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

Infographic that discuses musicians and tinnitus

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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Why do my ears feel clogged?

Infographic showing four common reasons ears may be clogged.

We explain some of the most common reasons why your ears feel clogged and why it’s important to have your hearing evaluated by a professional when they do.

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Airplanes and ear pain: How to avoid it

Tips for preventing ear pain while flying

Learn about what happens to your ears during air travel and what you can do to prevent pain, discomfort and temporary hearing loss.

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Optimize your hearing aids for music listening

A man plays guitar.

Love music and wear hearing aids? Whether you're a musician or a music lover, here's how to optimize your music experience when wearing hearing aids.

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What is hyperacusis?

A woman holding her head after hearing a loud sound.

Hyperacusis is defined as an abnormal sensitivity to sounds resulting in pain or discomfort. You may also experience tinnitus and a fluttering sensation in your ears.

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Hearing aid battery safety

A hearing aid with battery case open.

Small button batteries successfully power your hearing aids; however, they can cause serious injury to people and pets if not handled properly.

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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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Face masks, hearing loss and hearing aids

Woman wearing a face mask, hearing aids and eyeglasses.

Social distancing, face masks and other changes from the COVID-19 pandemic make communication harder for all of us. This is especially true for people with hearing loss. What can you do?

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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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Spring allergies and weather changes: Are your ears ready?

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Springtime brings barometric pressure changes, seasonal allergies and wet weather—all of which can impact people who wear hearing aids.

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Hearing loss statistics at a glance

A woman indicates she has hearing loss.

The latest hearing loss and hearing aid facts and statistics among hearing impaired Americans, including kids, older adults, veterans and more.

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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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Why do my ears itch and what can I do about it?

Illustration explaining why ears get itchy

Itchy ears can be annoying but they shouldn’t prevent you from wearing your hearing devices as prescribed.

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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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Amplified stethoscopes assist healthcare workers who have hearing loss

A stethoscope

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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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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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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Hearing aids with artificial intelligence

Illustration about hearing aids and 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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Apps and games to keep hearing sharp

A woman holds her phone and hearing aids.

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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Hearing aid use increases among older Americans, but racial disparities persist

Two women have a conversation on a front porch.

A new study shows that more Americans are using hearing aids but the improvement isn't equal among all socioeconomic groups. A look at why and one solution aimed at Hispanic older adults with hearing loss.

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