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Five things you may not know about your hearing

A woman puts in her hearing aids.

Five surprising facts about hearing, ranging from what happens to when sound enters our ears to why hearing loss can actually be exhausting. When it comes to hearing, our ears aren’t the only ones working hard to get the message across.


I have hearing loss. Why do loud sounds startle me?

A woman talks to her audiologist about sound sensitivity.

Find out why some people with hearing loss find certain ranges of sound uncomfortable, startling or even painful, a phenomenon known as recruitment.


How to support someone with tinnitus

A woman hugs a loved one.

Does someone you love have tinnitus? You may feel powerless to help, but good news: You do have the power to help, both directly and indirectly, in ways that actually make a difference.


How loud is too loud?

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Understanding noise levels in your environment can help you prevent hearing loss. Sound is measured in decibels (dB), and if it sounds too loud, it is too loud. Learn how loud noises can put your hearing at risk over time.


'I thought I had cognitive decline, but it was hearing loss'

Concerned that words were not making sense anymore, one man shares how getting hearing aids helped him reconnect to the world.


Why you don’t wear your hearing aids (and why you should)

A woman talks to a friend.

Don’t let all the reasons you don't wear your hearing aids to interfere with your ability to enjoy what life has to offer, especially when you already have the solution. Here's how to put your hearing aids back to work again.


Tinnitus and hearing loss: What’s the connection?

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Most people with tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, also have hearing loss. Noise exposure is often the culprit behind both conditions. Learn more about tinnitus and hearing loss.


My grandmother's love couldn't overcome hearing loss

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Hearing loss can drive a wedge between family members. In our Left Unspoken series, we share one woman's story of trying to bond with her grandmother, in spite of hearing loss that made communication difficult.


How to support someone with hearing loss

How to talk to someone with hearing loss

The best thing you can do if your partner or spouse has hearing loss is be a strong support for them and encourage them to seek help. Learning communication tips will also go a long way.


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.


I hate my hearing aids. What do I do?

A woman with a hearing aid talks to a friend.

Hate your new hearing aids? That's a pretty common reaction, but don't give up. Here's how to learn how to love them instead.


Microtia and atresia: When ears don't develop fully

baby with microtia and atresia

Microtia is a rare birth defect that affects the external ears. It also can cause hearing loss and generally requires ongoing medical care from an ENT and an audiologist.


Why anxiety often accompanies balance disorders, and what to do about it

A dizzy woman copes with an anxiety attack.

Chronic vertigo, dizziness, and disequilibrium are often caused by vestibular disorders and tend to go hand in hand with anxiety. Here's how to get a handle on both.


Causes of sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL)

A woman struggles to hear a friend speaking.

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


Ten questions to ask your hearing health professional

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Use these ten questions to start the dialogue with your hearing healthcare professional at your initial hearing evaluation.


Shooter's ear: Hearing loss caused by gunfire

A woman shoots skeet.

For shooting and hunting enthusiasts, even one unprotected blast of gunfire can cause permanent damage. Over time, a condition known as "shooter's ear" can develop. Find out how to protect your hearing when you shoot.


How to remove ear wax from your hearing aids

Demonstration of how to use earwax guards on a hearing aid.

Earwax build-up is a common cause of hearing aid malfunction. Using these tips for keeping hearing aids clean of ear wax can help prevent unnecessary clinic visits and frustrating hearing aid repairs.


Understanding the various parts of a hearing aid

Illustration of a hearing aid

Becoming familiar with the various parts of your hearing aid can help reduce repair costs and prolong the life of your device.


October is Audiology Awareness Month

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The American Academy of Audiology started Audiology Awareness Month in 2008 as a means of bringing awareness to hearing health and the importance of hearing protection.


Why you shouldn't clean your ears with a cotton swab or Q-Tip

Illustration explaining how to clean your ears

Even if you have very waxy ears, don't attempt to clean them until you read this.


How I manage Meniere's symptoms with a low-sodium diet

Tips for managing Meniere's with a low-salt diet

Tips for transitioning to a low-sodium diet to help you get a handle on your Meniere's symptoms.


Why two hearing aids are better than one

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Wearing two hearing aids makes sense if you have hearing loss in both ears. Here are all the reasons why two is better than one.


Should you try acupuncture for hearing loss or tinnitus?

Image of an ear with acupuncture needles, and the question

Although Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners have been using acupuncture to treat hearing loss and deafness for centuries, most medical professionals caution that further study is required.


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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