If you have hearing loss, even to a minor degree, you have an increased risk of developing tinnitus. This may have you wondering if hearing aids can help your symptoms. The short answer is yes—hearing aids, along with other treatments, can help stop the ringing in your ears.
What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is when it sounds like your ears are ringing. This may occur in one or both ears and can be annoying enough to disrupt your daily activities. About one in five Americans experience tinnitus at least once in their lives, demonstrating how prevalent this condition is.
It’s important to monitor your hearing for signs of tinnitus so you can act on it before your symptoms become any worse. The noise you hear can take different forms, including ringing, roaring, buzzing, humming, hissing, or whooshing. The sound is usually only audible in quiet environments, and if you ask someone nearby what that sound is, they’ll tell you they don’t hear anything.
The effects of tinnitus may include:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Sleep problems
Men and older adults are the most at-risk demographics. Apart from gender and age factors, other common causes of tinnitus include:
- Prolonged exposure to loud noises (damaged hair cells in the cochlea send false impulses to the brain, causing a ringing sound)
- Underlying health conditions, including diabetes, blood vessel problems, autoimmune disorders, and circulation issues
- Excessive smoking and alcohol consumption
- Head, neck, or ear injuries
- Ear infections
- Hearing loss
See an audiologist if you experience signs of tinnitus. The results of your hearing test will help you and your audiologist formulate an effective treatment plan to help relieve your symptoms. Here’s what may work for you:
- Make lifestyle changes, such as avoiding cigarettes and alcohol.
- Treat any underlying medical conditions that could be causing tinnitus.
- Start cognitive behavioral therapy to reduce your negative response to tinnitus and improve your mental health.
- Try stress reduction therapy to address negative feelings that often accompany tinnitus.
- Use supplemental sound therapy to mask the ringing in your ears.
- Start wearing hearing aids.
Hearing Aids for Tinnitus
Hearing aids can’t cure tinnitus, but they can help reduce your symptoms and improve your quality of life. After all, increasing your ability to hear environmental sounds helps drown out the ringing in your ears. Some hearing aid makers also incorporate fractal tones and irregular rhythms to create “white noise” that interrupts the consistent tones of tinnitus.
If you notice anything unusual about your hearing, schedule a free hearing test and consultation at Elite Hearing Centers of America. We’ll help you select the best hearing aids for your needs and allow you to try them risk-free for 30 days. No cost, no obligation, no kidding. Plus, we guarantee your 100% satisfaction. For more information, please call 855-432-7354 or contact us online. You’ll be glad you did!