At one time or another in your life you’ve probably had some ringing in your ears. That ringing is called tinnitus. At any particular time 15-20% percent of people, according to numerous studies, experience tinnitus. Normally, it doesn’t last. But chronic tinnitus, a ringing that won’t go away, can be uncomfortable and upsetting. The most prevalent treatment for tinnitus is, fortunately, relatively straightforward: hearing aids.
Dealing With Persistent Tinnitus
Some of the many reasons why tinnitus happens are pretty simple to figure out, others not as much. Your ears can produce a large number of sounds when you have tinnitus not just ringing but sounds such as thumping or grinding.
And tinnitus gets more obnoxious as the noises 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 hearing aids don’t actually “cure” tinnitus they are really good at dealing with some of the most pronounced symptoms. Hearing aids are capable of accomplishing this in a few ways.
Bringing The Ringing to a Less Noticeable Level
The symptoms of tinnitus will normally appear along side of hearing loss problems. They can have the same underlying cause or not. Whatever the 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 using hearing aids the sounds of the external world will be louder. Your tinnitus will once again, to your relief, disappear into the background. Now you can get back to enjoying your life again.
Muting The Noises Out
Of course, there’s a difference between overwhelming your tinnitus and masking your tinnitus. So to help handle your ringing and buzzing, many modern hearing aids use a form of noise cancellation technology. Specific white noise frequencies can be tuned into your hearing aids that can help reduce tinnitus symptoms. Basically, by producing specific types of sound, your hearing aid can help decrease the volume of your tinnitus symptoms.
This feature isn’t provided on all hearing aids, so you’ll have to talk with us to find out what will work best for you.
There’s no cure for most forms of chronic tinnitus. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find a way to deal with it. A properly calibrated hearing aid can allow you to fully live your life and experience the joys of the world without being overwhelmed by buzzing, ringing, or any other tinnitus-related sounds. For most people who live with tinnitus, hearing aids are ideal.