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

It’s generally unclear what’s triggering tinnitus (a ringing or buzzing in your ears). However, there is one thing researchers agree on: you are more likely to develop tinnitus if you also are suffering from hearing loss. Up to 90 percent of people who suffer from tinnitus also have hearing loss according to HIAA.

As you probably know, your genetics, age, and lifestyle can all be involved in the development of hearing loss. And while many people think of hearing loss as being obvious, the reality is that some mild hearing loss can go undetected. Even mild cases of hearing loss will raise your chance of tinnitus, making the situation even worse.

Hearing Aids Won’t Cure Tinnitus But They Will 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 manage your hearing loss and tinnitus. In fact, one study confirmed that up to 60 percent of tinnitus patients saw relief when they wore hearing aids, with 22 percent showing substantial relief.

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

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

Hearing aids work by gathering natural sounds from the world around you and boosting them to a level that allows you to hear. Even though it might 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 training your brain to receive certain stimulations again.

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 used by some hearing aid manufacturers. These rhythmically inconsistent tones can distract from the consistent and regular tones tinnitus sufferers experience.

Other specialized devices attempt to blend your tinnitus in with the normal sounds you’re hearing. Your condition and ear have very personal needs and this approach will use a personalized white noise that will be dialed-in by your hearing professional.

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

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

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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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