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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5 early signs of hearing loss

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How can you tell if you have hearing loss? Only a qualified hearing health professional can tell you for sure, but here are five signs you may not be hearing your best.

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5 early signs of hearing loss

How can you tell if you have hearing loss? Only a qualified hearing health professional can tell you for sure, but here are five signs you may not be hearing your best.

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Over-the-counter hearing aids: Are they right for you?

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Over-the-counter hearing aids will soon be available to the general public. But how do you know if they're right for you? Here's what we know about OTC hearing devices.

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Over-the-counter hearing aids: Are they right for you?

Over-the-counter hearing aids will soon be available to the general public. But how do you know if they're right for you? Here's what we know about OTC hearing devices.

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The impact of hearing loss on relationships

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Untreated hearing loss can negatively impact our relationships with family and friends and particularly with those closest to us, such as our romantic partners.

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The impact of hearing loss on relationships

Untreated hearing loss can negatively impact our relationships with family and friends and particularly with those closest to us, such as our romantic partners.

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Can allergies cause hearing loss?

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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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How to tell your parents they need hearing aids

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If you need to tell your parents it's time to get hearing aids, there are right and wrong ways to approach this difficult conversation. Here are some tips for success.

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How to tell your parents they need hearing aids

If you need to tell your parents it's time to get hearing aids, there are right and wrong ways to approach this difficult conversation. Here are some tips for success.

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What you need to know about earwax

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You may think it’s gross or embarrassing, but here's why earwax is so important to your hearing health. Learn how to safely clean your ears and interesting facts about earwax.

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What you need to know about earwax

You may think it’s gross or embarrassing, but here's why earwax is so important to your hearing health. Learn how to safely clean your ears and interesting facts about earwax.

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Four common causes of temporary hearing loss in children

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Infection, earwax and other reasons your child may suddenly be struggling to hear.

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Four common causes of temporary hearing loss in children

Infection, earwax and other reasons your child may suddenly be struggling to hear.

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Experimental hearing loss drug moving slowly through trial pipeline

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There were high hopes for the experimental hearing loss drug FX-322, but so far the clinical trials results have been lukewarm at best.

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Experimental hearing loss drug moving slowly through trial pipeline

There were high hopes for the experimental hearing loss drug FX-322, but so far the clinical trials results have been lukewarm at best.

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Why do we have two ears?

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The ears are designed to pick up sounds and transmit them through waves into the brain, but do you ever wonder why we have two ears instead of one? 

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Why do we have two ears?

The ears are designed to pick up sounds and transmit them through waves into the brain, but do you ever wonder why we have two ears instead of one? 

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The pros and cons of small hearing aids

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Learn about the pros and cons of wearing small hearing aids and how to tell if they are right for your hearing and lifestyle needs.

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The pros and cons of small hearing aids

Learn about the pros and cons of wearing small hearing aids and how to tell if they are right for your hearing and lifestyle needs.

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Doctor not taking your tinnitus seriously? Don't lose hope

A woman in bed, struggling with tinnitus keeping her up at night.

It's common for tinnitus patients to feel dismissed by their doctors, and to lose hope in the process. Here's why that happens so often, and what you can do to feel better.

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Doctor not taking your tinnitus seriously? Don't lose hope

It's common for tinnitus patients to feel dismissed by their doctors, and to lose hope in the process. Here's why that happens so often, and what you can do to feel better.

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Hearing accessibility at the movies

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Movie-lover? If you have hearing loss, you may need to request a caption device or amplified headphones. Find out how this works so you can make the most of your movie-going experience.

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Hearing accessibility at the movies

Movie-lover? If you have hearing loss, you may need to request a caption device or amplified headphones. Find out how this works so you can make the most of your movie-going experience.

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Cancer treatments and hearing loss: What's the connection?

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Cancer patients receiving certain treatments are at higher risk of hearing loss and tinnitus. Find out why this happens and what you can do about it.

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Cancer treatments and hearing loss: What's the connection?

Cancer patients receiving certain treatments are at higher risk of hearing loss and tinnitus. Find out why this happens and what you can do about it.

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How we hear: A step-by-step explanation

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Ever wondered how we hear? It's a fascinating process in which sound waves are converted into electrical impulses that travel to the brain. Here's a step-by-step breakdown of the process and where things can go wrong, leading to hearing loss.

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How we hear: A step-by-step explanation

Ever wondered how we hear? It's a fascinating process in which sound waves are converted into electrical impulses that travel to the brain. Here's a step-by-step breakdown of the process and where things can go wrong, leading to hearing loss.

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Tips for exercising with hearing aids

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Working out and exercising with hearing loss is made a whole lot easier when you wear hearing aids, but there are some precautions to keep in mind.

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Tips for exercising with hearing aids

Working out and exercising with hearing loss is made a whole lot easier when you wear hearing aids, but there are some precautions to keep in mind.

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Does hearing loss get worse over time?

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Hearing loss can indeed be progressive, meaning it gets worse over time. Find out if this applies to you and what to do about it.

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Does hearing loss get worse over time?

Hearing loss can indeed be progressive, meaning it gets worse over time. Find out if this applies to you and what to do about it.

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Why you should learn sign language

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Whether you teach your baby to sign or learn ASL to communicate with a deaf friend or family member, you are using a full-bodied form of communication that will enhance your relationship as it improves your mind and spirit.

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Why you should learn sign language

Whether you teach your baby to sign or learn ASL to communicate with a deaf friend or family member, you are using a full-bodied form of communication that will enhance your relationship as it improves your mind and spirit.

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102-year-old WWII veteran receives cochlear implant

Irvin Poff, who is 102 and received a cochlear implant to help him hear.

Irvin Poff's profound hearing loss, compounded by mask-wearing mandates during the pandemic, led him to answer a magazine ad promoting cochlear implant surgery.

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102-year-old WWII veteran receives cochlear implant

Irvin Poff's profound hearing loss, compounded by mask-wearing mandates during the pandemic, led him to answer a magazine ad promoting cochlear implant surgery.

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COVID-19 and hearing loss: What we know

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

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

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

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

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Why do my ears feel clogged?

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We explain some of the most common reasons why your ears feel clogged and why it’s important to have your hearing evaluated by a professional when they do.

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Why do my ears feel clogged?

We explain some of the most common reasons why your ears feel clogged and why it’s important to have your hearing evaluated by a professional when they do.

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Hearing loss in young adults

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Hearing loss in younger adults presents slightly different challenges then older adults, such as navigating jobs, parenting, and dating.

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Hearing loss in young adults

Hearing loss in younger adults presents slightly different challenges then older adults, such as navigating jobs, parenting, and dating.

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Stigma and hearing loss

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Negative stigma associated with hearing aids is one of the biggest reasons people put off getting help for their hearing loss. Find out what causes the stigma and how you can overcome it.

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Stigma and hearing loss

Negative stigma associated with hearing aids is one of the biggest reasons people put off getting help for their hearing loss. Find out what causes the stigma and how you can overcome it.

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What is temporary threshold shift? 

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Ever get muffled or funny hearing after attending a loud event? That's a phenomenon known as temporary threshold shift, and it's a sign you have damaged your hearing.

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What is temporary threshold shift? 

Ever get muffled or funny hearing after attending a loud event? That's a phenomenon known as temporary threshold shift, and it's a sign you have damaged your hearing.

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