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

It’s generally not clear what’s triggering tinnitus (a buzzing or ringing in your ears). But one thing we know for sure is that if you have hearing loss your chance of experiencing tinnitus rises. Up to 90 percent of people who are afflicted by tinnitus also have hearing loss according to HIAA.

As you most likely know, your genetics, age, and lifestyle can all play a role in the development of hearing loss. Often, minor cases of hearing loss go unnoticed and hearing loss, in general, isn’t always obvious. Even slight cases of hearing loss will raise your likelihood of tinnitus, making the situation even worse.

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

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

When you can suddenly hear external sounds better because hearing aids have boosted the volume, your tinnitus symptoms will go into the background. And, fortunately, conventional hearing aids aren’t the only option as more advanced treatment methods are being produced.

Types of Specialized Hearing Aids to Decrease Tinnitus Symptoms

Hearing aids work by collecting natural sounds from the environment around you and boosting them to a level that allows you to hear. This basic technology is critical in teaching your hearing to receive specific stimulation by boosting sounds like the rattle 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 strategies, like stress reduction, sound stimulation, and counseling.

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

Blending the normal 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 calibrated by your hearing professional.

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

Hearing aids can improve quality of life and decrease 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
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