At one time or another in your life you’ve most likely heard some ringing in your ears. That ringing is called tinnitus. According to most research, 15-20% of people experience tinnitus at any given time. In most cases, 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
Chronic tinnitus can develop for a variety of reasons, and some of them are better understood than others. Your ears can create a large number of sounds when you have tinnitus not just ringing but sounds including thumping or grinding.
And tinnitus becomes more obnoxious as the noises become louder. Difficulty communicating, mental health declines, and disruption of your day to day life can be the eventual consequence.
Tinnitus And Hearing Aids
While there is normally no way to cure the root cause of tinnitus, hearing aids have become rather proficient at addressing tinnitus symptoms. There are numerous ways that hearing aids achieve this.
Bringing The Ringing to a Less Noticeable Level
The symptoms of tinnitus will normally appear along side of hearing loss problems. They can have the same root cause or not. In any case, as your hearing worsens, your tinnitus may become more prominent. There’s less competition, and that ringing or buzzing can really be noticeable (it’s like winning American Idol in a year with sub-par contestants).
Your hearing aid can turn the ambient sound of the world up. Your tinnitus will once again, to your relief, get lost in the details. Now you can get back to enjoying your life again.
Canceling Out The Noise
Of course, there’s a difference between masking your tinnitus and overwhelming your tinnitus. So to help manage your ringing and buzzing, many modern hearing aids use a type of noise cancellation technology. Some white noise frequencies can be programmed into your hearing aids that can help minimize tinnitus symptoms. Using this type of technology, you will be less aware of tinnitus noises.
This capability isn’t available on all hearing aids, so you’ll need to check with us to find out what will be the best option for you.
There’s no cure for most kinds of chronic tinnitus. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find a way to deal with it. The ringing, buzzing, and other tinnitus-related sounds will be gone and you will be able to experience a full life with hearing aids that are calibrated correctly. For many people who live with tinnitus, hearing aids are a good choice.