Julia Métraux

Health Writer

Julia Métraux is a health and culture writer with hearing loss whose work has appeared in Narratively, The Tempest, BUST, and Poynter. Check out her portfolio.

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?

04 February 2021

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?

Updated 04 February 2021

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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