The cause of tinnitus, a constant ringing or buzzing in the ears, is generally ambiguous. But one thing we know for sure is that if you have hearing loss your chance of developing tinnitus goes up. Up to 90 percent of individuals who experience tinnitus also have hearing loss according to HIAA.
Your age, lifestyle, and genetics can all play a role in the development of hearing loss as you probably know. Often, minor instances of hearing loss go unnoticed and hearing loss, in general, isn’t always obvious. Even mild cases of hearing loss will increase your likelihood of tinnitus, making the situation even worse.
It’s Not a Cure, But Hearing Aids Can Help Treat Tinnitus
Tinnitus doesn’t have a cure. However, your symptoms can be minimized and your life can be improved by using hearing aids to address your hearing loss and tinnitus. In fact, one study showed that as much as 60 percent of tinnitus patients saw relief when they used hearing aids, with 22 percent showing appreciable relief.
A conventional hearing aid can essentially hide the buzzing or ringing caused by tinnitus by improving your ability to hear outside sounds, which effectively drowns out the ringing. And, fortunately, traditional hearing aids aren’t the only option as more sophisticated treatment possibilities are being produced.
Types of Specialty Hearing Aids to Decrease Tinnitus Symptoms
Hearing aids work by collecting natural sounds from the world around you and boosting them to a level that allows you to hear. This basic technology is crucial in training your hearing to receive specific stimulation by amplifying sounds like the rattle of a ceiling fan or the rabble of a dinner party.
You can augment those amplification efforts by the combination of other methods, like counseling, sound stimulation, and stress reduction for a more complete approach to treatment.
Some hearing aid manufacturers even utilize the irregular rhythm of fractal tones to reduce the symptoms of tinnitus. These rhythmically inconsistent tones can distract from the persistent and regular tones tinnitus sufferers experience.
Other specialty devices attempt to blend your tinnitus in with the normal sounds you’re hearing. This strategy will generally use a white noise signal that a hearing expert can adjust to guarantee proper calibration for your ear and your disorder.
Whether you use sound therapy, blending, or a white noise mechanism, all of these specialized devices have a common aim of distracting the user away from the buzzing or ringing of tinnitus.
Hearing aids can improve quality of life and lessen symptoms of tinnitus even if there isn’t any cure.