Many individuals with hearing loss and hearing-related issues end up noticing significant improvements with hearing aids. But what if you’re part of the estimated 32 percent of the U.S. population with tinnitus? Can hearing aids help with situations like this? The short answer is yes. Some devices even come with features specifically for wearers with tinnitus. Take a moment to learn more about hearing aids and tinnitus.
What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is persistent or recurring internal ear noise. While often associated with ringing, it can take the form of whooshing, buzzing, clicking, hissing, and similar sounds. This condition can be associated with earwax buildup, some type of trauma, or even stress or medication issues. However, it’s often related to noise-induced or age-related hearing loss.
Some people aren’t very bothered by internal ear noise, but others are. So, whether or not it’s a significant issue for you will depend on how it affects you on a daily basis.
Can Hearing Aids Help?
As mentioned above, many hearing aids available today can help minimize or manage tinnitus symptoms. Some hearing aids even have features that are used as a part of a patient’s tinnitus therapy.
Still, hearing aids generally aren’t meant to be a standalone treatment for tinnitus-related problems. In fact, many patients benefit more with a combination of appropriate hearing aids and tinnitus treatments that may include:
- The use of sound generators
- Counseling and support groups
- Treatment of blood vessel conditions or other underlying issues
- Medication adjustments
How Do Hearing Aids Minimize Internal Ear Noise?
As for how hearing aids help with persistent internal ear noise, one way is by amplifying background noise. What this does is shift the focus of your brain from the internal noises to external ones. Some hearing aids also play artificial sounds or white noise into the affected ear to decrease what’s referred to as the signal-to-noise ratio.
Hearing aids can also create even more customized sound-enriched environments thanks to compatibility with smartphones and similar devices. This can help you out if you have internal ear noise issues by keeping your focus on what you actually want to hear.
How Can Undiagnosed Hearing Impairment Affect Tinnitus-Related Symptoms?
There’s research suggesting people with normal hearing tend to experience tinnitus-related symptoms more often when in quieter environments. Therefore, hearing impairment that’s not being addressed can create softer or quieter environments – in turn resulting in more noticeable symptoms if tinnitus is an issue.
Call Us Today
If your hearing loss is coupled with tinnitus-related issues, Atkins Hearing Center is ready to lend a hand. We’ll let you know what hearing aids and related features can be used to augment the volume of external noise. Ultimately, with the right hearing aids, you’ll be more likely to be able to get back what’s most important in your life if you’re also living with tinnitus.
Contact us today to start with an initial evaluation for hearing aids.