At one time or another in your life you’ve probably heard some ringing in your ears. And that ringing has a name: tinnitus. According to most research, 15-20% of people experience tinnitus at any given time. Normally, it doesn’t last. But chronic tinnitus, a ringing that won’t go away, can be uncomfortable and upsetting. Fortunately, there is a common and straight forward treatment for tinnitus: hearing aids.
Coping With Chronic Tinnitus
Some of the many reasons why tinnitus happens are pretty simple to figure out, others not so much. Your ears can generate an uncountable number of sounds when you have tinnitus not only ringing but sounds such as thumping or grinding.
And tinnitus becomes more obnoxious as the sounds become louder. Difficulty communicating, mental health declines, and interruption of your day to day life can be the eventual consequence.
Tinnitus And Hearing Aids
While hearing aids don’t actually “cure” tinnitus they are really good at dealing with some of the most pronounced symptoms. There are several ways that hearing aids accomplish this.
Making The Ringing in Your Ears Less Noticeable
The symptoms of tinnitus will typically appear along side of hearing loss issues. Occasionally, they have the same underlying cause, but often they don’t. Either way, as your hearing declines, your tinnitus may become more pronounced. There’s less competition, and that buzzing or ringing can really stand out (it’s like winning American Idol in a year with sub-par contestants).
When you’re wearing hearing aids the sounds of the outside world will be louder. Once again your tinnitus will, to your relief, disappear into the background. This can help you give attention to and enjoy your life.
Canceling Out The Noise
Obviously, there’s a difference between masking your tinnitus and overwhelming your tinnitus. So to help manage your ringing and buzzing, many modern hearing aids use a kind of noise cancellation technology. We can show you how to tune your hearing aid to produce certain white noises that help lessen your tinnitus. Making use of this type of technology, you will be less aware of tinnitus sounds.
This is a customized technology and an appointment with us will help you figure out if this is right for you.
There’s no cure for most kinds of chronic tinnitus. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find a way to deal with it. The buzzing, ringing, and other tinnitus-related sounds will be gone and you will be able to enjoy a full life with hearing aids that are calibrated correctly. For most people who live with tinnitus, hearing aids are a good choice.