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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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How we hear: A step-by-step explanation

Diagram of the outer, middle and inner ear

Ever wondered how we hear? It's a fascinating process in which sound waves are converted into electrical impulses that travel to the brain. Here's a step-by-step breakdown of the process and where things can go wrong, leading to hearing loss.

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How we hear: A step-by-step explanation

Ever wondered how we hear? It's a fascinating process in which sound waves are converted into electrical impulses that travel to the brain. Here's a step-by-step breakdown of the process and where things can go wrong, leading to hearing loss.

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Tips for exercising with hearing aids

Infographic with three reasons to wear hearing aids while exercising.

Working out and exercising with hearing loss is made a whole lot easier when you wear hearing aids, but there are some precautions to keep in mind.

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Tips for exercising with hearing aids

Working out and exercising with hearing loss is made a whole lot easier when you wear hearing aids, but there are some precautions to keep in mind.

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Does hearing loss get worse over time?

A side profile of a woman wearing a hearing aid

Hearing loss can indeed be progressive, meaning it gets worse over time. Find out if this applies to you and what to do about it.

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Does hearing loss get worse over time?

Hearing loss can indeed be progressive, meaning it gets worse over time. Find out if this applies to you and what to do about it.

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Why you should learn sign language

Two women communicate using ASL.

Whether you teach your baby to sign or learn ASL to communicate with a deaf friend or family member, you are using a full-bodied form of communication that will enhance your relationship as it improves your mind and spirit.

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Why you should learn sign language

Whether you teach your baby to sign or learn ASL to communicate with a deaf friend or family member, you are using a full-bodied form of communication that will enhance your relationship as it improves your mind and spirit.

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102-year-old WWII veteran receives cochlear implant

Irvin Poff, who is 102 and received a cochlear implant to help him hear.

Irvin Poff's profound hearing loss, compounded by mask-wearing mandates during the pandemic, led him to answer a magazine ad promoting cochlear implant surgery.

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102-year-old WWII veteran receives cochlear implant

Irvin Poff's profound hearing loss, compounded by mask-wearing mandates during the pandemic, led him to answer a magazine ad promoting cochlear implant surgery.

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Why do my ears feel clogged?

Infographic showing four common reasons ears may be clogged.

We explain some of the most common reasons why your ears feel clogged and why it’s important to have your hearing evaluated by a professional when they do.

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Why do my ears feel clogged?

We explain some of the most common reasons why your ears feel clogged and why it’s important to have your hearing evaluated by a professional when they do.

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Hearing loss in young adults

A young woman receives a hearing exam.

Hearing loss in younger adults presents slightly different challenges then older adults, such as navigating jobs, parenting, and dating.

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Hearing loss in young adults

Hearing loss in younger adults presents slightly different challenges then older adults, such as navigating jobs, parenting, and dating.

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What is temporary threshold shift? 

A woman grips her ear. Includes facts about temporary threshold shift.

Ever get muffled or funny hearing after attending a loud event? That's a phenomenon known as temporary threshold shift, and it's a sign you have damaged your hearing.

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What is temporary threshold shift? 

Ever get muffled or funny hearing after attending a loud event? That's a phenomenon known as temporary threshold shift, and it's a sign you have damaged your hearing.

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What the research says about caffeine, hearing loss and tinnitus

A woman sits at a work desk drinking coffee.

We take a look at the research on caffeine and its impact on hearing loss, tinnitus and Meniere's disease. Overall, normal caffeine consumption doesn't appear to be harmful.

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What the research says about caffeine, hearing loss and tinnitus

We take a look at the research on caffeine and its impact on hearing loss, tinnitus and Meniere's disease. Overall, normal caffeine consumption doesn't appear to be harmful.

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Hearing loss and dementia: How are they related?

Infographic discussing three key facts about hearing loss and dementia

Learn more about the link between hearing loss and cognitive impairments and dementia, and if hearing aids can help.

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Hearing loss and dementia: How are they related?

Learn more about the link between hearing loss and cognitive impairments and dementia, and if hearing aids can help.

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Finding the right earplugs for you

Two types of earplugs

If you’re surrounded by loud noises, take a small step to safeguard your hearing by wearing earplugs.

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Finding the right earplugs for you

If you’re surrounded by loud noises, take a small step to safeguard your hearing by wearing earplugs.

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Causes and treatments for temporary hearing loss

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A number of conditions can cause temporary hearing loss, and each has its own treatment. In most cases, temporary hearing loss is easily treated and has no lasting effects.

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Causes and treatments for temporary hearing loss

A number of conditions can cause temporary hearing loss, and each has its own treatment. In most cases, temporary hearing loss is easily treated and has no lasting effects.

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Can exercise cause hearing loss or tinnitus?

Illustration explaining how exercise can damage hearing.

Exercise is beneficial to the body and mind, but find out why heavy exertion paired with loud music can lead to hearing loss or tinnitus. 

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Can exercise cause hearing loss or tinnitus?

Exercise is beneficial to the body and mind, but find out why heavy exertion paired with loud music can lead to hearing loss or tinnitus. 

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What are hearing aid settings? And how do I customize mine?

An infographic describing what hearing aid settings are and how to customize them.

Hearing aids come with default settings, but your hearing care provider can also set up custom programs, such as music listening or for driving in a car.

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What are hearing aid settings? And how do I customize mine?

Hearing aids come with default settings, but your hearing care provider can also set up custom programs, such as music listening or for driving in a car.

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I can hear, just not clearly. Do I have hearing loss?

A woman struggles to hear her friend speaking.

Do you feel like you can hear but not understand words? This may mean you have high-frequency hearing loss--or even something unrelated, like an auditory processing problem.

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I can hear, just not clearly. Do I have hearing loss?

Do you feel like you can hear but not understand words? This may mean you have high-frequency hearing loss--or even something unrelated, like an auditory processing problem.

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Why hearing loss increases your risk of falling, and what to do about it

An infographic describing facts about hearing loss and the risk of falling, especially among older adults.

Research strongly links hearing loss to an increased risk of falling. Hearing aids and other preventive measures can help lower your risk.

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Why hearing loss increases your risk of falling, and what to do about it

Research strongly links hearing loss to an increased risk of falling. Hearing aids and other preventive measures can help lower your risk.

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Children's headphone use puts them at risk of early-onset hearing loss, experts say

A little girl wears headphones as she completes schoolwork.

Headphone and earbud use soared during the pandemic, especially among children remote learning. But this may lead to widespread hearing loss among kids, who have especially sensitive hearing.

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Children's headphone use puts them at risk of early-onset hearing loss, experts say

Headphone and earbud use soared during the pandemic, especially among children remote learning. But this may lead to widespread hearing loss among kids, who have especially sensitive hearing.

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Here's why you may want to try auditory training to help with hearing loss

A woman plays an auditory training game on her smartphone.

As easy as playing a game on your smartphone or tablet, auditory training helps you improve your hearing skills by honing "brain hearing" skills such as auditory processing speed and working memory.

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Here's why you may want to try auditory training to help with hearing loss

As easy as playing a game on your smartphone or tablet, auditory training helps you improve your hearing skills by honing "brain hearing" skills such as auditory processing speed and working memory.

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5 benefits of learning to lipread when you’re hard of hearing 

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 learning to lipread when you’re hard of hearing 

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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New hearing aids? FAQs for (nearly) all you need to know

Illustration stating: Frequently asked questions about new hearing aids

Did you or a loved one recently get a new pair of hearing aids? Congrats! You likely have some questions about how they work, why you need them, and how to take care of them. After all, they weren't cheap and you want them to last! An FAQ for nearly all you need to know about hearing aids.

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New hearing aids? FAQs for (nearly) all you need to know

Did you or a loved one recently get a new pair of hearing aids? Congrats! You likely have some questions about how they work, why you need them, and how to take care of them. After all, they weren't cheap and you want them to last! An FAQ for nearly all you need to know about hearing aids.

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Tinnitus spikes: solving a difficult problem

Illustration explaining the various triggers for tinnitus spikes.

Tinnitus spikes can be one of the most frustrating experiences of your life. Learn why they happen and how to get a handle on them from a tinnitus coach.

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Tinnitus spikes: solving a difficult problem

Tinnitus spikes can be one of the most frustrating experiences of your life. Learn why they happen and how to get a handle on them from a tinnitus coach.

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Kids and swim ear plugs: What you need to know

A girl swims with ear plugs in her ears.

Does your child need swim ear plugs? Here's what you need to know to keep his ears healthy and make a decision that's right for you.

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Kids and swim ear plugs: What you need to know

Does your child need swim ear plugs? Here's what you need to know to keep his ears healthy and make a decision that's right for you.

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Sudden hearing loss in one ear

Woman with sudden deafness in one ear.

If you experience sudden hearing loss, get help fast to improve your chances of regaining your hearing.

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Sudden hearing loss in one ear

If you experience sudden hearing loss, get help fast to improve your chances of regaining your hearing.

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What is swimmer's ear?

Kids swimming underwater in a pool.

Swimmer's ear can lead to pain and temporary hearing loss. Find out what swimmer's ear is, its symptoms and how it's treated here.

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What is swimmer's ear?

Swimmer's ear can lead to pain and temporary hearing loss. Find out what swimmer's ear is, its symptoms and how it's treated here.

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