You’ve most likely heard some ringing in your ears at some point in your life or another. And that ringing has a name: tinnitus. At any given time 15-20% percent of people, according to numerous studies, experience tinnitus. Usually, it’s not lasting. But chronic tinnitus, a ringing that won’t go away, can be uncomfortable and upsetting. Luckily, there is a common and straight forward treatment for tinnitus: hearing aids.
Coping With Persistent Tinnitus
Prolonged tinnitus can develop for a number of reasons, and a few of them are better understood than others. Your ears can generate an uncountable number of noises when you have tinnitus not just ringing but sounds like thumping or grinding.
The noisier and more intense the sounds are, the more intrusive tinnitus tends to get. Over time, tinnitus can cause declines in mental health, create trouble communicating, and interfere with your daily life.
Hearing Aids And Tinnitus
While there is typically no way to cure the inherent cause of tinnitus, hearing aids have become quite skilled at treating tinnitus symptoms. There are a variety of ways that hearing aids accomplish this.
Making The Ringing in Your Ears Harder to Notice
Tinnitus and hearing loss often manifest hand in hand. Occasionally, they have the same underlying cause, but often they don’t. Whatever the case, as your hearing declines, your tinnitus may become more pronounced. There’s less competition, and that buzzing or ringing can really stand out (it’s like winning American Idol in a year with sub-par contestants).
Your hearing aid can turn the ambient volume of the world up. You will have relief when your tinnitus is pushed back to a manageable level. 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. That’s the reason why many contemporary hearing aids will use a specialized twist on noise-canceling technology to help deal with the ringing and buzzing. We can show you how to fine tune your hearing aid to produce particular white noises that help reduce your tinnitus. Basically, by generating particular kinds of sound, your hearing aid can help minimize the volume of your tinnitus symptoms.
This capability isn’t available on all hearing aids, so you’ll need to check with us to learn what will work best for you.
There’s no cure for most kinds of chronic tinnitus. But you can still find ways to handle it. The ringing, buzzing, and other tinnitus-related sounds will be gone and you will be able to enjoy a full life with hearing aids that are calibrated precisely. For many people who live with tinnitus, hearing aids are ideal.