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It’s often unclear what’s causing tinnitus (a ringing or buzzing in your ears). But one thing we know for certain is that if you have hearing loss your chance of experiencing tinnitus rises. Up to 90 percent of individuals who are afflicted by tinnitus also have hearing loss according to HIAA.

Your lifestyle, age, and genetics can all play a role in the development of hearing loss as you probably know. Often, minor cases of hearing loss go unnoticed and hearing loss, in general, isn’t always evident. Worse, even a slight case of hearing loss increases your risk and probability of developing tinnitus.

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

Tinnitus has no cure. However, your symptoms can be decreased and your life can be improved by using hearing aids to address your hearing loss and tinnitus. As a matter of fact, one study revealed that up to 60 percent of people suffering from tinnitus experienced relief when they used hearing aids, with 22 percent showing considerable relief.

A traditional hearing aid can basically hide the ringing or buzzing associated with tinnitus by improving your ability to hear other sounds, which effectively drowns out the ringing. Luckily there are other, more sophisticated options 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 work by gathering natural sounds from the world around you and amplifying them to a level that allows you to hear. This basic technology is critical in training your hearing to receive specific stimulation by boosting sounds like the clattering of a ceiling fan or the hum of a dinner party.

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

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

Blending the normal sounds you hear with your tinnitus sounds is the objective of other advanced hearing aid options. This strategy will commonly use a white noise signal that a hearing expert can adjust to ensure 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 focusing on tinnitus noises.

It’s true that there is no cure for tinnitus, but for at least some people, 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
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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