HEARING TIPS

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

The cause of tinnitus, a persistent ringing or buzzing in the ears, is generally unclear. But one thing we know for sure is that if you have hearing loss your chance of developing tinnitus goes up. Up to 90 percent of individuals who experience tinnitus also have hearing loss according to HIAA.

Your age, lifestyle, and genetics can all take part in the development of hearing loss as you most likely know. And while many individuals think of hearing loss as being obvious, the reality is that some mild hearing loss can go unnoticed. Worse, even a slight case of hearing loss increases your risk and likelihood of developing tinnitus.

Hearing Aids Won’t Cure Tinnitus But They Can Help

Tinnitus doesn’t have a cure. However, your symptoms can be decreased and your life can be improved by wearing hearing aids to address your hearing loss and tinnitus. Sixty percent of people coping with tinnitus, in fact, saw 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. And, fortunately, traditional hearing aids aren’t the only option as more advanced treatment methods are being produced.

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

Hearing aids work by collecting natural sounds from the environment around you and boosting them to a level that lets you hear. 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 hum of a dinner party.

You can take an even more complete approach to your tinnitus treatment by enhancing hearing aids with other techniques, like stress reduction, sound stimulation, and counseling.

Some hearing aid makers even use the irregular rhythm of fractal tones to decrease 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 sophisticated hearing aid options. This strategy will generally use a white noise signal that a hearing professional can adjust to guarantee proper calibration for your ear and your disorder.

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

It’s true that there isn’t any cure for tinnitus, but for at least some, hearing aids help decrease 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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