The cause of tinnitus, a persistent buzzing or ringing in the ears, is often unclear. But one thing we know for certain is that if you have hearing loss your chance of experiencing tinnitus goes up. According to HLAA as much as 90 percent of people who experience tinnitus also have hearing loss.
Your lifestyle, age, and genetics can all play a role in the development of hearing loss as you probably know. And while many individuals think of hearing loss as being obvious, the reality is that some minor hearing loss can go undetected. Worse, even a slight case of hearing loss increases your risk and likelihood of developing tinnitus.
Hearing Aids Won’t Cure Tinnitus But They Can Help
There is no cure for tinnitus. However, hearing aids will treat both hearing loss and tinnitus in ways that can reduce symptoms and improve one’s quality of life. As a matter of fact, one study showed that up to 60 percent of people suffering from tinnitus experienced relief when they wore hearing aids, with 22 percent showing significant relief.
When you can suddenly hear outside sounds better because hearing aids have raised the volume, your tinnitus symptoms will go into the background. The good news is that there are other, more advanced solutions beyond just conventional hearing aids to treat the symptoms associated with tinnitus.
Types of Specialty Hearing Aids to Lessen Tinnitus Symptoms
Hearing aids work by collecting natural sounds from the world around you and amplifying them to a level that lets you hear. Although it may be simple in design, that amplification of noise, be it the rabble of a dinner party or the clank of a ceiling fan, is crucial in teaching your brain to receive certain stimulations again.
You can augment those amplification efforts by the combination of other strategies, like counseling, sound stimulation, and stress reduction for a more comprehensive approach to treatment.
Fractal tones and irregular rhythms are even being utilized by some hearing aid manufacturers. These rhythmically inconsistent tones can distract from the consistent and regular tones tinnitus sufferers hear.
Blending the natural sounds you hear with your tinnitus sounds is the goal of other sophisticated hearing aid options. Your condition and ear have very personal needs and this strategy will use a customized white noise that will be dialed-in by your hearing specialist.
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 reduce symptoms of tinnitus even if there isn’t any cure.