Hearing aids for tinnitus

Hearing aids can help with tinnitus

Tinnitus can be a major frustration for those suffering from it. Read on to learn about the innovations in hearing aid technology that can help reduce the symptoms of your tinnitius. 

What is tinnitus?

Tinnitus, also known as ringing in the ears, is the perception of sound when there is no outside source of the sound. Eight to ten percent of the general population has tinnitus.

Tinnitus isn’t “all in your head.” This very real condition can significantly diminish the quality of life for people who have it. While there is no cure for tinnitus, there are treatments to reduce severity and help with daily function, including hearing aids.

Why are hearing aids recommended for tinnitus?

Hearing aids can help relieve tinnitus by having features that are designed to bring relief from the ringing in your ears. They can do this by subtly amplifying background noise to help reduce the awareness of tinnitus, allowing your brain to focus on the sounds you want to hear, instead of the sound of your tinnitus.

How does a hearing aid help with tinnitus?

Hearing aids for tinnitius work to reduce the symptoms of tinnitius in multiple ways, including: 

  1. Improving overall hearing. By improving the quality of external sound, hearing aids allow the wearer to be less focused on the inner sounds caused by tinnitus.

  2. Maintaining sensory perception and the ability to understand language. By restoring sound to the listener, hearing aids help reduce auditory deprivation. This may help the wearer process and participate in conversation.

  3. Masking tinnitus sounds that can be irritating. Some hearing aids provide tinnitus relief by introducing white noise or soothing sounds into the ear. This strategy is known as tinnitus masking. Tinnitus-masking sounds are sometimes built into hearing aids. They may also be programmed through an app connected to the hearing aids.

  4. Retraining the brain. Hearing aids and other types of sound therapy may also use a technique called habituation. Habituation uses external sound and other techniques to teach the brain to reclassify tinnitus sounds as unimportant. This makes it easier to ignore tinnitus sounds and focus on externally generated ones.

Tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT)

Tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT) is a kind of therapy which focuses on learning to cope with your tinnitus  on a conscious and subconscious level. This technique has helped a lot of people to experience stress reductions and a better quality of life.

This therapy can be compared to the sound of raindrops falling on a roof being noticed when it first starts raining, but going unnoticed and put out of mind after some time.

White noise generator for tinnitus

Tinnitus maskers, or tinnitus noisers, are small white noise machines that can work to help reduce the perception of tinnitus or overpower the internal sounds of your tinnitus. However, they don't work in the same way as playing music or listening to a movie washes out the sound. They use specific noises and tones to help dampen the noise in your ears.

With tinnitus maskers, your tinnitus and the white noise are both filtered to the background automatically by your brain. This can allow you to focus easier, fall asleep, or just generally relax easier.

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