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“Tinnitus

At one time or another in your life you’ve probably had some ringing in your ears. That ringing is called tinnitus. According to most studies, 15-20% of people experience tinnitus at any particular time. Normally, it’s not lasting. But chronic tinnitus, a ringing that won’t go away, can be uncomfortable and upsetting. Fortunately, there is a common and simple treatment for tinnitus: hearing aids.

Dealing With Chronic Tinnitus

Prolonged tinnitus can develop for a variety of reasons, and a few of them are understood better than others. Tinnitus can also manifest as a wide variety of subjective and objective noises, from pounding to clanging to metal buzz-saw sounds, whatever beautiful cacophony your ears can produce.

The noisier and more extreme the sounds are, the more intrusive tinnitus can get. Over time, tinnitus can cause declines in mental health, create trouble communicating, and interfere with your daily life.

Hearing Aids And Tinnitus

While hearing aids don’t necessarily “cure” tinnitus they are very good at dealing with some of the most pronounced symptoms. Hearing aids are able to accomplish this in a few ways.

Making The Ringing in Your Ears Less Noticeable

The symptoms of tinnitus will frequently occur along side of hearing loss issues. In some cases, they have the same underlying cause, but sometimes they don’t. But it’s quite likely that your tinnitus will get worse as your hearing loss declines. When you’re not hearing external sounds as well, the internal ones really stand out.

When you’re wearing hearing aids the sounds of the outside world will be turned up. Once again your tinnitus will, to your relief, disappear into the background. Now you can get back to enjoying your life again.

Muting The Noises Out

Of course, there’s a difference between masking your tinnitus and overwhelming your tinnitus. That’s why many modern hearing aids will utilize a specialized twist on noise-canceling technology to help manage the ringing and buzzing. We can teach you how to tune your hearing aid to emit certain white noises that help diminish your tinnitus. Utilizing this type of technology, you will be less aware of tinnitus noises.

This feature isn’t provided on all hearing aids, so you’ll need to talk with us to find out what will be the best option for you.

Most kinds of chronic tinnitus don’t have a known cure. But you can still find ways to handle it. The buzzing, ringing, and other tinnitus-related sounds will be gone and you will be able to enjoy a full life with hearing aids that are calibrated precisely. For most people who live with tinnitus, hearing aids are ideal.

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