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Hearing Aids – a Cure For Tinnitus?

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

It’s often not clear what’s triggering tinnitus (a ringing or buzzing in your ears). 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 people who experience tinnitus also have hearing loss according to HIAA.

Your age, lifestyle, and genetics can all play a role in the development of hearing loss as you most likely know. Often, moderate cases of hearing loss go undetected 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.

Hearing Aids Won’t Cure Tinnitus But They Can Help

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 coping 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 raised the volume, your tinnitus symptoms will go into the background. Luckily there are other, more sophisticated solutions beyond just traditional hearing aids to treat the symptoms associated with 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 lets you hear. Even though it may be basic in design, that amplification of sound, be it the rabble of a dinner party or the clank of a ceiling fan, is critical in teaching your brain to receive certain stimulations again.

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

Fractal tones and irregular rhythms are even being utilized by some hearing aid manufacturers. 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 advanced hearing aid options. Your condition and ear have very personal needs and this approach will use a personalized white noise that will be dialed-in by your hearing specialist.

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

It’s true that there is no cure for tinnitus, but for at least some people, hearing aids help decrease symptoms and improve your quality of life.




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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