You’ve most likely heard some ringing in your ears at some point in your life or another. And that ringing has a name: tinnitus. At any given time 15-20% percent of people, as reported by many studies, experience tinnitus. Even though the majority of people only hear this ringing intermittently, some people suffer from chronic tinnitus that doesn’t go away. The most common treatment for tinnitus is, thankfully, fairly simple: hearing aids.
Dealing With Chronic Tinnitus
Some of the countless reasons why tinnitus happens are pretty easy to figure out, others not as much. Tinnitus can also manifest as a wide variety of subjective and objective noises, from pounding to clanging to metal buzz-saw sounds, whatever loud symphony your ears can produce.
And tinnitus gets more obnoxious as the sounds become noisier. Difficulty communicating, mental health declines, and interruption of your day to day life can be the eventual result.
Hearing Aids And Tinnitus
While there is normally no way to cure the root cause of tinnitus, hearing aids have become quite skilled at addressing tinnitus symptoms. Hearing aids are able to accomplish this in a few ways.
Bringing The Ringing to a Less Noticeable Level
Tinnitus and hearing loss frequently manifest in conjunction. They can have the same root cause or not. Either way, as your hearing declines, your tinnitus may become more prominent. When you’re not hearing external sounds so well, the internal ones really stand out.
When you’re using hearing aids the sounds of the external world will be turned up. Once again your tinnitus will, to your relief, disappear into the background. This can help you give attention to and enjoy the day-to-day.
Muting The Noises Out
Obviously, there’s a difference between masking your tinnitus and overwhelming your tinnitus. So to help handle your buzzing and ringing, many modern hearing aids use a form of noise cancellation technology. We can show you how to fine tune your hearing aid to produce certain white noises that help lessen your tinnitus. Essentially, by producing specific kinds of sound, your hearing aid can help reduce the volume of your tinnitus symptoms.
This is a specialized technology and an appointment with us will help you determine if this is right for you.
There’s no cure for most kinds of chronic tinnitus. But you can still find ways to manage it. The buzzing, ringing, and other tinnitus-related noises will be gone and you will be able to enjoy a full life with hearing aids that are calibrated precisely. Hearing aids are the ideal choice for individuals with tinnitus.