At one time or another in your life you’ve probably heard some ringing in your ears. And that ringing has a name: tinnitus. At any given time 15-20% percent of people, according to many studies, experience tinnitus. Though the majority of people only hear this ringing intermittently, some people experience chronic tinnitus that doesn’t go away. The most prevalent treatment for tinnitus is, thankfully, fairly simple: hearing aids.
Coping With Persistent Tinnitus
Some of the countless reasons why tinnitus happens are pretty easy to figure out, others not so much. Your ears can create a large number of sounds when you have tinnitus not just ringing but sounds including thumping or grinding.
The noisier and more intense the sounds are, the more intrusive tinnitus can get. Difficulty communicating, mental health declines, and interruption of your everyday life can be the eventual consequence.
Tinnitus And Hearing Aids
While there is normally no way to cure the underlying cause of tinnitus, hearing aids have become rather proficient at addressing tinnitus symptoms. There are a variety of ways that hearing aids accomplish this.
Bringing The Ringing to a Less Noticeable Level
The symptoms of tinnitus will typically appear along side of hearing loss problems. Sometimes, they have the same underlying cause, but sometimes they don’t. But it’s quite likely that your tinnitus will worsen as your hearing loss worsens. When you’re not hearing external sounds as well, the internal ones really stick out.
When you’re using 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 go back to enjoying your life again.
Muting The Noises Out
Naturally, overwhelming your tinnitus is not the same thing as masking your tinnitus. So to help manage your ringing and buzzing, many modern hearing aids use a kind of noise cancellation technology. We can show you how to fine tune your hearing aid to produce particular white noises that help reduce your tinnitus. Using this kind of technology, you will be less aware of tinnitus sounds.
This feature isn’t available on all hearing aids, so you’ll need to talk with us to figure out what will work best for you.
Most forms 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 noises will be gone and you will be able to enjoy a full life with hearing aids that are calibrated correctly. For many people who live with tinnitus, hearing aids are a good choice.