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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 generally unclear. 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 individuals who experience tinnitus also have hearing loss according to HIAA.

As you probably know, your age, genetics, and lifestyle can all play a role in the development of hearing loss. And while many people think of hearing loss as being obvious, the truth is that some mild hearing loss can go unnoticed. 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 has no cure. However, your symptoms can be reduced and your life can be improved by using hearing aids to address your hearing loss and tinnitus. Sixty percent of people dealing with tinnitus, in fact, saw relief of their symptoms, and twenty-two had considerable improvement.

A traditional hearing aid can basically hide the buzzing or ringing associated with tinnitus by strengthening your ability to hear other sounds, which basically drowns out the ringing. And, fortunately, traditional 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 increase the level of environmental sounds to the point that you can hear them clearly. Even though it might be basic 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 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 minimize the symptoms of tinnitus. These rhythmically inconsistent tones can distract from the consistent and regular tones tinnitus sufferers experience.

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

All of these strategies, from white noise therapies to sound therapies, utilize 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 is no 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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