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The cause of tinnitus, a constant buzzing or ringing in the ears, is generally unclear. But one thing we know for sure is that if you have hearing loss your chance of developing tinnitus rises. Up to 90 percent of individuals who experience tinnitus also have hearing loss according to HIAA.

As you probably know, your genetics, age, and lifestyle can all play a role in the advancement of hearing loss. And while many of us think of hearing loss as being obvious, the reality is that some mild hearing loss can go unnoticed. Even slight cases of hearing loss will raise your likelihood of tinnitus, making the situation even worse.

Hearing Aids Won’t Cure Tinnitus But They Can Help

There isn’t a cure for tinnitus. However, your symptoms can be minimized and your life can be improved by wearing hearing aids to address your hearing loss and tinnitus. Sixty percent of people struggling with tinnitus, in fact, saw relief of their symptoms, and twenty-two had considerable improvement.

When you can suddenly hear external sounds better because hearing aids have boosted the volume, your tinnitus symptoms will go into the background. And, fortunately, conventional hearing aids aren’t the only solution as more advanced treatment possibilities are being produced.

Tinnitus Symptoms Will be Reduced by These Types of Specialty Hearing Aids

Hearing aids work by gathering natural sounds from the environment around you and boosting them to a level that lets you hear. This basic technology is critical in training your hearing to receive certain stimulation by amplifying sounds like the rattle of a ceiling fan or the rabble of a dinner party.

You can enhance those amplification efforts by the combination of other methods, like counseling, sound stimulation, and stress reduction for a more complete approach to treatment.

Fractal tones and irregular rhythms are even being utilized by some hearing aid manufacturers. The constant tone of tinnitus can be interrupted by the irregular tones of these inconsistent rhythms.

Blending the normal sounds you hear with your tinnitus sounds is the objective of other advanced hearing aid options. This approach will commonly utilize a white noise signal that a hearing professional can adjust to ensure correct calibration for your ear and your condition.

Whether you use sound therapy, blending, or a white noise mechanism, all of these specialized devices have a common goal of distracting the attention away from the ringing or buzzing of tinnitus.

Hearing aids can improve quality of life and reduce symptoms of tinnitus even if there is no cure.

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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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