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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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Does sleep hold the key to a tinnitus cure?

A man is awake at night, in bed.

Research shows the brain still 'hears' tinnitus during certain stages of sleep, disrupting deeper stages of sleep. This is an important finding for opening up new ways of treating tinnitus based on brain wave activity.

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Does sleep hold the key to a tinnitus cure?

Research shows the brain still 'hears' tinnitus during certain stages of sleep, disrupting deeper stages of sleep. This is an important finding for opening up new ways of treating tinnitus based on brain wave activity.

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What are hearing aid earmolds?

An example of a hearing aid with a custom earmold that fits inside the ear.

Some hearing aids come with custom-fit earmolds that sit snugly inside your ear. Learn why an earmold might be the best option for you and how to troubleshoot any problems.

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What are hearing aid earmolds?

Some hearing aids come with custom-fit earmolds that sit snugly inside your ear. Learn why an earmold might be the best option for you and how to troubleshoot any problems.

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New book helps people improve mindset about hearing loss

Book cover for Hear & Beyond: Living Skillfully with Hearing Loss

An overview of the new book "Hear & Beyond: Live Skillfully with Hearing Loss" plus a Q&A with co-author, hearing loss advocate Shari Eberts.

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New book helps people improve mindset about hearing loss

An overview of the new book "Hear & Beyond: Live Skillfully with Hearing Loss" plus a Q&A with co-author, hearing loss advocate Shari Eberts.

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How hearing loss and heart disease are linked

heart disease and hearing loss

Learn about the connection between heart disease and hearing loss. There are steps you can take now to improve your heart health through cardiovascular fitness and minimize the risk of hearing damage.

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How hearing loss and heart disease are linked

Learn about the connection between heart disease and hearing loss. There are steps you can take now to improve your heart health through cardiovascular fitness and minimize the risk of hearing damage.

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What is pulsatile tinnitus?

An infographic stating that pulsatile tinnitus should always be medically evaluated.

In rare cases, a person can hear their pulse, which is known as pulsatile tinnitus. It requires prompt medical attention to make sure nothing serious is afoot.

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What is pulsatile tinnitus?

In rare cases, a person can hear their pulse, which is known as pulsatile tinnitus. It requires prompt medical attention to make sure nothing serious is afoot.

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COVID-19, vaccinations, and tinnitus: What’s the connection?

Infographic that asks: Does COVID-19 cause tinnitus? What about the vaccines?

Some people report tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, after a COVID-19 infection or even vaccination. Can coronavirus cause tinnitus? We take a look at the research.

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COVID-19, vaccinations, and tinnitus: What’s the connection?

Some people report tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, after a COVID-19 infection or even vaccination. Can coronavirus cause tinnitus? We take a look at the research.

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COVID-19 and hearing loss: What we know

Illustration asking: Does COVID-19 cause hearing loss?

Does the coronavirus cause hearing loss? Learn about what experts have found so far on the relationship between COVID-19 and hearing problems.

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COVID-19 and hearing loss: What we know

Does the coronavirus cause hearing loss? Learn about what experts have found so far on the relationship between COVID-19 and hearing problems.

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Tinnitus and suicidal thoughts: What to do when life feels overwhelming

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For people with severe or persistent tinnitus, suicidal thoughts can occur. Learn how to recognize the signs and tips for coping.

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Tinnitus and suicidal thoughts: What to do when life feels overwhelming

For people with severe or persistent tinnitus, suicidal thoughts can occur. Learn how to recognize the signs and tips for coping.

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What is a hearing aid dome? How do I take care of mine?

An example of a receiver in the ear (RITE) hearing aid with a dome.

Some hearing aids come with domes that sit snugly inside your ear. They're best suited for people with mild-to-moderate hearing loss.

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What is a hearing aid dome? How do I take care of mine?

Some hearing aids come with domes that sit snugly inside your ear. They're best suited for people with mild-to-moderate hearing loss.

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Are you a veteran with tinnitus? Why it happens and what you can do

A man receives a hearing exam, with a quote about tinnitus and how it is treatable.

Many retired military service members have persistent tinnitus, making it the number one reason veterans seek disability compensation. Find out why and what you can do about tinnitus.

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Are you a veteran with tinnitus? Why it happens and what you can do

Many retired military service members have persistent tinnitus, making it the number one reason veterans seek disability compensation. Find out why and what you can do about tinnitus.

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Age-related hearing loss

A woman receives an ear exam.

Presbycusis can sneak up on you and affects your ability to hear. If left untreated, this form of age-related hearing loss can cause additional health problems such as anxiety, depression and social isolation.

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Age-related hearing loss

Presbycusis can sneak up on you and affects your ability to hear. If left untreated, this form of age-related hearing loss can cause additional health problems such as anxiety, depression and social isolation.

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Got something stuck in your ear (like a bug)? Here's what to do

Infographic explaining the most common items that can get stuck in the ear, including bugs, batteries, beads, hearing aid domes/tips, and more.

It happens more than you think. Bugs, batteries, beads, hearing aid parts, cotton swabs are all commonly trapped items stuck in ears. Here's what to do if it happens to you.

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Got something stuck in your ear (like a bug)? Here's what to do

It happens more than you think. Bugs, batteries, beads, hearing aid parts, cotton swabs are all commonly trapped items stuck in ears. Here's what to do if it happens to you.

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I have single-sided deafness. Will a bone-anchored hearing device help me?

A woman wears a bone-anchored hearing system called Ponto by Oticon Medical

Many people with hearing loss in one ear find bone-anchored hearing systems to be very helpful, especially for sound localization.

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I have single-sided deafness. Will a bone-anchored hearing device help me?

Many people with hearing loss in one ear find bone-anchored hearing systems to be very helpful, especially for sound localization.

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Hearing aid use increases among older Americans, but racial disparities persist

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A new study shows that more Americans are using hearing aids but the improvement isn't equal among all socioeconomic groups. A look at why and one solution aimed at Hispanic older adults with hearing loss.

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Hearing aid use increases among older Americans, but racial disparities persist

A new study shows that more Americans are using hearing aids but the improvement isn't equal among all socioeconomic groups. A look at why and one solution aimed at Hispanic older adults with hearing loss.

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Why you should bring a buddy to your hearing aid appointment

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The insights they share at your appointment may help you and your hearing care professional better customize your treatment plan. They can also help you make choices about which hearing devices would work best for you.

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Why you should bring a buddy to your hearing aid appointment

The insights they share at your appointment may help you and your hearing care professional better customize your treatment plan. They can also help you make choices about which hearing devices would work best for you.

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Can allergies cause hearing loss?

A woman sneezes behind a field of ragweed.

Your eyes are itchy and your nose is runny – typical for allergy season. But could your allergies also contribute to hearing loss? Get answers here.

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Can allergies cause hearing loss?

Your eyes are itchy and your nose is runny – typical for allergy season. But could your allergies also contribute to hearing loss? Get answers here.

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Spring allergies and weather changes: Are your ears ready?

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Springtime brings barometric pressure changes, seasonal allergies and wet weather—all of which can impact people who wear hearing aids.

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Spring allergies and weather changes: Are your ears ready?

Springtime brings barometric pressure changes, seasonal allergies and wet weather—all of which can impact people who wear hearing aids.

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What is real ear measurement?

A man with real ear measurement equipment in his ear.

Real ear measurement is a way of verifying that your new hearing aids are providing the correct level of amplification. It's a simple, painless test.

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What is real ear measurement?

Real ear measurement is a way of verifying that your new hearing aids are providing the correct level of amplification. It's a simple, painless test.

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Pros and cons of hearing aids with rechargeable batteries

Infographic describing rechargeable vs disposable hearing aid batteries.

Knowing the advantages and disadvantages of rechargeable hearings aids can go a long way to helping you and your hearing care practitioner pick the best battery style for you. 

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Pros and cons of hearing aids with rechargeable batteries

Knowing the advantages and disadvantages of rechargeable hearings aids can go a long way to helping you and your hearing care practitioner pick the best battery style for you. 

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Thyroid disease and hearing loss

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People with autoimmune hypothyroid disease are more likely to develop hearing loss and ringing in the ears. The good news? Treatment for both is highly effective.

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Thyroid disease and hearing loss

People with autoimmune hypothyroid disease are more likely to develop hearing loss and ringing in the ears. The good news? Treatment for both is highly effective.

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The dangerous links between smoking and hearing loss

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Smoking is a well-established risk factor for hearing loss. Studies have shown that time and again exposure to cigarette smoke--whether directly, secondhand, or even in utero--can have a big impact on a person's hearing health.

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The dangerous links between smoking and hearing loss

Smoking is a well-established risk factor for hearing loss. Studies have shown that time and again exposure to cigarette smoke--whether directly, secondhand, or even in utero--can have a big impact on a person's hearing health.

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Autoimmune diseases and your hearing

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If you have an autoimmune disease like RA or lupus, experts recommend keeping close tabs on your hearing, as it can be vulnerable to disease flare ups that lead to hearing loss.

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Autoimmune diseases and your hearing

If you have an autoimmune disease like RA or lupus, experts recommend keeping close tabs on your hearing, as it can be vulnerable to disease flare ups that lead to hearing loss.

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Shooter's ear: Hearing loss caused by gunfire

A woman shoots skeet.

Even with hearing protection, gunfire is so loud that people who are exposed to it regularly—such as active-duty and retired military service members—will likely develop hearing loss later in life.

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Shooter's ear: Hearing loss caused by gunfire

Even with hearing protection, gunfire is so loud that people who are exposed to it regularly—such as active-duty and retired military service members—will likely develop hearing loss later in life.

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When tinnitus gets in the way of making plans, it's time for a reset

A man wears headphones and looks at his phone.

Living in fear of tinnitus can impact your ability to make decisions and plans. But with the right strategy, you can accurately predict how your choices will affect you and you can start to make plans and decisions without fear.

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When tinnitus gets in the way of making plans, it's time for a reset

Living in fear of tinnitus can impact your ability to make decisions and plans. But with the right strategy, you can accurately predict how your choices will affect you and you can start to make plans and decisions without fear.

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