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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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How to protect your hearing this Fourth of July

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Fireworks and Fourth of July go together, but the celebration doesn't have to result in hearing loss. Find out how to prevent hearing loss during loud fireworks displays.

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How to protect your hearing this Fourth of July

Fireworks and Fourth of July go together, but the celebration doesn't have to result in hearing loss. Find out how to prevent hearing loss during loud fireworks displays.

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

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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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TikTok star 'Dr. Ear Wax' shares her journey to success

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Baltimore audiologist Emily Taylor used a pandemic lull to pivot to social media and becomes a hit on TikTok, a popular social media video site.

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TikTok star 'Dr. Ear Wax' shares her journey to success

Baltimore audiologist Emily Taylor used a pandemic lull to pivot to social media and becomes a hit on TikTok, a popular social media video site.

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Are hearing aids waterproof?

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Do you need waterproof hearing aids? Learn about waterproof and water resistant hearing aids and how to keep your devices working their best when you're around water.

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Are hearing aids waterproof?

Do you need waterproof hearing aids? Learn about waterproof and water resistant hearing aids and how to keep your devices working their best when you're around water.

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Should I get an over-the-counter hearing aid?

A man wears a hearing aid, for an illustration about over-the-counter hearing aids.

Over-the-counter hearing aids will soon be available to the general public. But how do you know if they're right for you? Here's what we know about OTC hearing devices.

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Should I get an over-the-counter hearing aid?

Over-the-counter hearing aids will soon be available to the general public. But how do you know if they're right for you? Here's what we know about OTC hearing devices.

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Twenty recommended children's books about hearing loss

Books on hearing loss and hearing aids help kids (or grandkids) learn to celebrate the differences in others. They also make great stocking stuffers and gifts.

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Twenty recommended children's books about hearing loss

Books on hearing loss and hearing aids help kids (or grandkids) learn to celebrate the differences in others. They also make great stocking stuffers and gifts.

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What infections are linked to hearing loss?

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From adenovirus to Zika virus, many infections can trigger hearing loss and ear ringing. In some cases, it can occur decades later, such as with the chickenpox virus and Ramsay Hunt syndrome.

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What infections are linked to hearing loss?

From adenovirus to Zika virus, many infections can trigger hearing loss and ear ringing. In some cases, it can occur decades later, such as with the chickenpox virus and Ramsay Hunt syndrome.

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Vitamins, minerals and supplements for hearing problems

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Emerging research indicates that vinpocetine, folate, B vitamins, carotenoids, and omega-3s have the potential to boost hearing health, but experts stress caution, especially for tinnitus.

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Vitamins, minerals and supplements for hearing problems

Emerging research indicates that vinpocetine, folate, B vitamins, carotenoids, and omega-3s have the potential to boost hearing health, but experts stress caution, especially for tinnitus.

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Face masks, hearing loss and hearing aids

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Social distancing, face masks and other changes from the COVID-19 pandemic make communication harder for all of us. This is especially true for people with hearing loss. What can you do?

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Face masks, hearing loss and hearing aids

Social distancing, face masks and other changes from the COVID-19 pandemic make communication harder for all of us. This is especially true for people with hearing loss. What can you do?

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'I literally cried a little' - Read stunning real-life reactions to new hearing aids

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If you've been reluctant to get hearing aids, these reviews from satisfied customers show just how life-changing they can be.

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'I literally cried a little' - Read stunning real-life reactions to new hearing aids

If you've been reluctant to get hearing aids, these reviews from satisfied customers show just how life-changing they can be.

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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.

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

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

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Does sleep hold the key to a tinnitus cure?

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Research shows the brain still 'hears' tinnitus during certain stages of sleep, disrupting deeper stages of sleep. This is an important finding for opening up new ways of treating tinnitus based on brain wave activity.

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Does sleep hold the key to a tinnitus cure?

Research shows the brain still 'hears' tinnitus during certain stages of sleep, disrupting deeper stages of sleep. This is an important finding for opening up new ways of treating tinnitus based on brain wave activity.

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What are hearing aid earmolds?

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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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What are hearing aid earmolds?

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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New book helps people improve mindset about hearing loss

Book cover for Hear & Beyond: Living Skillfully with Hearing Loss

An overview of the new book "Hear & Beyond: Live Skillfully with Hearing Loss" plus a Q&A with co-author, hearing loss advocate Shari Eberts.

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New book helps people improve mindset about hearing loss

An overview of the new book "Hear & Beyond: Live Skillfully with Hearing Loss" plus a Q&A with co-author, hearing loss advocate Shari Eberts.

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How hearing loss and heart disease are linked

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Learn about the connection between heart disease and hearing loss. There are steps you can take now to improve your heart health through cardiovascular fitness and minimize the risk of hearing damage.

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How hearing loss and heart disease are linked

Learn about the connection between heart disease and hearing loss. There are steps you can take now to improve your heart health through cardiovascular fitness and minimize the risk of hearing damage.

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What is pulsatile tinnitus?

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In rare cases, a person can hear their pulse, which is known as pulsatile tinnitus. It requires prompt medical attention to make sure nothing serious is afoot.

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What is pulsatile tinnitus?

In rare cases, a person can hear their pulse, which is known as pulsatile tinnitus. It requires prompt medical attention to make sure nothing serious is afoot.

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COVID-19, vaccinations, and tinnitus: What’s the connection?

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Some people report tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, after a COVID-19 infection or even vaccination. Can coronavirus cause tinnitus? We take a look at the research.

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COVID-19, vaccinations, and tinnitus: What’s the connection?

Some people report tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, after a COVID-19 infection or even vaccination. Can coronavirus cause tinnitus? We take a look at the research.

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COVID-19 and hearing loss: What we know

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Does the coronavirus cause hearing loss? Learn about what experts have found so far on the relationship between COVID-19 and hearing problems.

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COVID-19 and hearing loss: What we know

Does the coronavirus cause hearing loss? Learn about what experts have found so far on the relationship between COVID-19 and hearing problems.

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Tinnitus and suicidal thoughts: What to do when life feels overwhelming

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For people with severe or persistent tinnitus, suicidal thoughts can occur. Learn how to recognize the signs and tips for coping.

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Tinnitus and suicidal thoughts: What to do when life feels overwhelming

For people with severe or persistent tinnitus, suicidal thoughts can occur. Learn how to recognize the signs and tips for coping.

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What is a hearing aid dome? How do I take care of mine?

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 is a hearing aid dome? How do I take care of mine?

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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Are you a veteran with tinnitus? Why it happens and what you can do

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Many retired military service members have persistent tinnitus, making it the number one reason veterans seek disability compensation. Find out why and what you can do about tinnitus.

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Are you a veteran with tinnitus? Why it happens and what you can do

Many retired military service members have persistent tinnitus, making it the number one reason veterans seek disability compensation. Find out why and what you can do about tinnitus.

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Age-related hearing loss

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Presbycusis can sneak up on you and affects your ability to hear. If left untreated, this form of age-related hearing loss can cause additional health problems such as anxiety, depression and social isolation.

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Age-related hearing loss

Presbycusis can sneak up on you and affects your ability to hear. If left untreated, this form of age-related hearing loss can cause additional health problems such as anxiety, depression and social isolation.

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Got something stuck in your ear (like a bug)? Here's what to do

Infographic explaining the most common items that can get stuck in the ear, including bugs, batteries, beads, hearing aid domes/tips, and more.

It happens more than you think. Bugs, batteries, beads, hearing aid parts, cotton swabs are all commonly trapped items stuck in ears. Here's what to do if it happens to you.

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Got something stuck in your ear (like a bug)? Here's what to do

It happens more than you think. Bugs, batteries, beads, hearing aid parts, cotton swabs are all commonly trapped items stuck in ears. Here's what to do if it happens to you.

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I have single-sided deafness. Will a bone-anchored hearing device help me?

A woman wears a bone-anchored hearing system called Ponto by Oticon Medical

Many people with hearing loss in one ear find bone-anchored hearing systems to be very helpful, especially for sound localization.

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I have single-sided deafness. Will a bone-anchored hearing device help me?

Many people with hearing loss in one ear find bone-anchored hearing systems to be very helpful, especially for sound localization.

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