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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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Sudden hearing loss

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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

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

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Hearing aids for music lovers

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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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Hearing aids for music lovers

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 are CROS and BiCROS hearing aids?

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For people with severe hearing loss in one ear, devices known as CROS or BiCROS hearing aids are a possible solution. They work by picking up sound in the "bad" ear and transmitting it to the "good" ear.

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What are CROS and BiCROS hearing aids?

For people with severe hearing loss in one ear, devices known as CROS or BiCROS hearing aids are a possible solution. They work by picking up sound in the "bad" ear and transmitting it to the "good" ear.

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Degrees of hearing loss

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Understanding the results of your hearing test, or audiogram, can help you determine what type of hearing loss and degree of hearing loss you are experiencing.

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Degrees of hearing loss

Understanding the results of your hearing test, or audiogram, can help you determine what type of hearing loss and degree of hearing loss you are experiencing.

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The covid vaccine may have given me tinnitus, but I’m getting vaccinated again. Here’s why.

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For people who developed tinnitus after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, deciding whether to get the booster shot can be a tough question to answer. One woman shares her story.

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The covid vaccine may have given me tinnitus, but I’m getting vaccinated again. Here’s why.

For people who developed tinnitus after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, deciding whether to get the booster shot can be a tough question to answer. One woman shares her story.

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Is your hearing loss temporary or permanent?

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Have you recently developed hearing loss? Some causes of hearing loss, such as excess earwax, are temporary. Others are permanent. Here's how to tell the difference.

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Is your hearing loss temporary or permanent?

Have you recently developed hearing loss? Some causes of hearing loss, such as excess earwax, are temporary. Others are permanent. Here's how to tell the difference.

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What is 'cookie-bite' hearing loss?

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Named for how it looks on an audiogram, "cookie-bite" hearing loss means a person struggles to hear mid-range pitches.

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What is 'cookie-bite' hearing loss?

Named for how it looks on an audiogram, "cookie-bite" hearing loss means a person struggles to hear mid-range pitches.

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How do I protect my child from hearing loss due to headphones?

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Many children now use headphones at school and at home, putting them at risk for hearing loss. Here's six tips on how parents can protect their children's hearing while using headphones.

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How do I protect my child from hearing loss due to headphones?

Many children now use headphones at school and at home, putting them at risk for hearing loss. Here's six tips on how parents can protect their children's hearing while using headphones.

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Earwax blockage

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Learn how to safely clean your ears and interesting facts about earwax.

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Earwax blockage

Learn how to safely clean your ears and interesting facts about earwax.

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Airplanes and ear pain: How to make it go away

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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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Airplanes and ear pain: How to make it go away

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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How to avoid 'dinner table syndrome' this holiday season

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If you've got a big family dinner or a holiday office party coming up, here's how to make it inclusive of people with hearing loss.

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How to avoid 'dinner table syndrome' this holiday season

If you've got a big family dinner or a holiday office party coming up, here's how to make it inclusive of people with hearing loss.

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Can I use my health savings account or flex spending for hearing aids?

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If you have either a HSA or FSA account for medical expenses, you can likely use it to pay for hearing aids and other related care.

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Can I use my health savings account or flex spending for hearing aids?

If you have either a HSA or FSA account for medical expenses, you can likely use it to pay for hearing aids and other related care.

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TikTok 'granfluencer' shares lessons on the importance of hearing aids

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At 86, Elizabeth Baker is using her internet fame to shatter stereotypes about aging and hearing loss.

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TikTok 'granfluencer' shares lessons on the importance of hearing aids

At 86, Elizabeth Baker is using her internet fame to shatter stereotypes about aging and hearing loss.

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What to do with old hearing aids

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Got old hearing aids? Consider keeping them around for a back-up, or donating them so others can take advantage.

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What to do with old hearing aids

Got old hearing aids? Consider keeping them around for a back-up, or donating them so others can take advantage.

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Five things you can do to improve your hearing health

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While you can’t retain normal hearing forever, there are things you can do to minimize the risk of developing certain types of hearing loss as well as improve your overall health.

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Five things you can do to improve your hearing health

While you can’t retain normal hearing forever, there are things you can do to minimize the risk of developing certain types of hearing loss as well as improve your overall health.

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I have diabetes. Should I get my hearing tested?

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If you have diabetes, experts recommend that you get regularly screened for hearing loss. That's because studies show hearing loss is a common yet under-recognized consequence of diabetes.

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I have diabetes. Should I get my hearing tested?

If you have diabetes, experts recommend that you get regularly screened for hearing loss. That's because studies show hearing loss is a common yet under-recognized consequence of diabetes.

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How can I help someone with chronic tinnitus?

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Tinnitus expert Glenn Schweitzer offers four important tips for helping your loved one find relief from tinnitus.

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How can I help someone with chronic tinnitus?

Tinnitus expert Glenn Schweitzer offers four important tips for helping your loved one find relief from tinnitus.

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Should you try low-gain hearing aids?

Low-gain hearing aids are hearing aids that amplify speech sounds just a little bit. They can be useful for people with certain auditory conditions.

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Should you try low-gain hearing aids?

Low-gain hearing aids are hearing aids that amplify speech sounds just a little bit. They can be useful for people with certain auditory conditions.

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Common myths about tinnitus

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

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Common myths about tinnitus

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

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Five fascinating facts about hearing and hearing loss

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Five fascinating facts about hearing and hearing loss—from why hearing loss can lead to brain shrinkage to how our left and right ears may hear sound differently.

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Five fascinating facts about hearing and hearing loss

Five fascinating facts about hearing and hearing loss—from why hearing loss can lead to brain shrinkage to how our left and right ears may hear sound differently.

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Our top recommended children's books about hearing loss

Books on hearing loss and hearing aids help kids (or grandkids) learn to celebrate the differences in others. They also make great stocking stuffers and gifts.

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Our top recommended children's books about hearing loss

Books on hearing loss and hearing aids help kids (or grandkids) learn to celebrate the differences in others. They also make great stocking stuffers and gifts.

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What is reactive tinnitus?

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If noises in your environment affect the intensity of your tinnitus, you may have what's known as reactive tinnitus.

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What is reactive tinnitus?

If noises in your environment affect the intensity of your tinnitus, you may have what's known as reactive tinnitus.

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Hyperacusis: Noise sensitivity that's painful

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

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Hyperacusis: Noise sensitivity that's painful

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

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Brainwave entrainment for tinnitus

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Brainwave entrainment is a mind-altering technology that offers a range of interesting (and potentially therapeutic) benefits for people with tinnitus.

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Brainwave entrainment for tinnitus

Brainwave entrainment is a mind-altering technology that offers a range of interesting (and potentially therapeutic) benefits for people with tinnitus.

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