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 dealing with hearing loss. Up to 90 percent of people who experience tinnitus also have hearing loss according to HIAA.
As you probably realize, your genetics, age, and lifestyle can all be involved in the development of hearing loss. Frequently, mild cases of hearing loss go undetected and hearing loss, in general, isn’t always obvious. Worse, even a minor case of hearing loss increases your risk and probability of developing tinnitus.
It’s Not a Cure, But Hearing Aids Can Help Treat Tinnitus
Tinnitus has no cure. However, your symptoms can be decreased and your life can be improved by wearing hearing aids to address your hearing loss and tinnitus. Sixty percent of people coping with tinnitus, in fact, saw relief of their symptoms, and twenty-two had significant improvement.
A traditional hearing aid can basically hide the ringing or buzzing associated with tinnitus by strengthening your ability to hear other sounds, which effectively drowns out the ringing. And, fortunately, conventional hearing aids aren’t the only option as more sophisticated treatment methods are being produced.
Types of Specialized Hearing Aids to Reduce Tinnitus Symptoms
Hearing aids work by collecting natural sounds from the world around you and boosting them to a level that allows you to hear. This basic technology is critical in training your hearing to receive certain stimulation by boosting sounds like the clattering of a ceiling fan or the rabble of a dinner party.
You can enhance those amplification efforts by the combination of other approaches, 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 minimize the symptoms of tinnitus. These rhythmically inconsistent tones can distract from the constant and regular tones tinnitus sufferers experience.
Other specialized devices attempt to blend your tinnitus in with the normal sounds you’re hearing. This strategy will commonly use a white noise signal that a hearing professional can adjust to ensure proper calibration for your ear and your condition.
Whether you use sound therapy, blending, or a white noise mechanism, all of these specialized devices have a common objective of distracting the attention away from the ringing or buzzing of tinnitus.
It’s true that there isn’t any cure for tinnitus, but for at least some, hearing aids help reduce symptoms and improve your quality of life.