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 long do hearing aids last?

A man gets new hearing aids.

While most modern high-quality hearing aids can be expected to last somewhere between three and seven years, two people can buy exactly the same hearing aid and have them last vastly different amounts of time.

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How long do hearing aids last?

While most modern high-quality hearing aids can be expected to last somewhere between three and seven years, two people can buy exactly the same hearing aid and have them last vastly different amounts of time.

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5 more strategies for managing tinnitus during the pandemic

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Is the stress from the seemingly never-ending pandemic causing your tinnitus to flare up? You're not alone. Tinnitus sufferer and expert Glenn Schweitzer shares more advice on how to adjust to the stressful state of the world.

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5 more strategies for managing tinnitus during the pandemic

Is the stress from the seemingly never-ending pandemic causing your tinnitus to flare up? You're not alone. Tinnitus sufferer and expert Glenn Schweitzer shares more advice on how to adjust to the stressful state of the world.

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Protecting your hearing aids in the water

A man fishes with a grandson.

With a few precautions, hearing aid users can participate in water-related and avoid hearing aid water damage.

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Protecting your hearing aids in the water

With a few precautions, hearing aid users can participate in water-related and avoid hearing aid water damage.

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Are hearing aids waterproof?

A couple on a sailboat

Do you need waterproof hearing aids? Learn about waterproof and water resistant hearing aids and how to keep your devices working their best.

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Are hearing aids waterproof?

Do you need waterproof hearing aids? Learn about waterproof and water resistant hearing aids and how to keep your devices working their best.

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Ear candling: Just say no

Ear candling

Are you tempted to try ear candling to clean your ears? While it's growing in popularity, ear candling is considered dangerous and there is no medical research showing it works.

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Ear candling: Just say no

Are you tempted to try ear candling to clean your ears? While it's growing in popularity, ear candling is considered dangerous and there is no medical research showing it works.

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Medical doctors who treat hearing loss: Otolaryngologists and neurotologists

An ENT doctor examines a man's ear.

If you or a loved one experiences hearing loss, you may be referred to an ENT or neurotologist for specialty care. These doctors treat disorders or the ear, nose and throat and perform skull base surgery, including cochlear implants.

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Medical doctors who treat hearing loss: Otolaryngologists and neurotologists

If you or a loved one experiences hearing loss, you may be referred to an ENT or neurotologist for specialty care. These doctors treat disorders or the ear, nose and throat and perform skull base surgery, including cochlear implants.

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What is an audiologist?

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Audiologists are experts in hearing care and hearing loss. They work in a wide variety of settings, from clinics to hospitals to private hearing aid practices.

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What is an audiologist?

Audiologists are experts in hearing care and hearing loss. They work in a wide variety of settings, from clinics to hospitals to private hearing aid practices.

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Nursing homes and hearing aids: What you need to know

An older man in a nursing home

Nursing home care can be a challenging transition if your loved one has hearing loss or wears hearing aids. Here are some tips for making sure they get the hearing care they need.

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Nursing homes and hearing aids: What you need to know

Nursing home care can be a challenging transition if your loved one has hearing loss or wears hearing aids. Here are some tips for making sure they get the hearing care they need.

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The role of hearing healthcare in hospice

A person laying in a bed.

Hearing loss can affect a hospice patient's quality of care and the connections that are so important with family, medical professionals and caregivers.

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The role of hearing healthcare in hospice

Hearing loss can affect a hospice patient's quality of care and the connections that are so important with family, medical professionals and caregivers.

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Understanding high-frequency hearing loss

Illustration of symptoms of high-frequency hearing loss

If speech seems muffled and you have trouble hearing women's and kid's voices, birds sing or doorbells ring, you may have high-frequency hearing loss. Learn the causes and treatments for this common type of hearing loss.

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Understanding high-frequency hearing loss

If speech seems muffled and you have trouble hearing women's and kid's voices, birds sing or doorbells ring, you may have high-frequency hearing loss. Learn the causes and treatments for this common type of hearing loss.

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What are CROS and BiCROS hearing aids?

Illustration showing how CROS hearing aids deliver sound from a deaf ear to a hearing ear.

For people with severe hearing loss in one ear, devices known as CROS or BiCROS hearing aids are a possible solution. They work by picking up sound in the "bad" ear and transmitting it to the "good" ear.

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What are CROS and BiCROS hearing aids?

For people with severe hearing loss in one ear, devices known as CROS or BiCROS hearing aids are a possible solution. They work by picking up sound in the "bad" ear and transmitting it to the "good" ear.

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How often should I get my hearing tested?

Flowchart explaining how often to get a hearing test

We've all heard of annual physicals and twice-a-year dental appointments, but how often should you get your hearing checked? The answer depends on your current hearing abilities, age, job and other risk factors.

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How often should I get my hearing tested?

We've all heard of annual physicals and twice-a-year dental appointments, but how often should you get your hearing checked? The answer depends on your current hearing abilities, age, job and other risk factors.

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Hearing loss is tiring? I was skeptical—until I took a hearing test

Author Joy Victory before her hearing test.

Even with normal hearing, taking a hearing test can be mentally draining. The experience helped Healthy Hearing Managing Editor Joy Victory understand why hearing loss should always be treated.

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Hearing loss is tiring? I was skeptical—until I took a hearing test

Even with normal hearing, taking a hearing test can be mentally draining. The experience helped Healthy Hearing Managing Editor Joy Victory understand why hearing loss should always be treated.

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What is 'cookie-bite' hearing loss?

Audiogram showing what cookie-bite hearing loss looks like.

Named for how it looks on an audiogram, "cookie-bite" hearing loss means a person struggles to hear mid-range pitches.

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What is 'cookie-bite' hearing loss?

Named for how it looks on an audiogram, "cookie-bite" hearing loss means a person struggles to hear mid-range pitches.

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Super Kena: A girl made fierce with hearing aids

Kena reads the book inspired by her hearing loss journey.

Grandma Becky Cymbaluk wrote the book she couldn't find for her granddaughter, who was born with hearing loss.

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Super Kena: A girl made fierce with hearing aids

Grandma Becky Cymbaluk wrote the book she couldn't find for her granddaughter, who was born with hearing loss.

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Top audiology schools in the United States

A student audiologist gives an exam.

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

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Top audiology schools in the United States

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

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Recommended children's books about hearing loss

A toddler with a hearing aid leafs through a book.

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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Recommended children's books about hearing loss

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

A newborn receives hearing screening in the hospital.

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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Newborn hearing screening

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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Hearing loss in infants

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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Is your hearing loss temporary or permanent?

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

A girl with a hearing aid.

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 aids help kids learn better

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

A child in a classroom

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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How hearing loss affects school performance

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

A child receives an ear exam.

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

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

Two friends taking a walk.

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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Five things you can do to improve your hearing health

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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