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 often ambiguous. However, there is one thing experts agree on: you are more likely to develop tinnitus if you also suffer from hearing loss. Up to 90% of people who experience tinnitus also have hearing loss according to HIAA.

As you most likely realize, your age, genetics, and lifestyle can all be involved in the development of hearing loss. And while many of us think of hearing loss as being obvious, the reality is that some minor hearing loss can go unnoticed. Worse, even a minor case of hearing loss increases your risk and likelihood of developing tinnitus.

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

Tinnitus has no cure. However, hearing aids can help you manage both hearing loss and tinnitus in ways that can decrease symptoms and improve one’s quality of life. Sixty percent of people struggling with tinnitus, in fact, experienced relief of their symptoms, and twenty-two had considerable improvement.

When you can suddenly hear outside sounds better because hearing aids have raised the volume, your tinnitus symptoms will go into the background. The good news is that there are other, more sophisticated solutions beyond just conventional hearing aids to manage the symptoms related to tinnitus.

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

Hearing aids boost the level of environmental sounds to the point that you can hear them clearly. Although it may be basic in design, that amplification of sound, be it the hum of a dinner party or the clank of a ceiling fan, is critical in teaching your brain to receive certain stimulations again.

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

Fractal tones and irregular rhythms are even being utilized by some hearing aid manufacturers. The consistent 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. Your condition and ear have very personal needs and this strategy will use a personalized 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 technologies have a common aim of distracting the attention away from the buzzing or ringing of tinnitus.

Hearing aids can improve quality of life and lessen symptoms of tinnitus even if there isn’t any 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
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