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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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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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Can exercise cause hearing loss or tinnitus?

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

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

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

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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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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Tinnitus spikes: solving a difficult problem

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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Kids and swim ear plugs: What you need to know

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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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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What is swimmer's ear?

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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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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Being Deaf gives this clinical audiologist a unique perspective

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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How to use headphones with hearing aids

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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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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10 signs you may have hearing loss

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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How audiobooks can sharpen your hearing

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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Smoke detectors for people with 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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Are you compensating for your loved one’s hearing loss?

A woman helps her partner who has hearing loss.

Compensating for a loved one who is struggling to hear is a natural inclination, but it may be negatively impacting the entire family. The healthier path is to help your loved one get treatment for their hearing loss.

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Are you compensating for your loved one’s hearing loss?

Compensating for a loved one who is struggling to hear is a natural inclination, but it may be negatively impacting the entire family. The healthier path is to help your loved one get treatment for their hearing loss.

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Nighttime noise can affect your health—even if you're asleep

A man sleep in a comfy bed.

Noise that wakes you up is bad, but so is noise you're exposed to while you're sleeping, which can disrupt vital sleep patterns. This is the case even if you have hearing loss. Here's how to get better rest and protect your hearing.

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Nighttime noise can affect your health—even if you're asleep

Noise that wakes you up is bad, but so is noise you're exposed to while you're sleeping, which can disrupt vital sleep patterns. This is the case even if you have hearing loss. Here's how to get better rest and protect your hearing.

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Are you a musician with tinnitus? Why it happens and how to cope

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Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, is incredibly common among musicians. Yet many don't discuss, for fear of job repercussions. Learn why it happens and how to get help.

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Are you a musician with tinnitus? Why it happens and how to cope

Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, is incredibly common among musicians. Yet many don't discuss, for fear of job repercussions. Learn why it happens and how to get help.

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ADA guidelines and regulations for the hearing impaired

A man walks through an airport.

Here's what you need to know about rights for people with hearing loss, including as an employee, parent or consumer under the Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA.

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ADA guidelines and regulations for the hearing impaired

Here's what you need to know about rights for people with hearing loss, including as an employee, parent or consumer under the Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA.

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Mild hearing loss

Illustration on mild hearing loss

Even if you aren't ready for hearing aids, mild hearing loss can impose surprising difficulties in everyday life that shouldn't be underestimated. Here's how to cope and take the next steps.

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Mild hearing loss

Even if you aren't ready for hearing aids, mild hearing loss can impose surprising difficulties in everyday life that shouldn't be underestimated. Here's how to cope and take the next steps.

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Hearing loss and anxiety: What's the connection?

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Struggling to hear is an anxiety-inducing experience, since it can make you feel vulnerable. So can coming to terms with hearing loss and wearing hearing aids. Fortunately, if your hearing loss is making you anxious, treatment can help.

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Hearing loss and anxiety: What's the connection?

Struggling to hear is an anxiety-inducing experience, since it can make you feel vulnerable. So can coming to terms with hearing loss and wearing hearing aids. Fortunately, if your hearing loss is making you anxious, treatment can help.

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Can I get workers' compensation for hearing loss?

A construction worker holds a jackhammer.

If your hearing is damaged on the job, you may be entitled to workers' compensation to help cover the cost of hearing aids and other treatments.

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Can I get workers' compensation for hearing loss?

If your hearing is damaged on the job, you may be entitled to workers' compensation to help cover the cost of hearing aids and other treatments.

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Amplified stethoscopes assist healthcare workers who have hearing loss

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Medical professionals with hearing loss often struggle with stethoscope use. Fortunately, there are devices and modifications to make it easier to hear, such as amplified stethoscopes.

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Amplified stethoscopes assist healthcare workers who have hearing loss

Medical professionals with hearing loss often struggle with stethoscope use. Fortunately, there are devices and modifications to make it easier to hear, such as amplified stethoscopes.

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Tinnitus supplements: Helpful or harmful?

Tinnitus supplements: Worth the price?

Curious about dietary supplements for tinnitus? If you have persistent ringing in the ears, it's natural that you'd be on the hunt for anything that helps. But it's buyer beware.

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Tinnitus supplements: Helpful or harmful?

Curious about dietary supplements for tinnitus? If you have persistent ringing in the ears, it's natural that you'd be on the hunt for anything that helps. But it's buyer beware.

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Need an audiologist but can't travel? Telehealth may be an option

A woman receives a hearing evaluation using teleaudiology.

There’s a whole new way to communicate with an audiologist: by video. Known as telehealth audiology, it's growing in popularity for rural or housebound patients.

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Need an audiologist but can't travel? Telehealth may be an option

There’s a whole new way to communicate with an audiologist: by video. Known as telehealth audiology, it's growing in popularity for rural or housebound patients.

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Can menopause cause hearing loss and tinnitus?

An older woman puts in her hearing aid.

If you're nearing your "menopausal" years, you may be wondering if natural hormonal changes -- or hormonal therapy -- will have any affect on your hearing. It's an emerging area of research with some surprising results, it turns out.

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Can menopause cause hearing loss and tinnitus?

If you're nearing your "menopausal" years, you may be wondering if natural hormonal changes -- or hormonal therapy -- will have any affect on your hearing. It's an emerging area of research with some surprising results, it turns out.

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Hearing aids with artificial intelligence

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Premium hearing aids use artificial intelligence like machine learning and deep neural networks to help process sound. Learn why this is a significant improvement for people with hearing loss.

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Hearing aids with artificial intelligence

Premium hearing aids use artificial intelligence like machine learning and deep neural networks to help process sound. Learn why this is a significant improvement for people with hearing loss.

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