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The cause of tinnitus, a persistent buzzing or ringing in the ears, is often ambiguous. But one thing we know for certain is that if you have hearing loss your chance of developing tinnitus goes up. Up to 90% of people who are afflicted by tinnitus also have hearing loss according to HIAA.

As you probably know, your genetics, age, and lifestyle can all be involved in the advancement of hearing loss. Frequently, minor instances of hearing loss go unnoticed and hearing loss, in general, isn’t always apparent. Even minor 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

There is no cure for tinnitus. However, your symptoms can be decreased and your life can be improved by wearing hearing aids to manage your hearing loss and tinnitus. Sixty percent of people coping with tinnitus, in fact, experienced relief of their symptoms, and twenty-two had significant improvement.

When you can suddenly hear external sounds better because hearing aids have raised the volume, your tinnitus symptoms will be drowned out. And, fortunately, conventional hearing aids aren’t the only option as more sophisticated treatment possibilities are being produced.

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

Hearing aids work by gathering natural sounds from the world around you and boosting them to a level that allows you to hear. This simple technology is critical in training your hearing to receive certain stimulation by boosting sounds like the clattering 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 strategies, like stress reduction, sound stimulation, and counseling.

Fractal tones and irregular rhythms are even being used by some hearing aid makers. These rhythmically inconsistent tones can distract from the persistent and regular tones tinnitus sufferers hear.

Other specialized devices attempt to blend your tinnitus in with the normal sounds you’re hearing. Your condition and ear have very personal needs and this technique will use a personalized white noise that will be calibrated by your hearing professional.

Whether it’s through sound therapy, blending, or a white noise mechanism, all of these specialized technologies have a common goal of distracting the user away from the ringing or buzzing of tinnitus.

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.

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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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