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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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Hearing aid battery safety

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Small button batteries successfully power your hearing aids; however, they can cause serious injury to people and pets if not handled properly.

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Hearing aid battery safety

Small button batteries successfully power your hearing aids; however, they can cause serious injury to people and pets if not handled properly.

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Top-rated caption apps

InnoCaption app

Smartphone apps provide people with hearing loss on-the-go captioning services with in-call and movie options. Here are some of the top picks for best captioning apps.

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Top-rated caption apps

Smartphone apps provide people with hearing loss on-the-go captioning services with in-call and movie options. Here are some of the top picks for best captioning apps.

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Why do my ears itch and what can I do about it?

Image is infographic showing six causes of itchy ears, such as allergies, dermatitis, psoriasis/eczema, earwax and earbuds or hearing aids.

Itchy ears can be annoying but they shouldn’t prevent you from wearing your hearing devices as prescribed.

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Why do my ears itch and what can I do about it?

Itchy ears can be annoying but they shouldn’t prevent you from wearing your hearing devices as prescribed.

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How often should I get my hearing tested?

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We've all heard of annual physicals and twice-a-year dental appointments, but how often should you get your hearing checked? The answer depends on your current hearing abilities, age, job and other risk factors.

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How often should I get my hearing tested?

We've all heard of annual physicals and twice-a-year dental appointments, but how often should you get your hearing checked? The answer depends on your current hearing abilities, age, job and other risk factors.

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(Almost) all 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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(Almost) all 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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How to troubleshoot common hearing aid problems

Infographic that explains the four most common problems with hearing aids.

Before you take your hearing aid in for repair, check to see if you can fix the problem yourself. Common problems include no sound, distorted sound or feedback.

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How to troubleshoot common hearing aid problems

Before you take your hearing aid in for repair, check to see if you can fix the problem yourself. Common problems include no sound, distorted sound or feedback.

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The best apps for learning American Sign Language (ASL)

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We've rounded up some of the most popular and highest-rated apps for iPhone and Android smartphone users who want to learn American Sign Language, or ASL.

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The best apps for learning American Sign Language (ASL)

We've rounded up some of the most popular and highest-rated apps for iPhone and Android smartphone users who want to learn American Sign Language, or ASL.

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I was a tinnitus coach during the pandemic. Here’s what I learned.

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Healthy Hearing's tinnitus columnist Glenn Schweitzer saw firsthand how important it was for tinnitus sufferers to manage stress and combine coping tools during the pandemic.

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I was a tinnitus coach during the pandemic. Here’s what I learned.

Healthy Hearing's tinnitus columnist Glenn Schweitzer saw firsthand how important it was for tinnitus sufferers to manage stress and combine coping tools during the pandemic.

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How are cochlear implants different from hearing aids?

A boy with a cochlear implant speaks to his teacher.

If hearing aids haven’t improved your ability to hear effectively, ask your hearing health professional if you’re a candidate for a cochlear implant.

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How are cochlear implants different from hearing aids?

If hearing aids haven’t improved your ability to hear effectively, ask your hearing health professional if you’re a candidate for a cochlear implant.

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Hearing and vision loss equals 'substantial' risk for dementia, studies indicate

A woman receives a hearing exam, with text describing how in older adults, vision and hearing loss significantly raises risk of dementia

Along with a known connection between hearing loss and dementia, recent studies show that when people have both vision and hearing impairment—what’s known as dual sensory impairment (DSI)—their risk for dementia increases significantly.

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Hearing and vision loss equals 'substantial' risk for dementia, studies indicate

Along with a known connection between hearing loss and dementia, recent studies show that when people have both vision and hearing impairment—what’s known as dual sensory impairment (DSI)—their risk for dementia increases significantly.

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Otolaryngologists: Doctors who treat ear, nose and throat disorders

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If you or a loved one experiences hearing loss, you may be referred to an ENT or neurotologist for specialty care. These doctors treat disorders or the ear, nose and throat and perform skull base surgery, including cochlear implants.

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Otolaryngologists: Doctors who treat ear, nose and throat disorders

If you or a loved one experiences hearing loss, you may be referred to an ENT or neurotologist for specialty care. These doctors treat disorders or the ear, nose and throat and perform skull base surgery, including cochlear implants.

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Fireworks, lawn mowers and concerts, oh my: Top unsafe summertime sounds

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Many popular summertime activities come with a risk of hearing loss. Are your favorites on our list? Grab those earplugs, friend.

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Fireworks, lawn mowers and concerts, oh my: Top unsafe summertime sounds

Many popular summertime activities come with a risk of hearing loss. Are your favorites on our list? Grab those earplugs, friend.

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Some life-saving antibiotics may cause hearing loss and balance problems

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A certain class of antibiotics that includes the drugs streptomycin and gentamicin are linked to causing hearing loss, tinnitus and balance problems.

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Some life-saving antibiotics may cause hearing loss and balance problems

A certain class of antibiotics that includes the drugs streptomycin and gentamicin are linked to causing hearing loss, tinnitus and balance problems.

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As an FBI lipreader, Sue Thomas broke new ground in Deaf community

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Deaf since the age of 18 months, Sue Thomas became a champion roller skater, concert pianist and FBI agent that inspired the TV show 'Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye.'

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As an FBI lipreader, Sue Thomas broke new ground in Deaf community

Deaf since the age of 18 months, Sue Thomas became a champion roller skater, concert pianist and FBI agent that inspired the TV show 'Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye.'

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Profile: Linda Bove taught countless kids sign language on Sesame Street

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A a pioneer of public awareness for Deaf culture, Linda Bove is a groundbreaking actress and an accomplished producer and author.

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Profile: Linda Bove taught countless kids sign language on Sesame Street

A a pioneer of public awareness for Deaf culture, Linda Bove is a groundbreaking actress and an accomplished producer and author.

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How to protect your hearing this Fourth of July

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Fireworks and Fourth of July go together, but the celebration doesn't have to result in hearing loss. Find out how to prevent hearing loss during loud fireworks displays.

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How to protect your hearing this Fourth of July

Fireworks and Fourth of July go together, but the celebration doesn't have to result in hearing loss. Find out how to prevent hearing loss during loud fireworks displays.

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I’m an older adult with severe hearing loss. Can I get a cochlear implant?

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Increasingly, older adults are opting to switch to cochlear implants when hearing aids aren't sufficient. Find out how cochlear implants work and if they'd be a good option for you.

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I’m an older adult with severe hearing loss. Can I get a cochlear implant?

Increasingly, older adults are opting to switch to cochlear implants when hearing aids aren't sufficient. Find out how cochlear implants work and if they'd be a good option for you.

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TikTok star 'Dr. Ear Wax' shares her journey to success

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Baltimore audiologist Emily Taylor used a pandemic lull to pivot to social media and becomes a hit on TikTok, a popular social media video site.

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TikTok star 'Dr. Ear Wax' shares her journey to success

Baltimore audiologist Emily Taylor used a pandemic lull to pivot to social media and becomes a hit on TikTok, a popular social media video site.

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Are hearing aids waterproof?

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Do you need waterproof hearing aids? Learn about waterproof and water resistant hearing aids and how to keep your devices working their best when you're around water.

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Are hearing aids waterproof?

Do you need waterproof hearing aids? Learn about waterproof and water resistant hearing aids and how to keep your devices working their best when you're around water.

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Should I get an over-the-counter hearing aid?

A man wears a hearing aid, for an illustration about over-the-counter hearing aids.

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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Should I get an over-the-counter hearing aid?

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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Twenty recommended children's books about hearing loss

Books on hearing loss and hearing aids help kids (or grandkids) learn to celebrate the differences in others. They also make great stocking stuffers and gifts.

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Twenty recommended children's books about hearing loss

Books on hearing loss and hearing aids help kids (or grandkids) learn to celebrate the differences in others. They also make great stocking stuffers and gifts.

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What infections are linked to hearing loss?

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From adenovirus to Zika virus, many infections can trigger hearing loss and ear ringing. In some cases, it can occur decades later, such as with the chickenpox virus and Ramsay Hunt syndrome.

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What infections are linked to hearing loss?

From adenovirus to Zika virus, many infections can trigger hearing loss and ear ringing. In some cases, it can occur decades later, such as with the chickenpox virus and Ramsay Hunt syndrome.

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Vitamins, minerals and supplements for hearing problems

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Emerging research indicates that vinpocetine, folate, B vitamins, carotenoids, and omega-3s have the potential to boost hearing health, but experts stress caution, especially for tinnitus.

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Vitamins, minerals and supplements for hearing problems

Emerging research indicates that vinpocetine, folate, B vitamins, carotenoids, and omega-3s have the potential to boost hearing health, but experts stress caution, especially for tinnitus.

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Face masks, hearing loss and hearing aids

Woman wearing a face mask, hearing aids and eyeglasses.

Social distancing, face masks and other changes from the COVID-19 pandemic make communication harder for all of us. This is especially true for people with hearing loss. What can you do?

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Face masks, hearing loss and hearing aids

Social distancing, face masks and other changes from the COVID-19 pandemic make communication harder for all of us. This is especially true for people with hearing loss. What can you do?

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