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

It’s generally unclear what’s causing 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 developing tinnitus goes up. Up to 90% of individuals who are afflicted by tinnitus also have hearing loss according to HIAA.

As you probably know, your genetics, age, and lifestyle can all be involved in the advancement of hearing loss. Often, moderate instances of hearing loss go unnoticed and hearing loss, in general, isn’t always apparent. Worse, even a minor case of hearing loss increases your risk and probability of developing tinnitus.

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

There is no cure for tinnitus. However, your symptoms can be minimized and your life can be improved by using hearing aids to treat your hearing loss and tinnitus. Sixty percent of people dealing with tinnitus, in fact, experienced relief of their symptoms, and twenty-two had substantial improvement.

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

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

Hearing aids increase the level of environmental sounds to the point that you can hear them clearly. This basic technology is critical in teaching your hearing to receive certain stimulation by boosting sounds like the rattle of a ceiling fan or the rabble of a dinner party.

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

Fractal tones and irregular rhythms are even being used by some hearing aid makers. These rhythmically inconsistent tones can distract from the persistent and regular tones tinnitus sufferers hear.

Other specialized devices try to blend your tinnitus in with the normal sounds you’re hearing. This strategy will commonly use a white noise signal that a hearing specialist can adjust to guarantee correct calibration for your ear and your condition.

Whether you use 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.

Hearing aids can improve quality of life and decrease symptoms of tinnitus even if there isn’t any 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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