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

The cause of tinnitus, a constant ringing or buzzing in the ears, is often unclear. However, there is one thing researchers agree on: you are more likely to develop tinnitus if you also are suffering from hearing loss. According to HLAA as much as 90 percent of people who experience tinnitus also have hearing loss.

As you most likely realize, your age, genetics, and lifestyle can all play a role in the advancement of hearing loss. And while many individuals think of hearing loss as being obvious, the truth is that some mild hearing loss can go undetected. 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 Treat Tinnitus

Tinnitus doesn’t have a cure. 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 coping with tinnitus, in fact, experienced relief of their symptoms, and twenty-two had significant improvement.

When you can suddenly hear outside sounds better because hearing aids have boosted the volume, your tinnitus symptoms will be drowned out. Luckily there are other, more sophisticated options beyond just conventional hearing aids to treat the symptoms linked to tinnitus.

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

Hearing aids work by gathering natural sounds from the environment around you and boosting them to a level that allows you to hear. This simple 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 augment those amplification efforts by the combination of other approaches, 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 experience.

Blending the natural sounds you hear with your tinnitus sounds is the objective of other advanced hearing aid options. This strategy will generally use a white noise signal that a hearing specialist can adjust to guarantee proper calibration for your ear and your disorder.

All of these approaches, from white noise therapies to sound therapies, utilize specialized hearing aid technology to distract the attention of the user away from focusing on tinnitus noises.

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