Hearing Aids – a Cure For Tinnitus?

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

It’s often not clear what’s triggering tinnitus (a buzzing or ringing in your ears). However, there is one thing experts agree on: you are more likely to develop tinnitus if you also are dealing with hearing loss. Up to 90 percent of people who are afflicted by tinnitus also have hearing loss according to HIAA.

Your lifestyle, age, and genetics can all take part in the development of hearing loss as you most likely know. And while many people think of hearing loss as being obvious, the truth is that some minor hearing loss can go unnoticed. Even slight cases of hearing loss will raise your likelihood of tinnitus, making the situation even worse.

Hearing Aids Won’t Cure Tinnitus But They Will Help

Tinnitus doesn’t have a cure. However, your symptoms can be decreased and your life can be improved by wearing hearing aids to treat your hearing loss and tinnitus. Sixty percent of people struggling with tinnitus, in fact, experienced 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 be drowned out. And, fortunately, conventional hearing aids aren’t the only option as more advanced treatment possibilities are being produced.

Types of Specialized Hearing Aids to Reduce Tinnitus Symptoms

Hearing aids boost the level of environmental sounds to the point that you can hear them clearly. Although it may be simple in design, that amplification of noise, be it the rabble of a dinner party or the rattle of a ceiling fan, is critical in teaching your brain to receive certain stimulations again.

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 decrease the symptoms of tinnitus. The consistent tone of tinnitus can be interrupted by the uneven tones of these inconsistent rhythms.

Other specialty devices attempt to blend your tinnitus in with the natural sounds you’re hearing. This strategy will generally utilize a white noise signal that a hearing expert can adjust to guarantee correct calibration for your ear and your condition.

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

Hearing aids can improve quality of life and decrease 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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