You’ve most likely heard some ringing in your ears at some point in your life or another. That ringing is called tinnitus. According to most studies, 15-20% of people experience tinnitus at any particular time. Normally, it’s fleeting. But chronic tinnitus, a ringing that won’t go away, can be uncomfortable and disconcerting. Fortunately, there is a common and simple treatment for tinnitus: hearing aids.
Coping With Persistent Tinnitus
Persistent tinnitus can happen for a number of reasons, and a few of them are better understood than others. Tinnitus can also sound like a wide variety of objective or subjective sounds, from thumping to clanging to metallic buzz-saw noises, whatever beautiful symphony your ears can create.
And tinnitus gets more obnoxious as the noises become noisier. Difficulty communicating, mental health declines, and disruption of your day to day life can be the eventual consequence.
Tinnitus And Hearing Aids
While there is normally no way to cure the underlying cause of tinnitus, hearing aids have become pretty skilled at addressing tinnitus symptoms. There are a variety of ways that hearing aids achieve this.
Bringing The Ringing to a Less Noticeable Level
The symptoms of tinnitus will frequently occur along side of hearing loss problems. Sometimes, they have the same underlying cause, but often they don’t. But it’s very likely that your tinnitus will get worse as your hearing loss declines. When you’re not hearing external sounds as well, the internal ones really stand out.
Your hearing aid has the ability to turn the ambient volume of the outside world up. Your tinnitus will once again, to your relief, get lost in the details. Now you can get back to enjoying your life again.
Canceling Out The Noise
Of course, there’s a difference between overwhelming your tinnitus and masking your tinnitus. So to help manage your buzzing and ringing, many modern hearing aids use a kind of noise cancellation technology. We can teach you how to fine tune your hearing aid to emit certain white noises that help lessen your tinnitus. Essentially, by producing specific types of sound, your hearing aid can help minimize the volume of your tinnitus symptoms.
This capability isn’t available on all hearing aids, so you’ll need to talk with us to figure out what will work best for you.
There’s no cure for most kinds of chronic tinnitus. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find a way to deal with it. A correctly calibrated hearing aid can let you live your life more fully and enjoy the world without being overcome by ringing, buzzing, or any other tinnitus-related sounds. For many people who live with tinnitus, hearing aids are ideal.