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

The cause of tinnitus, a constant buzzing or ringing in the ears, is often ambiguous. But one thing we know for sure is that if you have hearing loss your chance of experiencing tinnitus rises. Up to 90 percent of people who are afflicted by tinnitus also have hearing loss according to HIAA.

As you probably know, your genetics, age, and lifestyle can all be involved in the advancement of hearing loss. Often, mild instances of hearing loss go unnoticed and hearing loss, in general, isn’t always obvious. Even minor 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 Manage Tinnitus

Tinnitus has no cure. However, your symptoms can be minimized and your life can be improved by wearing hearing aids to treat your hearing loss and tinnitus. Sixty percent of people struggling with tinnitus, in fact, saw relief of their symptoms, and twenty-two had significant improvement.

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

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

Hearing aids work by gathering natural sounds from the environment around you and boosting them to a level that lets you hear. Although it might be basic in design, that amplification of sound, be it the hum of a dinner party or the clank of a ceiling fan, is crucial in training your brain to receive certain stimulations again.

You can enhance those amplification efforts by the combination of other approaches, like counseling, sound stimulation, and stress reduction for a more comprehensive approach to treatment.

Fractal tones and irregular rhythms are even being used by some hearing aid makers. The persistent tone of tinnitus can be interrupted by the uneven tones of these inconsistent rhythms.

Other specialty devices try to blend your tinnitus in with the normal sounds you’re hearing. This strategy will generally utilize a white noise signal that a hearing expert can adjust to guarantee correct calibration for your ear and your disorder.

Whether you use sound therapy, blending, or a white noise mechanism, all of these specialized devices have a common goal of distracting the user away from the buzzing or ringing of tinnitus.

It’s true that there isn’t any cure for tinnitus, but for at least some, hearing aids help decrease 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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