You’ve probably heard some ringing in your ears at one point in your life or another. That ringing is called tinnitus. At any particular time 15-20% percent of people, according to numerous studies, experience tinnitus. Although most people only hear this ringing intermittently, some people experience chronic tinnitus that won’t go away. The most prevalent treatment for tinnitus is, fortunately, fairly simple: hearing aids.
Dealing With Persistent Tinnitus
Some of the countless reasons why tinnitus happens are pretty simple to understand, others not so much. Tinnitus can also manifest as a wide variety of subjective and objective noises, from pounding to clanging to metallic buzz-saw sounds, whatever beautiful cacophony your ears can produce.
And tinnitus gets more obnoxious as the sounds become noisier. Over time, tinnitus can cause declines in mental health, create trouble communicating, and interfere with your daily life.
Tinnitus And Hearing Aids
While there is typically no way to cure the root cause of tinnitus, hearing aids have become quite skilled at treating tinnitus symptoms. There are a variety of ways that hearing aids accomplish this.
Bringing The Ringing to a Less Noticeable Level
Tinnitus and hearing loss frequently manifest hand in hand. In some cases, they have the same root cause, but often they don’t. Whatever the case, as your hearing declines, your tinnitus may become more pronounced. There’s not as much competition, and that buzzing or ringing 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 turned up. Once again your tinnitus will, to your relief, disappear into the background. Now you can get back to enjoying your life again.
Muting The Noises Out
Clearly, overwhelming your tinnitus isn’t 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. Some white noise frequencies can be programmed 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 is a specialized technology and an appointment with us will help you figure out if this is right for you.
Most types of chronic tinnitus can’t be cured. But you still can find a way to deal with it. The buzzing, ringing, and other tinnitus-related sounds will be gone and you will be able to experience a full life with hearing aids that are calibrated properly. Hearing aids are the ideal choice for people with tinnitus.