You’ve probably heard some ringing in your ears at one point in your life or another. And that ringing has a name: tinnitus. At any particular time 15-20% percent of people, according to numerous studies, experience tinnitus. Normally, it doesn’t last. But chronic tinnitus, a ringing that won’t go away, can be unpleasant and upsetting. Fortunately, there is a common and straight forward treatment for tinnitus: hearing aids.
Dealing With Persistent Tinnitus
Some of the countless reasons why tinnitus develops are fairly easy to understand, others not as much. Your ears can generate an uncountable number of noises when you have tinnitus not only ringing but sounds including thumping or grinding.
And tinnitus becomes more obnoxious as the sounds become louder. Over time, tinnitus can cause declines in mental health, create trouble communicating, and interfere with your daily life.
Tinnitus And Hearing Aids
While hearing aids don’t actually “cure” tinnitus they are really good at dealing with some of the more noticeable symptoms. Hearing aids are able to accomplish this in a few ways.
Making The Ringing in Your Ears Harder to Notice
Tinnitus and hearing loss commonly occur hand in hand. They can have the same root 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).
When you’re using hearing aids the sounds of the external world will be turned up. You will have relief when your tinnitus is pushed back to a manageable level. This can help you give attention to and enjoy the day-to-day.
Muting The Noises Out
Clearly, overwhelming your tinnitus is not the same thing as masking your tinnitus. So to help manage your ringing and buzzing, many modern hearing aids use a form of noise cancellation technology. We can show you how to fine tune your hearing aid to emit particular white noises that help diminish your tinnitus. Basically, by producing particular types of sound, your hearing aid can help reduce the volume of your tinnitus symptoms.
This capability isn’t available on all hearing aids, so you’ll have to talk with us to figure out what will work best for you.
There’s no cure for most forms of chronic tinnitus. But you can still find ways to handle 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 precisely. Hearing aids are the ideal choice for individuals with tinnitus.