Can Tinnitus be Cured by Wearing Hearing Aids?

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It’s often not clear what’s triggering tinnitus (a buzzing or ringing in your ears). But one thing we know for sure is that if you have hearing loss your chance of developing tinnitus goes up. According to HLAA as much as 90 percent of people who have tinnitus also have hearing loss.

As you probably realize, your genetics, age, and lifestyle can all play a role in the development of hearing loss. And while many people think of hearing loss as being obvious, the reality is that some mild hearing loss can go unnoticed. Even slight cases of hearing loss will raise your likelihood of tinnitus, making the situation even worse.

Hearing Aids Won’t Cure Tinnitus But They Will Help

There isn’t a cure for tinnitus. However, hearing aids will treat both hearing loss and tinnitus in ways that can decrease symptoms and improve one’s quality of life. Sixty percent of people coping with tinnitus, in fact, saw relief of their symptoms, and twenty-two had substantial improvement.

When you can suddenly hear external sounds better because hearing aids have raised the volume, your tinnitus symptoms will go into the background. And, fortunately, conventional hearing aids aren’t the only solution as more advanced treatment methods are being produced.

Types of Specialized Hearing Aids to Reduce Tinnitus Symptoms

Hearing aids increase the level of environmental sounds to the point that you can hear them clearly. This simple technology is crucial in training your hearing to receive certain stimulation by boosting sounds like the rattle of a ceiling fan or the rabble of a dinner party.

You can augment those amplification efforts by the combination of other methods, like counseling, sound stimulation, and stress reduction for a more complete approach to treatment.

Some hearing aid makers even use the irregular rhythm of fractal tones to minimize the symptoms of tinnitus. These rhythmically inconsistent tones can distract from the consistent and regular tones tinnitus sufferers hear.

Other specialized devices attempt to blend your tinnitus in with the normal sounds you’re hearing. Your condition and ear have very personal needs and this technique will use a personalized white noise that will be dialed-in by your hearing specialist.

Whether you use sound therapy, blending, or a white noise mechanism, all of these specialized technologies have a common aim 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 people, hearing aids help lessen symptoms and improve your quality of life.

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References

  • https://www.hearingloss.org/wp-content/uploads/HLAA_HearingLoss_Facts_Statistics.pdf?pdf=FactStats
  • https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17956798
  • https://www.ata.org/managing-your-tinnitus/treatment-options/hearing-aids
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6197965
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