You’ve most likely heard some ringing in your ears at one time in your life or another. And that ringing has a name: tinnitus. At any given time 15-20% percent of people, according to numerous studies, experience tinnitus. Although most people only hear this ringing intermittently, some people suffer from chronic tinnitus that won’t go away. The most common treatment for tinnitus is, fortunately, relatively simple: hearing aids.
Dealing With Chronic Tinnitus
Some of the countless reasons why tinnitus happens are fairly easy to figure out, others not as much. Tinnitus can also sound like a wide variety of objective or subjective noises, from thumping to clanging to metal buzz-saw sounds, whatever beautiful symphony your ears can generate.
The noisier and more intense the sounds are, the more intrusive tinnitus can become. Difficulty communicating, mental health declines, and disruption of your day to day life can be the eventual consequence.
Tinnitus And Hearing Aids
While there is typically no way to cure the underlying cause of tinnitus, hearing aids have become quite adept at addressing tinnitus symptoms. There are a variety of ways that hearing aids achieve this.
Making The Ringing in Your Ears Less Noticeable
Tinnitus and hearing loss commonly manifest together. Sometimes, they have the same root cause, but sometimes they don’t. But it’s very likely that your tinnitus will get worse as your hearing loss worsens. When you’re not hearing external sounds so well, the internal ones really stick out.
When you’re using hearing aids the sounds of the external world will be louder. Once again your tinnitus will, to your relief, get lost in the details. Now you can go back to enjoying your life again.
Muting The Noises Out
Of course, there’s a difference between masking your tinnitus and overwhelming your tinnitus. So to help handle your ringing and buzzing, many modern hearing aids use a form of noise cancellation technology. Some white noise frequencies can be tuned into your hearing aids that can help decrease tinnitus symptoms. Making use of this type of technology, you will be less aware of tinnitus sounds.
This capability isn’t provided on all hearing aids, so you’ll have to talk with us to figure out what will work best for you.
There’s no cure for most forms of chronic tinnitus. But you can still find ways to deal with it. A correctly calibrated hearing aid can permit you to live your life more fully and experience the joys of the world without being overcome by ringing, buzzing, or any other tinnitus-related sounds. For many people who live with tinnitus, hearing aids are a good choice.