You’ve most likely heard some ringing in your ears at some time in your life or another. That ringing is called tinnitus. According to most research, 15-20% of people experience tinnitus at any particular time. Although most people only hear this ringing intermittently, some people experience chronic tinnitus that won’t go away. Fortunately, there is a common and straight forward treatment for tinnitus: hearing aids.
Dealing With Persistent Tinnitus
Some of the many reasons why tinnitus happens are pretty easy to figure out, others not so much. Tinnitus can also manifest as a wide variety of subjective and objective noises, from thumping to clanging to metal buzz-saw sounds, whatever loud cacophony your ears can produce.
And tinnitus gets more obnoxious as the noises become noisier. Difficulty communicating, mental health declines, and disruption of your everyday life can be the eventual result.
Hearing Aids And Tinnitus
While hearing aids don’t necessarily “cure” tinnitus they are really good at dealing with some of the most noticeable symptoms. Hearing aids are able to accomplish this in numerous ways.
Making The Ringing in Your Ears Less Noticeable
Tinnitus and hearing loss commonly occur hand in hand. They can have the same root cause or not. Either way, as your hearing declines, your tinnitus may become more pronounced. 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 will be able to turn the ambient sound of the outside world up. You will get relief when your tinnitus is pushed back to a manageable level. This can help you give attention to and enjoy your life.
Canceling Out The Noise
Naturally, overwhelming your tinnitus isn’t the same thing as masking your tinnitus. So to help manage your buzzing and ringing, many modern hearing aids use a type of noise cancellation technology. We can teach you how to tune your hearing aid to produce certain white noises that help reduce your tinnitus. Basically, by producing specific types of sound, your hearing aid can help reduce the volume of your tinnitus symptoms.
This is a customized technology and an appointment with us will help you determine if this is right for you.
There’s no cure for most forms of chronic tinnitus. But you can still find ways to deal with it. The buzzing, ringing, 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 most people who live with tinnitus, hearing aids are ideal.