Man with constant ringing in his ears thinking about getting a hearing aid.

It’s generally not clear what’s causing tinnitus (a buzzing or ringing in your ears). However, there is one thing experts agree on: you are more likely to experience tinnitus if you also are suffering from hearing loss. According to HLAA as much as 90 percent of individuals who are dealing with tinnitus also have hearing loss.

Your lifestyle, age, and genetics can all play a role in the development of hearing loss as you most likely know. And while many individuals think of hearing loss as being obvious, the truth is that some mild hearing loss can go unnoticed. Even minor cases of hearing loss will increase your chance of tinnitus, making the situation even worse.

Hearing Aids Won’t Cure Tinnitus But They Will Help

Tinnitus has no cure. However, hearing aids can help you manage both hearing loss and tinnitus in ways that can minimize symptoms and improve one’s quality of life. Sixty percent of people coping with tinnitus, in fact, experienced relief of their symptoms, and twenty-two had significant improvement.

When you can suddenly hear external sounds better because hearing aids have boosted the volume, your tinnitus symptoms will be drowned out. Luckily there are other, more advanced solutions beyond just traditional hearing aids to manage the symptoms related to tinnitus.

Types of Specialty Hearing Aids to Decrease Tinnitus Symptoms

Hearing aids boost the volume of environmental sounds to the point that you can hear them clearly. Even though it may be basic in design, that amplification of noise, be it the rabble of a dinner party or the clank of a ceiling fan, is critical in teaching your brain to receive certain stimulations again.

You can enhance those amplification efforts by the combination of other strategies, like counseling, sound stimulation, and stress reduction for a more comprehensive approach to treatment.

Fractal tones and irregular rhythms are even being utilized by some hearing aid makers. The consistent tone of tinnitus can be interrupted by the irregular tones of these inconsistent rhythms.

Blending the normal sounds you hear with your tinnitus sounds is the goal of other sophisticated hearing aid options. This approach will generally utilize a white noise signal that a hearing professional can adjust to guarantee correct calibration for your ear and your disorder.

All of these approaches, from white noise therapies to sound therapies, utilize specialized hearing aid technology to distract the attention of the user away from focusing on tinnitus noises.

Hearing aids can improve quality of life and reduce symptoms of tinnitus even if there is no cure.

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References

  • https://www.hearingloss.org/wp-content/uploads/HLAA_HearingLoss_Facts_Statistics.pdf?pdf=FactStats
  • https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17956798
  • https://www.ata.org/managing-your-tinnitus/treatment-options/hearing-aids
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6197965
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