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

It’s often not clear what’s triggering tinnitus (a buzzing or ringing in your ears). But one thing we know for certain is that if you have hearing loss your probability of experiencing tinnitus goes up. According to HLAA up to 90 percent of individuals who are dealing with tinnitus also have hearing loss.

As you most likely realize, your age, genetics, and lifestyle can all be involved in the advancement of hearing loss. Frequently, moderate cases of hearing loss go unnoticed and hearing loss, in general, isn’t always evident. Even slight cases of hearing loss will raise your likelihood of tinnitus, making the situation even worse.

It’s Not a Cure, But Hearing Aids Can Help Treat Tinnitus

There is no cure for tinnitus. However, hearing aids will treat both hearing loss and tinnitus in ways that can minimize symptoms and improve one’s quality of life. Sixty percent of people struggling with tinnitus, in fact, experienced relief of their symptoms, and twenty-two had considerable improvement.

A conventional hearing aid can basically hide the buzzing or ringing associated with tinnitus by strengthening your ability to hear other sounds, which basically drowns out the ringing. Luckily there are other, more sophisticated options beyond just traditional hearing aids to manage the symptoms related to tinnitus.

Tinnitus Symptoms Will be Decreased by These Types of Specialized Hearing Aids

Hearing aids boost the volume of environmental sounds to the point that you can hear them clearly. Although it may be basic in design, that amplification of sound, be it the rabble of a dinner party or the rattle of a ceiling fan, is crucial in training your brain to receive certain stimulations again.

You can augment those amplification efforts by the combination of other methods, 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.

Other specialized devices try to blend your tinnitus in with the natural sounds you’re hearing. This approach will commonly utilize a white noise signal that a hearing professional can adjust to ensure correct calibration for your ear and your disorder.

Whether it’s through sound therapy, blending, or a white noise mechanism, all of these specialized devices have a common goal of distracting the user away from the buzzing or ringing of tinnitus.

It’s true that there is no cure for tinnitus, but for at least some, hearing aids help reduce symptoms and improve your quality of life.

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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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