What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus and hearing loss often go hand in hand, with approximately 80% of people suffering from tinnitus also having hearing loss. It is one of the most common health conditions in the world, affecting between 10% and 15% of the global population on a regular basis. Hearing loss may affect the signals sent from the ear to the brain. Those affected signals can result in unwanted activity in the brain that is known as tinnitus. While tinnitus doesn’t cause hearing loss, the perceived sound can be distracting and make it hard to concentrate on other sounds. That’s why hearing aids for tinnitus can be an effective way to treat tinnitus as well as hearing loss.
What are Tinnitus Hearing Aids?
Many people with tinnitus also have some hearing loss. Hearing aids that offer tinnitus masking can allow people with hearing loss to hear sounds they might be missing, which can effectively cover – and remove the focus from – the tinnitus ringing. It can often provide relief from the internal sound of tinnitus when you are able to hear everything going on around you.
How Can Hearing Aids Help with Tinnitus?
Hearing aids may help provide sound therapy for those suffering from tinnitus. The best hearing aids for tinnitus can be programmed to contrast the internal sound of tinnitus. Increasing external noise makes it more difficult to perceive the internal sounds, helping the brain focus on the outside sounds. Improving communication with one’s surroundings may help reduce symptoms of stress and anxiety often associated with auditory fatigue, having to listen intently throughout the day. The impact of hearing aids for tinnitus masking is particularly strong for people who have hearing loss in the same frequency range as their tinnitus.