Tinnitus? Try Hearing Aids with Relief Sounds
Living with tinnitus can be difficult. It is a condition that can challenging to identify and even harder to treat without the help of an audiologist and hearing technologies. Luckily, with a combination of techniques and devices provided by your audiologist, there are ways in which you can reduce this difficulty. One such solution is hearing aids with relief sounds.
This guide offers more information on tinnitus and how hearing aids with relief sounds can help you.
What is tinnitus?
Tinnitus is the perception of sounds in the ears or head without any external source. It is often described as ringing in the ears but can take the form of various sounds from buzzing to whistling. Some people even hear familiar tunes, while others may hear a pulsing sound in time with their heartbeat.
There are many possible causes of tinnitus. Some of the most common causes are loud noise exposure, earwax build-up, middle ear infections and age-related hearing loss. It is most common in people over the age of 65, however people of all ages can develop tinnitus.
The continuous sound produced by tinnitus can cause chronic stress and fatigue. Those with serious tinnitus may have trouble sleeping because of the noise. Depression and anxiety are also common side-effects. Seeking out relief can therefore be vital for your physical and mental health. If ignored, symptoms may get worse.
Can tinnitus be treated?
There is no way to cure tinnitus, however there are fortunately many treatment options that can relieve it. An audiologist may be able to identify the cause of the sound, which could help when identifying the best treatment option. It could be something as simple as earwax removal. In other cases, sound therapy and specialist counselling may be recommended to help mentally block out the sound.
Another possible treatment option could be hearing aids with relief sounds. This has become an increasingly popular option and could allow you to live a more normal life.
How can hearing aids with relief sounds help?
Eighty percent of people that experience tinnitus also have hearing loss. For this reason, a hearing aid can often be recommended. However, a hearing aid can also help those with tinnitus that don’t experience hearing loss.
Hearing aids with relief sounds are designed specifically for tinnitus. They work by generating soothing sounds that help to mask the ringing or buzzing sounds that you may be experiencing. Such hearing aids may offer a variety of sounds to choose from and may be operated via an app with volume control. This allows you to experiment with different sounds and volumes until you are able to mask the tinnitus.
An audiologist will be able to prescribe you such a hearing aid and can talk you through how they work.
What types of hearing aids are there?
There are many different types of hearing aids to choose from. Aside from the function, you may also want to consider the style.
In-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids sit inside the ear. They may be custom molded in order to fit the shape of your ear and may be prescribed if you also have mild to severe hearing loss.
Behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids are another option. Positioned behind the ear, they often serve as a more discreet option and tend to be the most common style of hearing aid.
In-the-canal (ITC) hearing aids are another style worth considering. They are smaller and fit inside the actual ear canal.
An audiologist may recommend a specific style that is most suitable for your individual hearing problem. Certain brands of hearing aid may only come in certain styles.
Why choose Hear for You
When seeking out an expert to help treat your tinnitus, look no further than Hear for You Hearing & Balance Center. We have a team of experienced audiologists that can help you to find relief for your symptoms. We’ll arrange a hearing test for you to determine the extent of your tinnitus and your hearing. From here, we can help you find the right solution, whether it’s a hearing aid or other form of treatment.
To book an appointment and get relief for your tinnitus, call us today at 401-475-6116.