You’ve probably heard some ringing in your ears at one point in your life or another. That ringing is called tinnitus. At any given time 15-20% percent of people, as reported by many studies, experience tinnitus. Normally, it doesn’t last. But chronic tinnitus, a ringing that won’t go away, can be uncomfortable and disconcerting. Fortunately, there is a common and simple treatment for tinnitus: hearing aids.
Coping With Persistent Tinnitus
Some of the countless reasons why tinnitus happens are pretty simple to figure out, others not so much. Your ears can create a large number of noises when you have tinnitus not just ringing but sounds like thumping or grinding.
And tinnitus gets more obnoxious as the noises become noisier. Over time, tinnitus can cause declines in mental health, create trouble communicating, and interfere with your daily life.
Tinnitus And Hearing Aids
While hearing aids don’t necessarily “cure” tinnitus they are really good at dealing with some of the more pronounced symptoms. Hearing aids are able to accomplish this in several ways.
Making The Ringing in Your Ears Less Noticeable
Tinnitus and hearing loss frequently occur hand in hand. They can have the same root cause or not. But it’s quite likely that your tinnitus will worsen as your hearing loss worsens. There’s less competition, and that buzzing or ringing can really be noticeable (it’s like winning American Idol in a year with sub-par contestants).
Your hearing aid will be able to turn the ambient volume of the outside world up. Once again your tinnitus will, to your relief, get lost in the details. This can help you focus on and enjoy the day-to-day.
Muting The Noises Out
Clearly, overwhelming your tinnitus is not the same thing as masking your tinnitus. So to help handle your ringing and buzzing, many modern hearing aids use a form of noise cancellation technology. Some white noise frequencies can be tuned into your hearing aids that can help reduce tinnitus symptoms. Essentially, by producing particular kinds of sound, your hearing aid can help minimize the volume of your tinnitus symptoms.
This is a customized technology and a consultation with us will help you determine if this is right for you.
Most forms of chronic tinnitus can’t be cured. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find a way to manage it. A correctly calibrated hearing aid can let you fully live your life and experience the joys of the world without being overcome by buzzing, ringing, or any other tinnitus-related sounds. For most people who live with tinnitus, hearing aids are a good choice.