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

It’s often not clear what’s triggering tinnitus (a ringing or buzzing in your ears). However, there is one thing experts agree on: you are more likely to experience tinnitus if you also suffer from hearing loss. According to HLAA as much as 90 percent of individuals who experience tinnitus also have hearing loss.

Your lifestyle, age, and genetics can all take part in the development of hearing loss as you most likely know. And while many individuals think of hearing loss as being obvious, the truth is that some mild hearing loss can go unnoticed. Even slight cases of hearing loss will raise your chance of tinnitus, making the situation even worse.

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

There is no cure for tinnitus. However, hearing aids can 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 tinnitus patients experienced relief when they wore hearing aids, with 22 percent showing appreciable relief.

When you can suddenly hear outside sounds better because hearing aids have boosted the volume, your tinnitus symptoms will go into the background. The good news is that there are other, more advanced solutions beyond just traditional hearing aids to treat the symptoms associated with tinnitus.

Types of Specialized Hearing Aids to Decrease Tinnitus Symptoms

Hearing aids work by collecting natural sounds from the world around you and boosting them to a level that allows you to hear. This basic technology is crucial in training your hearing to receive certain stimulation by boosting sounds like the clattering of a ceiling fan or the hum of a dinner party.

You can enhance 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 manufacturers. The consistent tone of tinnitus can be interrupted by the irregular tones of these inconsistent rhythms.

Other specialized devices try to blend your tinnitus in with the natural sounds you’re hearing. Your condition and ear have very personal needs and this technique will use a customized white noise that will be dialed-in by your hearing specialist.

Whether it’s through sound therapy, blending, or a white noise mechanism, all of these specialized technologies have a common goal of distracting the attention away from the ringing or buzzing of tinnitus.

Hearing aids can improve quality of life and decrease 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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