At one time or another in your life you’ve most likely heard some ringing in your ears. And that ringing has a name: tinnitus. According to most research, 15-20% of people experience tinnitus at any given time. Normally, it doesn’t last. But chronic tinnitus, a ringing that won’t go away, can be unpleasant and disconcerting. The most prevalent treatment for tinnitus is, fortunately, relatively simple: hearing aids.
Dealing With Persistent Tinnitus
Prolonged tinnitus can develop for a number of reasons, and a few of them are understood better than others. Tinnitus can also manifest as a wide variety of subjective and objective noises, from thumping to clanging to metal buzz-saw noises, whatever beautiful cacophony your ears can produce.
And tinnitus gets more obnoxious as the sounds become louder. Difficulty communicating, mental health declines, and interruption of your day to day life can be the eventual consequence.
Hearing Aids And Tinnitus
While there is typically no way to cure the root cause of tinnitus, hearing aids have become rather adept at addressing tinnitus symptoms. There are several ways that hearing aids accomplish this.
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. Either way, as your hearing declines, your tinnitus could become more pronounced. 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).
Your hearing aid has the ability to turn the ambient sound of the outside world up. Once again your tinnitus will, to your relief, disappear into the background. This can help you focus on and enjoy your life.
Canceling Out The Noise
Of course, there’s a difference between masking your tinnitus and overwhelming your tinnitus. So to help manage your ringing and buzzing, many modern hearing aids use a type of noise cancellation technology. Certain white noise frequencies can be programmed into your hearing aids that can help minimize tinnitus symptoms. Essentially, by generating 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.
Most forms of chronic tinnitus can’t be cured. But you can still find ways to handle it. A correctly calibrated hearing aid can allow you to live your life more fully and experience the joys of the world without being overcome by ringing, buzzing, or any other tinnitus-related noises. Hearing aids are the ideal choice for people with tinnitus.