Audiology Associates of North Florida - Tallahassee, FL

“Tinnitus

You’ve probably heard some ringing in your ears at some time in your life or another. And that ringing has a name: tinnitus. At any particular time 15-20% percent of people, as reported by many studies, experience tinnitus. Although the majority of people only hear this ringing intermittently, some people experience chronic tinnitus that doesn’t go away. The most prevalent treatment for tinnitus is, thankfully, relatively simple: hearing aids.

Coping With Persistent Tinnitus

Some of the many reasons why tinnitus develops are fairly easy to understand, others not so much. Your ears can generate an uncountable number of noises when you have tinnitus not just ringing but sounds such as thumping or grinding.

And tinnitus gets more obnoxious as the noises become noisier. Difficulty communicating, mental health declines, and interruption of your everyday life can be the eventual consequence.

Hearing Aids And Tinnitus

While hearing aids don’t actually “cure” tinnitus they are really good at dealing with some of the more pronounced symptoms. There are numerous ways that hearing aids accomplish this.

Making The Ringing in Your Ears Less Noticeable

Tinnitus and hearing loss frequently manifest together. They can have the same underlying cause or not. In any case, as your hearing worsens, your tinnitus could become more prominent. There’s less competition, and that buzzing or ringing can really be noticeable (it’s like winning American Idol in a year with sub-par contestants).

Your hearing aid will be able to turn the ambient sound of the world up. Once again your tinnitus will, to your relief, get lost in the details. Now you can get back to enjoying your life again.

Muting The Noises Out

Obviously, there’s a difference between overwhelming your tinnitus and masking your tinnitus. So to help manage your buzzing and ringing, many modern hearing aids use a type of noise cancellation technology. We can show you how to tune your hearing aid to produce certain white noises that help lessen your tinnitus. Basically, by producing specific kinds of sound, your hearing aid can help minimize the volume of your tinnitus symptoms.

This is a customized technology and an appointment with us will help you determine if this is right for you.

Most forms of chronic tinnitus can’t be cured. But you can still find ways to deal with it. The buzzing, ringing, and other tinnitus-related noises will be gone and you will be able to enjoy a full life with hearing aids that are calibrated properly. Hearing aids are the ideal choice for people with tinnitus.

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