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“Tinnitus

You’ve probably heard some ringing in your ears at one time in your life or another. And that ringing has a name: tinnitus. At any given time 15-20% percent of people, according to many studies, experience tinnitus. Normally, it doesn’t last. But chronic tinnitus, a ringing that won’t go away, can be unpleasant and upsetting. Luckily, there is a common and simple treatment for tinnitus: hearing aids.

Coping With Persistent Tinnitus

Some of the many reasons why tinnitus develops are fairly simple to understand, others not so much. Tinnitus can also manifest as a wide variety of objective or subjective sounds, from thumping to clanging to metallic buzz-saw noises, whatever loud symphony your ears can produce.

And tinnitus gets more obnoxious as the noises become louder. Over time, tinnitus can cause declines in mental health, create trouble communicating, and interfere with your daily life.

Tinnitus And Hearing Aids

While hearing aids don’t actually “cure” tinnitus they are really good at dealing with some of the more pronounced symptoms. Hearing aids are capable of accomplishing this in several ways.

Bringing The Ringing to a Less Noticeable Level

Tinnitus and hearing loss frequently manifest hand in hand. Sometimes, they have the same root cause, but often they don’t. Whatever the case, as your hearing worsens, your tinnitus may become more prominent. There’s not as much competition, and that ringing or buzzing can really stand out (it’s like winning American Idol in a year with sub-par contestants).

When you’re using hearing aids the sounds of the external world will be turned up. You will have relief when your tinnitus is pushed back to a manageable level. This can help you give attention to and enjoy your life.

Canceling Out The Noise

Obviously, there’s a difference between overwhelming your tinnitus and masking your tinnitus. That’s the reason why many modern hearing aids will utilize a specialized twist on noise-canceling technology to help deal with the buzzing and ringing. Certain white noise frequencies can be tuned into your hearing aids that can help reduce tinnitus symptoms. Making use of this kind of technology, you will be less aware of tinnitus sounds.

This is a specialized technology and an appointment with us will help you determine if this is right for you.

There’s no cure for most forms of chronic tinnitus. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find a way to manage it. A precisely calibrated hearing aid can permit you to fully live your life and experience the joys of the world without being overcome by buzzing, ringing, or any other tinnitus-related sounds. For many people who live with tinnitus, hearing aids are a good choice.

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