You’ve probably heard some ringing in your ears at one point in your life or another. That ringing is called tinnitus. According to most research, 15-20% of people experience tinnitus at any particular time. In most cases, it doesn’t last. But chronic tinnitus, a ringing that won’t go away, can be unpleasant and upsetting. Fortunately, there is a common and simple treatment for tinnitus: hearing aids.
Dealing With Chronic Tinnitus
Some of the many reasons why tinnitus develops are pretty easy to understand, others not so much. Tinnitus can also manifest as a wide variety of subjective and objective sounds, from pounding to clanging to metal buzz-saw sounds, whatever loud symphony your ears can produce.
The louder and more intense the sounds are, the more intrusive tinnitus tends to become. Difficulty communicating, mental health declines, and interruption of your day to day life can be the eventual consequence.
Tinnitus And Hearing Aids
While hearing aids don’t actually “cure” tinnitus they are very good at dealing with some of the most noticeable symptoms. There are numerous ways that hearing aids achieve this.
Making The Ringing in Your Ears Harder to Notice
Tinnitus and hearing loss often occur hand in hand. They can have the same underlying cause or not. In any case, as your hearing worsens, your tinnitus could become more prominent. 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 wearing hearing aids the sounds of the external world will be louder. Once again your tinnitus will, to your relief, disappear into the background. This can help you give attention to and enjoy the day-to-day.
Canceling Out The Noise
Clearly, overwhelming your tinnitus is not the same thing as masking your tinnitus. So to help handle your buzzing and ringing, many modern hearing aids use a kind of noise cancellation technology. We can teach you how to tune your hearing aid to emit particular white noises that help lessen your tinnitus. Making use of this type of technology, you will be less aware of tinnitus sounds.
This is a specialized technology and a consultation with us will help you figure out if this is right for you.
Most forms of chronic tinnitus don’t have a known cure. But you can still find ways to handle it. A properly calibrated hearing aid can let you live your life more fully and experience the joys of the world without being overwhelmed by buzzing, ringing, or any other tinnitus-related sounds. Hearing aids are the ideal choice for individuals with tinnitus.