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a close-up of a young woman inserting a contact lens into her eyeContact lenses: What to know before you buy 
Tired of wearing glasses? Contact lenses might be the answer. The best type for you will depend on your vision problem, lifestyle and budget. Learn the pros and cons of common types of contact lenses and how to keep your eyes healthy while wearing them.


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Hearing aids: How to choose the right one 
Almost half of people older than 65 have some hearing loss. Perhaps you've thought about getting a hearing aid, but you're worried about how it will look or whether it will really help. While hearing aids can't restore normal hearing, they can improve your hearing by amplifying soft sounds, helping you hear sounds that you've had trouble hearing. Fortunately, today's hearing aids come in a variety of styles with many features. Here's what you need to know to choose the right hearing aid for your needs.

Is nasal spray addiction real? 
What some call nasal spray addiction is a rebound effect that can occur if you use over-the-counter nasal decongestant sprays regularly. After a few days of using this type of nasal spray, your nose may become less responsive to the effects of the medication. Learn more from Dr. James Li, a Mayo Clinic allergist and immunologist.

Coping with information overload 
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