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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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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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Facing the fear of hearing loss due to Meniere’s disease

A woman grapples with an attack of Meniere's disease.

Living with Meniere's disease means living with the constant threat of hearing loss. How do you overcome the fear and learn to accept what you can't always control?

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Facing the fear of hearing loss due to Meniere’s disease

Living with Meniere's disease means living with the constant threat of hearing loss. How do you overcome the fear and learn to accept what you can't always control?

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Prince's longtime keyboardist shares journey to hearing aids

Infographic with a quote from Dr. Matt Fink, who played in Prince's The Revolution band as a keyboardist and now wears hearing iads.

After many years of playing in Prince's band, Grammy-award winning musician Matt Fink now wears hearing aids to help him hear better. "I find that other musicians I know who are in dire need of hearing aids are not getting them yet,” Fink says.

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Prince's longtime keyboardist shares journey to hearing aids

After many years of playing in Prince's band, Grammy-award winning musician Matt Fink now wears hearing aids to help him hear better. "I find that other musicians I know who are in dire need of hearing aids are not getting them yet,” Fink says.

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I got hearing aids in my 30s. Here's what I learned.

A quote about one woman's experience getting hearing aids.

How hearing aids helped me transform from a bookish girl to a social adult, fully participating in gatherings and work events.

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I got hearing aids in my 30s. Here's what I learned.

How hearing aids helped me transform from a bookish girl to a social adult, fully participating in gatherings and work events.

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My experience trying out CROS hearing aids for single-sided deafness

Images showing CROS hearing aids

My experience wearing a CROS hearing aid to help with my single-sided deafness. Ultimately, I decided the device's disadvantages outweighed its advantages.

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My experience trying out CROS hearing aids for single-sided deafness

My experience wearing a CROS hearing aid to help with my single-sided deafness. Ultimately, I decided the device's disadvantages outweighed its advantages.

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My hearing loss is worse in one ear. Should I be concerned?

An example of asymmetrical hearing loss, as seen on an audiogram.

While a little bit of variation in hearing abilities between the ears is normal, "asymmetric" hearing loss could indicate an underlying medical condition. Learn more about uneven hearing loss between the ears.

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My hearing loss is worse in one ear. Should I be concerned?

While a little bit of variation in hearing abilities between the ears is normal, "asymmetric" hearing loss could indicate an underlying medical condition. Learn more about uneven hearing loss between the ears.

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Hearing aids and background noise

A man in a busy airport

Modern hearing aids have lots to help reduce the burden of noisy background environments. But you can also improve your ability to hear speech in noise by using assistive listening devices and methods like auditory training.

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Hearing aids and background noise

Modern hearing aids have lots to help reduce the burden of noisy background environments. But you can also improve your ability to hear speech in noise by using assistive listening devices and methods like auditory training.

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Ear pain: Why it happens

Illustration explaining the most common causes of ear pain, from infection to headaches.

Got ear pain? From teeth grinding to infections to going on a flight, there are several reasons why your ears may hurt.

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Ear pain: Why it happens

Got ear pain? From teeth grinding to infections to going on a flight, there are several reasons why your ears may hurt.

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5 quality of life hacks for tinnitus sufferers

A woman puts in earplugs.

Living with tinnitus is a challenge, but there are lots of helpful life hacks you can do right now to improve quality of life with tinnitus.

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5 quality of life hacks for tinnitus sufferers

Living with tinnitus is a challenge, but there are lots of helpful life hacks you can do right now to improve quality of life with tinnitus.

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How to clean your ears safely

Infographic explaining the three most common ways ears can be cleaned at the doctor's office.

Impacted earwax sometimes needs the help of a professional. Methods used include suction, irrigation and manual extraction. Tools like the Earigator can make it seem downright spa-like.

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How to clean your ears safely

Impacted earwax sometimes needs the help of a professional. Methods used include suction, irrigation and manual extraction. Tools like the Earigator can make it seem downright spa-like.

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Have sleep apnea? You might have hearing loss, too

A woman indicates frustration at her snoring bed partner.

People with obstructive sleep apnea are more likely to have hearing loss, ringing in the ears and dizziness. Experts recommend regular hearing screenings to prevent the impact of untreated hearing loss, as well as proper treatment for sleep apnea.

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Have sleep apnea? You might have hearing loss, too

People with obstructive sleep apnea are more likely to have hearing loss, ringing in the ears and dizziness. Experts recommend regular hearing screenings to prevent the impact of untreated hearing loss, as well as proper treatment for sleep apnea.

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Tinnitus, powerlessness and PTSD: Framing tinnitus as an acute stress disorder

A man grasps his forehead as if in pain.

Tinnitus coach Glenn Schweitzer makes the case that tinnitus is less like a hearing disorder and more like a complex stress disorder that requires multiple tools and treatment options.

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Tinnitus, powerlessness and PTSD: Framing tinnitus as an acute stress disorder

Tinnitus coach Glenn Schweitzer makes the case that tinnitus is less like a hearing disorder and more like a complex stress disorder that requires multiple tools and treatment options.

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Hearing aid battery safety

A hearing aid with battery case open.

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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Why do my ears itch and what can I do about it?

Image is infographic showing six causes of itchy ears, such as allergies, dermatitis, psoriasis/eczema, earwax and earbuds or hearing aids.

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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How often should I get my hearing tested?

Flowchart explaining how often to get a hearing test

We've all heard of annual physicals and twice-a-year dental appointments, but how often should you get your hearing checked? The answer depends on your current hearing abilities, age, job and other risk factors.

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How often should I get my hearing tested?

We've all heard of annual physicals and twice-a-year dental appointments, but how often should you get your hearing checked? The answer depends on your current hearing abilities, age, job and other risk factors.

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How to troubleshoot common hearing aid problems

Infographic that explains the four most common problems with hearing aids.

Before you take your hearing aid in for repair, check to see if you can fix the problem yourself. Common problems include no sound, distorted sound or feedback.

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How to troubleshoot common hearing aid problems

Before you take your hearing aid in for repair, check to see if you can fix the problem yourself. Common problems include no sound, distorted sound or feedback.

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Highly rated apps for learning American Sign Language (ASL)

A screenshot of the Lingvano ASL app

We've rounded up some of the most popular and highest-rated apps for iPhone and Android smartphone users who want to learn American Sign Language, or ASL.

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Highly rated apps for learning American Sign Language (ASL)

We've rounded up some of the most popular and highest-rated apps for iPhone and Android smartphone users who want to learn American Sign Language, or ASL.

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How are cochlear implants different from hearing aids?

A boy with a cochlear implant speaks to his teacher.

If hearing aids haven’t improved your ability to hear effectively, ask your hearing health professional if you’re a candidate for a cochlear implant.

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How are cochlear implants different from hearing aids?

If hearing aids haven’t improved your ability to hear effectively, ask your hearing health professional if you’re a candidate for a cochlear implant.

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Hearing and vision loss equals 'substantial' risk for dementia, studies indicate

A woman receives a hearing exam, with text describing how in older adults, vision and hearing loss significantly raises risk of dementia

Along with a known connection between hearing loss and dementia, recent studies show that when people have both vision and hearing impairment—what’s known as dual sensory impairment (DSI)—their risk for dementia increases significantly.

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Hearing and vision loss equals 'substantial' risk for dementia, studies indicate

Along with a known connection between hearing loss and dementia, recent studies show that when people have both vision and hearing impairment—what’s known as dual sensory impairment (DSI)—their risk for dementia increases significantly.

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Otolaryngologists: Doctors who treat ear, nose and throat disorders

An ENT doctor examines a man's ear.

If you or a loved one experiences hearing loss, you may be referred to an ENT or neurotologist for specialty care. These doctors treat disorders or the ear, nose and throat and perform skull base surgery, including cochlear implants.

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Otolaryngologists: Doctors who treat ear, nose and throat disorders

If you or a loved one experiences hearing loss, you may be referred to an ENT or neurotologist for specialty care. These doctors treat disorders or the ear, nose and throat and perform skull base surgery, including cochlear implants.

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Fireworks, lawn mowers and concerts, oh my: Top unsafe summertime sounds

A loud outdoor summer concert with massive speakers.

Many popular summertime activities come with a risk of hearing loss. Are your favorites on our list? Grab those earplugs, friend.

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Fireworks, lawn mowers and concerts, oh my: Top unsafe summertime sounds

Many popular summertime activities come with a risk of hearing loss. Are your favorites on our list? Grab those earplugs, friend.

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As an FBI lipreader, Sue Thomas broke new ground in Deaf community

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Deaf since the age of 18 months, Sue Thomas became a champion roller skater, concert pianist and FBI agent that inspired the TV show 'Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye.'

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As an FBI lipreader, Sue Thomas broke new ground in Deaf community

Deaf since the age of 18 months, Sue Thomas became a champion roller skater, concert pianist and FBI agent that inspired the TV show 'Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye.'

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Profile: Linda Bove taught countless kids sign language on Sesame Street

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A a pioneer of public awareness for Deaf culture, Linda Bove is a groundbreaking actress and an accomplished producer and author.

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Profile: Linda Bove taught countless kids sign language on Sesame Street

A a pioneer of public awareness for Deaf culture, Linda Bove is a groundbreaking actress and an accomplished producer and author.

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I’m an older adult with severe hearing loss. Can I get a cochlear implant?

Illustration explaining cochlear implant candidacy

Increasingly, older adults are opting to switch to cochlear implants when hearing aids aren't sufficient. Find out how cochlear implants work and if they'd be a good option for you.

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I’m an older adult with severe hearing loss. Can I get a cochlear implant?

Increasingly, older adults are opting to switch to cochlear implants when hearing aids aren't sufficient. Find out how cochlear implants work and if they'd be a good option for you.

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