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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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All about OSHA's noise and hearing regulations

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Regulations from OSHA help protect workers from harmful levels of workplace noise. Learn what your rights are and what you can do if your employer is not protecting you from noise-induced hearing loss.

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All about OSHA's noise and hearing regulations

Regulations from OSHA help protect workers from harmful levels of workplace noise. Learn what your rights are and what you can do if your employer is not protecting you from noise-induced hearing loss.

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Why depression and untreated hearing loss are linked

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It's not unusual for people with hearing loss to also struggle with depression. Fortunately, hearing aids and other treatments can go a long way in helping with both problems.

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Why depression and untreated hearing loss are linked

It's not unusual for people with hearing loss to also struggle with depression. Fortunately, hearing aids and other treatments can go a long way in helping with both problems.

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Hearing loss and listening fatigue

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For people with hearing loss, listening fatigue hits you harder and faster than people with normal hearing. In fact, ear fatigue is considered an early warning sign of hearing loss. Fortunately, hearing aids can help.

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Hearing loss and listening fatigue

For people with hearing loss, listening fatigue hits you harder and faster than people with normal hearing. In fact, ear fatigue is considered an early warning sign of hearing loss. Fortunately, hearing aids can help.

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What kind of specialist should I see for my hearing loss?

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Do you know which type of professional to see for your hearing loss or balance disorder? Here's what you need to know to make the right choice.

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What kind of specialist should I see for my hearing loss?

Do you know which type of professional to see for your hearing loss or balance disorder? Here's what you need to know to make the right choice.

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What is a hearing instrument specialist?

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Hearing instrument specialists are licensed healthcare providers who can dispense hearing aids, provide hearing tests and provide other hearing care services. Learn more about when you should see a hearing instrument specialist.

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What is a hearing instrument specialist?

Hearing instrument specialists are licensed healthcare providers who can dispense hearing aids, provide hearing tests and provide other hearing care services. Learn more about when you should see a hearing instrument specialist.

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10 things you need before buying hearing aids

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Have you finally decided it's time to take action to correct your hearing loss? Here are the top 10 things you need before you buy hearing aids.

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10 things you need before buying hearing aids

Have you finally decided it's time to take action to correct your hearing loss? Here are the top 10 things you need before you buy hearing aids.

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How often should you get new hearing aids?

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Do you need a hearing aid upgrade? Hearing aids are complex pieces of technology, and even with regular maintenance will eventually need replaced. Find out if it's time for you to get new hearing aids.

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How often should you get new hearing aids?

Do you need a hearing aid upgrade? Hearing aids are complex pieces of technology, and even with regular maintenance will eventually need replaced. Find out if it's time for you to get new hearing aids.

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How long do hearing aids last?

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While most modern high-quality hearing aids can be expected to last somewhere between three and seven years, two people can buy exactly the same hearing aid and have them last vastly different amounts of time.

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How long do hearing aids last?

While most modern high-quality hearing aids can be expected to last somewhere between three and seven years, two people can buy exactly the same hearing aid and have them last vastly different amounts of time.

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5 more strategies for managing tinnitus during the pandemic

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Is the stress from the seemingly never-ending pandemic causing your tinnitus to flare up? You're not alone. Tinnitus sufferer and expert Glenn Schweitzer shares more advice on how to adjust to the stressful state of the world.

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5 more strategies for managing tinnitus during the pandemic

Is the stress from the seemingly never-ending pandemic causing your tinnitus to flare up? You're not alone. Tinnitus sufferer and expert Glenn Schweitzer shares more advice on how to adjust to the stressful state of the world.

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Ear candling: Just say no

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Are you tempted to try ear candling to clean your ears? While it's growing in popularity, ear candling is considered dangerous and there is no medical research showing it works.

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Ear candling: Just say no

Are you tempted to try ear candling to clean your ears? While it's growing in popularity, ear candling is considered dangerous and there is no medical research showing it works.

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

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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?

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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

Kena reads the book inspired by her hearing loss journey.

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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