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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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Hearing aids for tinnitus

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Many people don't realize that tinnitus is a sign of hearing loss. When treated properly with hearing aids, many people find relief from the ringing in their ears.

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Hearing aids for tinnitus

Many people don't realize that tinnitus is a sign of hearing loss. When treated properly with hearing aids, many people find relief from the ringing in their ears.

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Stigma and hearing loss

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Negative stigma associated with hearing aids is one of the biggest reasons people put off getting help for their hearing loss. Find out what causes the stigma and how you can overcome it.

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Stigma and hearing loss

Negative stigma associated with hearing aids is one of the biggest reasons people put off getting help for their hearing loss. Find out what causes the stigma and how you can overcome it.

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Frequent use of OTC pain relievers linked to tinnitus

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Women who take frequent doses of drugs like acetaminophen or aspirin were more likely to report a history of tinnitus in a new study.

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Frequent use of OTC pain relievers linked to tinnitus

Women who take frequent doses of drugs like acetaminophen or aspirin were more likely to report a history of tinnitus in a new study.

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7 tips for getting used to your new hearing aids

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It can take awhile to get used to hearing aids, especially if you've never worn them before. These 7 tips will speed up your acclimation.

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7 tips for getting used to your new hearing aids

It can take awhile to get used to hearing aids, especially if you've never worn them before. These 7 tips will speed up your acclimation.

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Hearing aids for profound hearing loss

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If you have severe or profound hearing loss, your hearing care professional will likely recommend power or super power hearing aids. Today's power models are small and discreet.

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Hearing aids for profound hearing loss

If you have severe or profound hearing loss, your hearing care professional will likely recommend power or super power hearing aids. Today's power models are small and discreet.

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Proposed law aims to boost veterans' access to hearing care

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If passed, the Veterans Hearing Benefits Act of 2022 wouldn't require veterans to have documented active-duty hearing problems on file before they sign up for VA hearing care.

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Proposed law aims to boost veterans' access to hearing care

If passed, the Veterans Hearing Benefits Act of 2022 wouldn't require veterans to have documented active-duty hearing problems on file before they sign up for VA hearing care.

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Tinnitus: Is your diet the culprit?

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Here's how to find out if something you're eating or drinking is contributing to your tinnitus.

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Tinnitus: Is your diet the culprit?

Here's how to find out if something you're eating or drinking is contributing to your tinnitus.

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These people prove you are never too old for hearing aids

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Hearing aids are a vital way to stay connected to the world no matter how old you are. Here's real-world examples from people in their 80s, 90s, and beyond.

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These people prove you are never too old for hearing aids

Hearing aids are a vital way to stay connected to the world no matter how old you are. Here's real-world examples from people in their 80s, 90s, and beyond.

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Tinnitus habituation: How to tune out the ringing in your ears

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Thanks to a mental process called habituation, you can get to a place where your tinnitus stops bothering you entirely, where your brain just stops paying attention to it and it fades from your awareness.

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Tinnitus habituation: How to tune out the ringing in your ears

Thanks to a mental process called habituation, you can get to a place where your tinnitus stops bothering you entirely, where your brain just stops paying attention to it and it fades from your awareness.

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Hearing loss can increase loneliness—here's what to do about it

“After being fit with hearing aids or undergoing a surgical cochlear implant, these same patients return with a smile and their family reporting that they are a changed person,” Dr. Voelker says.

Hearing loss can lead to social isolation and loneliness. Treating the hearing loss is an important first step in helping a person who is feeling isolated, along with social support and auditory training.

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Hearing loss can increase loneliness—here's what to do about it

Hearing loss can lead to social isolation and loneliness. Treating the hearing loss is an important first step in helping a person who is feeling isolated, along with social support and auditory training.

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These five habits are linked to hearing loss and tinnitus

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Need a reason to improve your health and break some bad habits? These five bad health habits in particular are all linked to hearing loss.

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These five habits are linked to hearing loss and tinnitus

Need a reason to improve your health and break some bad habits? These five bad health habits in particular are all linked to hearing loss.

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Can CBD oil treat tinnitus?

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Medical science says the jury is still out on CBD, but some tinnitus sufferers say they have all the proof they need.

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Can CBD oil treat tinnitus?

Medical science says the jury is still out on CBD, but some tinnitus sufferers say they have all the proof they need.

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How cold weather and moisture can impact hearing aids

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Learn how to prevent hearing aid damage due to cold, wet winter weather, and how to troubleshoot problems if they arise. Plus, how to protect your ears and why tinnitus is more common when it's cold.

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How cold weather and moisture can impact hearing aids

Learn how to prevent hearing aid damage due to cold, wet winter weather, and how to troubleshoot problems if they arise. Plus, how to protect your ears and why tinnitus is more common when it's cold.

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What is an acoustic neuroma?

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Acoustic neuromas can cause hearing loss, tinnitus and balance problems, because of the location of where they grow in the brain.

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What is an acoustic neuroma?

Acoustic neuromas can cause hearing loss, tinnitus and balance problems, because of the location of where they grow in the brain.

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Hearing loss in one ear

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Hearing loss in one ear and single-sided deafness can affect your hearing in unique ways, primarily because it's harder to localize where sounds are coming from.

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Hearing loss in one ear

Hearing loss in one ear and single-sided deafness can affect your hearing in unique ways, primarily because it's harder to localize where sounds are coming from.

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The link between iron deficiency anemia and hearing loss

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People with iron-deficiency anemia are twice as likely to have hearing loss than those without the blood disorder, though researchers are still investigating why.

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The link between iron deficiency anemia and hearing loss

People with iron-deficiency anemia are twice as likely to have hearing loss than those without the blood disorder, though researchers are still investigating why.

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In kids, hearing loss can mimic learning disorders, leading to misdiagnosis

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Kids with hearing loss are just as capable as their peers. However, if childhood hearing loss is left untreated, it can indeed affect school performance and learning, leading to lower grades and engagement in the classroom.

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In kids, hearing loss can mimic learning disorders, leading to misdiagnosis

Kids with hearing loss are just as capable as their peers. However, if childhood hearing loss is left untreated, it can indeed affect school performance and learning, leading to lower grades and engagement in the classroom.

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Birdwatching with hearing loss: How hearing aids help

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Age-related hearing loss can make it much harder to hear birdsong, which is a beloved sound for many people, especially birders. Fortunately, hearing aids and amplifiers can bring back the sounds of nature.

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Birdwatching with hearing loss: How hearing aids help

Age-related hearing loss can make it much harder to hear birdsong, which is a beloved sound for many people, especially birders. Fortunately, hearing aids and amplifiers can bring back the sounds of nature.

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Warranties and hearing aids: How they work, and how to extend your coverage

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New hearing aids are generally covered by a short-term hearing aid warranty for loss or damage. For some people, it's a good idea to buy an extended warranty for loss or damage after your initial warranty expires.

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Warranties and hearing aids: How they work, and how to extend your coverage

New hearing aids are generally covered by a short-term hearing aid warranty for loss or damage. For some people, it's a good idea to buy an extended warranty for loss or damage after your initial warranty expires.

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Is it ADD or hearing loss? In kids, it can be hard to tell

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If you or your child's teacher suspect your child has ADD, make sure to get their hearing checked, as the symptoms overlap.

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Is it ADD or hearing loss? In kids, it can be hard to tell

If you or your child's teacher suspect your child has ADD, make sure to get their hearing checked, as the symptoms overlap.

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How balance and hearing are connected—and why this matters

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Your hearing and balance systems are the two main parts of the inner ear. Learn how the vestibular (balance) system works and how it can affect hearing.

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How balance and hearing are connected—and why this matters

Your hearing and balance systems are the two main parts of the inner ear. Learn how the vestibular (balance) system works and how it can affect hearing.

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Can I get Social Security benefits for my hearing loss?

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If hearing loss is preventing you from working, find out if you qualify for important Social Security benefits and learn how to apply.

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Can I get Social Security benefits for my hearing loss?

If hearing loss is preventing you from working, find out if you qualify for important Social Security benefits and learn how to apply.

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How does hearing loss affect driving?

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When you're driving, hearing loss makes it harder to hear sirens, among other challenges. A larger rear-view mirror and adding a customized "car" setting to your hearing aids can help.

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How does hearing loss affect driving?

When you're driving, hearing loss makes it harder to hear sirens, among other challenges. A larger rear-view mirror and adding a customized "car" setting to your hearing aids can help.

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Hearing loss affects the entire family

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When a family member has a hearing loss, treated or untreated, the loss impacts the entire family and communication skills are put to the test.

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Hearing loss affects the entire family

When a family member has a hearing loss, treated or untreated, the loss impacts the entire family and communication skills are put to the test.

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