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

It’s often not clear what’s causing tinnitus (a ringing or buzzing in your ears). However, there is one thing experts agree on: you are more likely to experience tinnitus if you also are afflicted by hearing loss. According to HLAA as much as 90 percent of individuals who have 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. Frequently, moderate instances of hearing loss go unnoticed and hearing loss, in general, isn’t always evident. Even worse, even a minor case of hearing loss raises your risk and probability of developing tinnitus.

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

There isn’t a cure for tinnitus. However, your symptoms can be reduced and your life can be improved by wearing hearing aids to address your hearing loss and tinnitus. Sixty percent of people dealing with tinnitus, in fact, saw relief of their symptoms, and twenty-two had substantial improvement.

When you can suddenly hear external sounds better because hearing aids have raised the volume, your tinnitus symptoms will go into the background. The good news is that there are other, more advanced options beyond just conventional hearing aids to treat the symptoms related to tinnitus.

Types of Specialty Hearing Aids to Reduce Tinnitus Symptoms

Hearing aids boost the level of environmental sounds to the point that you can hear them clearly. This simple technology is critical in teaching your hearing to receive specific stimulation by amplifying sounds like the clattering of a ceiling fan or the rabble of a dinner party.

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

Some hearing aid makers even use the irregular rhythm of fractal tones to reduce the symptoms of tinnitus. The persistent tone of tinnitus can be interrupted by the uneven tones of these inconsistent rhythms.

Blending the natural sounds you hear with your tinnitus sounds is the goal of other advanced hearing aid options. This approach will commonly use a white noise signal that a hearing expert can adjust to guarantee proper calibration for your ear and your disorder.

All of these strategies, from white noise therapies to sound therapies, use specialized hearing aid technology to distract the attention of the user away from paying attention to tinnitus noises.

Hearing aids can improve quality of life and decrease 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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