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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Can exercise cause hearing loss or tinnitus?

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Exercise is beneficial to the body and mind, but find out why heavy exertion paired with loud music can lead to hearing loss or tinnitus. 

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What are hearing aid settings? And how do I customize mine?

An infographic describing what hearing aid settings are and how to customize them.

Hearing aids come with default settings, but your hearing care provider can also set up custom programs, such as music listening or for driving in a car.

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I can hear, just not clearly. Do I have hearing loss?

A woman struggles to hear her friend speaking.

Do you feel like you can hear but not understand words? This may mean you have high-frequency hearing loss--or even something unrelated, like an auditory processing problem.

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Why hearing loss increases your risk of falling, and what to do about it

An infographic describing facts about hearing loss and the risk of falling, especially among older adults.

Research strongly links hearing loss to an increased risk of falling. Hearing aids and other preventive measures can help lower your risk.

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Children's headphone use puts them at risk of early-onset hearing loss, experts say

A little girl wears headphones as she completes schoolwork.

Headphone and earbud use soared during the pandemic, especially among children remote learning. But this may lead to widespread hearing loss among kids, who have especially sensitive hearing.

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Here's why you may want to try auditory training to help with hearing loss

A woman plays an auditory training game on her smartphone.

As easy as playing a game on your smartphone or tablet, auditory training helps you improve your hearing skills by honing "brain hearing" skills such as auditory processing speed and working memory.

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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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5 benefits of learning to lipread when you’re hard of hearing 

A woman with a hearing listens and watches a friend as she talks.

If you have hearing loss, lipreading and speechreading are important tools in your communication toolbox. They also come with added benefits you might have not considered.

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New hearing aids? FAQs for (nearly) all you need to know

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Did you or a loved one recently get a new pair of hearing aids? Congrats! You likely have some questions about how they work, why you need them, and how to take care of them. After all, they weren't cheap and you want them to last! An FAQ for nearly all you need to know about hearing aids.

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Summertime healthy hearing guide

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Tips for protecting your hearing this summer (read: earplugs for fireworks!) as well as getting the most from your hearing aids as you enjoy the warmer weather.

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Tinnitus spikes: solving a difficult problem

Illustration explaining the various triggers for tinnitus spikes.

Tinnitus spikes can be one of the most frustrating experiences of your life. Learn why they happen and how to get a handle on them from a tinnitus coach.

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Kids and swim ear plugs: What you need to know

A girl swims with ear plugs in her ears.

Does your child need swim ear plugs? Here's what you need to know to keep his ears healthy and make a decision that's right for you.

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Sudden hearing loss in one ear

Woman with sudden deafness in one ear.

If you experience sudden hearing loss, get help fast to improve your chances of regaining your hearing.

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What is swimmer's ear?

Kids swimming underwater in a pool.

Swimmer's ear can lead to pain and temporary hearing loss. Find out what swimmer's ear is, its symptoms and how it's treated here.

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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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New program uses sound and touch to help ease tinnitus

Neosensory wearable device for tinnitus

A new tinnitus program teaches the brain how to distinguish between internal and external noise by using a combination of sound and touch.

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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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What is auditory processing disorder?

A boy in speech therapy.

When you have normal hearing but difficulty understanding speech and struggle with listening, it could be auditory processing disorder. This means the brain is struggling to make sense of sound.

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Being Deaf gives this clinical audiologist a unique perspective

Audiologist Sarah Sparks

Sarah Sparks is an audiologist who wears cochlear implants and is fluent in ASL. This experience adds an empathetic point of view in her work with kids and adults who are hard of hearing.

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How to use headphones with hearing aids

Man listening to headphones with eyes closed

If you have hearing aids, you can wear headphones or even earbuds in some circumstances. But it all depends on what type of hearing aid you have. Got Bluetooth hearing aids? Then you can ditch the headphones altogether.

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Caregiver tips: When your loved one has hearing loss

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Are you a caregiver to someone with hearing loss? Here are some helpful tips and resources to help make your job easier.

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10 signs you may have hearing loss

Man struggling to hear a phone conversation

Like any medical condition, the sooner you address hearing loss the better. Here are 10 common signs that you may have hearing loss. 

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How audiobooks can sharpen your hearing

A woman listens to an audiobook at home.

Love books? If you've got hearing loss, listening to audiobooks is a form of auditory therapy that can help sharpen your sense of hearing.

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Smoke detectors for people with hearing loss

A fire safety technician tests the sound levels with an older adult who has hearing loss.

If you have hearing loss, you may need a smoke alarm system that is suitable for your hearing loss, such as a connected system that flashes bright lights, vibrates the bed and/or emits extra-loud low-frequency sounds.

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