Hearing Aids – a Cure For Tinnitus?

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

The cause of tinnitus, a constant ringing or buzzing in the ears, is generally ambiguous. However, there is one thing experts agree on: you are more likely to experience tinnitus if you also suffer from hearing loss. According to HLAA as much as 90 percent of people who are dealing with tinnitus also have hearing loss.

Your age, lifestyle, and genetics can all play a role in the development of hearing loss as you most likely know. And while many people think of hearing loss as being obvious, the reality is that some minor hearing loss can go unnoticed. Even minor cases of hearing loss will increase your chance of tinnitus, making the situation even worse.

Hearing Aids Won’t Cure Tinnitus But They Can Help

There isn’t a cure for tinnitus. However, your symptoms can be decreased and your life can be improved by using hearing aids to treat your hearing loss and tinnitus. In fact, one study confirmed that as much as 60 percent of tinnitus patients saw relief when they used hearing aids, with 22 percent showing substantial relief.

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

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

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

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

Some hearing aid makers even utilize the irregular rhythm of fractal tones to decrease the symptoms of tinnitus. The constant 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 approach 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 technologies have a common objective of distracting the attention away from the buzzing or ringing of tinnitus.

It’s true that there isn’t any cure for tinnitus, but for at least some, hearing aids help lessen symptoms and improve your quality of life.




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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