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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What the research says about caffeine, hearing loss and tinnitus

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We take a look at the research on caffeine and its impact on hearing loss, tinnitus and Meniere's disease. Overall, normal caffeine consumption doesn't appear to be harmful.

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What the research says about caffeine, hearing loss and tinnitus

We take a look at the research on caffeine and its impact on hearing loss, tinnitus and Meniere's disease. Overall, normal caffeine consumption doesn't appear to be harmful.

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Hearing loss and cognitive decline: What's the connection?

Infographic discussing three key facts about hearing loss and dementia

Learn more about the link between hearing loss and cognitive impairments and dementia, and if hearing aids can help.

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Hearing loss and cognitive decline: What's the connection?

Learn more about the link between hearing loss and cognitive impairments and dementia, and if hearing aids can help.

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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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Causes and treatments for temporary hearing loss

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A number of conditions can cause temporary hearing loss, and each has its own treatment. In most cases, temporary hearing loss is easily treated and has no lasting effects.

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Causes and treatments for temporary hearing loss

A number of conditions can cause temporary hearing loss, and each has its own treatment. In most cases, temporary hearing loss is easily treated and has no lasting effects.

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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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Why hearing loss increases your risk of falling, and what to do about it

An infographic describing facts about hearing loss and the risk of falling, especially among older adults.

Research strongly links hearing loss to an increased risk of falling. Hearing aids and other preventive measures can help lower your risk.

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Why hearing loss increases your risk of falling, and what to do about it

Research strongly links hearing loss to an increased risk of falling. Hearing aids and other preventive measures can help lower your risk.

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Children's headphone use puts them at risk of early-onset hearing loss, experts say

A little girl wears headphones as she completes schoolwork.

Headphone and earbud use soared during the pandemic, especially among children remote learning. But this may lead to widespread hearing loss among kids, who have especially sensitive hearing.

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Children's headphone use puts them at risk of early-onset hearing loss, experts say

Headphone and earbud use soared during the pandemic, especially among children remote learning. But this may lead to widespread hearing loss among kids, who have especially sensitive hearing.

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

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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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How to protect your hearing this Fourth of July

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Fireworks and Fourth of July go together, but the celebration doesn't have to result in hearing loss. Find out how to prevent hearing loss during loud fireworks displays.

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How to protect your hearing this Fourth of July

Fireworks and Fourth of July go together, but the celebration doesn't have to result in hearing loss. Find out how to prevent hearing loss during loud fireworks displays.

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5 benefits of learning to lipread when you’re hard of hearing 

A woman with a hearing listens and watches a friend as she talks.

If you have hearing loss, lipreading and speechreading are important tools in your communication toolbox. They also come with added benefits you might have not considered.

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5 benefits of learning to lipread when you’re hard of hearing 

If you have hearing loss, lipreading and speechreading are important tools in your communication toolbox. They also come with added benefits you might have not considered.

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New hearing aids? FAQs for (nearly) all you need to know

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Did you or a loved one recently get a new pair of hearing aids? Congrats! You likely have some questions about how they work, why you need them, and how to take care of them. After all, they weren't cheap and you want them to last! An FAQ for nearly all you need to know about hearing aids.

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New hearing aids? FAQs for (nearly) all you need to know

Did you or a loved one recently get a new pair of hearing aids? Congrats! You likely have some questions about how they work, why you need them, and how to take care of them. After all, they weren't cheap and you want them to last! An FAQ for nearly all you need to know about hearing aids.

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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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Sudden hearing loss in one ear

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If you experience sudden hearing loss, get help fast to improve your chances of regaining your hearing.

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Sudden hearing loss in one ear

If you experience sudden hearing loss, get help fast to improve your chances of regaining your hearing.

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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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New program uses sound and touch to help ease tinnitus

Neosensory wearable device for tinnitus

A new tinnitus program teaches the brain how to distinguish between internal and external noise by using a combination of sound and touch.

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New program uses sound and touch to help ease tinnitus

A new tinnitus program teaches the brain how to distinguish between internal and external noise by using a combination of sound and touch.

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What is auditory processing disorder?

A boy in speech therapy.

When you have normal hearing but difficulty understanding speech and struggle with listening, it could be auditory processing disorder. This means the brain is struggling to make sense of sound.

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What is auditory processing disorder?

When you have normal hearing but difficulty understanding speech and struggle with listening, it could be auditory processing disorder. This means the brain is struggling to make sense of sound.

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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

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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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Caregiver tips: When your loved one has hearing loss

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Are you a caregiver to someone with hearing loss? Here are some helpful tips and resources to help make your job easier.

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Caregiver tips: When your loved one has hearing loss

Are you a caregiver to someone with hearing loss? Here are some helpful tips and resources to help make your job easier.

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10 signs you may have hearing loss

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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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