Around one in seven individuals are estimated to deal with tinnitus. That puts the overall number in the millions. In some countries, the numbers are even higher and that’s pretty startling.
True, tinnitus isn’t always chronic. But in those cases where ringing, buzzing, or humming in your ears is hard to get rid of, finding a reliable treatment can very quickly become a priority. One of the most practical of such treatments is already quite common: hearing aids.
There are some links between hearing loss and tinnitus but they are actually separate conditions. It’s possible to experience tinnitus with normal hearing or to experience hearing loss without also getting tinnitus. But the two conditions coexist frequently enough that hearing aids have become a practical solution, treating hearing loss and ending tinnitus in one fell swoop.
How Hearing Aids Can Help Tinnitus
According to one survey, 60% of individuals who suffer from tinnitus noticed some amount of relief when they began using hearing aids. Roughly 22% of everyone surveyed went so far as to report considerable relief. However, hearing aids aren’t manufactured specifically to handle tinnitus. The benefits appear to come by association. As such, hearing aids seem to be most practical if you have tinnitus and hearing loss.
Here’s how hearing aids can help stop tinnitus symptoms:
- Everything gets a bit louder: When you experience loss of hearing, the volume of the world (or, at least, particular wavelengths of the world) can fade away and become quieter. When that happens the ringing in your ears becomes a lot more obvious. Hearing loss is not decreasing the ringing so it becomes the most pronounced thing you hear. The ringing or buzzing that was so obvious will be obscured when your hearing aid enhances the outside sound. Tinnitus becomes less of an issue as you pay less attention to it.
- Conversations become easier: Modern hearing aids are particularly good at identifying human speech and amplifying those sounds. So once you’re wearing your hearing aids regularly, having conversations becomes much easier. You will be more involved with your co-worker’s story about their children and better able to participate with your spouse about how their day went. The more you connect with others, the more social you are, the less you’ll detect your tinnitus. In some cases, tinnitus is intensified by stress so being able to socialize can helps in this way also.
- Your brain is getting an auditory workout: When you experience hearing loss, those parts of your brain charged with interpreting sounds can often suffer from stress, fatigue, or atrophy. Tinnitus symptoms you may be experiencing can be decreased when the brain is in a healthy pliable condition and hearing aids can help keep it that way.
The Advantages of Modern Hearing Aids
Smart Technology is incorporated into modern hearing aids. To some degree, that’s because they integrate the latest technologies and hearing assistance algorithms. But the effectiveness of modern hearing aids is accomplished in part because each device can be customized and calibrated on a patient-per-patient basis (sometimes, they recalibrate based on the level of background noise).
Customizing hearing aids means that the sensitivity and output signals can effortlessly be adjusted to the specific hearing levels you might have. The humming or buzzing is more likely to be successfully hidden if your hearing aid is dialed in to work best for you.
The Best Way to Get Rid of Tinnitus
Your degree of hearing impairment will determine what’s best for you. There are still treatment options for your tinnitus even if you don’t have any hearing loss. That could mean custom-created masking devices, cognitive-behavioral therapy, or medication.
But, hearing aids may be able to take care of both situations if you have tinnitus and hearing loss at the same time. Managing your hearing loss with a good pair of hearing aids can often stop tinnitus from making your life difficult.