Julia Métraux

Health Writer

Julia Métraux is a health and culture writer with hearing loss and a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists. Check out her portfolio.

How to Navigate Higher Ed When You Have Hearing Loss

If you’re hard of hearing and starting a higher-education program, make sure that you have appropriate accommodations. Here are five things to...

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How Tinnitus Impacts Your Mental Health
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How Tinnitus Impacts Your Mental Health

People suffering with tinnitus have issues in three key areas related to mental health: depressive symptoms, anxiety, and issues with sleep...

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Osteoporosis and Hearing Loss: A Closer Look at a Connection

A study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism found that osteoporotic patients were 1.76 times more likely to experience...

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Bionic Hearing - The Incredible Hulk's New Super Power

Lou Ferrigno, the former professional bodybuilder and actor known for playing the title character on TV’s The Incredible Hulk, recently underwent...

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How Music Training Can Improve Life with Hearing Loss

Why is music such a good practice for those with hearing loss? In both researching the benefits of music training and seeing the results in her...

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The Hidden Economic Costs of Hearing Loss

The estimated total economic impact of hearing loss in 2019 exceeded $981 billion. This burden was largely due to lost productivity due to hearing...

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New Podcast Raises Awareness About Auditory Processing Disorder in Children

APD is a neurological condition that disrupts the brain’s ability to process sounds, and it is responsible for the listening problems of a...

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Why There’s No Such Thing as Being “Too Young” for Hearing Loss

Despite stereotypes that people with hearing loss are elderly, many young people are born with or develop hearing loss. We learned about their...

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TikTok Adds Free Automated Captions
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TikTok Adds Free Automated Captions

TikTok announced today that they are rolling out automated captions for their app.

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3 Ways to Caption Almost Everything on Your Windows Computer

You can now automatically caption all audio from your Windows computer using freely available tools like Google Live Caption and Ava.

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Kids, Chemo and Hearing Loss: What New Research Reveals

A February 2021 study published in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health journal found that children receiving cisplatin, a common chemotherapy...

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3M on Trial for Failing to Protect Hearing of Soldiers

Veterans claim that 3M knowingly gave soldiers defective earplugs. The company is now on trial.

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Exercising with Hearing Loss: 4 Smart Strategies

A recent study showed that exercise not only reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and obesity, but it can also reduce your risk of or the...

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Working Remotely With Hearing Loss: Improving Communication

Factors like coping with background noise, loneliness, and listening fatigue can be especially challenging. Here, a closer look -- and ways to...

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Why Hearing Loss May Increase Your Risk of Opioid Addiction

Deaf and hard of hearing people are twice as likely to develop a prescription opioid-use disorder than their hearing counterparts. That finding...

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Can You Trust Online Hearing Tests?
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Can You Trust Online Hearing Tests?

Online hearing tests can give you a quick snapshot of your hearing, but do they really work? We asked the experts, and here are the 5 things you...

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Millions of People are Watching Earwax Removal Videos

Videos posted with the hashtags #earwax and #earcleaning have amassed over 1.4 billion and nearly 350 million views respectively.

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Struggling to Wear a Mask and Hearing Aids? Here’s Help!

Wearing a mask with hearing aids can be a pain. There are comfort issues, and a number of people have reported losing their hearing aids when...

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How to Talk to Your Parents About Getting Hearing Aids

Convincing your parents to investigate their hearing problems can be difficult, especially given the stigma of getting older.

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Can COVID-19 Really Cause Permanent Hearing Loss?
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Can COVID-19 Really Cause Permanent Hearing Loss?

Emerging evidence suggests there may be a connection between COVID-19 and hearing loss. We asked the experts for an update on the science.

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Planning a Virtual Thanksgiving? 5 Ways to Boost Communication

Virtual catch-ups with loved ones are the new normal, but video calls can be tricky. They’re more challenging still when those with hearing loss...

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Hearing Loss and Dementia: Are They Connected?

Difficulty hearing may also play a role in cognitive decline. This represents a significant risk for America’s aging population.

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Face Masks Make It Harder to Hear

Four hearing researchers weigh in on the challenges of hearing speech in the era of face masks. Some masks are better than others, and these...

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