Hearing Aids - a Cure For Tinnitus?

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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 often unclear. However, there is one thing researchers agree on: you are more likely to develop tinnitus if you also are dealing with hearing loss. According to HLAA up to 90 percent of individuals who have tinnitus also have hearing loss.

Your lifestyle, age, and genetics can all take part in the development of hearing loss as you most likely know. Frequently, mild cases of hearing loss go unnoticed and hearing loss, in general, isn’t always evident. Even minor cases of hearing loss will raise your chance of tinnitus, making the situation even worse.

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

There isn’t a cure for tinnitus. However, your symptoms can be reduced and your life can be improved by wearing hearing aids to manage your hearing loss and tinnitus. Sixty percent of people dealing with tinnitus, in fact, saw relief of their symptoms, and twenty-two had substantial improvement.

When you can suddenly hear outside sounds better because hearing aids have raised the volume, your tinnitus symptoms will go into the background. Luckily there are other, more advanced options beyond just traditional hearing aids to treat the symptoms linked to tinnitus.

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

Hearing aids increase the volume of environmental sounds to the point that you can hear them clearly. This basic technology is critical in teaching your hearing to receive certain stimulation by amplifying sounds like the clattering of a ceiling fan or the hum of a dinner party.

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

Some hearing aid manufacturers even use the irregular rhythm of fractal tones to minimize the symptoms of tinnitus. These rhythmically inconsistent tones can distract from the constant and regular tones tinnitus sufferers hear.

Other specialty devices attempt to blend your tinnitus in with the normal sounds you’re hearing. Your condition and ear have very personal needs and this technique will use a customized white noise that will be calibrated by your hearing professional.

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

Hearing aids can improve quality of life and lessen symptoms of tinnitus even if there is no cure.

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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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