Around one in seven people are estimated to suffer from tinnitus. That puts the total number in the millions. In a few countries, the numbers are even higher and that’s pretty alarming.
Sometimes tinnitus is goes away on it’s own. But in those instances where ringing, buzzing, or humming in your ears is difficult to get rid of, finding an effective treatment can very quickly become a priority. One of the most practical of such remedies is already rather common: hearing aids.
Tinnitus and hearing loss are related but separate conditions. It’s possible to have tinnitus with normal hearing or to have hearing loss without also getting tinnitus. But the two conditions coexist often enough that hearing aids have become a dependable solution, managing hearing loss and stopping tinnitus all at once.
How Hearing Aids Can Help Tinnitus
Hearing aids have, according to one survey, been reported to give tinnitus relief to up to 60% of participants. Roughly 22% of those surveyed reported considerable relief. However, hearing aids aren’t designed specifically to handle 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 stop tinnitus symptoms:
- Everything gets a little bit louder: The volume of certain wavelengths of the world become quieter when have hearing loss. When that happens the ringing in your ears becomes much more obvious. Hearing loss is not reducing the ringing so it becomes the loudest thing you hear. The ringing or buzzing 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.
- Conversations become easier: Amplifying human speech is something contemporary hearing aids are particularly good at. So once you’re using your hearing aids regularly, having conversations becomes much easier. You can follow the story Fred is telling at the restaurant or listen to what Sally is excited about at work. When you have a healthy involved social life tinnitus can appear to disappear into the background. Interacting socially also helps decrease stress, which is associated with tinnitus.
- The increased audio stimulation is keeping your brain fit: When you experience hearing loss, those regions of your brain tasked with interpreting sounds can often suffer from fatigue, stress, or atrophy. Using a hearing aid can keep the audio centers of your brain limber and healthy, which as a result can help decrease some tinnitus symptoms you might be experiencing.
The Benefits of Modern Hearing Aids
Smart Technology is built into modern hearing aids. To some degree, that’s because they feature the newest technologies and hearing assistance algorithms. But the efficiency of modern hearing aids is attained in part because each device can be refined and calibrated on a patient-per-patient basis (sometimes, they recalibrate based on the amount of background noise).
Whatever your particular hearing levels are, customized hearing aids can conveniently be calibrated to them. The better your hearings aid works for you, the more likely they are to help you drown out the buzzing or humming from tinnitus.
What is The Best Way to End Tinnitus?
Your level of hearing loss will dictate what’s best for you. If you haven’t had any hearing loss, you’ll still have accessible treatment options for your tinnitus. Cognitive behavioral therapy, a custom masking device, or medication are some possible solutions.
But, if you’re one of the many individuals out there who happen to have both hearing loss and tinnitus, a pair of hearing aids could be able to do the old two-birds-one-stone thing. Stop tinnitus from making your life difficult by managing your hearing loss with a good set of hearing aids.