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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Face masks, hearing loss and hearing aids

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Social distancing, face masks and other changes from the COVID-19 pandemic make communication harder for all of us. This is especially true for people with hearing loss. What can you do?

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Face masks, hearing loss and hearing aids

Social distancing, face masks and other changes from the COVID-19 pandemic make communication harder for all of us. This is especially true for people with hearing loss. What can you do?

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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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Mild hearing loss

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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Spring allergies and weather changes: Are your ears ready?

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Springtime brings barometric pressure changes, seasonal allergies and wet weather—all of which can impact people who wear hearing aids.

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Spring allergies and weather changes: Are your ears ready?

Springtime brings barometric pressure changes, seasonal allergies and wet weather—all of which can impact people who wear hearing aids.

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Hearing loss statistics at a glance

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The latest hearing loss and hearing aid facts and statistics among hearing impaired Americans, including kids, older adults, veterans and more.

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Hearing loss statistics at a glance

The latest hearing loss and hearing aid facts and statistics among hearing impaired Americans, including kids, older adults, veterans and more.

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Hearing loss and anxiety: What's the connection?

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Struggling to hear is an anxiety-inducing experience, since it can make you feel vulnerable. So can coming to terms with hearing loss and wearing hearing aids. Fortunately, if your hearing loss is making you anxious, treatment can help.

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Hearing loss and anxiety: What's the connection?

Struggling to hear is an anxiety-inducing experience, since it can make you feel vulnerable. So can coming to terms with hearing loss and wearing hearing aids. Fortunately, if your hearing loss is making you anxious, treatment can help.

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Why do my ears itch and what can I do about it?

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Itchy ears can be annoying but they shouldn’t prevent you from wearing your hearing devices as prescribed.

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Why do my ears itch and what can I do about it?

Itchy ears can be annoying but they shouldn’t prevent you from wearing your hearing devices as prescribed.

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Can I get workers' compensation for hearing loss?

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If your hearing is damaged on the job, you may be entitled to workers' compensation to help cover the cost of hearing aids and other treatments.

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Can I get workers' compensation for hearing loss?

If your hearing is damaged on the job, you may be entitled to workers' compensation to help cover the cost of hearing aids and other treatments.

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Amplified stethoscopes assist healthcare workers who have hearing loss

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Medical professionals with hearing loss often struggle with stethoscope use. Fortunately, there are devices and modifications to make it easier to hear, such as amplified stethoscopes.

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Amplified stethoscopes assist healthcare workers who have hearing loss

Medical professionals with hearing loss often struggle with stethoscope use. Fortunately, there are devices and modifications to make it easier to hear, such as amplified stethoscopes.

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Tinnitus supplements: Helpful or harmful?

Tinnitus supplements: Worth the price?

Curious about dietary supplements for tinnitus? If you have persistent ringing in the ears, it's natural that you'd be on the hunt for anything that helps. But it's buyer beware.

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Tinnitus supplements: Helpful or harmful?

Curious about dietary supplements for tinnitus? If you have persistent ringing in the ears, it's natural that you'd be on the hunt for anything that helps. But it's buyer beware.

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Need an audiologist but can't travel? Telehealth may be an option

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There’s a whole new way to communicate with an audiologist: by video. Known as telehealth audiology, it's growing in popularity for rural or housebound patients.

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Need an audiologist but can't travel? Telehealth may be an option

There’s a whole new way to communicate with an audiologist: by video. Known as telehealth audiology, it's growing in popularity for rural or housebound patients.

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Can menopause cause hearing loss and tinnitus?

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If you're nearing your "menopausal" years, you may be wondering if natural hormonal changes -- or hormonal therapy -- will have any affect on your hearing. It's an emerging area of research with some surprising results, it turns out.

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Can menopause cause hearing loss and tinnitus?

If you're nearing your "menopausal" years, you may be wondering if natural hormonal changes -- or hormonal therapy -- will have any affect on your hearing. It's an emerging area of research with some surprising results, it turns out.

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Hearing aids with artificial intelligence

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Premium hearing aids use artificial intelligence like machine learning and deep neural networks to help process sound. Learn why this is a significant improvement for people with hearing loss.

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Hearing aids with artificial intelligence

Premium hearing aids use artificial intelligence like machine learning and deep neural networks to help process sound. Learn why this is a significant improvement for people with hearing loss.

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Apps and games to keep hearing sharp

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Did you know there's a wealth of hearing training apps, software and programs to exercise your ears and improve your hearing health? We've compiled some of our top picks.

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Apps and games to keep hearing sharp

Did you know there's a wealth of hearing training apps, software and programs to exercise your ears and improve your hearing health? We've compiled some of our top picks.

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Drinking and hearing loss

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You might know the health risks associated with heavy drinking, but it may surprise you to know it can also harm your hearing and balance. Learn more and know when to seek help.

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Drinking and hearing loss

You might know the health risks associated with heavy drinking, but it may surprise you to know it can also harm your hearing and balance. Learn more and know when to seek help.

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Hearing aid use increases among older Americans, but racial disparities persist

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A new study shows that more Americans are using hearing aids but the improvement isn't equal among all socioeconomic groups. A look at why and one solution aimed at Hispanic older adults with hearing loss.

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Hearing aid use increases among older Americans, but racial disparities persist

A new study shows that more Americans are using hearing aids but the improvement isn't equal among all socioeconomic groups. A look at why and one solution aimed at Hispanic older adults with hearing loss.

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Understanding auditory deprivation: Why untreated hearing loss is bad for your brain

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Hearing loss is a type of sensory deprivation known as auditory deprivation. When the brain is deprived of sounds for too long -- such as with untreated hearing loss -- the auditory pathways can weaken and atrophy, making it even harder to hear.

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Understanding auditory deprivation: Why untreated hearing loss is bad for your brain

Hearing loss is a type of sensory deprivation known as auditory deprivation. When the brain is deprived of sounds for too long -- such as with untreated hearing loss -- the auditory pathways can weaken and atrophy, making it even harder to hear.

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Can you restore your lost hearing?

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Is there a way to quickly and easily restore hearing levels to normal, especially for sensorineural hearing loss? A look at common ear surgeries, drugs and herbal remedies.

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Can you restore your lost hearing?

Is there a way to quickly and easily restore hearing levels to normal, especially for sensorineural hearing loss? A look at common ear surgeries, drugs and herbal remedies.

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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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Tinnitus coping strategies for negative thoughts and rumination

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Here's how to break the chain of rumination that can occur when you have chronic tinnitus, or ringing in the ears. Once you understand why it's happening, you can start to fight back.

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Tinnitus coping strategies for negative thoughts and rumination

Here's how to break the chain of rumination that can occur when you have chronic tinnitus, or ringing in the ears. Once you understand why it's happening, you can start to fight back.

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Websites and blogs about hearing loss and tinnitus

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Looking for websites, support groups or forums to connect with other people who have hearing loss or hearing impairment? Here are some of the top websites we follow for insights into hearing loss and tinnitus, as well as patient perspectives.

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Websites and blogs about hearing loss and tinnitus

Looking for websites, support groups or forums to connect with other people who have hearing loss or hearing impairment? Here are some of the top websites we follow for insights into hearing loss and tinnitus, as well as patient perspectives.

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New device helps hearing-impaired feel sounds in their environment

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A new device that turns sound into dynamic patterns of vibrations is helping those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing feel sound on their skin.

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New device helps hearing-impaired feel sounds in their environment

A new device that turns sound into dynamic patterns of vibrations is helping those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing feel sound on their skin.

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Hearing loss in the workplace

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Got hearing loss or worried your job might be damaging your hearing? Find out all about hearing loss and employment, wearing hearing aids at work, and what your rights are as an employee.

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Hearing loss in the workplace

Got hearing loss or worried your job might be damaging your hearing? Find out all about hearing loss and employment, wearing hearing aids at work, and what your rights are as an employee.

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Communication tips for talking to people with hearing loss

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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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Communication tips for talking to people with hearing loss

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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Age-related hearing loss

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Presbycusis can sneak up on you and affects your ability to hear. If left untreated, this form of age-related hearing loss can cause additional health problems such as anxiety, depression and social isolation.

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Age-related hearing loss

Presbycusis can sneak up on you and affects your ability to hear. If left untreated, this form of age-related hearing loss can cause additional health problems such as anxiety, depression and social isolation.

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