You’ve most likely heard some ringing in your ears at some time in your life or another. And that ringing has a name: tinnitus. At any particular time 15-20% percent of people, according to many studies, experience tinnitus. Normally, it’s fleeting. But chronic tinnitus, a ringing that won’t go away, can be unpleasant and upsetting. The most common treatment for tinnitus is, thankfully, fairly simple: hearing aids.
Dealing With Persistent Tinnitus
Some of the countless reasons why tinnitus happens are pretty simple to understand, others not as much. Your ears can produce an uncountable number of noises when you have tinnitus not only ringing but sounds such as thumping or grinding.
The noisier and more extreme the sounds are, the more intrusive tinnitus can get. Difficulty communicating, mental health declines, and interruption of your day to day life can be the eventual consequence.
Tinnitus And Hearing Aids
While there is often no way to cure the underlying cause of tinnitus, hearing aids have become rather adept at addressing tinnitus symptoms. There are numerous ways that hearing aids accomplish this.
Making The Ringing in Your Ears Harder to Notice
The symptoms of tinnitus will normally appear along side of hearing loss issues. In some cases, they have the same underlying cause, but sometimes they don’t. But it’s quite likely that your tinnitus will get worse as your hearing loss declines. There’s less competition, and that ringing or buzzing 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 louder. You will get relief when your tinnitus is pushed back to a manageable level. This can help you give attention to and enjoy the day-to-day.
Muting The Noises Out
Clearly, overwhelming your tinnitus is not the same thing as masking your tinnitus. So to help manage your ringing and buzzing, many modern hearing aids use a kind of noise cancellation technology. Certain white noise frequencies can be programmed into your hearing aids that can help minimize tinnitus symptoms. Using this kind of technology, you will be less aware of tinnitus noises.
This is a specialized technology and a consultation with us will help you figure out if this is right for you.
There’s no cure for most forms of chronic tinnitus. But you can still find ways to manage it. A properly calibrated hearing aid can let you live your life more fully and enjoy the world without being overwhelmed by ringing, buzzing, or any other tinnitus-related sounds. For many people who live with tinnitus, hearing aids are a good choice.