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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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How loud is too loud?

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Understanding noise levels in your environment can help you prevent hearing loss. Sound is measured in decibels (dB), and if it sounds too loud, it is too loud. Learn how loud noises can put your hearing at risk over time.

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How loud is too loud?

Understanding noise levels in your environment can help you prevent hearing loss. Sound is measured in decibels (dB), and if it sounds too loud, it is too loud. Learn how loud noises can put your hearing at risk over time.

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What musicians need to know about hearing protection

A man blows a trumpet while wearing in-ear monitors.

Any musician—regardless of the type of music—is at high risk for noise-induced hearing loss. Find out your options for protecting your hearing without limiting sound quality.

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What musicians need to know about hearing protection

Any musician—regardless of the type of music—is at high risk for noise-induced hearing loss. Find out your options for protecting your hearing without limiting sound quality.

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All about: Over-the-counter hearing aids

A man wears a hearing aid, for an illustration about over-the-counter hearing aids.

Over-the-counter hearing aids are now available online and in drug stores. Learn the pros and cons of OTC hearing aids, and why you may want the help of a hearing care provider.

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All about: Over-the-counter hearing aids

Over-the-counter hearing aids are now available online and in drug stores. Learn the pros and cons of OTC hearing aids, and why you may want the help of a hearing care provider.

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Why do my ears feel clogged?

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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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Why do my ears feel 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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Tips for finding the best hearing aids

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Overwhelmed at which hearing aid to buy? Find out which key features hearing loss advocates recommend as a basic starting point.

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Tips for finding the best hearing aids

Overwhelmed at which hearing aid to buy? Find out which key features hearing loss advocates recommend as a basic starting point.

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This Atlanta-area 'tiny house' is actually a mobile hearing clinic

Onsite Audiology, a tiny mobile clinic

A tiny house is making a big impact on hearing health in Atlanta, Georgia’s south metro area, thanks to the vision and innovation of Dr. Carla “Brandi” Smiley, a national board-certified audiologist on a mission to deliver hearing health to underserved populations.

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This Atlanta-area 'tiny house' is actually a mobile hearing clinic

A tiny house is making a big impact on hearing health in Atlanta, Georgia’s south metro area, thanks to the vision and innovation of Dr. Carla “Brandi” Smiley, a national board-certified audiologist on a mission to deliver hearing health to underserved populations.

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Who should not get an over-the-counter hearing aid?

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With OTC hearing aids now an option in the US, it's important to understand they are not meant for everyone. Here's who should not get over-the-counter hearing aids.

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Who should not get an over-the-counter hearing aid?

With OTC hearing aids now an option in the US, it's important to understand they are not meant for everyone. Here's who should not get over-the-counter hearing aids.

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A guide to invisible hearing aids

A man wearing an invisible hearing aid with a pull-out string.

Invisible hearing aids are discreet and often provide excellent sound quality. However, just like all hearing aids, they have pros and cons.

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A guide to invisible hearing aids

Invisible hearing aids are discreet and often provide excellent sound quality. However, just like all hearing aids, they have pros and cons.

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Hearing aid apps: What you need to know

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Most hearing aid manufacturers offer accompanying smartphone apps that let users control their hearing aid settings, monitor their batteries, and many other features.

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Hearing aid apps: What you need to know

Most hearing aid manufacturers offer accompanying smartphone apps that let users control their hearing aid settings, monitor their batteries, and many other features.

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Facing the fear of hearing loss due to Meniere’s disease

A woman grapples with an attack of Meniere's disease.

Living with Meniere's disease means living with the constant threat of hearing loss. How do you overcome the fear and learn to accept what you can't always control?

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Facing the fear of hearing loss due to Meniere’s disease

Living with Meniere's disease means living with the constant threat of hearing loss. How do you overcome the fear and learn to accept what you can't always control?

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Prince's longtime keyboardist shares journey to hearing aids

Infographic with a quote from Dr. Matt Fink, who played in Prince's The Revolution band as a keyboardist and now wears hearing iads.

After many years of playing in Prince's band, Grammy-award winning musician Matt Fink now wears hearing aids to help him hear better. "I find that other musicians I know who are in dire need of hearing aids are not getting them yet,” Fink says.

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Prince's longtime keyboardist shares journey to hearing aids

After many years of playing in Prince's band, Grammy-award winning musician Matt Fink now wears hearing aids to help him hear better. "I find that other musicians I know who are in dire need of hearing aids are not getting them yet,” Fink says.

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Hyperacusis: Yes, hearing can hurt

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 sensation of fullness in your ears.

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Hyperacusis: Yes, hearing can hurt

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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Do you have hearing loss and tinnitus? These coping strategies can help

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Even with normal hearing, tinnitus can severely disrupt your quality of life. But when hearing loss is also part of the equation, it can be utterly devastating. Here's how to feel better.

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Do you have hearing loss and tinnitus? These coping strategies can help

Even with normal hearing, tinnitus can severely disrupt your quality of life. But when hearing loss is also part of the equation, it can be utterly devastating. Here's how to feel better.

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I got hearing aids in my 30s. Here's what I learned.

A quote about one woman's experience getting hearing aids.

How hearing aids helped me transform from a bookish girl to a social adult, fully participating in gatherings and work events.

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I got hearing aids in my 30s. Here's what I learned.

How hearing aids helped me transform from a bookish girl to a social adult, fully participating in gatherings and work events.

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My experience trying out CROS hearing aids for single-sided deafness

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My experience wearing a CROS hearing aid to help with my single-sided deafness. Ultimately, I decided the device's disadvantages outweighed its advantages.

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My experience trying out CROS hearing aids for single-sided deafness

My experience wearing a CROS hearing aid to help with my single-sided deafness. Ultimately, I decided the device's disadvantages outweighed its advantages.

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My hearing loss is worse in one ear. Should I be concerned?

An example of asymmetrical hearing loss, as seen on an audiogram.

While a little bit of variation in hearing abilities between the ears is normal, "asymmetric" hearing loss could indicate an underlying medical condition. Learn more about uneven hearing loss between the ears.

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My hearing loss is worse in one ear. Should I be concerned?

While a little bit of variation in hearing abilities between the ears is normal, "asymmetric" hearing loss could indicate an underlying medical condition. Learn more about uneven hearing loss between the ears.

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Hearing aids and background noise

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Modern hearing aids have lots to help reduce the burden of noisy background environments. But you can also improve your ability to hear speech in noise by using assistive listening devices and methods like auditory training.

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Hearing aids and background noise

Modern hearing aids have lots to help reduce the burden of noisy background environments. But you can also improve your ability to hear speech in noise by using assistive listening devices and methods like auditory training.

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Wearable devices help people 'feel' sounds in their environment

Neosensory Buzz wearable device

Wearable devices by Neosensory turn sound into dynamic patterns of vibrations, helping those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing feel sound on their skin.

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Wearable devices help people 'feel' sounds in their environment

Wearable devices by Neosensory turn sound into dynamic patterns of vibrations, helping those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing feel sound on their skin.

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Causes and treatments for ear pain and earaches

Illustration explaining the most common causes of ear pain, from infection to headaches.

Got ear pain? From teeth grinding to infections to going on a flight, there are several reasons why your ears may hurt.

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Causes and treatments for ear pain and earaches

Got ear pain? From teeth grinding to infections to going on a flight, there are several reasons why your ears may hurt.

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5 quality of life hacks for tinnitus sufferers

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Living with tinnitus is a challenge, but there are lots of helpful life hacks you can do right now to improve quality of life with tinnitus.

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5 quality of life hacks for tinnitus sufferers

Living with tinnitus is a challenge, but there are lots of helpful life hacks you can do right now to improve quality of life with tinnitus.

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Diabetes and hearing loss - how they're connected

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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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Diabetes and hearing loss - how they're connected

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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Should I get my ears cleaned?

Infographic explaining the three most common ways ears can be cleaned at the doctor's office.

Impacted earwax sometimes needs the help of a professional. Methods used include suction, irrigation and manual extraction. Tools like the Earigator can make it seem downright spa-like.

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Should I get my ears cleaned?

Impacted earwax sometimes needs the help of a professional. Methods used include suction, irrigation and manual extraction. Tools like the Earigator can make it seem downright spa-like.

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Have sleep apnea? You might have hearing loss, too

A woman indicates frustration at her snoring bed partner.

People with obstructive sleep apnea are more likely to have hearing loss, ringing in the ears and dizziness. Experts recommend regular hearing screenings to prevent the impact of untreated hearing loss, as well as proper treatment for sleep apnea.

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Have sleep apnea? You might have hearing loss, too

People with obstructive sleep apnea are more likely to have hearing loss, ringing in the ears and dizziness. Experts recommend regular hearing screenings to prevent the impact of untreated hearing loss, as well as proper treatment for sleep apnea.

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Tinnitus, powerlessness and PTSD: Framing tinnitus as an acute stress disorder

A man grasps his forehead as if in pain.

Tinnitus coach Glenn Schweitzer makes the case that tinnitus is less like a hearing disorder and more like a complex stress disorder that requires multiple tools and treatment options.

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Tinnitus, powerlessness and PTSD: Framing tinnitus as an acute stress disorder

Tinnitus coach Glenn Schweitzer makes the case that tinnitus is less like a hearing disorder and more like a complex stress disorder that requires multiple tools and treatment options.

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