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Can a healthy diet reduce your risk of hearing loss? Here's what the research says

Quote from Dr. Sharon Curhan on hearing loss and a healthy diet.

Large studies looking at women's dietary choices and hearing loss have found an interesting pattern among those who report following diets like the Mediterranean diet and the lower-sodium DASH diet.

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More engaged, assertive and confident: Lucy's bone-anchored hearing story

Lucy, who wears a bone-anchored hearing system from Oticon Medical

Thanks to the Oticon Ponto System, she tumbles more confidently toward her dream of making the USA Gymnastics team.

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Brain fog coping strategies and techniques

A man whose head has been replaced by fog.

Brain fog is a type of fluctuating cognitive impairment that can affect people suffering from vestibular disorders and other health conditions as well. Coping techniques can make it more manageable.

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'How can he hear you but not me?' Hearing loss tested my family in surprising ways

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In Healthy Hearing's Left Unspoken series, author Diedre Johnson shares the ups and downs that her uncle's hearing loss wrought on the family.

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Three steps for getting active with hearing health in the New Year

A man gets a hearing exam.

We’ve identified three easy steps to be proactive with hearing health this year — for you as well as for those you love.

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Some life-saving antibiotics may cause hearing loss and balance problems

A patient receives IV antibiotics in an ICU.

A certain class of antibiotics that includes the drugs streptomycin and vancomycin are linked to causing hearing loss and balance problems.

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Why do my ears feel clogged?

Infographic showing four common reasons ears may be clogged.

We explain four 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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The importance of Deaf culture

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The language shared by people in the Deaf community is complex and complete, their social interactions are inclusive and personal – so please don’t try to fix them.

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Hearing impairment and communication

A woman can't hear her friend speaking in a restaurant.

When you have family members, friends and colleagues who have hearing loss, you can make a few simple adjustments in how you communicate with them that can make things run much more smoothly than they otherwise would.

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Cochlear dead zones: A rare form of hearing loss

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A look at a rare condition that causes "hearing holes" in a narrow range of sound.

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Using hearing aids to your advantage during the holidays

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The holiday season is short. Why miss a minute of the sounds you love most?

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Quiet toy list: Protect your child's hearing with these quiet toys and gifts

Grandmother reading with granddaughter

Instead of opting for things that whistle, ding and toot for your loved ones, consider giving one of these items from the Healthy Hearing Quiet Toy List.

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What is reverse-slope (low frequency) hearing loss?

Audiogram depicting reverse slope or low-frequency hearing loss

Reverse-slope hearing loss, also known as low-frequency hearing loss, is a rare type of hearing loss that makes it harder to hear low-pitched sounds such as men's voices and thunder. Find out how it affects your hearing and what you can do about it.

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Five things you may not know about your hearing

A woman puts in her hearing aids.

Five surprising facts about hearing, ranging from what happens to when sound enters our ears to why hearing loss can actually be exhausting. When it comes to hearing, our ears aren’t the only ones working hard to get the message across.

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I have hearing loss. Why are loud noises painful?

A woman talks to her audiologist about sound sensitivity.

Find out why some people with hearing loss find certain ranges of sound uncomfortable, startling or even painful, a phenomenon known as recruitment.

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Tips to protect your hearing this winter

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Cold, wet winter weather poses unique risks to your hearing health, from painful ear infections to a rare, odd condition known as "surfer's ear."

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How to support someone with tinnitus

A woman hugs a loved one.

Does someone you love have tinnitus? You may feel powerless to help, but good news: You do have the power to help, both directly and indirectly, in ways that actually make a difference.

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Hearing loss statistics at a glance

A woman indicates she has hearing loss.

If you are curious about the prevalence and impact of hearing loss, check out these quick facts and statistics.

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How hearing loss and heart disease are linked

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Learn about the connection between heart disease and hearing loss. There are steps you can take now to improve your heart health through cardiovascular fitness and minimize the risk of hearing damage.

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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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Living with mild hearing loss

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Even if you aren't ready for hearing aids, mild hearing loss can impose surprising difficulties in everyday life that shouldn't be underestimated. Here's how to cope and take the next steps.

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'I thought I had cognitive decline, but it was hearing loss'

Concerned that words were not making sense anymore, one man shares how getting hearing aids helped him reconnect to the world.

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Why you don’t wear your hearing aids (and why you should)

A woman talks to a friend.

Don’t let all the reasons you don't wear your hearing aids to interfere with your ability to enjoy what life has to offer, especially when you already have the solution. Here's how to put your hearing aids back to work again.

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Tinnitus and hearing loss: What’s the connection?

Illustration on tinnitus and hearing loss

Most people with tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, also have hearing loss. Noise exposure is often the culprit behind both conditions. Learn more about tinnitus and hearing loss.

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