You’ve probably heard some ringing in your ears at some point in your life or another. That ringing is called tinnitus. According to most research, 15-20% of people experience tinnitus at one point or another. Though most people only hear this ringing intermittently, some people suffer from chronic tinnitus that doesn’t go away. The most prevalent treatment for tinnitus is, thankfully, relatively straightforward: hearing aids.
Coping With Chronic Tinnitus
Some of the countless reasons why tinnitus happens are pretty easy to understand, others not as much. Tinnitus can also manifest as a wide variety of objective or subjective noises, from pounding to clanging to metallic buzz-saw noises, whatever loud cacophony your ears can create.
The noisier and more extreme the sounds are, the more intrusive 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 there is typically no way to cure the underlying cause of tinnitus, hearing aids have become quite skilled at addressing tinnitus symptoms. Hearing aids are able to accomplish this in numerous ways.
Bringing The Ringing to a Less Noticeable Level
Tinnitus and hearing loss often manifest in conjunction. Occasionally, 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 declines. There’s not as much competition, and that ringing or buzzing 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 external world will be turned up. Your tinnitus will once again, to your relief, get lost in the details. Now you can go back to enjoying your life again.
Muting The Noises Out
Obviously, there’s a difference between overwhelming your tinnitus and 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 tuned into your hearing aids that can help minimize tinnitus symptoms. Utilizing this kind of technology, you will be less aware of tinnitus noises.
This feature isn’t provided on all hearing aids, so you’ll have to check with us to find out what will be the best option for you.
Most types of chronic tinnitus don’t have a known cure. But you can still find ways 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 most people who live with tinnitus, hearing aids are ideal.