Hearing loss and tinnitus often go together. Tinnitus is a ringing or whooshing sound heard inside your ear. Since the sounds originate inside of your ear, they are much more noticeable when external sounds are muted due to hearing loss. One possible solution to the problem is to wear a hearing aid. Here's how it may help.
Drown Out Tinnitus By Amplifying External Noise
A hearing aid is a sound amplification device. When you wear one, the noises in the room and conversations are made louder and clearer. When you hear external noises better, your attention is drawn to them rather than the ringing in your ears. A hearing aid can help your situation by drowning out tinnitus sounds and by providing a distraction for your brain.
A hearing aid can be especially helpful for tinnitus when you have severe hearing loss. The lack of sound stimulation may actually cause your brain to create sounds on its own in the form of tinnitus ringing. When you wear a hearing aid and have your level of hearing restored, your ears and brain are properly stimulated by sound, so there is less need to create phantom ringing noises.
Constant Sound Production Masks Tinnitus Ringing
The amplification of sound helps reduce tinnitus symptoms during the day when you're engaged in conversations, watching television, or when you're out in public. However, when it is quiet at night, the ringing may return since there is very little ambient noise in your house. To deal with this problem, you can buy a hearing aid that is specifically designed to deliver sound therapy for tinnitus.
Tinnitus hearing aids deliver constant tones and sound waves that mask the tinnitus ringing. You can usually pick from different programs. Some may deliver tones that cancel out the tones produced in your ear. Others deliver relaxing sounds such as the sound of waves on a beach. The relaxing sounds take your mind off the ringing in your ears, and they also help you physically relax your body so you can rest or fall asleep easier.
If you're bothered by noises in one or both ears that sound like ringing, tones, clicks, buzzing, or whooshing, you should have your hearing tested. If you have hearing loss, a hearing aid could not only improve your ability to hear conversations, it could be an effective way to manage the annoying sounds you constantly hear, especially at night when it's quiet. Even if you don't have hearing loss, a hearing aid designed to deliver sound therapy may still help since it will distract you from the annoying sounds that cause you to stay tense and irritated.Share
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