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

As you probably know, your age, genetics, and lifestyle can all play a role in the advancement of hearing loss. Frequently, moderate instances of hearing loss go unnoticed and hearing loss, in general, isn’t always apparent. Even mild cases of hearing loss will raise your likelihood of tinnitus, making the situation even worse.

It’s Not a Cure, But Hearing Aids Can Help Manage Tinnitus

Tinnitus has no cure. However, your symptoms can be reduced and your life can be improved by wearing hearing aids to treat your hearing loss and tinnitus. Sixty percent of people struggling with tinnitus, in fact, saw relief of their symptoms, and twenty-two had considerable improvement.

When you can suddenly hear external sounds better because hearing aids have boosted the volume, your tinnitus symptoms will go into the background. The good news is that there are other, more advanced options beyond just conventional hearing aids to manage the symptoms related to tinnitus.

Types of Specialty Hearing Aids to Lessen Tinnitus Symptoms

Hearing aids boost the level of environmental sounds to the point that you can hear them clearly. This basic technology is critical in teaching your hearing to receive specific stimulation by amplifying sounds like the clattering of a ceiling fan or the rabble of a dinner party.

You can augment those amplification efforts by the combination of other methods, like counseling, sound stimulation, and stress reduction for a more complete approach to treatment.

Some hearing aid manufacturers even use the irregular rhythm of fractal tones to minimize the symptoms of tinnitus. The consistent tone of tinnitus can be interrupted by the uneven tones of these inconsistent rhythms.

Blending the normal sounds you hear with your tinnitus sounds is the objective of other advanced hearing aid options. This approach will commonly use a white noise signal that a hearing specialist can adjust to ensure proper 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 ringing or buzzing of tinnitus.

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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