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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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Apps and games to keep hearing sharp

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Did you know there's a wealth of hearing training apps, software and programs to exercise your ears and improve your hearing health? We've compiled some of our top picks.

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Apps and games to keep hearing sharp

Did you know there's a wealth of hearing training apps, software and programs to exercise your ears and improve your hearing health? We've compiled some of our top picks.

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Understanding auditory deprivation: Why untreated hearing loss is bad for your brain

Illustration explaining why untreated hearing loss is bad for your brain

Hearing loss is a type of sensory deprivation known as auditory deprivation. When the brain is deprived of sounds for too long -- such as with untreated hearing loss -- the auditory pathways can weaken and atrophy, making it even harder to hear.

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Understanding auditory deprivation: Why untreated hearing loss is bad for your brain

Hearing loss is a type of sensory deprivation known as auditory deprivation. When the brain is deprived of sounds for too long -- such as with untreated hearing loss -- the auditory pathways can weaken and atrophy, making it even harder to hear.

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Can you restore your lost hearing?

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Is there a way to quickly and easily restore hearing levels to normal, especially for sensorineural hearing loss? A look at common ear surgeries, drugs and herbal remedies.

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Can you restore your lost hearing?

Is there a way to quickly and easily restore hearing levels to normal, especially for sensorineural hearing loss? A look at common ear surgeries, drugs and herbal remedies.

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Tinnitus coping strategies for negative thoughts and rumination

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Here's how to break the chain of rumination that can occur when you have chronic tinnitus, or ringing in the ears. Once you understand why it's happening, you can start to fight back.

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Tinnitus coping strategies for negative thoughts and rumination

Here's how to break the chain of rumination that can occur when you have chronic tinnitus, or ringing in the ears. Once you understand why it's happening, you can start to fight back.

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Hearing loss in the workplace

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Got hearing loss or worried your job might be damaging your hearing? Find out all about hearing loss and employment, wearing hearing aids at work, and what your rights are as an employee.

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Hearing loss in the workplace

Got hearing loss or worried your job might be damaging your hearing? Find out all about hearing loss and employment, wearing hearing aids at work, and what your rights are as an employee.

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Grief and accepting hearing loss

A man looks at hearing aids at a hearing care appointment with his wife.

Are you coming to terms with your hearing loss? You may find it helpful to know that it's normal to feel grief, which includes denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.

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Grief and accepting hearing loss

Are you coming to terms with your hearing loss? You may find it helpful to know that it's normal to feel grief, which includes denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.

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Should you wear hearing aids all the time?

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Find out why it's bad for your hearing (and your brain!) to frequently skip wearing your hearing aids—even at home alone.

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Should you wear hearing aids all the time?

Find out why it's bad for your hearing (and your brain!) to frequently skip wearing your hearing aids—even at home alone.

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How high stress can lead to hearing loss

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Chronic stress is part of life for too many Americans. Besides harming your health, find out how it contributes to hearing loss.

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How high stress can lead to hearing loss

Chronic stress is part of life for too many Americans. Besides harming your health, find out how it contributes to hearing loss.

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What is noise pollution?

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Millions of Americans are exposed to noise pollution every day that causes hearing loss and a host of other health conditions. Find out how to reduce noise pollution and preserve your well-being.

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What is noise pollution?

Millions of Americans are exposed to noise pollution every day that causes hearing loss and a host of other health conditions. Find out how to reduce noise pollution and preserve your well-being.

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All about OSHA's noise and hearing regulations

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Regulations from OSHA help protect workers from harmful levels of workplace noise. Learn what your rights are and what you can do if your employer is not protecting you from noise-induced hearing loss.

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All about OSHA's noise and hearing regulations

Regulations from OSHA help protect workers from harmful levels of workplace noise. Learn what your rights are and what you can do if your employer is not protecting you from noise-induced hearing loss.

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Why depression and untreated hearing loss are linked

Illustration asking what's the connection between hearing loss and depression

It's not unusual for people with hearing loss to also struggle with depression. Fortunately, hearing aids and other treatments can go a long way in helping with both problems.

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Why depression and untreated hearing loss are linked

It's not unusual for people with hearing loss to also struggle with depression. Fortunately, hearing aids and other treatments can go a long way in helping with both problems.

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Hearing loss and listening fatigue

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For people with hearing loss, listening fatigue hits you harder and faster than people with normal hearing. In fact, ear fatigue is considered an early warning sign of hearing loss. Fortunately, hearing aids can help.

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Hearing loss and listening fatigue

For people with hearing loss, listening fatigue hits you harder and faster than people with normal hearing. In fact, ear fatigue is considered an early warning sign of hearing loss. Fortunately, hearing aids can help.

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What kind of specialist should I see for my hearing loss?

A man receives a hearing test.

Do you know which type of professional to see for your hearing loss or balance disorder? Here's what you need to know to make the right choice.

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What kind of specialist should I see for my hearing loss?

Do you know which type of professional to see for your hearing loss or balance disorder? Here's what you need to know to make the right choice.

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What is a hearing instrument specialist?

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Hearing instrument specialists are licensed healthcare providers who can dispense hearing aids, provide hearing tests and provide other hearing care services. Learn more about when you should see a hearing instrument specialist.

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What is a hearing instrument specialist?

Hearing instrument specialists are licensed healthcare providers who can dispense hearing aids, provide hearing tests and provide other hearing care services. Learn more about when you should see a hearing instrument specialist.

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Ear candling: Just say no

Ear candling

Are you tempted to try ear candling to clean your ears? While it's growing in popularity, ear candling is considered dangerous and there is no medical research showing it works.

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Ear candling: Just say no

Are you tempted to try ear candling to clean your ears? While it's growing in popularity, ear candling is considered dangerous and there is no medical research showing it works.

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The role of hearing healthcare in hospice

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Hearing loss can affect a hospice patient's quality of care and the connections that are so important with family, medical professionals and caregivers.

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The role of hearing healthcare in hospice

Hearing loss can affect a hospice patient's quality of care and the connections that are so important with family, medical professionals and caregivers.

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Hearing loss is tiring? I was skeptical—until I took a hearing test

Author Joy Victory before her hearing test.

Even with normal hearing, taking a hearing test can be mentally draining. The experience helped Healthy Hearing Managing Editor Joy Victory understand why hearing loss should always be treated.

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Hearing loss is tiring? I was skeptical—until I took a hearing test

Even with normal hearing, taking a hearing test can be mentally draining. The experience helped Healthy Hearing Managing Editor Joy Victory understand why hearing loss should always be treated.

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Super Kena: A girl made fierce with hearing aids

Kena reads the book inspired by her hearing loss journey.

Grandma Becky Cymbaluk wrote the book she couldn't find for her granddaughter, who was born with hearing loss.

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Super Kena: A girl made fierce with hearing aids

Grandma Becky Cymbaluk wrote the book she couldn't find for her granddaughter, who was born with hearing loss.

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Top audiology schools in the United States

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Students interested in receiving the best education in the hearing health sciences may want to investigate these colleges.

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Top audiology schools in the United States

Students interested in receiving the best education in the hearing health sciences may want to investigate these colleges.

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Newborn hearing screening

A newborn receives hearing screening in the hospital.

Nearly all babies born in the U.S. are given newborn hearing screening while still in the hospital. Learn more about how babies are tested and what you should do if your child fails her screening.

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Newborn hearing screening

Nearly all babies born in the U.S. are given newborn hearing screening while still in the hospital. Learn more about how babies are tested and what you should do if your child fails her screening.

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What to do if you suspect your school-age child has hearing loss

A child receives an ear exam.

Are you concerned your school-age child may have hearing loss? Here are the next steps to take to help you and your child get the help she needs.

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What to do if you suspect your school-age child has hearing loss

Are you concerned your school-age child may have hearing loss? Here are the next steps to take to help you and your child get the help she needs.

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How do I get water out of my ears?

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Did you go swimming and now water is stuck in your ears? It happens to some people more than others. Learn why it happens and what to do about it.

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How do I get water out of my ears?

Did you go swimming and now water is stuck in your ears? It happens to some people more than others. Learn why it happens and what to do about it.

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Low-cost solar-powered hearing aids fill a need in developing countries

A solar hearing aid docked in its charger.

Solar Ear is a low-cost hearing aid that gets a charge from solar-powered batteries and brings hope to hundreds of thousands of hearing impaired people in the developing world.

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Low-cost solar-powered hearing aids fill a need in developing countries

Solar Ear is a low-cost hearing aid that gets a charge from solar-powered batteries and brings hope to hundreds of thousands of hearing impaired people in the developing world.

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Working remotely with hearing loss: Tips for virtual meetings

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Working from home presents special challenges for people with hearing loss, especially virtual meetings. Poor sound quality and a spotty internet connection can make the experience downright frustrating.

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Working remotely with hearing loss: Tips for virtual meetings

Working from home presents special challenges for people with hearing loss, especially virtual meetings. Poor sound quality and a spotty internet connection can make the experience downright frustrating.

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