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The best smartphone decibel meter apps to measure noise levels

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How do you know when loud is too loud? Here are some great decibel and sound meter smartphone apps for measuring noise levels.

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Swimmer's ear can lead to temporary hearing loss

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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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Tinnitus: Could your diet be the culprit?

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Here's how to find out if something you're eating or drinking is contributing to your tinnitus.

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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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Hearing aids with domes: Are they right for me?

An example of a receiver in the ear (RITE) hearing aid with a dome.

Some hearing aids come with domes that sit snugly inside your ear. They're best suited for people with mild-to-moderate hearing loss.

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What are hearing aid earmolds?

An example of a hearing aid with a custom earmold that fits inside the ear.

Some hearing aids come with custom-fit earmolds that sit snugly inside your ear. Learn why an earmold might be the best option for you and how to troubleshoot any problems.

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Five habits that can harm your hearing health

A person holding a drink and a cigarette.

Need a reason to improve your health and break some bad habits? These five bad health habits in particular are all linked to hearing loss.

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7 surprising risk factors for hearing loss

A woman uses a vape pen.

Some risk factors for hearing loss are understandable—think aging, excessive noise exposure, or traumatic brain injury—but other risks aren’t always so obvious.

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Vaping and hearing loss: Is there a link?

A teenager uses a vaping ecigarette.

With reports of vaping and sudden hearing loss on the rise, what does the evidence say?

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Viagra and hearing loss

A man holds a Viagra tablet.

Research shows that Viagra and similar drugs increase your risk of sudden hearing loss, tinnitus and dizziness.

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Hearing aids for profound hearing loss

A woman wearing an Oticon Dynamo power hearing aid

If you have severe or profound hearing loss, your hearing care professional will likely recommend power or super power hearing aids. Today's power models are small and discreet.

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Obesity and hearing loss: What's the connection?

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Obesity may increase the risk of other health conditions that are linked to hearing loss, such as high blood pressure and diabetes. 

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Can CBD treat tinnitus?

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Medical science says the jury is still out on CBD, but some tinnitus sufferers say they have all the proof they need.

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Join a 2019 Walk4Hearing event to support people with hearing loss

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When you join a Walk4Hearing event, the money you raise will help provide support for people with hearing loss.

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The dangerous links between smoking and hearing loss

smoking cigarettes linked to hearing loss

Smoking is a well-established risk factor for hearing loss. Studies have shown that time and again exposure to cigarette smoke--whether directly, secondhand, or even in utero--can have a big impact on a person's hearing health.

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Have sleep apnea? You might have hearing loss, too

A woman indicates frustration at her snoring bed partner.

Hearing loss and sleep apnea appear strongly linked, according to several studies published in the past few years. 

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Spring allergies and weather changes: Are your ears ready?

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Springtime brings barometric pressure changes, seasonal allergies and wet weather—all of which can impact people who wear hearing aids.

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Tinnitus habituation: How to tune out the ringing in your ears

Glenn Schwitzer with his infant son

Thanks to a mental process called habituation, you can get to a place where your tinnitus stops bothering you entirely, where your brain just stops paying attention to it and it fades from your awareness.

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Cochlear implant recipients reconnect to music with new app

Bring Back the Beat app

A new app called Bring Back the Beat helps cochlear implant wearers reconnect with music using a series of focused attention and listening practice games.

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Mumps and hearing loss

The MMR vaccine

The viral infection known as mumps can lead to hearing loss. If your child experiences hearing loss after mumps, schedule an appointment with a hearing healthcare professional as soon as possible.

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Tips for driving safely with hearing loss

Mature couple driving in car together

When driving with hearing loss, you'll likely rely on visual cues more. You'll also want to reduce distractions and keep a few other things in mind before you hit the road.

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Award-winning celebrities with hearing loss

Halle Berry

In a world where image is everything and communication is a necessary skill, these celebrities with hearing loss are definitely award worthy.

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How heart health and hearing loss are connected

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A growing body of research is leading experts to believe that your hearing and your heart are closely connected.

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Ready to get your hearing tested? Here's why you may want to bring someone with you

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The insights they share at your appointment may help you and your hearing care professional better customize your treatment plan.

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