The Healthy Hearing Report

Our daily dose of original articles, news and interviews to keep you current about hearing health and hearing aids.

We also have in-depth general information on hearing loss, tinnitus, hearing aids, and hearing aid brands. See our full list of help pages.

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Hearing aids and tax time

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Hearing aids and other costs related to treating hearing loss can be included as medical deductions on your taxes.

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Five common fears of wearing hearing aids

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Are you or someone you love afraid to wear hearing aids? Don't let these common fears stand in the way of better hearing—and better health.

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Do you have hearing loss? How to protect your residual hearing and why it matters

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If you have hearing loss, your remaining natural hearing, or residual hearing, refers to how well you can hear without the use of hearing aids. While you may feel like it doesn't matter now that you have hearing loss, it's actually in your best interest to try your hardest to protect your residual hearing throughout your lifetime. 

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Is it safe to see an audiologist or hearing care provider during the pandemic? A checklist

A woman wears a face mask at a medical appointment.

Tired of dealing with hearing loss and ready to get help? During the pandemic, many hearing care practices have been re-imagining patient care and office protocols to ensure your safety. 

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How do I get water out of my ears?

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Did you go swimming and now water is stuck in your ears? It happens to some people more than others. Learn why it happens and what to do about it.

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A tricky combination: Face masks, hearing loss and hearing aids

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Tips for people with hearing loss who need to wear a face mask to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

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Which drugs cause hearing loss?

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Hearing loss can be a side effect of ototoxic medication and drugs. Find out which drugs can cause temporary or permanent hearing loss.

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Low-cost solar-powered hearing aids fill a need in developing countries

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Solar Ear is a low-cost hearing aid that gets a charge from solar-powered batteries and brings hope to hundreds of thousands of hearing impaired people in the developing world.

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Working remotely with hearing loss: Tips for virtual meetings

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Working from home presents special challenges for people with hearing loss, especially virtual meetings. Poor sound quality and a spotty internet connection can make the experience downright frustrating.

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What is person-centered hearing care?

A man and his spouse at a hearing care clinic.

A method called person-centered hearing healthcare is improving outcomes and patient satisfaction.

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Managing tinnitus in times of great stress

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Life got you stressed to the max? Is your tinnitus flaring up? Here are five things you can do to reduce some of the increased anxiety and better cope with your tinnitus in the days to come.

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Need an audiologist but can't travel? Telehealth may be an option

A woman receives a hearing evaluation using teleaudiology.

There’s a whole new way to communicate with an audiologist: by video. Known as telehealth audiology, it's growing in popularity for rural or housebound patients.

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What is auditory processing disorder?

A boy in speech therapy.

Even though your child's hearing is normal, they may have problems understanding what their ears are hearing.

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Universal signs for hearing loss

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To help people who are deaf or hearing impaired, common signs and symbols are used to indicate if a location has assistive technology, such as closed captioning or loop induction systems.

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Hyperacusis: When ordinary loud sounds hurt your ears

A woman holding her head after hearing a loud sound.

Hyperacusis is defined as an abnormal sensitivity to sounds resulting in pain or discomfort. You may also experience tinnitus and a fluttering sensation in your ears.

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Understanding your audiogram results

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An audiogram is a graph or chart that displays the results of your hearing test. Initially, it might look like a bunch of indecipherable lines and symbols. But once you learn how to read and interpret your audiogram, you will better understand your hearing loss.

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What is otosclerosis?

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Otosclerosis occurs when a small bone in the middle ear becomes stuck, limiting its ability to vibrate and conduct sound. It can cause hearing loss, dizziness and tinnitus.

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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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Meet real-life superhero teen 'Battlin' Braden,' who has raised $114,000 in hearing aid donations

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The Fort Worth teenager is on a mission to raise money for those who cannot afford hearing devices.

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The best apps for children with hearing loss

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Searching for apps that help kids with hearing loss? We've put together a list of some of the top-rated apps that include visual learning and sign language for reading, writing, and listening skills.

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Coping techniques to prevent tinnitus and anticipatory anxiety

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Most tinnitus coping strategies are meant to be used reactively, after a difficult moment has occurred. But it's just as important to develop techniques that help you establish routines to head off tinnitus and anticipatory anxiety before they start.

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Is there a relationship between BPPV and Meniere's disease?

A woman holds her head, feeling dizzy.

Both benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) and Meniere's disease can both cause bouts of severe dizziness and vertigo, but are the two conditions related?

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Sudden hearing loss in one ear

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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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Understanding the 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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