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It’s generally not clear what’s causing tinnitus (a buzzing or ringing in your ears). However, there is one thing researchers agree on: you are more likely to develop tinnitus if you also suffer from hearing loss. Up to 90 percent of people who suffer from tinnitus also have hearing loss according to HIAA.

As you most likely realize, your age, genetics, and lifestyle can all be involved in the advancement of hearing loss. And while many individuals think of hearing loss as being obvious, the reality is that some minor hearing loss can go unnoticed. Worse, even a minor case of hearing loss increases your risk and likelihood of developing tinnitus.

Hearing Aids Won’t Cure Tinnitus But They Will Help

Tinnitus doesn’t have a cure. However, hearing aids will treat both hearing loss and tinnitus in ways that can decrease symptoms and improve one’s quality of life. Sixty percent of people dealing with tinnitus, in fact, saw relief of their symptoms, and twenty-two had significant improvement.

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

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

Hearing aids work by collecting natural sounds from the environment around you and amplifying them to a level that allows you to hear. Although it might be basic in design, that amplification of noise, be it the rabble of a dinner party or the rattle of a ceiling fan, is crucial in teaching your brain to receive certain stimulations again.

You can take an even more complete approach to your tinnitus treatment 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. These rhythmically inconsistent tones can distract from the persistent and regular tones tinnitus sufferers hear.

Blending the normal sounds you hear with your tinnitus sounds is the objective of other sophisticated hearing aid options. This strategy will generally utilize a white noise signal that a hearing specialist can adjust to ensure proper calibration for your ear and your disorder.

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

It’s true that there isn’t any cure for tinnitus, but for at least some individuals, hearing aids help reduce 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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