At one time or another in your life you’ve probably heard some ringing in your ears. That ringing is called tinnitus. According to most studies, 15-20% of people experience tinnitus at any given time. In most cases, it’s fleeting. But chronic tinnitus, a ringing that won’t go away, can be uncomfortable and upsetting. Fortunately, there is a common and simple treatment for tinnitus: hearing aids.
Dealing With Persistent Tinnitus
Some of the many reasons why tinnitus happens are pretty easy to understand, others not so much. Tinnitus can also sound like a wide variety of subjective and objective noises, from thumping to clanging to metal buzz-saw sounds, whatever beautiful symphony your ears can generate.
The louder and more extreme the sounds are, the more invasive tinnitus tends to get. Over time, tinnitus can cause declines in mental health, create trouble communicating, and interfere with your daily life.
Hearing Aids And Tinnitus
While there is often no way to cure the underlying cause of tinnitus, hearing aids have become quite proficient at addressing tinnitus symptoms. There are numerous ways that hearing aids achieve this.
Bringing The Ringing to a Less Noticeable Level
The symptoms of tinnitus will normally appear along side of hearing loss issues. Sometimes, they have the same underlying cause, but often they don’t. 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 stand out (it’s like winning American Idol in a year with sub-par contestants).
When you’re using hearing aids the sounds of the outside world will be turned up. Your tinnitus will once again, to your relief, get lost in the details. Now you can go back to enjoying your life again.
Canceling Out The Noise
Naturally, overwhelming your tinnitus isn’t the same thing as masking your tinnitus. So to help handle your buzzing and ringing, many modern hearing aids use a kind of noise cancellation technology. We can teach you how to tune your hearing aid to produce certain white noises that help diminish your tinnitus. Basically, by producing particular types of sound, your hearing aid can help decrease the volume of your tinnitus symptoms.
This capability isn’t available on all hearing aids, so you’ll need to check with us to learn what will be the best option for you.
There’s no cure for most kinds of chronic tinnitus. But you still can find a way to deal with 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.