sound sensitivity.

Step-by-step guidance on how to find lasting relief from even the worst cases of sound sensitivity and hyperacusis, whether accompanied by tinnitus or not.

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Hyperacusis, tinnitus, and sound tolerance: Finding relief from noise

Step-by-step guidance on how to find lasting relief from even the worst cases of sound sensitivity and hyperacusis, whether accompanied by tinnitus or not.

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Sudden hearing loss

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If you experience sudden hearing loss, get help fast to improve your chances of regaining your hearing.

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Sudden hearing loss

If you experience sudden hearing loss, get help fast to improve your chances of regaining your hearing.

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Hearing aids for music lovers

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Love music and wear hearing aids? Whether you're a musician or a music lover, here's how to optimize your music experience when wearing hearing aids.

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Hearing aids for music lovers

Love music and wear hearing aids? Whether you're a musician or a music lover, here's how to optimize your music experience when wearing hearing aids.

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What are CROS and BiCROS hearing aids?

Illustration showing how CROS hearing aids deliver sound from a deaf ear to a hearing ear.

For people with severe hearing loss in one ear, devices known as CROS or BiCROS hearing aids are a possible solution. They work by picking up sound in the "bad" ear and transmitting it to the "good" ear.

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What are CROS and BiCROS hearing aids?

For people with severe hearing loss in one ear, devices known as CROS or BiCROS hearing aids are a possible solution. They work by picking up sound in the "bad" ear and transmitting it to the "good" ear.

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Degrees of hearing loss

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Understanding the results of your hearing test, or audiogram, can help you determine what type of hearing loss and degree of hearing loss you are experiencing.

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Degrees of hearing loss

Understanding the results of your hearing test, or audiogram, can help you determine what type of hearing loss and degree of hearing loss you are experiencing.

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The covid vaccine may have given me tinnitus, but I’m getting vaccinated again. Here’s why.

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For people who developed tinnitus after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, deciding whether to get the booster shot can be a tough question to answer. One woman shares her story.

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The covid vaccine may have given me tinnitus, but I’m getting vaccinated again. Here’s why.

For people who developed tinnitus after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, deciding whether to get the booster shot can be a tough question to answer. One woman shares her story.

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Is your hearing loss temporary or permanent?

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Have you recently developed hearing loss? Some causes of hearing loss, such as excess earwax, are temporary. Others are permanent. Here's how to tell the difference.

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Is your hearing loss temporary or permanent?

Have you recently developed hearing loss? Some causes of hearing loss, such as excess earwax, are temporary. Others are permanent. Here's how to tell the difference.

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What is 'cookie-bite' hearing loss?

Audiogram showing what cookie-bite hearing loss looks like.

Named for how it looks on an audiogram, "cookie-bite" hearing loss means a person struggles to hear mid-range pitches.

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What is 'cookie-bite' hearing loss?

Named for how it looks on an audiogram, "cookie-bite" hearing loss means a person struggles to hear mid-range pitches.

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How do I protect my child from hearing loss due to headphones?

A little girl wears headphones as she completes schoolwork.

Many children now use headphones at school and at home, putting them at risk for hearing loss. Here's six tips on how parents can protect their children's hearing while using headphones.

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How do I protect my child from hearing loss due to headphones?

Many children now use headphones at school and at home, putting them at risk for hearing loss. Here's six tips on how parents can protect their children's hearing while using headphones.

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Earwax blockage

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Learn how to safely clean your ears and interesting facts about earwax.

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Earwax blockage

Learn how to safely clean your ears and interesting facts about earwax.

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Airplanes and ear pain: How to make it go away

Tips for preventing ear pain while flying

Learn about what happens to your ears during air travel and what you can do to prevent pain, discomfort and temporary hearing loss.

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Airplanes and ear pain: How to make it go away

Learn about what happens to your ears during air travel and what you can do to prevent pain, discomfort and temporary hearing loss.

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How to avoid 'dinner table syndrome' this holiday season

Infographic with tips on having a holiday dinner that's considerate of people with hearing loss

If you've got a big family dinner or a holiday office party coming up, here's how to make it inclusive of people with hearing loss.

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How to avoid 'dinner table syndrome' this holiday season

If you've got a big family dinner or a holiday office party coming up, here's how to make it inclusive of people with hearing loss.

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Glossary of hearing loss and hearing aid terms

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A round-up of the most common terms you might hear your hearing care provider say at a hearing aid appointment.

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Glossary of hearing loss and hearing aid terms

A round-up of the most common terms you might hear your hearing care provider say at a hearing aid appointment.

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Can I use my health savings account or flex spending for hearing aids?

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If you have either a HSA or FSA account for medical expenses, you can likely use it to pay for hearing aids and other related care.

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Can I use my health savings account or flex spending for hearing aids?

If you have either a HSA or FSA account for medical expenses, you can likely use it to pay for hearing aids and other related care.

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TikTok 'granfluencer' shares lessons on the importance of hearing aids

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At 86, Elizabeth Baker is using her internet fame to shatter stereotypes about aging and hearing loss.

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TikTok 'granfluencer' shares lessons on the importance of hearing aids

At 86, Elizabeth Baker is using her internet fame to shatter stereotypes about aging and hearing loss.

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What to do with old hearing aids

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Got old hearing aids? Consider keeping them around for a back-up, or donating them so others can take advantage.

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What to do with old hearing aids

Got old hearing aids? Consider keeping them around for a back-up, or donating them so others can take advantage.

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