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

The cause of tinnitus, a persistent ringing or buzzing in the ears, is generally ambiguous. But one thing we know for certain is that if you have hearing loss your probability of experiencing tinnitus rises. According to HLAA up to 90 percent of individuals who experience tinnitus also have hearing loss.

As you probably realize, your genetics, age, and lifestyle can all play a role in the development of hearing loss. Often, minor cases of hearing loss go unnoticed and hearing loss, in general, isn’t always evident. Even mild cases of hearing loss will raise your likelihood of tinnitus, making the situation even worse.

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

Tinnitus doesn’t have a cure. However, hearing aids will help you manage both hearing loss and tinnitus in ways that can reduce symptoms and improve one’s quality of life. In fact, one study confirmed that up to 60 percent of people suffering from tinnitus saw relief when they used hearing aids, with 22 percent showing considerable relief.

A conventional hearing aid can basically hide the buzzing or ringing associated with tinnitus by improving your ability to hear outside sounds, which effectively drowns out the ringing. And, fortunately, conventional hearing aids aren’t the only solution as more sophisticated treatment possibilities are being produced.

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

Hearing aids work by collecting natural sounds from the environment around you and boosting them to a level that lets you hear. Even though it might 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 take an even more complete approach to your tinnitus management by augmenting hearing aids with other strategies, like stress reduction, sound stimulation, and counseling.

Fractal tones and irregular rhythms are even being used by some hearing aid makers. These rhythmically inconsistent tones can distract from the constant and regular tones tinnitus sufferers hear.

Blending the natural sounds you hear with your tinnitus sounds is the objective of other advanced hearing aid options. This strategy will commonly utilize a white noise signal that a hearing expert can adjust to ensure proper calibration for your ear and your disorder.

Whether it’s through sound therapy, blending, or a white noise mechanism, all of these specialized technologies have a common objective 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 individuals, hearing aids help reduce 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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