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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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10 common myths about tinnitus

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When it comes to tinnitus, can you separate fact from fiction? Dispelling these top 10 myths will help get your tinnitus under control faster.

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10 common myths about tinnitus

When it comes to tinnitus, can you separate fact from fiction? Dispelling these top 10 myths will help get your tinnitus under control faster.

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At 89 years old, my father finally got hearing aids—and his life was transformed

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After three bike accidents in a row, the writing was on the wall: My father's hearing loss was making him unsafe, not to mention depressed, and increasingly isolated. The good news? Hearing aids rapidly improved his life for the better.

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At 89 years old, my father finally got hearing aids—and his life was transformed

After three bike accidents in a row, the writing was on the wall: My father's hearing loss was making him unsafe, not to mention depressed, and increasingly isolated. The good news? Hearing aids rapidly improved his life for the better.

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Life after tinnitus habituation: What to expect

A woman drinks coffee at her desk.

Here's what to expect after you habituate to tinnitus, or ringing in the ears. Lasting relief is possible, but it's important to know that it's not a cure. Setbacks and tinnitus flare-ups are possible.

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Life after tinnitus habituation: What to expect

Here's what to expect after you habituate to tinnitus, or ringing in the ears. Lasting relief is possible, but it's important to know that it's not a cure. Setbacks and tinnitus flare-ups are possible.

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Slight hearing loss linked to cognitive decline in new study

A woman struggles to hear her friend speaking.

A study showed that cognitive decline linked to hearing loss may begin when a person's hearing loss is "good but not perfect," indicating the need to take mild hearing loss more seriously, since health impacts may begin before hearing aids would normally be recommended.

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Slight hearing loss linked to cognitive decline in new study

A study showed that cognitive decline linked to hearing loss may begin when a person's hearing loss is "good but not perfect," indicating the need to take mild hearing loss more seriously, since health impacts may begin before hearing aids would normally be recommended.

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What surgeries can correct hearing loss?

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You may wonder if there are any surgeries that correct hearing loss. Here are the common ear surgeries that can restore lost hearing from specific causes.

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What surgeries can correct hearing loss?

You may wonder if there are any surgeries that correct hearing loss. Here are the common ear surgeries that can restore lost hearing from specific causes.

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More engaged, assertive and confident: Lucy's bone-anchored hearing story

Lucy, who wears a bone-anchored hearing system from Oticon Medical

Thanks to the Oticon Ponto System, she tumbles more confidently toward her dream of making the USA Gymnastics team.

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More engaged, assertive and confident: Lucy's bone-anchored hearing story

Thanks to the Oticon Ponto System, she tumbles more confidently toward her dream of making the USA Gymnastics team.

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Brain fog coping strategies and techniques

A man whose head has been replaced by fog.

Brain fog is a type of fluctuating cognitive impairment that can affect people suffering from vestibular disorders and other health conditions as well. Coping techniques can make it more manageable.

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Brain fog coping strategies and techniques

Brain fog is a type of fluctuating cognitive impairment that can affect people suffering from vestibular disorders and other health conditions as well. Coping techniques can make it more manageable.

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'How can he hear you but not me?' Hearing loss tested my family in surprising ways

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In Healthy Hearing's Left Unspoken series, author Diedre Johnson shares the ups and downs that her uncle's hearing loss wrought on the family.

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'How can he hear you but not me?' Hearing loss tested my family in surprising ways

In Healthy Hearing's Left Unspoken series, author Diedre Johnson shares the ups and downs that her uncle's hearing loss wrought on the family.

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The importance of Deaf culture

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The language shared by people in the Deaf community is complex and complete, their social interactions are inclusive and personal – so please don’t try to fix them.

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The importance of Deaf culture

The language shared by people in the Deaf community is complex and complete, their social interactions are inclusive and personal – so please don’t try to fix them.

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Cochlear dead zones: A rare form of hearing loss

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A look at a rare condition that causes "hearing holes" in a narrow range of sound.

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Cochlear dead zones: A rare form of hearing loss

A look at a rare condition that causes "hearing holes" in a narrow range of sound.

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What is reverse-slope (low frequency) hearing loss?

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Reverse-slope hearing loss, also known as low-frequency hearing loss, is a rare type of hearing loss that makes it harder to hear low-pitched sounds such as men's voices and thunder. Find out how it affects your hearing and what you can do about it.

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What is reverse-slope (low frequency) hearing loss?

Reverse-slope hearing loss, also known as low-frequency hearing loss, is a rare type of hearing loss that makes it harder to hear low-pitched sounds such as men's voices and thunder. Find out how it affects your hearing and what you can do about it.

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Five things you may not know about your hearing

A woman puts in her hearing aids.

Five surprising facts about hearing, ranging from what happens to when sound enters our ears to why hearing loss can actually be exhausting. When it comes to hearing, our ears aren’t the only ones working hard to get the message across.

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Five things you may not know about your hearing

Five surprising facts about hearing, ranging from what happens to when sound enters our ears to why hearing loss can actually be exhausting. When it comes to hearing, our ears aren’t the only ones working hard to get the message across.

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How to support someone with tinnitus

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Does someone you love have tinnitus? You may feel powerless to help, but good news: You do have the power to help, both directly and indirectly, in ways that actually make a difference.

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How to support someone with tinnitus

Does someone you love have tinnitus? You may feel powerless to help, but good news: You do have the power to help, both directly and indirectly, in ways that actually make a difference.

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'I thought I had cognitive decline, but it was hearing loss'

Concerned that words were not making sense anymore, one man shares how getting hearing aids helped him reconnect to the world.

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'I thought I had cognitive decline, but it was hearing loss'

Concerned that words were not making sense anymore, one man shares how getting hearing aids helped him reconnect to the world.

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Tinnitus and hearing loss: What’s the connection?

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Most people with tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, also have hearing loss. Noise exposure is often the culprit behind both conditions. Learn more about tinnitus and hearing loss.

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Tinnitus and hearing loss: What’s the connection?

Most people with tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, also have hearing loss. Noise exposure is often the culprit behind both conditions. Learn more about tinnitus and hearing loss.

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My grandmother's love couldn't overcome hearing loss

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Hearing loss can drive a wedge between family members. In our Left Unspoken series, we share one woman's story of trying to bond with her grandmother, in spite of hearing loss that made communication difficult.

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My grandmother's love couldn't overcome hearing loss

Hearing loss can drive a wedge between family members. In our Left Unspoken series, we share one woman's story of trying to bond with her grandmother, in spite of hearing loss that made communication difficult.

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I hate my hearing aids. What do I do?

A woman with a hearing aid talks to a friend.

Hate your new hearing aids? That's a pretty common reaction, but don't give up. Here's how to learn how to love them instead.

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I hate my hearing aids. What do I do?

Hate your new hearing aids? That's a pretty common reaction, but don't give up. Here's how to learn how to love them instead.

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Microtia and atresia: When ears don't develop fully

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Microtia is a rare birth defect that affects the external ears. It also can cause hearing loss and generally requires ongoing medical care from an ENT and an audiologist.

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Microtia and atresia: When ears don't develop fully

Microtia is a rare birth defect that affects the external ears. It also can cause hearing loss and generally requires ongoing medical care from an ENT and an audiologist.

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Why anxiety often accompanies balance disorders, and what to do about it

A dizzy woman copes with an anxiety attack.

Chronic vertigo, dizziness, and disequilibrium are often caused by vestibular disorders and tend to go hand in hand with anxiety. Here's how to get a handle on both.

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Why anxiety often accompanies balance disorders, and what to do about it

Chronic vertigo, dizziness, and disequilibrium are often caused by vestibular disorders and tend to go hand in hand with anxiety. Here's how to get a handle on both.

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How to remove ear wax from your hearing aids

Demonstration of how to use earwax guards on a hearing aid.

Earwax build-up is a common cause of hearing aid malfunction. Using these tips for keeping hearing aids clean of ear wax can help prevent unnecessary clinic visits and frustrating hearing aid repairs.

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How to remove ear wax from your hearing aids

Earwax build-up is a common cause of hearing aid malfunction. Using these tips for keeping hearing aids clean of ear wax can help prevent unnecessary clinic visits and frustrating hearing aid repairs.

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Understanding the various parts of a hearing aid

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Becoming familiar with the various parts of your hearing aid can help reduce repair costs and prolong the life of your device.

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Understanding the various parts of a hearing aid

Becoming familiar with the various parts of your hearing aid can help reduce repair costs and prolong the life of your device.

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Why you shouldn't clean your ears with a cotton swab or Q-Tip

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Even if you have very waxy ears, don't attempt to clean them until you read this.

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Why you shouldn't clean your ears with a cotton swab or Q-Tip

Even if you have very waxy ears, don't attempt to clean them until you read this.

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Why two hearing aids are better than one

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Wearing two hearing aids makes sense if you have hearing loss in both ears. Here are all the reasons why two is better than one.

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Why two hearing aids are better than one

Wearing two hearing aids makes sense if you have hearing loss in both ears. Here are all the reasons why two is better than one.

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The AidKeeper: One man's journey to create an indestructible hearing aid case

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If you're looking for a hearing aid case that's practically indestructible, entrepreneur and hearing aid wearer Calvin Huit has designed the AidKeeper with you in mind.

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The AidKeeper: One man's journey to create an indestructible hearing aid case

If you're looking for a hearing aid case that's practically indestructible, entrepreneur and hearing aid wearer Calvin Huit has designed the AidKeeper with you in mind.

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