Hearing Aids – a Cure For Tinnitus?

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

It’s generally not clear what’s causing tinnitus (a ringing or buzzing in your ears). However, there is one thing experts agree on: you are more likely to develop tinnitus if you also suffer from hearing loss. According to HLAA as much as 90 percent of people who have tinnitus also have hearing loss.

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 minor hearing loss can go undetected. Even worse, even a minor case of hearing loss increases your risk and probability of developing tinnitus.

Hearing Aids Won’t Cure Tinnitus But They Can Help

Tinnitus has no cure. However, hearing aids can help you manage both hearing loss and tinnitus in ways that can minimize symptoms and improve one’s quality of life. In fact, one study revealed that as much as 60 percent of tinnitus patients experienced relief when they used hearing aids, with 22 percent showing substantial relief.

When you can suddenly hear external sounds better because hearing aids have boosted the volume, your tinnitus symptoms will be drowned out. The good news is that there are other, more advanced options beyond just traditional hearing aids to treat the symptoms related to tinnitus.

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

Hearing aids boost the volume of environmental sounds to the point that you can hear them clearly. This simple technology is crucial in training your hearing to receive certain stimulation by boosting 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 treatment 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 constant and regular tones tinnitus sufferers experience.

Blending the normal sounds you hear with your tinnitus sounds is the objective of other sophisticated hearing aid options. This approach will commonly use a white noise signal that a hearing specialist can adjust to guarantee proper calibration for your ear and your disorder.

Whether it’s through sound therapy, blending, or a white noise mechanism, all of these specialized devices have a common goal 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 isn’t any cure.




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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