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 researchers agree on: you are more likely to experience tinnitus if you also are afflicted by hearing loss. Up to 90 percent of individuals who experience tinnitus also have hearing loss according to HIAA.

As you most likely realize, your genetics, age, and lifestyle can all be involved in the development of hearing loss. Frequently, moderate cases of hearing loss go undetected and hearing loss, in general, isn’t always obvious. Worse, even a slight case of hearing loss raises your risk and likelihood of developing tinnitus.

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

There is no cure for tinnitus. However, hearing aids will help you manage both hearing loss and tinnitus in ways that can minimize symptoms and improve one’s quality of life. In fact, one study revealed that up to 60 percent of people suffering from tinnitus saw relief when they wore hearing aids, with 22 percent showing substantial relief.

When you can suddenly hear outside sounds better because hearing aids have raised the volume, your tinnitus symptoms will be drowned out. The good news is that there are other, more sophisticated solutions beyond just traditional hearing aids to treat the symptoms related to tinnitus.

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

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

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

Fractal tones and irregular rhythms are even being used by some hearing aid makers. The constant tone of tinnitus can be interrupted by the irregular tones of these inconsistent rhythms.

Blending the natural sounds you hear with your tinnitus sounds is the goal of other sophisticated hearing aid options. Your condition and ear have very personal needs and this approach will use a customized white noise that will be dialed-in by your hearing professional.

Whether you use sound therapy, blending, or a white noise mechanism, all of these specialized devices have a common objective of distracting the attention away from the ringing or buzzing of tinnitus.

Hearing aids can improve quality of life and reduce 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
The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.
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