Most estimates put the amount of people impacted by tinnitus in the millions or about one in every seven people. In a few countries, the numbers are even higher and that’s pretty startling.
True, tinnitus isn’t always recurring. But if you’re dealing with persistent tinnitus symptoms it becomes crucial to find a solution as soon as possible. Luckily, there is a treatment that has proven to be rather effective: hearing aids.
Tinnitus and hearing loss are connected but separate conditions. It’s possible to experience tinnitus with average hearing or to have hearing loss without also getting tinnitus. But if you’re experiencing the two conditions simultaneously, which is relatively typical, hearing aids can handle both at the same time.
How Can Tinnitus be Helped by Hearing Aids?
According to one study, 60% of people with tinnitus reported some amount of relief when they began using hearing aids. Approximately 22% of everyone surveyed reported significant relief. But, hearing aids are not designed specifically to treat tinnitus. The benefits appear to come by association. So if you have tinnitus and hearing loss then that’s when your hearing aids will most effectively treat the tinnitus symptoms.
Here’s how hearing aids can help get rid of tinnitus symptoms:
- Everything gets slightly louder: When you have loss of hearing, the volume of the world (or, at least, specific frequencies of the world) can fall away and become more silent. When that happens the ringing in your ears becomes a lot more noticeable. Hearing loss is not decreasing the ringing so it becomes the loudest thing you hear. The buzzing or ringing that was so obvious will be masked when your hearing aid boosts the outside sound. Tinnitus becomes less of a problem as you pay less attention to it.
- It becomes less difficult to engage in conversations: Increasing the volume of human speech is something contemporary hearing aids are particularly good at. So once you’re wearing your hearing aids regularly, carrying on conversations becomes a lot easier. You can keep up with the story Carl is telling at happy hour or listen to what Sally is excited about at work. The more you interact with other people, the more social you are, the less you’ll notice your tinnitus. Interacting socially also helps minimize stress, which is linked to tinnitus.
- The increased audio stimulation is keeping your brain fit: Hearing loss has been proven to put stress on cognitive function. Tinnitus symptoms you might be experiencing can be reduced when the brain is in a healthy pliable condition and hearing aids can help keep it that way.
Modern Hearing Aids Come With Several Benefits
Modern hearing aids are smart. To some degree, that’s because they integrate the latest technologies and hearing assistance algorithms. But the efficiency of modern hearing aids is accomplished in part because each device can be customized and calibrated on a patient-per-patient basis (they can even detect the amount of background noise and automatically adjust accordingly).
Whatever your particular hearing levels are, customized hearing aids can easily be calibrated to them. The better your hearings aid works for you, the more likely they are to help you drown out the humming or buzzing from tinnitus.
What is The Best Way to End Tinnitus?
Your degree of hearing impairment will determine what’s best for you. There are still treatment options for your tinnitus even if you don’t have any hearing loss. That could mean custom-made masking devices, medication, or cognitive behavioral therapy.
However, hearing aids might be able to take care of both situations if you have tinnitus and hearing loss at the same time. Treating your hearing impairment with a good set of hearing aids can often stop tinnitus from making your life difficult.