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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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Do you have hearing loss and tinnitus? These coping strategies can help

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Even with normal hearing, tinnitus can severely disrupt your quality of life. But when hearing loss is also part of the equation, it can be utterly devastating. Here's how to feel better.

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Do you have hearing loss and tinnitus? These coping strategies can help

Even with normal hearing, tinnitus can severely disrupt your quality of life. But when hearing loss is also part of the equation, it can be utterly devastating. Here's how to feel better.

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I got hearing aids in my 30s. Here's what I learned.

A quote about one woman's experience getting hearing aids.

How hearing aids helped me transform from a bookish girl to a social adult, fully participating in gatherings and work events.

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I got hearing aids in my 30s. Here's what I learned.

How hearing aids helped me transform from a bookish girl to a social adult, fully participating in gatherings and work events.

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My experience trying out CROS hearing aids for single-sided deafness

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My experience wearing a CROS hearing aid to help with my single-sided deafness. Ultimately, I decided the device's disadvantages outweighed its advantages.

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My experience trying out CROS hearing aids for single-sided deafness

My experience wearing a CROS hearing aid to help with my single-sided deafness. Ultimately, I decided the device's disadvantages outweighed its advantages.

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My hearing loss is worse in one ear. Should I be concerned?

An example of asymmetrical hearing loss, as seen on an audiogram.

While a little bit of variation in hearing abilities between the ears is normal, "asymmetric" hearing loss could indicate an underlying medical condition. Learn more about uneven hearing loss between the ears.

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My hearing loss is worse in one ear. Should I be concerned?

While a little bit of variation in hearing abilities between the ears is normal, "asymmetric" hearing loss could indicate an underlying medical condition. Learn more about uneven hearing loss between the ears.

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Hearing aids and background noise

A man in a busy airport

Modern hearing aids have lots to help reduce the burden of noisy background environments. But you can also improve your ability to hear speech in noise by using assistive listening devices and methods like auditory training.

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Hearing aids and background noise

Modern hearing aids have lots to help reduce the burden of noisy background environments. But you can also improve your ability to hear speech in noise by using assistive listening devices and methods like auditory training.

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Wearable devices help people 'feel' sounds in their environment

Neosensory Buzz wearable device

Wearable devices by Neosensory turn sound into dynamic patterns of vibrations, helping those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing feel sound on their skin.

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Wearable devices help people 'feel' sounds in their environment

Wearable devices by Neosensory turn sound into dynamic patterns of vibrations, helping those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing feel sound on their skin.

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Why does my ear hurt?

Illustration explaining the most common causes of ear pain, from infection to headaches.

Got ear pain? From teeth grinding to infections to going on a flight, there are several reasons why your ears may hurt.

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Why does my ear hurt?

Got ear pain? From teeth grinding to infections to going on a flight, there are several reasons why your ears may hurt.

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5 quality of life hacks for tinnitus sufferers

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Living with tinnitus is a challenge, but there are lots of helpful life hacks you can do right now to improve quality of life with tinnitus.

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5 quality of life hacks for tinnitus sufferers

Living with tinnitus is a challenge, but there are lots of helpful life hacks you can do right now to improve quality of life with tinnitus.

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Diabetes and hearing loss - how they're connected

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If you have diabetes, experts recommend that you get regularly screened for hearing loss. That's because studies show hearing loss is a common yet under-recognized consequence of diabetes.

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Diabetes and hearing loss - how they're connected

If you have diabetes, experts recommend that you get regularly screened for hearing loss. That's because studies show hearing loss is a common yet under-recognized consequence of diabetes.

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Should I get my ears cleaned?

Infographic explaining the three most common ways ears can be cleaned at the doctor's office.

Impacted earwax sometimes needs the help of a professional. Methods used include suction, irrigation and manual extraction. Tools like the Earigator can make it seem downright spa-like.

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Should I get my ears cleaned?

Impacted earwax sometimes needs the help of a professional. Methods used include suction, irrigation and manual extraction. Tools like the Earigator can make it seem downright spa-like.

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Have sleep apnea? You might have hearing loss, too

A woman indicates frustration at her snoring bed partner.

People with obstructive sleep apnea are more likely to have hearing loss, ringing in the ears and dizziness. Experts recommend regular hearing screenings to prevent the impact of untreated hearing loss, as well as proper treatment for sleep apnea.

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Have sleep apnea? You might have hearing loss, too

People with obstructive sleep apnea are more likely to have hearing loss, ringing in the ears and dizziness. Experts recommend regular hearing screenings to prevent the impact of untreated hearing loss, as well as proper treatment for sleep apnea.

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Tinnitus, powerlessness and PTSD: Framing tinnitus as an acute stress disorder

A man grasps his forehead as if in pain.

Tinnitus coach Glenn Schweitzer makes the case that tinnitus is less like a hearing disorder and more like a complex stress disorder that requires multiple tools and treatment options.

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Tinnitus, powerlessness and PTSD: Framing tinnitus as an acute stress disorder

Tinnitus coach Glenn Schweitzer makes the case that tinnitus is less like a hearing disorder and more like a complex stress disorder that requires multiple tools and treatment options.

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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 reality. Many are wondering: Should I get an OTC hearing aid? Find out the pros and cons of self-fitting versus seeing a professional.

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

Over-the-counter hearing aids will soon be reality. Many are wondering: Should I get an OTC hearing aid? Find out the pros and cons of self-fitting versus seeing a professional.

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Smartphone decibel meter apps to measure noise levels

apps for measuring noise levels

How do you know when loud is too loud? Here are some great decibel and sound meter smartphone apps for measuring noise levels.

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Smartphone decibel meter apps to measure noise levels

How do you know when loud is too loud? Here are some great decibel and sound meter smartphone apps for measuring noise levels.

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Hearing aid battery safety

A hearing aid with battery case open.

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?

Flowchart explaining how often to get a hearing test

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)

A screenshot of the Lingvano ASL app

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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