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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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Your home's acoustics may be making it harder to hear

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Bad room acoustics can make it harder to hear, but a few simple decor changes can boost sound quality. Think: Sound-absorbing materials.

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Your home's acoustics may be making it harder to hear

Bad room acoustics can make it harder to hear, but a few simple decor changes can boost sound quality. Think: Sound-absorbing materials.

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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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Is your dizziness from labyrinthitis, BPPV or Meniere's? How to know

Infographic that compares the symptoms of labyrinthitis, BPPV and Meniere's disease.

Labyrinthitis, BPPV and Meniere’s disease are all inner ear disorders that cause dizziness. Here's how to tell them apart.

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Is your dizziness from labyrinthitis, BPPV or Meniere's? How to know

Labyrinthitis, BPPV and Meniere’s disease are all inner ear disorders that cause dizziness. Here's how to tell them apart.

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Tinnitus keeping you up at night? Try these 11 tips

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Got tinnitus and struggling to sleep? You're not alone! Ringing in the ears can make it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep. These 11 tips can help you get a better night's rest.

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Tinnitus keeping you up at night? Try these 11 tips

Got tinnitus and struggling to sleep? You're not alone! Ringing in the ears can make it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep. These 11 tips can help you get a better night's rest.

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Why are my hearing aids whistling?

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Hearing aid feedback and whistling isn’t harmful, but it can be annoying and embarrassing. Here are a few things you can try to fix to the problem.

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Why are my hearing aids whistling?

Hearing aid feedback and whistling isn’t harmful, but it can be annoying and embarrassing. Here are a few things you can try to fix to the problem.

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Causes of sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL)

A man struggles to hear a friend talking.

Learn about the many different causes of sensorineural hearing loss, the most common type of hearing loss.

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Causes of sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL)

Learn about the many different causes of sensorineural hearing loss, the most common type of hearing loss.

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Shingles and hearing loss: What we know

Infographic explaining Shingrix, the shingles vaccine, lowers risk of complications from infection.

Thanks to changes in Medicare, the Shingrix vaccine is now free for almost all older Americans. Vaccination dramatically lowers your risk of not just a painful rash, but also complications like hearing loss and vertigo.

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Shingles and hearing loss: What we know

Thanks to changes in Medicare, the Shingrix vaccine is now free for almost all older Americans. Vaccination dramatically lowers your risk of not just a painful rash, but also complications like hearing loss and vertigo.

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Diplacusis: Understanding 'double' hearing

Infographic showing types of diplacusis.

Sometimes called "double hearing," diplacusis is a form of hearing loss that causes our ears to hear sounds so differently it creates a disturbing two-sound experience.

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Diplacusis: Understanding 'double' hearing

Sometimes called "double hearing," diplacusis is a form of hearing loss that causes our ears to hear sounds so differently it creates a disturbing two-sound experience.

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Hearing loss in babies and infants

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Learn about the symptoms, causes and treatments of hearing loss in newborns, infants and babies.

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Hearing loss in babies and infants

Learn about the symptoms, causes and treatments of hearing loss in newborns, infants and babies.

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Cognitive screening: Coming soon to a hearing aid clinic near you?

A Cognivue cognitive screening machine.

Hearing loss and dementia can overlap, and sometimes even mimic each other. Tools like the Cognivue cognitive screener help patients get a snapshot look at overall cognitive health, like reaction time and memory.

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Cognitive screening: Coming soon to a hearing aid clinic near you?

Hearing loss and dementia can overlap, and sometimes even mimic each other. Tools like the Cognivue cognitive screener help patients get a snapshot look at overall cognitive health, like reaction time and memory.

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Mumps and hearing loss

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The viral infection known as mumps can lead to hearing loss. If your child experiences hearing loss after mumps, schedule an appointment with a hearing healthcare professional as soon as possible.

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Mumps and hearing loss

The viral infection known as mumps can lead to hearing loss. If your child experiences hearing loss after mumps, schedule an appointment with a hearing healthcare professional as soon as possible.

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How to spot an OTC hearing aid scam

Infographic explaining tips to avoid getting scammed when buying OTC hearing aids online.

To avoid getting scammed, ask these six key questions when you're shopping for hearing aids online.

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How to spot an OTC hearing aid scam

To avoid getting scammed, ask these six key questions when you're shopping for hearing aids online.

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Using meditation for tinnitus - my success story

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As a longtime sufferer of tinnitus, meditation changed everything for me. And if you are suffering from tinnitus, I believe it could possibly change everything for you, too.

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Using meditation for tinnitus - my success story

As a longtime sufferer of tinnitus, meditation changed everything for me. And if you are suffering from tinnitus, I believe it could possibly change everything for you, too.

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Drinking and hearing loss

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You might know the health risks associated with heavy drinking, but it may surprise you to know it can also harm your hearing and balance. Learn more and know when to seek help.

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Drinking and hearing loss

You might know the health risks associated with heavy drinking, but it may surprise you to know it can also harm your hearing and balance. Learn more and know when to seek help.

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Buyer beware: Hearing amplifiers are not hearing aids

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The price of personal sound amplification devices (PSAP) may be tempting, but using them in place of hearing aids may be damaging to your hearing health.

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Buyer beware: Hearing amplifiers are not hearing aids

The price of personal sound amplification devices (PSAP) may be tempting, but using them in place of hearing aids may be damaging to your hearing health.

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8 tips for dealing with restaurant noise when you wear hearing aids

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Do you wear hearing aids and struggle with the background noise in restaurants? Here's how to make the experience less frustrating.

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8 tips for dealing with restaurant noise when you wear hearing aids

Do you wear hearing aids and struggle with the background noise in restaurants? Here's how to make the experience less frustrating.

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How to use a telephone IP relay service

Infographic showing how IP Relay Services work.

IP relay services are the next generation of TTY for those who are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired. Here’s what you need to know about how to get started.

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How to use a telephone IP relay service

IP relay services are the next generation of TTY for those who are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired. Here’s what you need to know about how to get started.

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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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How to protect your remaining hearing

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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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How to protect your remaining hearing

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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Can hearing loss lead to dementia and Alzheimer’s?

Infographic discussing three key facts about hearing loss and dementia

Learn more about the link between hearing loss and cognitive impairments and dementia, and if hearing aids can help.

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Can hearing loss lead to dementia and Alzheimer’s?

Learn more about the link between hearing loss and cognitive impairments and dementia, and if hearing aids can help.

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'It's sexy:' Deafmetal jewelry stylishly secures hearing aids and cochlear implants

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DeafMetal makes jewelry, safety rings and holsters that help hearing aids and cochlear implants stay in place—stylishly.

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'It's sexy:' Deafmetal jewelry stylishly secures hearing aids and cochlear implants

DeafMetal makes jewelry, safety rings and holsters that help hearing aids and cochlear implants stay in place—stylishly.

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7 tips for getting used to your new hearing aids

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It can take awhile to get used to hearing aids, especially if you've never worn them before. These 7 tips will speed up your acclimation.

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7 tips for getting used to your new hearing aids

It can take awhile to get used to hearing aids, especially if you've never worn them before. These 7 tips will speed up your acclimation.

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Hyperacusis makes most sounds unbearable. Here's what a typical day is like for me.

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Because almost all noises cause pain or injury, I have to take steps to protect my hearing at nearly every moment of the day.

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Hyperacusis makes most sounds unbearable. Here's what a typical day is like for me.

Because almost all noises cause pain or injury, I have to take steps to protect my hearing at nearly every moment of the day.

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Four tips for a hearing loss-friendly holiday party or family dinner

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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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Four tips for a hearing loss-friendly holiday party or family dinner

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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