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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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Are you a musician with tinnitus? Why it happens and how to cope

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Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, is incredibly common among musicians. Yet many don't discuss, for fear of job repercussions. Learn why it happens and how to get help.

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Are you a musician with tinnitus? Why it happens and how to cope

Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, is incredibly common among musicians. Yet many don't discuss, for fear of job repercussions. Learn why it happens and how to get help.

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Airplanes and ear pain: How to avoid it

Tips for preventing ear pain while flying

Learn about what happens to your ears during air travel and what you can do to prevent pain, discomfort and temporary hearing loss.

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Airplanes and ear pain: How to avoid it

Learn about what happens to your ears during air travel and what you can do to prevent pain, discomfort and temporary hearing loss.

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Optimize your hearing aids for music listening

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Love music and wear hearing aids? Whether you're a musician or a music lover, here's how to optimize your music experience when wearing hearing aids.

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Optimize your hearing aids for music listening

Love music and wear hearing aids? Whether you're a musician or a music lover, here's how to optimize your music experience when wearing hearing aids.

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What is hyperacusis?

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Hyperacusis is defined as an abnormal sensitivity to sounds resulting in pain or discomfort. You may also experience tinnitus and a fluttering sensation in your ears.

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What is hyperacusis?

Hyperacusis is defined as an abnormal sensitivity to sounds resulting in pain or discomfort. You may also experience tinnitus and a fluttering sensation in your ears.

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Hearing aid battery safety

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Small button batteries successfully power your hearing aids; however, they can cause serious injury to people and pets if not handled properly.

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Hearing aid battery safety

Small button batteries successfully power your hearing aids; however, they can cause serious injury to people and pets if not handled properly.

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ADA guidelines and regulations for the hearing impaired

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Here's what you need to know about rights for people with hearing loss, including as an employee, parent or consumer under the Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA.

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ADA guidelines and regulations for the hearing impaired

Here's what you need to know about rights for people with hearing loss, including as an employee, parent or consumer under the Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA.

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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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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

A woman receives a hearing evaluation using teleaudiology.

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?

An older woman puts in her hearing aid.

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

Illustration explaining 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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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

A woman looks at her smartphone and hearing aids.

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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