At one point or another in your life you’ve most likely had some ringing in your ears. And that ringing has a name: tinnitus. According to most research, 15-20% of people experience tinnitus at any particular time. In most cases, it’s not lasting. But chronic tinnitus, a ringing that won’t go away, can be uncomfortable and upsetting. The most prevalent treatment for tinnitus is, fortunately, relatively simple: hearing aids.
Coping With Persistent Tinnitus
Some of the countless reasons why tinnitus develops are pretty simple to figure out, others not as much. Tinnitus can also sound like a wide variety of objective or subjective sounds, from thumping to clanging to metallic buzz-saw noises, whatever loud cacophony your ears can produce.
The louder and more extreme the sounds are, the more invasive tinnitus can become. Difficulty communicating, mental health declines, and interruption of your day to day life can be the eventual result.
Hearing Aids And Tinnitus
While hearing aids don’t actually “cure” tinnitus they are really good at dealing with some of the more pronounced symptoms. Hearing aids are able to accomplish this in a few ways.
Making The Ringing in Your Ears Less Noticeable
Tinnitus and hearing loss often manifest hand in hand. Sometimes, they have the same underlying cause, but often they don’t. But it’s very likely that your tinnitus will get worse as your hearing loss declines. There’s not as much competition, and that buzzing or ringing can really stand out (it’s like winning American Idol in a year with sub-par contestants).
Your hearing aid has the ability to 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 your life.
Muting The Noises Out
Of course, there’s a difference between overwhelming your tinnitus and masking your tinnitus. So to help handle your buzzing and ringing, many modern hearing aids use a form of noise cancellation technology. Some white noise frequencies can be programmed into your hearing aids that can help decrease tinnitus symptoms. Utilizing this type of technology, you will be less aware of tinnitus noises.
This capability isn’t available on all hearing aids, so you’ll have to check with us to figure out what will work best for you.
Most kinds of chronic tinnitus don’t have a known cure. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find a way to deal with it. A correctly calibrated hearing aid can enable you to live your life more fully and enjoy the world without being overwhelmed by ringing, buzzing, or any other tinnitus-related noises. Hearing aids are the ideal choice for individuals with tinnitus.