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

It’s generally not clear what’s triggering tinnitus (a ringing or buzzing in your ears). But one thing we know for sure is that if you have hearing loss your probability of experiencing tinnitus goes up. Up to 90 percent of individuals who experience tinnitus also have hearing loss according to HIAA.

As you most likely know, your genetics, age, and lifestyle can all be involved in the development of hearing loss. And while many people think of hearing loss as being obvious, the reality is that some minor hearing loss can go undetected. Even mild cases of hearing loss will increase your likelihood of tinnitus, making the situation even worse.

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

Tinnitus has no cure. However, hearing aids can treat both hearing loss and tinnitus in ways that can decrease symptoms and improve one’s quality of life. As a matter of fact, one study confirmed that up to 60 percent of people suffering from tinnitus experienced relief when they used hearing aids, with 22 percent showing considerable relief.

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

Types of Specialized Hearing Aids to Lessen Tinnitus Symptoms

Hearing aids work by gathering natural sounds from the environment around you and amplifying them to a level that allows you to hear. This simple technology is critical in teaching your hearing to receive specific stimulation by amplifying sounds like the rattle of a ceiling fan or the rabble of a dinner party.

You can take an even more complete approach to your tinnitus management by enhancing 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 makers. The constant 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 advanced hearing aid options. Your condition and ear have very personal needs and this strategy will use a customized white noise that will be dialed-in 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 user away from the ringing or buzzing of tinnitus.

It’s true that there isn’t any cure for tinnitus, but for at least some people, 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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