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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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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

Infographic explaining the two main parts of the body's vestibular system for balance.

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?

Mature couple driving in car together

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

A mother and son talking on a couch.

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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Osteoporosis and hearing loss often go hand-in-hand

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If you have osteoporosis, it's a good idea to get your hearing checked regularly. You're at higher risk of hearing loss, studies show.

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Osteoporosis and hearing loss often go hand-in-hand

If you have osteoporosis, it's a good idea to get your hearing checked regularly. You're at higher risk of hearing loss, studies show.

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What is a decibel?

Infographic showing decibel levels of common sounds in our environment, ranging from breathing to firearms.

Decibels are a logarithmic way to express sound intensity or loudness. Learn about the decibel scale, the decibel levels of common sounds and how to prevent hearing loss.

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What is a decibel?

Decibels are a logarithmic way to express sound intensity or loudness. Learn about the decibel scale, the decibel levels of common sounds and how to prevent hearing loss.

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Air travel tips for people with hearing loss

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Airlines often fall short when it comes to communicating with passengers who have hearing loss. Our air travel tips for people with hearing loss will help your trip go as smoothly as possible.

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Air travel tips for people with hearing loss

Airlines often fall short when it comes to communicating with passengers who have hearing loss. Our air travel tips for people with hearing loss will help your trip go as smoothly as possible.

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Tips for traveling with hearing loss

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When you have hearing loss, traveling with hearing aids can add unexpected challenges. Here are some tips to make your trip go smoother.

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Tips for traveling with hearing loss

When you have hearing loss, traveling with hearing aids can add unexpected challenges. Here are some tips to make your trip go smoother.

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Hearing loss charities that make an impact

Happy participants at a 2016 HLAA Walk4Hearing event

Want to make a difference for people who have hearing loss? Learn more about organizations that put hearing loss and its challenges front and center, raising money and awareness for this important cause.

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Hearing loss charities that make an impact

Want to make a difference for people who have hearing loss? Learn more about organizations that put hearing loss and its challenges front and center, raising money and awareness for this important cause.

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My accidental triumph over tinnitus

Glenn Schweitzer

Author Glenn Schweitzer shares the coping approach he discovered accidentally for coping with stressful tinnitus.

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My accidental triumph over tinnitus

Author Glenn Schweitzer shares the coping approach he discovered accidentally for coping with stressful tinnitus.

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Effects of traumatic brain injury can include hearing loss or tinnitus

Infographic detailing the auditory problems that can result after a traumatic brain injury.

Hearing loss and tinnitus are common after a head injury, although the effects may not show up right away.

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Effects of traumatic brain injury can include hearing loss or tinnitus

Hearing loss and tinnitus are common after a head injury, although the effects may not show up right away.

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Ten travel tips for people with tinnitus

An airplane flies in the air.

If you have chronic tinnitus or ringing in the ears, it's best to plan ahead before embarking on a big trip, as many of the changes that come with travel can cause a spike in tinnitus symptoms.

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Ten travel tips for people with tinnitus

If you have chronic tinnitus or ringing in the ears, it's best to plan ahead before embarking on a big trip, as many of the changes that come with travel can cause a spike in tinnitus symptoms.

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Lost your hearing aid? Here's what to do ASAP

Infographic that explains the steps to take if you lose a hearing aid.

If you've lost your hearing aid, first check your hearing aid app to see if it has a 'find my hearing aid' feature. If not, here's what to do next.

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Lost your hearing aid? Here's what to do ASAP

If you've lost your hearing aid, first check your hearing aid app to see if it has a 'find my hearing aid' feature. If not, here's what to do next.

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Smartphone apps for hearing loss - my top picks

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Wondering which smartphone apps can help with hearing loss? There's no shortage, so hearing loss support specialist Steven O. Frazier shares some of this favorites to help you get started.

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Smartphone apps for hearing loss - my top picks

Wondering which smartphone apps can help with hearing loss? There's no shortage, so hearing loss support specialist Steven O. Frazier shares some of this favorites to help you get started.

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How to get started with tinnitus sound therapy

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Using external noise to retrain the way the brain interprets tinnitus sound can go a long way in helping reduce the annoyance and frustration associated with the condition.

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How to get started with tinnitus sound therapy

Using external noise to retrain the way the brain interprets tinnitus sound can go a long way in helping reduce the annoyance and frustration associated with the condition.

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Understanding hidden hearing loss

Signs of hidden hearing loss

Hidden hearing loss is a type of hearing loss that originates in the brain (instead of the ears) and isn't detectable on standard hearing tests. People with hidden hearing loss struggle to hear in real-world situations, but are able to pass a hearing test without any problems.

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Understanding hidden hearing loss

Hidden hearing loss is a type of hearing loss that originates in the brain (instead of the ears) and isn't detectable on standard hearing tests. People with hidden hearing loss struggle to hear in real-world situations, but are able to pass a hearing test without any problems.

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Hearing aid telecoils and hearing loops: What are they?

A woman wears a hearing aid with a telecoil.

When used in tandem with a hearing loop, hearing aid telecoils can dramatically enhance your listening experience in public places by piping audio-system sounds directly to your hearing aids.

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Hearing aid telecoils and hearing loops: What are they?

When used in tandem with a hearing loop, hearing aid telecoils can dramatically enhance your listening experience in public places by piping audio-system sounds directly to your hearing aids.

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Tympanometry

Anatomy of the middle ear

Tympanometry is a type of test that measures the function of the middle ear. It can help rule out certain types of hearing loss and may be used to determine whether hearing aids would be a useful treatment.

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Tympanometry

Tympanometry is a type of test that measures the function of the middle ear. It can help rule out certain types of hearing loss and may be used to determine whether hearing aids would be a useful treatment.

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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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Drugs that have hearing loss and tinnitus as side effects

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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Genetics, hearing loss and rare diseases

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It's not uncommon for rare diseases and genetic syndromes to cause hearing loss. Fortunately, hearing aids and other treatments often help.

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Genetics, hearing loss and rare diseases

It's not uncommon for rare diseases and genetic syndromes to cause hearing loss. Fortunately, hearing aids and other treatments often help.

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Can cognitive behavior therapy help with my tinnitus?

An illustration explaining how cognitive behavioral therapy can help tinnitus.

The mental impact of living with a chronic condition like tinnitus can take its toll. One of the most proven strategies for coping, experts say, is cognitive-behavioral therapy.

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Can cognitive behavior therapy help with my tinnitus?

The mental impact of living with a chronic condition like tinnitus can take its toll. One of the most proven strategies for coping, experts say, is cognitive-behavioral therapy.

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How hearing aids help kids learn better

A girl with a hearing aid.

Children with hearing loss who receive hearing aids or cochlear implants can thrive at school, research shows, and overcome the achievement gap.

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How hearing aids help kids learn better

Children with hearing loss who receive hearing aids or cochlear implants can thrive at school, research shows, and overcome the achievement gap.

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