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“Tinnitus

You’ve probably heard some ringing in your ears at one point in your life or another. That ringing is called tinnitus. According to most studies, 15-20% of people experience tinnitus at any particular time. Although the majority of people only hear this ringing intermittently, some people experience chronic tinnitus that won’t go away. Fortunately, there is a common and straight forward treatment for tinnitus: hearing aids.

Dealing With Chronic Tinnitus

Prolonged tinnitus can develop for a number of reasons, and a few of them are better understood than others. Tinnitus can also sound like a wide variety of subjective and objective sounds, from pounding to clanging to metallic buzz-saw sounds, whatever beautiful cacophony your ears can generate.

And tinnitus becomes more obnoxious as the noises become noisier. Difficulty communicating, mental health declines, and interruption of your day to day life can be the eventual consequence.

Hearing Aids And Tinnitus

While there is typically no way to cure the inherent cause of tinnitus, hearing aids have become pretty adept at addressing tinnitus symptoms. Hearing aids are able to accomplish this in several ways.

Making The Ringing in Your Ears Less Noticeable

The symptoms of tinnitus will typically appear along side of hearing loss issues. Sometimes, they have the same underlying cause, but often they don’t. Either way, as your hearing declines, your tinnitus could become more pronounced. There’s not as much competition, and that buzzing or ringing can really be noticeable (it’s like winning American Idol in a year with sub-par contestants).

Your hearing aid can turn the ambient volume of the world up. Your tinnitus will once again, to your relief, disappear into the background. Now you can go back to enjoying your life again.

Canceling Out The Noise

Of course, there’s a difference between masking your tinnitus and overwhelming your tinnitus. So to help handle your ringing and buzzing, many modern hearing aids use a type of noise cancellation technology. Certain white noise frequencies can be tuned into your hearing aids that can help decrease tinnitus symptoms. Essentially, by generating specific types of sound, your hearing aid can help reduce the volume of your tinnitus symptoms.

This feature isn’t provided on all hearing aids, so you’ll have to check with us to figure out what will work best for you.

Most kinds of chronic tinnitus don’t have a known cure. But you can still find ways to deal with it. A precisely calibrated hearing aid can allow you to fully live your life and enjoy the world without being overcome by buzzing, ringing, or any other tinnitus-related sounds. Hearing aids are the ideal choice for individuals with tinnitus.

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