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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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Lost your hearing aid? Here's what to do ASAP

Infographic that explains the steps to take if you lose a hearing aid.

If you've lost your hearing aid, first check your hearing aid app to see if it has a 'find my hearing aid' feature. If not, here's what to do next.

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Lost your hearing aid? Here's what to do ASAP

If you've lost your hearing aid, first check your hearing aid app to see if it has a 'find my hearing aid' feature. If not, here's what to do next.

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Smartphone apps for hearing loss - my top picks

A woman looks at her smartphone.

Wondering which smartphone apps can help with hearing loss? There's no shortage, so hearing loss support specialist Steven O. Frazier shares some of this favorites to help you get started.

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Smartphone apps for hearing loss - my top picks

Wondering which smartphone apps can help with hearing loss? There's no shortage, so hearing loss support specialist Steven O. Frazier shares some of this favorites to help you get started.

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How to get started with tinnitus sound therapy

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Using external noise to retrain the way the brain interprets tinnitus sound can go a long way in helping reduce the annoyance and frustration associated with the condition.

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How to get started with tinnitus sound therapy

Using external noise to retrain the way the brain interprets tinnitus sound can go a long way in helping reduce the annoyance and frustration associated with the condition.

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Understanding hidden hearing loss

Signs of hidden hearing loss

Hidden hearing loss is a type of hearing loss that originates in the brain (instead of the ears) and isn't detectable on standard hearing tests. People with hidden hearing loss struggle to hear in real-world situations, but are able to pass a hearing test without any problems.

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Understanding hidden hearing loss

Hidden hearing loss is a type of hearing loss that originates in the brain (instead of the ears) and isn't detectable on standard hearing tests. People with hidden hearing loss struggle to hear in real-world situations, but are able to pass a hearing test without any problems.

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Genetics, hearing loss and rare diseases

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It's not uncommon for rare diseases and genetic syndromes to cause hearing loss. Fortunately, hearing aids and other treatments often help.

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Genetics, hearing loss and rare diseases

It's not uncommon for rare diseases and genetic syndromes to cause hearing loss. Fortunately, hearing aids and other treatments often help.

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Can cognitive behavior therapy help with my tinnitus?

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The mental impact of living with a chronic condition like tinnitus can take its toll. One of the most proven strategies for coping, experts say, is cognitive-behavioral therapy.

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Can cognitive behavior therapy help with my tinnitus?

The mental impact of living with a chronic condition like tinnitus can take its toll. One of the most proven strategies for coping, experts say, is cognitive-behavioral therapy.

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How hearing aids help kids learn better

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Children with hearing loss who receive hearing aids or cochlear implants can thrive at school, research shows, and overcome the achievement gap.

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How hearing aids help kids learn better

Children with hearing loss who receive hearing aids or cochlear implants can thrive at school, research shows, and overcome the achievement gap.

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How to prepare for a hospital stay when you have hearing loss

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Do you have hearing loss and need to stay in the hospital? It can be a bewildering time for anyone, and communication barriers will only make it harder. Here's what to know in advance of your hospital stay.

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How to prepare for a hospital stay when you have hearing loss

Do you have hearing loss and need to stay in the hospital? It can be a bewildering time for anyone, and communication barriers will only make it harder. Here's what to know in advance of your hospital stay.

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The impact of hearing loss on relationships

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Untreated hearing loss can negatively impact our relationships with family and friends and particularly with those closest to us, such as our romantic partners.

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The impact of hearing loss on relationships

Untreated hearing loss can negatively impact our relationships with family and friends and particularly with those closest to us, such as our romantic partners.

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How to tell your parents they need hearing aids

A mother and her son talk about hearing loss.

If you need to tell your parents it's time to get hearing aids, there are right and wrong ways to approach this difficult conversation. Here are some tips for success.

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How to tell your parents they need hearing aids

If you need to tell your parents it's time to get hearing aids, there are right and wrong ways to approach this difficult conversation. Here are some tips for success.

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Four common causes of temporary hearing loss in children

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Infection, earwax and other reasons your child may suddenly be struggling to hear.

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Four common causes of temporary hearing loss in children

Infection, earwax and other reasons your child may suddenly be struggling to hear.

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Why do we have two ears?

A woman's ear close up.

The ears are designed to pick up sounds and transmit them through waves into the brain, but do you ever wonder why we have two ears instead of one? 

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Why do we have two ears?

The ears are designed to pick up sounds and transmit them through waves into the brain, but do you ever wonder why we have two ears instead of one? 

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The pros and cons of small hearing aids

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Learn about the pros and cons of wearing small hearing aids and how to tell if they are right for your hearing and lifestyle needs.

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The pros and cons of small hearing aids

Learn about the pros and cons of wearing small hearing aids and how to tell if they are right for your hearing and lifestyle needs.

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Doctor not taking your tinnitus seriously? Don't lose hope

A woman in bed, struggling with tinnitus keeping her up at night.

It's common for tinnitus patients to feel dismissed by their doctors, and to lose hope in the process. Here's why that happens so often, and what you can do to feel better.

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Doctor not taking your tinnitus seriously? Don't lose hope

It's common for tinnitus patients to feel dismissed by their doctors, and to lose hope in the process. Here's why that happens so often, and what you can do to feel better.

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Hearing accessibility at the movies

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Movie-lover? If you have hearing loss, you may need to request a caption device or amplified headphones. Find out how this works so you can make the most of your movie-going experience.

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Hearing accessibility at the movies

Movie-lover? If you have hearing loss, you may need to request a caption device or amplified headphones. Find out how this works so you can make the most of your movie-going experience.

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Cancer treatments and hearing loss: What's the connection?

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Cancer patients receiving certain treatments are at higher risk of hearing loss and tinnitus. Find out why this happens and what you can do about it.

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Cancer treatments and hearing loss: What's the connection?

Cancer patients receiving certain treatments are at higher risk of hearing loss and tinnitus. Find out why this happens and what you can do about it.

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How we hear: A step-by-step explanation

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Ever wondered how we hear? It's a fascinating process in which sound waves are converted into electrical impulses that travel to the brain. Here's a step-by-step breakdown of the process and where things can go wrong, leading to hearing loss.

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How we hear: A step-by-step explanation

Ever wondered how we hear? It's a fascinating process in which sound waves are converted into electrical impulses that travel to the brain. Here's a step-by-step breakdown of the process and where things can go wrong, leading to hearing loss.

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Tips for exercising with hearing aids

Infographic with three reasons to wear hearing aids while exercising.

Working out and exercising with hearing loss is made a whole lot easier when you wear hearing aids, but there are some precautions to keep in mind.

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Tips for exercising with hearing aids

Working out and exercising with hearing loss is made a whole lot easier when you wear hearing aids, but there are some precautions to keep in mind.

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Progressive hearing loss

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Hearing loss can indeed be progressive, meaning it gets worse over time. Find out if this applies to you and what to do about it.

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Progressive hearing loss

Hearing loss can indeed be progressive, meaning it gets worse over time. Find out if this applies to you and what to do about it.

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Why you should learn sign language

Two women communicate using ASL.

Whether you teach your baby to sign or learn ASL to communicate with a deaf friend or family member, you are using a full-bodied form of communication that will enhance your relationship as it improves your mind and spirit.

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Why you should learn sign language

Whether you teach your baby to sign or learn ASL to communicate with a deaf friend or family member, you are using a full-bodied form of communication that will enhance your relationship as it improves your mind and spirit.

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102-year-old WWII veteran receives cochlear implant

Irvin Poff, who is 102 and received a cochlear implant to help him hear.

Irvin Poff's profound hearing loss, compounded by mask-wearing mandates during the pandemic, led him to answer a magazine ad promoting cochlear implant surgery.

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102-year-old WWII veteran receives cochlear implant

Irvin Poff's profound hearing loss, compounded by mask-wearing mandates during the pandemic, led him to answer a magazine ad promoting cochlear implant surgery.

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Hearing loss in young adults

A young woman receives a hearing exam.

Hearing loss in younger adults presents slightly different challenges then older adults, such as navigating jobs, parenting, and dating.

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Hearing loss in young adults

Hearing loss in younger adults presents slightly different challenges then older adults, such as navigating jobs, parenting, and dating.

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What is temporary threshold shift? 

A woman grips her ear. Includes facts about temporary threshold shift.

Ever get muffled or funny hearing after attending a loud event? That's a phenomenon known as temporary threshold shift, and it's a sign you have damaged your hearing.

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What is temporary threshold shift? 

Ever get muffled or funny hearing after attending a loud event? That's a phenomenon known as temporary threshold shift, and it's a sign you have damaged your hearing.

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Finding the right earplugs for you

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If you’re surrounded by loud noises, take a small step to safeguard your hearing by wearing earplugs.

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Finding the right earplugs for you

If you’re surrounded by loud noises, take a small step to safeguard your hearing by wearing earplugs.

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