Hearing Aids – a Cure For Tinnitus?

woman with tinnitus being fitted with new hearing aids

The exact cause of tinnitus, which is characterized by a continual ringing or buzzing in the ears, is frequently unknown. We do know, however, that if you suffer from hearing loss, your chances of acquiring tinnitus increase significantly. According to the Hearing Loss Association of America, up to 90% of those who experience tinnitus also have hearing loss.

As you are probably aware, factors such as your age, heredity factors and lifestyle can all play a role in the progression of hearing loss. Furthermore, while many of us believe that hearing loss is obvious, the reality is that some minor hearing loss can go unnoticed for a long period of time. For even worse, even a mild instance of hearing loss increases your chance and likelihood of having tinnitus in the future.

Hearing Aids Won’t Cure Tinnitus, But Will Almost Certainly Help Reduce the Symptoms of It

Tinnitus, unfortunately, does not have a cure at this time. Wearing hearing aids to manage your hearing loss and tinnitus, on the other hand, can help to alleviate your symptoms and enhance the quality of your life. In fact, 60% of those who have symptoms of tinnitus reported relief from their symptoms, with 22% reporting a significant improvement.

An old-fashioned hearing aid can simply conceal the buzzing or ringing caused by tinnitus by boosting your capacity to hear outside sounds, which in turn effectively drowns out the ringing or buzzing. More advanced treatment options are being developed, which means that conventional hearing aids are not the only option for those with hearing loss and tinnitus. 

In order to be able to hear environmental sounds properly, hearing aids improve the quality of the level of the sounds they pick up. This fundamental technology is critical in training your hearing to respond to specific stimulation by enhancing everyday noises, such as the hum of traffic from outside or the whirring of a fan. 

Stress reduction, sound stimulation and counseling are all strategies that can be used in conjunction with hearing aids to provide a more comprehensive approach to tinnitus treatment than is now available.

Some hearing aid manufacturers even use the uneven rhythm of fractal tones to help alleviate the symptoms of tinnitus in their products. Tinnitus experiencers may find these rhythmically irregular tones distracting from the continuous and regular tones they are experiencing.

The goal of other advanced hearing aid solutions is to blend the sounds you hear in your environment with the sounds you hear from your tinnitus. You have extremely specific requirements for your condition and ear; therefore, this procedure will make use of a customized white noise that will be tuned in by your hearing specialist.

From white noise therapies to sound therapies, all of these strategies make use of hearing aid technology to divert the user’s attention away from focusing on the source of the tinnitus noises.

Hearing Aids May Help the Underlying Cause of Tinnitus

Tinnitus is frequently discovered by an audiologist to be a symptom of hearing loss in a large number of cases. It occurs when something in the ear is injured, and the sensory cells in the ear die as a result of this injury, which is common. The ringing begins, and it becomes louder as your hearing continues to deteriorate as a result of your inability to perceive other sounds in your environment.

Tinnitus can be treated with a hearing aid in these situations since hearing loss is being addressed. Essentially, the device will increase the volume of the sounds around you, allowing you to concentrate on other things. This can effectively drown out the ringing in your ears, leaving you with no tinnitus to think about. 

While it is undeniable that an audiologist can prescribe hearing aids to help you manage your tinnitus, it is also important to understand that they will not cure the condition. In the event that you develop persistent tinnitus as a result of hearing loss or damage to your inner ear cells, you will be plagued by it indefinitely. Hearing aids only serve to distract you from the symptoms, making it easier to go about your daily routine. On some occasions, your tinnitus will go away on its own, but this is only true in cases when it is just transitory, such as when you attend a concert and your ears ring for a day or two afterward.

To recap, hearing aids can alleviate the symptoms of tinnitus, but they will not cure it. Always seek the advice of an audiologist while seeking tinnitus therapy, and they will assist you in determining the most effective equipment to reduce your symptoms. Call Nola Aronson’s Advanced Audiology today at (661) 250-6781 to find out more.