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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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What is an audiologist?

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Audiologists are experts in hearing care and hearing loss. They work in a wide variety of settings, from clinics to hospitals to private hearing aid practices.

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What is an audiologist?

Audiologists are experts in hearing care and hearing loss. They work in a wide variety of settings, from clinics to hospitals to private hearing aid practices.

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Nursing homes and hearing aids: What you need to know

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Nursing home care can be a challenging transition if your loved one has hearing loss or wears hearing aids. Here are some tips for making sure they get the hearing care they need.

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Nursing homes and hearing aids: What you need to know

Nursing home care can be a challenging transition if your loved one has hearing loss or wears hearing aids. Here are some tips for making sure they get the hearing care they need.

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The role of hearing healthcare in hospice

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Hearing loss can affect a hospice patient's quality of care and the connections that are so important with family, medical professionals and caregivers.

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The role of hearing healthcare in hospice

Hearing loss can affect a hospice patient's quality of care and the connections that are so important with family, medical professionals and caregivers.

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Understanding high-frequency hearing loss

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If speech seems muffled and you have trouble hearing women's and kid's voices, birds sing or doorbells ring, you may have high-frequency hearing loss. Learn the causes and treatments for this common type of hearing loss.

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Understanding high-frequency hearing loss

If speech seems muffled and you have trouble hearing women's and kid's voices, birds sing or doorbells ring, you may have high-frequency hearing loss. Learn the causes and treatments for this common type of hearing loss.

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What are CROS and BiCROS hearing aids?

Illustration showing how CROS hearing aids deliver sound from a deaf ear to a hearing ear.

For people with severe hearing loss in one ear, devices known as CROS or BiCROS hearing aids are a possible solution. They work by picking up sound in the "bad" ear and transmitting it to the "good" ear.

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What are CROS and BiCROS hearing aids?

For people with severe hearing loss in one ear, devices known as CROS or BiCROS hearing aids are a possible solution. They work by picking up sound in the "bad" ear and transmitting it to the "good" ear.

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How often should I get my hearing tested?

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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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Hearing loss is tiring? I was skeptical—until I took a hearing test

Author Joy Victory before her hearing test.

Even with normal hearing, taking a hearing test can be mentally draining. The experience helped Healthy Hearing Managing Editor Joy Victory understand why hearing loss should always be treated.

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Hearing loss is tiring? I was skeptical—until I took a hearing test

Even with normal hearing, taking a hearing test can be mentally draining. The experience helped Healthy Hearing Managing Editor Joy Victory understand why hearing loss should always be treated.

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What is 'cookie-bite' hearing loss?

Audiogram showing what cookie-bite hearing loss looks like.

Named for how it looks on an audiogram, "cookie-bite" hearing loss means a person struggles to hear mid-range pitches.

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What is 'cookie-bite' hearing loss?

Named for how it looks on an audiogram, "cookie-bite" hearing loss means a person struggles to hear mid-range pitches.

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Super Kena: A girl made fierce with hearing aids

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Grandma Becky Cymbaluk wrote the book she couldn't find for her granddaughter, who was born with hearing loss.

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Super Kena: A girl made fierce with hearing aids

Grandma Becky Cymbaluk wrote the book she couldn't find for her granddaughter, who was born with hearing loss.

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Top audiology schools in the United States

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Students interested in receiving the best education in the hearing health sciences may want to investigate these colleges.

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Top audiology schools in the United States

Students interested in receiving the best education in the hearing health sciences may want to investigate these colleges.

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Newborn hearing screening

A newborn receives hearing screening in the hospital.

Nearly all babies born in the U.S. are given newborn hearing screening while still in the hospital. Learn more about how babies are tested and what you should do if your child fails her screening.

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Newborn hearing screening

Nearly all babies born in the U.S. are given newborn hearing screening while still in the hospital. Learn more about how babies are tested and what you should do if your child fails her screening.

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Hearing loss in infants

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Learn about the symptoms, causes and treatments of hearing loss in newborns, infants and babies.

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Hearing loss in infants

Learn about the symptoms, causes and treatments of hearing loss in newborns, infants and babies.

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Is your hearing loss temporary or permanent?

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Have you recently developed hearing loss? Some causes of hearing loss, such as excess earwax, are temporary. Others are permanent. Here's how to tell the difference.

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Is your hearing loss temporary or permanent?

Have you recently developed hearing loss? Some causes of hearing loss, such as excess earwax, are temporary. Others are permanent. Here's how to tell the difference.

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What to do if you suspect your school-age child has hearing loss

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Are you concerned your school-age child may have hearing loss? Here are the next steps to take to help you and your child get the help she needs.

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What to do if you suspect your school-age child has hearing loss

Are you concerned your school-age child may have hearing loss? Here are the next steps to take to help you and your child get the help she needs.

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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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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

A woman wears a face mask at a medical appointment.

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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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?

A man and his spouse at a hearing care clinic.

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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