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Top audiology schools in the United States

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Students interested in receiving the best education in the hearing health sciences may want to investigate these colleges.

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How to avoid hearing aid disasters and what to do if they happen

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Wear your hearing aids as prescribed, keep them in a safe place when you take them out – and know what to do if the unexpected happens.

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Recommended children's books about hearing loss

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Keep a few books on hearing loss and hearing aids in the house so your kids -- regardless of whether they have normal hearing or hearing loss -- can learn to celebrate the differences in others.

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Newborn hearing screening

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Nearly all babies born in the U.S. are given newborn hearing screening while still in the hospital. Learn more about how babies are tested and what you should do if your child fails her screening.

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Hearing loss in infants

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Learn about the symptoms, causes and treatments of hearing loss in newborns, infants and babies.

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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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How hearing aids help kids learn better

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Children with hearing loss who receive interventions, such as well-fitted hearing aids, are able to close the achievement gap and perform as well as their peers at school, research shows.

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How hearing loss affects school performance

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Studies show that hearing loss has a profoundly negative affect on school performance, but early intervention can help. Find out how hearing loss and learning are connected.

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What to do if you suspect your school-age child has hearing loss

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Are you concerned your school-age child may have hearing loss? Here are the next steps to take to help you and your child get the help she needs.

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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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Hearing aids and tax time

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Hearing aids and other costs related to treating hearing loss can be included as medical deductions on your taxes.

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Five common fears of wearing hearing aids

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Are you or someone you love afraid to wear hearing aids? Don't let these common fears stand in the way of better hearing—and better health.

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Do you have hearing loss? How to protect your residual hearing and why it matters

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If you have hearing loss, your remaining natural hearing, or residual hearing, refers to how well you can hear without the use of hearing aids. While you may feel like it doesn't matter now that you have hearing loss, it's actually in your best interest to try your hardest to protect your residual hearing throughout your lifetime. 

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Is it safe to see an audiologist or hearing care provider during the pandemic? A checklist

A woman wears a face mask at a medical appointment.

Tired of dealing with hearing loss and ready to get help? During the pandemic, many hearing care practices have been re-imagining patient care and office protocols to ensure your safety. 

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How do I get water out of my ears?

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Did you go swimming and now water is stuck in your ears? It happens to some people more than others. Learn why it happens and what to do about it.

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Drugs that have hearing loss and tinnitus as side effects

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Hearing loss can be a side effect of ototoxic medication and drugs. Find out which drugs can cause temporary or permanent hearing loss.

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Low-cost solar-powered hearing aids fill a need in developing countries

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Solar Ear is a low-cost hearing aid that gets a charge from solar-powered batteries and brings hope to hundreds of thousands of hearing impaired people in the developing world.

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Working remotely with hearing loss: Tips for virtual meetings

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Working from home presents special challenges for people with hearing loss, especially virtual meetings. Poor sound quality and a spotty internet connection can make the experience downright frustrating.

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What is person-centered hearing care?

A man and his spouse at a hearing care clinic.

Person-centered care (PPC) in hearing health ensures that people are equal and active partners in the management of their hearing difficulties.

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Managing tinnitus in times of great stress

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Life got you stressed to the max? Is your tinnitus flaring up? Here are five things you can do to reduce some of the increased anxiety and better cope with your tinnitus in the days to come.

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What is auditory processing disorder?

A boy in speech therapy.

Even though your child's hearing is normal, they may have problems understanding what their ears are hearing.

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Universal signs for hearing loss

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To help people who are deaf or hearing impaired, common signs and symbols are used to indicate if a location has assistive technology, such as closed captioning or loop induction systems.

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Understanding your audiogram results

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An audiogram is a graph or chart that displays the results of your hearing test. Initially, it might look like a bunch of indecipherable lines and symbols. But once you learn how to read and interpret your audiogram, you will better understand your hearing loss.

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What is otosclerosis?

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Otosclerosis occurs when a small bone in the middle ear becomes stuck, limiting its ability to vibrate and conduct sound. It can cause hearing loss, dizziness and tinnitus.

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