You’ve probably heard some ringing in your ears at some point in your life or another. That ringing is called tinnitus. At any given time 15-20% percent of people, as reported by numerous studies, experience tinnitus. Even though most people only hear this ringing intermittently, some people experience chronic tinnitus that doesn’t go away. The most prevalent treatment for tinnitus is, thankfully, fairly simple: hearing aids.
Coping With Persistent Tinnitus
Chronic tinnitus can happen for a variety of reasons, and some of them are understood better than others. Tinnitus can also sound like a wide variety of objective or subjective sounds, from pounding to clanging to metal buzz-saw sounds, whatever loud cacophony your ears can create.
And tinnitus gets more obnoxious as the noises become noisier. Over time, tinnitus can cause declines in mental health, create trouble communicating, and interfere with your daily life.
Tinnitus And Hearing Aids
While there is typically no way to cure the inherent cause of tinnitus, hearing aids have become pretty skilled at treating tinnitus symptoms. Hearing aids are able to accomplish this in a few ways.
Bringing The Ringing to a Less Noticeable Level
The symptoms of tinnitus will normally occur along side of hearing loss issues. They can have the same underlying cause or not. But it’s very likely that your tinnitus will get worse as your hearing loss worsens. There’s not as much competition, and that buzzing or ringing can really stand out (it’s like winning American Idol in a year with sub-par contestants).
Your hearing aid has the ability to turn the ambient sound of the world up. You will have relief when your tinnitus is pushed back to a manageable level. Now you can go back to enjoying your life again.
Muting The Noises Out
Clearly, overwhelming your tinnitus is not the same thing as masking your tinnitus. So to help handle your ringing and buzzing, many modern hearing aids use a form of noise cancellation technology. We can show you how to fine tune your hearing aid to produce particular white noises that help reduce your tinnitus. Utilizing this kind of technology, you will be less aware of tinnitus noises.
This is a customized technology and an appointment with us will help you figure out if this is right for you.
Most types of chronic tinnitus can’t be cured. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find a way to manage it. The ringing, buzzing, and other tinnitus-related sounds will be gone and you will be able to experience a full life with hearing aids that are calibrated correctly. For most people who live with tinnitus, hearing aids are ideal.