Hearing Aids – a Cure For Tinnitus?

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

It’s generally not clear what’s triggering tinnitus (a buzzing or ringing in your ears). But one thing we know for certain is that if you have hearing loss your probability of developing tinnitus rises. According to HLAA as much as 90 percent of individuals who are dealing with 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. Often, mild cases of hearing loss go undetected and hearing loss, in general, isn’t always apparent. Even mild 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 Treat Tinnitus

There isn’t a cure for tinnitus. However, your symptoms can be minimized and your life can be improved by wearing hearing aids to treat your hearing loss and tinnitus. In fact, one study confirmed that up to 60 percent of people suffering from tinnitus saw relief when they used hearing aids, with 22 percent showing appreciable relief.

When you can suddenly hear external sounds better because hearing aids have boosted the volume, your tinnitus symptoms will be drowned out. Luckily there are other, more advanced solutions beyond just conventional hearing aids to treat the symptoms linked to tinnitus.

Types of Specialty Hearing Aids to Reduce Tinnitus Symptoms

Hearing aids work by collecting natural sounds from the environment around you and boosting them to a level that lets you hear. This simple 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 take an even more comprehensive approach to your tinnitus management by enhancing hearing aids with other strategies, like stress reduction, sound stimulation, and counseling.

Fractal tones and irregular rhythms are even being utilized by some hearing aid manufacturers. These rhythmically inconsistent tones can distract from the constant and regular tones tinnitus sufferers experience.

Blending the normal sounds you hear with your tinnitus sounds is the objective of other advanced hearing aid options. This strategy will commonly utilize a white noise signal that a hearing expert can adjust to ensure proper calibration for your ear and your disorder.

Whether it’s through sound therapy, blending, or a white noise mechanism, all of these specialized technologies have a common aim of distracting the user away from the ringing or buzzing of tinnitus.

Hearing aids can improve quality of life and lessen symptoms of tinnitus even if there isn’t any cure.




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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