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

The cause of tinnitus, a persistent ringing or buzzing in the ears, is often ambiguous. 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 experience tinnitus also have hearing loss according to HIAA.

As you most likely know, your age, genetics, and lifestyle can all be involved in the development of hearing loss. Often, mild cases of hearing loss go undetected and hearing loss, in general, isn’t always evident. Even worse, even a minor case of hearing loss raises your risk and probability of developing tinnitus.

Hearing Aids Won’t Cure Tinnitus But They Can Help

Tinnitus doesn’t have a cure. However, hearing aids will help you manage both hearing loss and tinnitus in ways that can minimize symptoms and improve one’s quality of life. As a matter of fact, one study revealed that as much as 60 percent of tinnitus patients experienced relief when they used hearing aids, with 22 percent showing considerable relief.

When you can suddenly hear outside sounds better because hearing aids have boosted the volume, your tinnitus symptoms will go into the background. And, fortunately, traditional hearing aids aren’t the only option as more sophisticated treatment methods are being produced.

Types of Specialized Hearing Aids to Reduce Tinnitus Symptoms

Hearing aids work by collecting natural sounds from the environment around you and amplifying them to a level that allows you to hear. This simple technology is crucial in teaching your hearing to receive certain stimulation by amplifying sounds like the rattle of a ceiling fan or the hum of a dinner party.

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

Some hearing aid manufacturers even utilize the irregular rhythm of fractal tones to reduce the symptoms of tinnitus. The persistent tone of tinnitus can be interrupted by the irregular tones of these inconsistent rhythms.

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

All of these strategies, from white noise therapies to sound therapies, use specialized hearing aid technology to distract the attention of the user away from paying attention to tinnitus noises.

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

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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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