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

It’s generally unclear what’s causing tinnitus (a ringing or buzzing in your ears). However, there is one thing experts agree on: you are more likely to experience tinnitus if you also are dealing with hearing loss. According to HLAA as much as 90 percent of individuals who have tinnitus also have hearing loss.

As you probably realize, your genetics, age, and lifestyle can all play a role in the advancement of hearing loss. Often, moderate cases of hearing loss go undetected and hearing loss, in general, isn’t always evident. Even mild cases of hearing loss will increase your likelihood of tinnitus, making the situation even worse.

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

There isn’t a cure for tinnitus. However, hearing aids can help you manage both hearing loss and tinnitus in ways that can decrease symptoms and improve one’s quality of life. In fact, one study confirmed that as much as 60 percent of people suffering from tinnitus experienced relief when they used hearing aids, with 22 percent showing appreciable relief.

A traditional hearing aid can basically hide the ringing or buzzing caused by tinnitus by improving your ability to hear outside sounds, which effectively drowns out the ringing. And, fortunately, conventional hearing aids aren’t the only solution as more advanced treatment possibilities are being produced.

Types of Specialized Hearing Aids to Decrease Tinnitus Symptoms

Hearing aids work by gathering natural sounds from the world around you and boosting them to a level that lets you hear. This basic technology is critical in training your hearing to receive specific stimulation by boosting sounds like the rattle of a ceiling fan or the rabble of a dinner party.

You can take an even more comprehensive approach to your tinnitus treatment by augmenting hearing aids with other strategies, like stress reduction, sound stimulation, and counseling.

Some hearing aid makers even use the irregular rhythm of fractal tones to decrease the symptoms of tinnitus. These rhythmically inconsistent tones can distract from the persistent and regular tones tinnitus sufferers experience.

Other specialty devices attempt to blend your tinnitus in with the normal sounds you’re hearing. This approach will commonly use a white noise signal that a hearing professional can adjust to ensure proper calibration for your ear and your disorder.

All of these strategies, from white noise therapies to sound therapies, use specialized hearing aid technology to distract the attention of the user away from focusing on tinnitus noises.

Hearing aids can improve quality of life and decrease 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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