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Can Hearing Aids Help Tinnitus?

For those who are struggling with tinnitus, it can be discouraging to try to find an answer, especially when many medical professionals simply tell you to learn to live with it. But learning to live with tinnitus is far easier said than done, and the stress that tinnitus can put you under can make your tinnitus symptoms worse.

While there is no cure for tinnitus at this time, you can effectively manage your tinnitus by using hearing aids. In fact, many hearing aids from the best brands come with tinnitus management tools built-in to help you alleviate your tinnitus symptoms. Even without specific tinnitus support, hearing aids are an excellent tool to help you manage your tinnitus for several reasons.

Tinnitus Can Often Be Triggered By Hearing Loss

Hearing loss and tinnitus are often connected. In cases where hearing loss and tinnitus are linked, often the lack of sound being received by the brain due to hearing loss causes tinnitus to trigger, creating auditory feedback for the brain to hear and process.

With hearing aids, you can manage your hearing loss and tinnitus at the same time. The hearing aids allow you to reconnect with the world full of sounds around you and with your brain receiving all the sound input, your tinnitus can fade away and become indistinguishable.

Because of the serious connection between hearing loss and tinnitus, a key part of any tinnitus evaluation is a diagnostic hearing evaluation. Our doctors of audiology are able to perform in-depth hearing examinations to help detect hearing loss. But even if it turns out that your tinnitus isn’t linked to hearing loss, hearing aids can still help you with your tinnitus.

Hearing Aids Can Help Mask Tinnitus

The main difficulty of living with tinnitus is that you are plagued with an inescapable noise, but by using hearing aids, you can effectively mask the sound of your tinnitus. This masking can be achieved by using hearing aids that come with tinnitus support.

Hearing aids with tinnitus management and support tools can vary in what they offer. For example, say you have moderate tinnitus but aren’t overly comfortable with technology. One of our hearing doctors can work with you to program a set of hearing aids to output soothing white noise, or other mild sounds—such as ocean sounds, pink noise, etc.—to automatically work without you needing to do anything.

However, if you are more comfortable with technology and would like more control over you tinnitus management, there are hearing aids with tinnitus support tools that allow you to manage what sounds are played, how long the sounds play, tips to alleviate a bad bout of tinnitus, and more. Be sure to discuss your preferences with our hearing health care professionals so that they can find the option that suits you best.

Prevent Tinnitus-Related Brain Changes With Hearing Aids

As more research is done on tinnitus, there are some alarming strides being made in our knowledge about how tinnitus affects a person. Recently, a study that scanned the brains of those who suffer from tinnitus found that the overall grey matter in the brain had decreased.

The researchers posited that the decrease in grey matter was due to how tinnitus can lead to hearing being blocked, causing atrophy in the areas of the brain that usually process the sounds received from the auditory system. Problem is, as the area that processed sounds took a hit, the sound processing of tinnitus was routed through the amygdala.

As the amygdala helps to regulate emotions, your tinnitus can trigger negative feelings such as depression, anxiety, irritability, and more. The longer your tinnitus goes unmanaged, the more exposure you have to these brain changes, which may not be reversible. So, to prevent these changes, you can use hearing aids to manage your tinnitus.

Use Hearing Aids To Keep Tinnitus From Isolating You

For those who have moderate or severe tinnitus, the condition can be very isolating. Much like with hearing loss, having your tinnitus constantly drown out the people you are trying to talk to can be frustrating as well as embarrassing. Some people opt to spend less time around others to cut down on the times they need to ask others to repeat themselves.

However, being socially isolated can lead to a number of health issues ranging from depression to dementia. To prevent feeling cut off from others, you can use hearing aids to manage your tinnitus with soothing sounds to distract you from your tinnitus as the hearing aids help boost the speech of others over the sound of your tinnitus.

Ideal Hearing Aids To Assist With Your Tinnitus

Not all hearing aids come with tinnitus support, and even the ones that do have tinnitus management built into them have a varying amount of utility. Some of the best hearing aids with high adaptable tinnitus management tools are:

  • ReSound LiNX Quattro hearing aids
  • Widex Zen Therapy hearing aids
  • Oticon Opn S with Tinnitus Sound Support

If you are interested in managing your tinnitus with hearing aids, please contact us today. We can set you up with a tinnitus consultation and evaluation with one of our doctors of audiology and help you start your path to controlling your tinnitus.

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