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The cause of tinnitus, a constant ringing or buzzing in the ears, is often unclear. However, there is one thing researchers agree on: you are more likely to experience tinnitus if you also are suffering from hearing loss. Up to 90% of people who are afflicted by 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 most likely know. And while many people think of hearing loss as being obvious, the truth is that some mild hearing loss can go undetected. Worse, even a slight case of hearing loss raises your risk and probability of developing tinnitus.

Hearing Aids Won’t Cure Tinnitus But They Can Help

There isn’t a cure for tinnitus. However, your symptoms can be decreased and your life can be improved by wearing hearing aids to address your hearing loss and tinnitus. As a matter of fact, one study revealed that as much as 60 percent of people suffering from tinnitus experienced relief when they used hearing aids, with 22 percent showing appreciable relief.

A traditional hearing aid can essentially hide the ringing or buzzing caused by tinnitus by improving your ability to hear outside sounds, which basically drowns out the ringing. And, fortunately, conventional hearing aids aren’t the only solution as more advanced treatment possibilities are being produced.

Tinnitus Symptoms Will be Decreased by These Types of Specialty Hearing Aids

Hearing aids boost the volume of environmental sounds to the point that you can hear them clearly. This basic technology is crucial in teaching your hearing to receive certain stimulation by boosting sounds like the rattle of a ceiling fan or the hum of a dinner party.

You can take an even more comprehensive approach to your tinnitus treatment by enhancing hearing aids with other techniques, like stress reduction, sound stimulation, and counseling.

Fractal tones and irregular rhythms are even being utilized by some hearing aid makers. These rhythmically inconsistent tones can distract from the constant and regular tones tinnitus sufferers experience.

Other specialized devices try to blend your tinnitus in with the normal sounds you’re hearing. Your condition and ear have very personal needs and this technique will use a personalized white noise that will be calibrated by your hearing specialist.

Whether you use sound therapy, blending, or a white noise mechanism, all of these specialized technologies have a common goal of distracting the user away from the buzzing or ringing of tinnitus.

It’s true that there isn’t any cure for tinnitus, but for at least some, hearing aids help lessen symptoms and improve your quality of life.

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References

  • https://www.hearingloss.org/wp-content/uploads/HLAA_HearingLoss_Facts_Statistics.pdf?pdf=FactStats
  • https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17956798
  • https://www.ata.org/managing-your-tinnitus/treatment-options/hearing-aids
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6197965
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