At one point or another in your life you’ve most likely heard some ringing in your ears. And that ringing has a name: tinnitus. According to most research, 15-20% of people experience tinnitus at any given time. Even though most people only hear this ringing intermittently, some people experience chronic tinnitus that won’t go away. Fortunately, there is a common and straight forward treatment for tinnitus: hearing aids.
Coping With Chronic Tinnitus
Some of the many reasons why tinnitus happens are pretty simple to figure out, others not so much. Your ears can create a large number of noises when you have tinnitus not only ringing but sounds such as thumping or grinding.
The noisier and more intense the sounds are, the more invasive tinnitus can get. Over time, tinnitus can cause declines in mental health, create trouble communicating, and interfere with your daily life.
Hearing Aids And Tinnitus
While hearing aids don’t necessarily “cure” tinnitus they are really good at dealing with some of the more noticeable symptoms. Hearing aids are able to accomplish this in several ways.
Making The Ringing in Your Ears Harder to Notice
The symptoms of tinnitus will normally appear along side of hearing loss issues. Occasionally, they have the same underlying cause, but sometimes they don’t. But it’s very likely that your tinnitus will worsen as your hearing loss declines. 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).
Your hearing aid has the ability to turn the ambient sound of the outside world up. Once again your tinnitus will, to your relief, get lost in the details. This can help you focus on and enjoy your life.
Canceling Out The Noise
Naturally, overwhelming your tinnitus is not the same thing as masking your tinnitus. That’s the reason why many modern hearing aids will utilize a specialized twist on noise-canceling technology to help deal with the buzzing and ringing. Specific white noise frequencies can be programmed into your hearing aids that can help minimize tinnitus symptoms. Essentially, by producing specific kinds of sound, your hearing aid can help minimize the volume of your tinnitus symptoms.
This capability isn’t provided on all hearing aids, so you’ll need to talk with us to find out what will be the best option for you.
There’s no cure for most forms of chronic tinnitus. But you can still find ways to manage it. The ringing, buzzing, and other tinnitus-related noises will be gone and you will be able to enjoy a full life with hearing aids that are calibrated correctly. Hearing aids are the ideal choice for individuals with tinnitus.