You’ve most likely heard some ringing in your ears at some point in your life or another. That ringing is called tinnitus. According to most research, 15-20% of people experience tinnitus at any given time. Usually, it’s fleeting. But chronic tinnitus, a ringing that won’t go away, can be unpleasant and upsetting. The most common treatment for tinnitus is, thankfully, relatively straightforward: hearing aids.
Dealing With Persistent Tinnitus
Some of the countless reasons why tinnitus happens are fairly simple to understand, others not so much. Your ears can generate a large number of sounds when you have tinnitus not just ringing but sounds including thumping or grinding.
The noisier and more intense the sounds are, the more intrusive tinnitus can get. 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 quite good at dealing with some of the most pronounced symptoms. Hearing aids are able to accomplish this in several ways.
Making The Ringing in Your Ears Less Noticeable
The symptoms of tinnitus will frequently appear together with hearing loss issues. They can have the same underlying cause or not. But it’s very likely that your tinnitus will get worse as your hearing loss declines. There’s not as much competition, and that ringing or buzzing can really stand out (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. You will have relief when your tinnitus is pushed back to a manageable level. This can help you focus on and enjoy the day-to-day.
Canceling Out The Noise
Obviously, 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 kind of noise cancellation technology. Some white noise frequencies can be programmed into your hearing aids that can help decrease tinnitus symptoms. Essentially, by generating specific kinds of sound, your hearing aid can help decrease the volume of your tinnitus symptoms.
This is a customized technology and a consultation with us will help you figure out if this is right for you.
Most forms of chronic tinnitus can’t be cured. But you can still find ways to deal with it. A precisely calibrated hearing aid can enable you to live your life more fully and experience the joys of the world without being overwhelmed by ringing, buzzing, or any other tinnitus-related sounds. For most people who live with tinnitus, hearing aids are ideal.