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