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It’s often not clear 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 suffering from hearing loss. According to HLAA up to 90 percent of people who are dealing with tinnitus also have hearing loss.

Your age, lifestyle, and genetics can all play a role in the development of hearing loss as you probably know. And while many people think of hearing loss as being obvious, the reality is that some mild hearing loss can go unnoticed. Even minor 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

Tinnitus has no cure. 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. Sixty percent of people dealing with tinnitus, in fact, experienced relief of their symptoms, and twenty-two had substantial improvement.

A traditional hearing aid can essentially hide the ringing or buzzing associated with tinnitus by improving your ability to hear outside sounds, which essentially drowns out the ringing. The good news is that there are other, more advanced options beyond just traditional hearing aids to manage the symptoms related to tinnitus.

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

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

You can take an even more complete approach to your tinnitus treatment by enhancing hearing aids with other strategies, like stress reduction, sound stimulation, and counseling.

Some hearing aid makers even use the irregular rhythm of fractal tones to reduce the symptoms of tinnitus. These rhythmically inconsistent tones can distract from the consistent and regular tones tinnitus sufferers experience.

Blending the natural sounds you hear with your tinnitus sounds is the objective 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 specialist.

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

Hearing aids can improve quality of life and lessen 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
The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.
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