It’s often unclear what’s triggering tinnitus (a buzzing or ringing in your ears). But one thing we know for certain is that if you have hearing loss your probability of experiencing tinnitus rises. Up to 90 percent of individuals who are afflicted by tinnitus also have hearing loss according to HIAA.
Your lifestyle, age, and genetics can all take part in the development of hearing loss as you most likely know. And while many of us think of hearing loss as being obvious, the truth is that some mild hearing loss can go unnoticed. Even mild cases of hearing loss will raise your chance of tinnitus, making the situation even worse.
Hearing Aids Won’t Cure Tinnitus But They Can Help
Tinnitus doesn’t have a cure. However, hearing aids will treat both hearing loss and tinnitus in ways that can minimize symptoms and improve one’s quality of life. Sixty percent of people struggling with tinnitus, in fact, saw relief of their symptoms, and twenty-two had considerable improvement.
When you can suddenly hear outside sounds better because hearing aids have raised the volume, your tinnitus symptoms will be drowned out. Luckily there are other, more advanced solutions beyond just traditional hearing aids to treat the symptoms linked to 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 allows you to hear. This simple technology is critical in teaching your hearing to receive specific stimulation by amplifying sounds like the rattle of a ceiling fan or the rabble of a dinner party.
You can augment those amplification efforts by the combination of other methods, like counseling, sound stimulation, and stress reduction for a more complete approach to treatment.
Some hearing aid manufacturers even use the irregular rhythm of fractal tones to decrease the symptoms of tinnitus. The persistent tone of tinnitus can be interrupted by the irregular tones of these inconsistent rhythms.
Blending the natural sounds you hear with your tinnitus sounds is the goal of other advanced hearing aid options. Your condition and ear have very personal needs and this approach will use a personalized white noise that will be calibrated by your hearing specialist.
All of these approaches, from white noise therapies to sound therapies, use specialized hearing aid technology to distract the attention of the user away from focusing on tinnitus noises.
Hearing aids can improve quality of life and reduce symptoms of tinnitus even if there isn’t any cure.