Most estimates put the amount of people impacted by tinnitus in the millions or about one out of every seven people. In some countries, the numbers are even higher and that’s pretty startling.
Sometimes tinnitus is goes away on it’s own. But if you’re dealing with persistent tinnitus symptoms it becomes crucial to find a treatment as soon as possible. One of the most practical of such treatments is already quite common: hearing aids.
There are some links between hearing loss and tinnitus but they are actually separate conditions. you can have hearing loss without tinnitus or tinnitus without hearing loss. But the two conditions occur together often enough that hearing aids have become a practical solution, managing hearing loss and stopping tinnitus all at once.
How Hearing Aids Can Treat Tinnitus
According to one study, 60% of people who suffer from tinnitus noticed some measure of relief when they started using hearing aids. For 22% of those people, the relief was considerable. In spite of this, hearing aids are actually designed to deal with hearing loss not specifically tinnitus. The benefits appear to come by association. So if you have tinnitus along with hearing loss then that’s when your hearing aids will most successfully treat the tinnitus symptoms.
Here’s how tinnitus symptoms can be decreased with hearing aids:
- Outside sounds are enhanced: When you experience hearing loss, the volume of the outside world (or, at least, particular frequencies of the world) can fall away and become quieter. When that happens the ringing in your ears becomes much more obvious. It’s the loudest thing you hear because it is not decreased by your hearing loss. The ringing or buzzing that was so obvious will be masked when your hearing aid enhances the external sound. Tinnitus becomes less of a problem as you pay less attention to it.
- Conversations become easier: Increasing the volume of human speech is something modern hearing aids are particularly good at. So once you’re using your hearing aids regularly, carrying on conversations becomes much easier. You can follow the story Carl is telling at happy hour or listen to what Sally is excited about at work. The more you interact with other people, the more social you are, the less you’ll detect your tinnitus. At times, tinnitus is intensified by stress so being able to socialize can helps in this way also.
- The enhanced audio stimulation is keeping your brain fit: When you have hearing loss, those parts of your brain charged with interpreting sounds can frequently suffer from fatigue, stress, or atrophy. Tinnitus symptoms you may be experiencing can be decreased when the brain is in a healthy limber condition and hearing aids can help keep it that way.
The Perks of Modern Hearing Aids
Smart Technology is incorporated into modern hearing aids. To some extent, that’s because they integrate the latest technologies and hearing assistance algorithms. But the efficiency of modern hearing aids is achieved in part because each device can be customized and calibrated on a patient-per-patient basis (sometimes, they recalibrate based on the level of background noise).
Personalizing hearing aids means that the sensitivity and output signals can easily be adjusted to the specific hearing levels you might have. The buzzing or humming is more likely to be effectively masked if your hearing aid is dialed in to work best for you.
What is The Best Way to Get Rid of Tinnitus?
This will most likely depend on your level of hearing loss. There are still treatment options for your tinnitus even if you don’t have any hearing impairment. Medication, cognitive behavioral therapy, or a custom masking device are some possible options.
However, hearing aids may be able to take care of both situations if you have tinnitus and hearing loss at the same time. Managing your hearing loss with a good set of hearing aids can often stop tinnitus from making your life miserable.