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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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Will OTC hearing aids help with tinnitus?

Infographic explaining the difference between OTC and prescription hearing aids for tinnitus.

If you have tinnitus, you may be wondering if OTC hearing aids are good idea. Find out what experts recommend.

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Will OTC hearing aids help with tinnitus?

If you have tinnitus, you may be wondering if OTC hearing aids are good idea. Find out what experts recommend.

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

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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What are white, pink and brown noises?

Infographic explaining the sounds of white noise, pink noise and brown noise.

Listening to broadband sounds like white, pink and brown noise can be a soothing way to mask a noisy environment when you sleep or need to focus. Generally harmless, they may not be a good fit for people with tinnitus.

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What are white, pink and brown noises?

Listening to broadband sounds like white, pink and brown noise can be a soothing way to mask a noisy environment when you sleep or need to focus. Generally harmless, they may not be a good fit for people with tinnitus.

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5 benefits of lipreading when you have hearing loss

A woman with a hearing listens and watches a friend as she talks.

If you have hearing loss, lipreading and speechreading are important tools in your communication toolbox. They also come with added benefits you might have not considered.

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5 benefits of lipreading when you have hearing loss

If you have hearing loss, lipreading and speechreading are important tools in your communication toolbox. They also come with added benefits you might have not considered.

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Can my pharmacist help me with OTC hearing aids?

A pharmacist talks to a customer.

Now that hearing aids are available over the counter, you may be thinking of trying them. But what if you need assistance selecting or adjusting OTC hearing aids? Can your pharmacist help?

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Can my pharmacist help me with OTC hearing aids?

Now that hearing aids are available over the counter, you may be thinking of trying them. But what if you need assistance selecting or adjusting OTC hearing aids? Can your pharmacist help?

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Hearing aids and tax time

A man tries out hearing aids

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

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Hearing aids and tax time

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

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I have hearing loss. Should I wear a medical ID bracelet?

The medical ID bracelet worn by a woman with cochlear implants.

Here's why people with hearing loss or deafness may want to wear a medical ID bracelet to inform first responders of any key medical conditions in the event of an emergency.

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I have hearing loss. Should I wear a medical ID bracelet?

Here's why people with hearing loss or deafness may want to wear a medical ID bracelet to inform first responders of any key medical conditions in the event of an emergency.

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I lost my hearing suddenly due to Ramsay Hunt syndrome. Here’s what I learned.

Carmen Cusido displays her hearing aid for mid-range hearing loss.

One woman shares her story of losing her hearing in one ear from Ramsay Hunt syndrome, a complication of the shingles virus that can cause facial paralysis, tinnitus and hearing loss.

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I lost my hearing suddenly due to Ramsay Hunt syndrome. Here’s what I learned.

One woman shares her story of losing her hearing in one ear from Ramsay Hunt syndrome, a complication of the shingles virus that can cause facial paralysis, tinnitus and hearing loss.

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Experimental hearing loss drug fails to show benefit in clinical trial

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Frequency Therapeutics halted its clinical trials for the experimental hearing loss drug FX-322 due to disappointing clinical trials results.

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Experimental hearing loss drug fails to show benefit in clinical trial

Frequency Therapeutics halted its clinical trials for the experimental hearing loss drug FX-322 due to disappointing clinical trials results.

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What are hearing loops and hearing aid telecoils?

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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What are hearing loops and hearing aid telecoils?

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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Your home's acoustics may be making it harder to hear

Infographic with tips for improving your home's acoustics

Bad room acoustics can make it harder to hear, but a few simple decor changes can boost sound quality. Think: Sound-absorbing materials.

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Your home's acoustics may be making it harder to hear

Bad room acoustics can make it harder to hear, but a few simple decor changes can boost sound quality. Think: Sound-absorbing materials.

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What is real ear measurement?

A man with real ear measurement equipment in his ear.

Real ear measurement is a way of verifying that your new hearing aids are providing the correct level of amplification. It's a simple, painless test.

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What is real ear measurement?

Real ear measurement is a way of verifying that your new hearing aids are providing the correct level of amplification. It's a simple, painless test.

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Is your dizziness from labyrinthitis, BPPV or Meniere's? How to know

Infographic that compares the symptoms of labyrinthitis, BPPV and Meniere's disease.

Labyrinthitis, BPPV and Meniere’s disease are all inner ear disorders that cause dizziness. Here's how to tell them apart.

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Is your dizziness from labyrinthitis, BPPV or Meniere's? How to know

Labyrinthitis, BPPV and Meniere’s disease are all inner ear disorders that cause dizziness. Here's how to tell them apart.

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Tinnitus keeping you up at night? Try these 11 tips

A wide-awake woman copes with insomnia.

Got tinnitus and struggling to sleep? You're not alone! Ringing in the ears can make it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep. These 11 tips can help you get a better night's rest.

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Tinnitus keeping you up at night? Try these 11 tips

Got tinnitus and struggling to sleep? You're not alone! Ringing in the ears can make it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep. These 11 tips can help you get a better night's rest.

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Why are my hearing aids whistling?

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Hearing aid feedback and whistling isn’t harmful, but it can be annoying and embarrassing. Here are a few things you can try to fix to the problem.

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Why are my hearing aids whistling?

Hearing aid feedback and whistling isn’t harmful, but it can be annoying and embarrassing. Here are a few things you can try to fix to the problem.

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Causes of sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL)

A man struggles to hear a friend talking.

Learn about the many different causes of sensorineural hearing loss, the most common type of hearing loss.

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Causes of sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL)

Learn about the many different causes of sensorineural hearing loss, the most common type of hearing loss.

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Shingles and hearing loss: What we know

Infographic explaining Shingrix, the shingles vaccine, lowers risk of complications from infection.

Thanks to changes in Medicare, the Shingrix vaccine is now free for almost all older Americans. Vaccination dramatically lowers your risk of not just a painful rash, but also complications like hearing loss and vertigo.

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Shingles and hearing loss: What we know

Thanks to changes in Medicare, the Shingrix vaccine is now free for almost all older Americans. Vaccination dramatically lowers your risk of not just a painful rash, but also complications like hearing loss and vertigo.

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Diplacusis: Understanding 'double' hearing

Infographic showing types of diplacusis.

Sometimes called "double hearing," diplacusis is a form of hearing loss that causes our ears to hear sounds so differently it creates a disturbing two-sound experience.

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Diplacusis: Understanding 'double' hearing

Sometimes called "double hearing," diplacusis is a form of hearing loss that causes our ears to hear sounds so differently it creates a disturbing two-sound experience.

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Hearing loss in babies and infants

Illustration explaining infant hearing loss symptoms

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

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Hearing loss in babies and infants

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

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Cognitive screening: Coming soon to a hearing aid clinic near you?

A Cognivue cognitive screening machine.

Hearing loss and dementia can overlap, and sometimes even mimic each other. Tools like the Cognivue cognitive screener help patients get a snapshot look at overall cognitive health, like reaction time and memory.

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Cognitive screening: Coming soon to a hearing aid clinic near you?

Hearing loss and dementia can overlap, and sometimes even mimic each other. Tools like the Cognivue cognitive screener help patients get a snapshot look at overall cognitive health, like reaction time and memory.

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Mumps and hearing loss

The MMR vaccine

The viral infection known as mumps can lead to hearing loss. If your child experiences hearing loss after mumps, schedule an appointment with a hearing healthcare professional as soon as possible.

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Mumps and hearing loss

The viral infection known as mumps can lead to hearing loss. If your child experiences hearing loss after mumps, schedule an appointment with a hearing healthcare professional as soon as possible.

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How to spot an OTC hearing aid scam

Infographic explaining tips to avoid getting scammed when buying OTC hearing aids online.

To avoid getting scammed, ask these six key questions when you're shopping for hearing aids online.

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How to spot an OTC hearing aid scam

To avoid getting scammed, ask these six key questions when you're shopping for hearing aids online.

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Using meditation for tinnitus - my success story

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As a longtime sufferer of tinnitus, meditation changed everything for me. And if you are suffering from tinnitus, I believe it could possibly change everything for you, too.

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Using meditation for tinnitus - my success story

As a longtime sufferer of tinnitus, meditation changed everything for me. And if you are suffering from tinnitus, I believe it could possibly change everything for you, too.

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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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