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 many studies, experience tinnitus. Normally, it’s not lasting. But chronic tinnitus, a ringing that won’t go away, can be uncomfortable and upsetting. Luckily, there is a common and simple treatment for tinnitus: hearing aids.
Coping With Chronic Tinnitus
Some of the many reasons why tinnitus develops are pretty easy to understand, others not as much. Your ears can produce a large number of sounds when you have tinnitus not just ringing but sounds including thumping or grinding.
And tinnitus becomes more obnoxious as the noises become louder. Difficulty communicating, mental health declines, and disruption of your everyday life can be the eventual consequence.
Tinnitus And Hearing Aids
While there is normally no way to cure the root cause of tinnitus, hearing aids have become rather proficient at addressing tinnitus symptoms. Hearing aids are able to accomplish this in several ways.
Making The Ringing in Your Ears Less Noticeable
The symptoms of tinnitus will normally occur together with hearing loss issues. They can have the same underlying cause or not. In any case, as your hearing worsens, your tinnitus could become more prominent. There’s not as much competition, and that buzzing or ringing can really be noticeable (it’s like winning American Idol in a year with sub-par contestants).
When you’re wearing hearing aids the sounds of the outside world will be turned up. You will have relief when your tinnitus is pushed back to a manageable level. Now you can get 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 buzzing and ringing, many modern hearing aids use a type of noise cancellation technology. Certain white noise frequencies can be programmed into your hearing aids that can help reduce tinnitus symptoms. Making use of this kind of technology, you will be less aware of tinnitus noises.
This capability isn’t provided on all hearing aids, so you’ll have to check with us to figure 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 manage it. The buzzing, ringing, and other tinnitus-related sounds will be gone and you will be able to enjoy a full life with hearing aids that are calibrated precisely. For many people who live with tinnitus, hearing aids are ideal.