It’s generally unclear what’s causing tinnitus (a buzzing or ringing in your ears). But one thing we know for sure is that if you have hearing loss your chance of experiencing tinnitus goes up. According to HLAA as much as 90 percent of people who have tinnitus also have hearing loss.
Your age, lifestyle, and genetics can all play a role in the development of hearing loss as you probably know. Often, moderate cases of hearing loss go undetected and hearing loss, in general, isn’t always apparent. Even slight cases of hearing loss will raise your chance of tinnitus, making the situation even worse.
Hearing Aids Won’t Cure Tinnitus But They Will Help
There is no cure for tinnitus. However, hearing aids can treat both hearing loss and tinnitus in ways that can reduce symptoms and improve one’s quality of life. Sixty percent of people dealing with tinnitus, in fact, experienced relief of their symptoms, and twenty-two had considerable 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 option as more advanced treatment methods are being produced.
Tinnitus Symptoms Will be Decreased by These Types of Specialized Hearing Aids
Hearing aids increase the level of environmental sounds to the point that you can hear them clearly. This simple technology is crucial in training your hearing to receive specific stimulation by amplifying sounds like the rattle of a ceiling fan or the hum of a dinner party.
You can augment those amplification efforts by the combination of other strategies, like counseling, sound stimulation, and stress reduction for a more comprehensive approach to treatment.
Fractal tones and irregular rhythms are even being used by some hearing aid makers. The consistent tone of tinnitus can be interrupted by the irregular tones of these inconsistent rhythms.
Blending the natural sounds you hear with your tinnitus sounds is the goal of other advanced hearing aid options. Your condition and ear have very personal needs and this strategy will use a customized white noise that will be calibrated by your hearing specialist.
Whether it’s through sound therapy, blending, or a white noise mechanism, all of these specialized technologies have a common aim of distracting the user away from the ringing or buzzing of tinnitus.
Hearing aids can improve quality of life and lessen symptoms of tinnitus even if there is no cure.