It’s often unclear what’s causing tinnitus (a buzzing or ringing in your ears). But one thing we know for sure is that if you have hearing loss your probability of experiencing tinnitus goes up. Up to 90 percent of individuals who suffer from tinnitus also have hearing loss according to HIAA.
Your age, lifestyle, and genetics can all take part in the development of hearing loss as you probably know. Often, minor cases of hearing loss go unnoticed and hearing loss, in general, isn’t always apparent. Worse, even a slight case of hearing loss raises your risk and likelihood of developing tinnitus.
Hearing Aids Won’t Cure Tinnitus But They Will Help
There isn’t a cure for tinnitus. However, your symptoms can be minimized and your life can be improved by using hearing aids to manage your hearing loss and tinnitus. In fact, one study revealed that up to 60 percent of tinnitus patients saw relief when they used hearing aids, with 22 percent showing considerable relief.
A conventional hearing aid can basically hide the buzzing or ringing caused by tinnitus by strengthening your ability to hear other sounds, which essentially drowns out the ringing. And, fortunately, conventional hearing aids aren’t the only option as more advanced treatment possibilities are being produced.
Tinnitus Symptoms Will be Reduced by These Types of Specialty Hearing Aids
Hearing aids work by collecting natural sounds from the world around you and amplifying them to a level that lets you hear. This simple technology is critical in teaching your hearing to receive specific stimulation by amplifying sounds like the rattle of a ceiling fan or the rabble of a dinner party.
You can take an even more comprehensive approach to your tinnitus management by enhancing hearing aids with other techniques, 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 persistent and regular tones tinnitus sufferers experience.
Blending the natural sounds you hear with your tinnitus sounds is the objective of other advanced hearing aid options. Your condition and ear have very personal needs and this approach will use a personalized white noise that will be calibrated by your hearing specialist.
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.
It’s true that there isn’t any cure for tinnitus, but for at least some, hearing aids help decrease symptoms and improve your quality of life.