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

It’s generally unclear what’s triggering tinnitus (a buzzing or ringing in your ears). However, there is one thing experts agree on: you are more likely to experience tinnitus if you also are afflicted by hearing loss. Up to 90% of individuals who experience tinnitus also have hearing loss according to HIAA.

Your age, lifestyle, and genetics can all take part in the development of hearing loss as you most likely know. Often, moderate instances of hearing loss go unnoticed and hearing loss, in general, isn’t always evident. Even slight cases of hearing loss will increase your chance of tinnitus, making the situation even worse.

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

There isn’t a 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 as much as 60 percent of tinnitus patients experienced relief when they wore hearing aids, with 22 percent showing considerable relief.

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, traditional hearing aids aren’t the only solution as more sophisticated treatment methods are being produced.

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 noise, be it the rabble of a dinner party or the rattle of a ceiling fan, is crucial in training your brain to receive certain stimulations again.

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 manufacturers. These rhythmically inconsistent tones can distract from the consistent and regular tones tinnitus sufferers hear.

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

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

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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