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

The cause of tinnitus, a persistent buzzing or ringing 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 percent of individuals who experience tinnitus also have hearing loss according to HIAA.

As you most likely realize, your genetics, age, and lifestyle can all play a role in the development of hearing loss. And while many individuals think of hearing loss as being obvious, the truth is that some minor hearing loss can go unnoticed. Even mild cases of hearing loss will increase your chance of tinnitus, making the situation even worse.

Hearing Aids Won’t Cure Tinnitus But They Will Help

There isn’t a cure for tinnitus. However, hearing aids can help you manage both hearing loss and tinnitus in ways that can reduce symptoms and improve one’s quality of life. Sixty percent of people coping 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. Luckily there are other, more advanced options beyond just traditional hearing aids to treat the symptoms related to tinnitus.

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

Hearing aids boost the volume of environmental sounds to the point that you can hear them clearly. Although it may be simple in design, that amplification of noise, be it the rabble of a dinner party or the clank of a ceiling fan, is crucial in training your brain to receive certain stimulations again.

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.

Some hearing aid makers even utilize the irregular rhythm of fractal tones to decrease the symptoms of tinnitus. The constant tone of tinnitus can be interrupted by the uneven tones of these inconsistent rhythms.

Other specialized devices attempt to blend your tinnitus in with the normal sounds you’re hearing. This approach will commonly utilize a white noise signal that a hearing specialist can adjust to ensure correct calibration for your ear and your condition.

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

Hearing aids can improve quality of life and lessen 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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