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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Five things you can do to improve your hearing health

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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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Hearing aids and tax time

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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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Five common fears of wearing hearing aids

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Are you or someone you love afraid to wear hearing aids? Don't let these common fears stand in the way of better hearing—and better health.

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Five common fears of wearing hearing aids

Are you or someone you love afraid to wear hearing aids? Don't let these common fears stand in the way of better hearing—and better health.

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Do you have hearing loss? How to protect your residual hearing and why it matters

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If you have hearing loss, your remaining natural hearing, or residual hearing, refers to how well you can hear without the use of hearing aids. While you may feel like it doesn't matter now that you have hearing loss, it's actually in your best interest to try your hardest to protect your residual hearing throughout your lifetime. 

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Do you have hearing loss? How to protect your residual hearing and why it matters

If you have hearing loss, your remaining natural hearing, or residual hearing, refers to how well you can hear without the use of hearing aids. While you may feel like it doesn't matter now that you have hearing loss, it's actually in your best interest to try your hardest to protect your residual hearing throughout your lifetime. 

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Is it safe to see an audiologist or hearing care provider during the pandemic? A checklist

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Tired of dealing with hearing loss and ready to get help? During the pandemic, many hearing care practices have been re-imagining patient care and office protocols to ensure your safety. 

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Is it safe to see an audiologist or hearing care provider during the pandemic? A checklist

Tired of dealing with hearing loss and ready to get help? During the pandemic, many hearing care practices have been re-imagining patient care and office protocols to ensure your safety. 

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How do I get water out of my ears?

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Did you go swimming and now water is stuck in your ears? It happens to some people more than others. Learn why it happens and what to do about it.

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How do I get water out of my ears?

Did you go swimming and now water is stuck in your ears? It happens to some people more than others. Learn why it happens and what to do about it.

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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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Low-cost solar-powered hearing aids fill a need in developing countries

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Solar Ear is a low-cost hearing aid that gets a charge from solar-powered batteries and brings hope to hundreds of thousands of hearing impaired people in the developing world.

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Low-cost solar-powered hearing aids fill a need in developing countries

Solar Ear is a low-cost hearing aid that gets a charge from solar-powered batteries and brings hope to hundreds of thousands of hearing impaired people in the developing world.

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Working remotely with hearing loss: Tips for virtual meetings

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Working from home presents special challenges for people with hearing loss, especially virtual meetings. Poor sound quality and a spotty internet connection can make the experience downright frustrating.

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Working remotely with hearing loss: Tips for virtual meetings

Working from home presents special challenges for people with hearing loss, especially virtual meetings. Poor sound quality and a spotty internet connection can make the experience downright frustrating.

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What is person-centered hearing care?

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Person-centered care (PPC) in hearing health ensures that people are equal and active partners in the management of their hearing difficulties.

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What is person-centered hearing care?

Person-centered care (PPC) in hearing health ensures that people are equal and active partners in the management of their hearing difficulties.

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Managing tinnitus in times of great stress

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Life got you stressed to the max? Is your tinnitus flaring up? Here are five things you can do to reduce some of the increased anxiety and better cope with your tinnitus in the days to come.

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Managing tinnitus in times of great stress

Life got you stressed to the max? Is your tinnitus flaring up? Here are five things you can do to reduce some of the increased anxiety and better cope with your tinnitus in the days to come.

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Universal signs for hearing loss

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To help people who are deaf or hearing impaired, common signs and symbols are used to indicate if a location has assistive technology, such as closed captioning or loop induction systems.

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Universal signs for hearing loss

To help people who are deaf or hearing impaired, common signs and symbols are used to indicate if a location has assistive technology, such as closed captioning or loop induction systems.

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Understanding your audiogram results

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An audiogram is a graph or chart that displays the results of your hearing test. Initially, it might look like a bunch of indecipherable lines and symbols. But once you learn how to read and interpret your audiogram, you will better understand your hearing loss.

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Understanding your audiogram results

An audiogram is a graph or chart that displays the results of your hearing test. Initially, it might look like a bunch of indecipherable lines and symbols. But once you learn how to read and interpret your audiogram, you will better understand your hearing loss.

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What is otosclerosis?

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Otosclerosis occurs when a small bone in the middle ear becomes stuck, limiting its ability to vibrate and conduct sound. It can cause hearing loss, dizziness and tinnitus.

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What is otosclerosis?

Otosclerosis occurs when a small bone in the middle ear becomes stuck, limiting its ability to vibrate and conduct sound. It can cause hearing loss, dizziness and tinnitus.

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Meet real-life superhero teen 'Battlin' Braden,' who has raised $114,000 in hearing aid donations

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The Fort Worth teenager is on a mission to raise money for those who cannot afford hearing devices.

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Meet real-life superhero teen 'Battlin' Braden,' who has raised $114,000 in hearing aid donations

The Fort Worth teenager is on a mission to raise money for those who cannot afford hearing devices.

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Coping techniques to prevent tinnitus and anticipatory anxiety

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Most tinnitus coping strategies are meant to be used reactively, after a difficult moment has occurred. But it's just as important to develop techniques that help you establish routines to head off tinnitus and anticipatory anxiety before they start.

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Coping techniques to prevent tinnitus and anticipatory anxiety

Most tinnitus coping strategies are meant to be used reactively, after a difficult moment has occurred. But it's just as important to develop techniques that help you establish routines to head off tinnitus and anticipatory anxiety before they start.

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Is there a relationship between BPPV and Meniere's disease?

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Both benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) and Meniere's disease can both cause bouts of severe dizziness and vertigo, but are the two conditions related?

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Is there a relationship between BPPV and Meniere's disease?

Both benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) and Meniere's disease can both cause bouts of severe dizziness and vertigo, but are the two conditions related?

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Understanding the degrees of hearing loss

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Understanding the results of your hearing test, or audiogram, can help you determine what type of hearing loss and degree of hearing loss you are experiencing.

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Understanding the degrees of hearing loss

Understanding the results of your hearing test, or audiogram, can help you determine what type of hearing loss and degree of hearing loss you are experiencing.

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Guide to coping with hearing aid feedback

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Hearing aid feedback 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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Guide to coping with hearing aid feedback

Hearing aid feedback 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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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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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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10 common myths about tinnitus

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When it comes to tinnitus, can you separate fact from fiction? Dispelling these top 10 myths will help get your tinnitus under control faster.

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10 common myths about tinnitus

When it comes to tinnitus, can you separate fact from fiction? Dispelling these top 10 myths will help get your tinnitus under control faster.

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At 89 years old, my father finally got hearing aids—and his life was transformed

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After three bike accidents in a row, the writing was on the wall: My father's hearing loss was making him unsafe, not to mention depressed, and increasingly isolated. The good news? Hearing aids rapidly improved his life for the better.

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At 89 years old, my father finally got hearing aids—and his life was transformed

After three bike accidents in a row, the writing was on the wall: My father's hearing loss was making him unsafe, not to mention depressed, and increasingly isolated. The good news? Hearing aids rapidly improved his life for the better.

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Vitamins and hearing health

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Vitamins play an important role in keeping us healthy, but do any specifically protect our hearing? Here's what the research says.

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Vitamins and hearing health

Vitamins play an important role in keeping us healthy, but do any specifically protect our hearing? Here's what the research says.

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