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It’s often unclear what’s causing tinnitus (a ringing or buzzing in your ears). However, there is one thing experts agree on: you are more likely to experience tinnitus if you also are afflicted by hearing loss. According to HLAA as much as 90 percent of people who have tinnitus also have hearing loss.

Your age, lifestyle, and genetics can all take part in the development of hearing loss as you probably know. Frequently, moderate instances of hearing loss go unnoticed and hearing loss, in general, isn’t always evident. Worse, even a minor case of hearing loss increases your risk and probability 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 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 be drowned out. And, fortunately, conventional hearing aids aren’t the only solution as more sophisticated treatment methods are being produced.

Tinnitus Symptoms Will be Reduced by These Types of Specialty Hearing Aids

Hearing aids work by gathering natural sounds from the environment around you and boosting them to a level that lets you hear. Although it might be simple in design, that amplification of noise, be it the rabble of a dinner party or the clank of a ceiling fan, is critical in training your brain to receive certain stimulations again.

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

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

Blending the normal sounds you hear with your tinnitus sounds is the goal of other advanced hearing aid options. Your condition and ear have very personal needs and this approach will use a customized 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 focusing on tinnitus noises.

It’s true that there is no cure for tinnitus, but for at least some people, hearing aids help decrease symptoms and improve your quality of life.

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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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