Living with tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, can be difficult for a lot of people. Tinnitus can flare up from time to time and last for days at a time, and it can also be experienced in the long term. A lot of people find tinnitus tends to flare after long and noisy days, and often the characteristic ringing that comes with this form of hearing loss can turn into other sounds, such as whooshing or hissing.

And in these moments, it can feel like there’s no way to manage your tinnitus and lessen its impact on your life. However, tinnitus can often be seen to from the use of hearing aids; be sure to contact your audiologist to find out more about how a hearing aid could help you. But in the meantime, here’s what you need to know about how hearing aids can be used to stop tinnitus sounds in the ears.

Hearing Aids Can Be Effective at Managing Tinnitus

Hearing aids are a good way to manage tinnitus, thanks to their ability to both lessen and redirect the sound we experience. With tinnitus often connected to hearing loss, allowing a wearer to hear again at a normal level can bridge the gap and make any tinnitus symptoms far less noticeable.

Hearing aids have also been found to lessen the level of tinnitus a person experiences over time. The more a hearing aid is used, the less someone will notice a ringing, hissing, rushing or whooshing in the ears, and may soon remove the symptoms of tinnitus entirely. Always talk to an audiologist about this possibility, as it will depend on both lifestyle factors and the type of hearing loss you’ve experienced.

What Hearing Aid Would Be Best for You?

Choosing the right hearing aid for you can be difficult if you’ve never worn hearing aids before. However, working with an audiologist throughout the process will make it a lot easier to find a solution to your tinnitus needs. After all, there are a lot of hearing aid styles on the market at the moment with some very similar in design, which can make understanding them even more confusing. With that in mind, here are three of the most common styles you should know about.

In the Ear (ITE)

An ITE hearing aid sits in the ear in one of two ways: it’ll either fill the entire outer ear or only the bottom half, known as the shell. Good for addressing both low level, occasional tinnitus and long lasting, impactful tinnitus, ITE aids are good for all ages. These are the easiest aids to fit with features that can help make tinnitus less a part of your life, but they’re also incredibly visible to the outside world.

Behind the Ear (BTE)

A BTE hearing aid is mounted over the top of the ear, with a tube connecting this hook and the hearing aid itself. BTE hearing aids are good for all forms of hearing loss and can be fitted for people experiencing both short-and long-term tinnitus of various levels. A large hearing aid style, a BTE aid can be fitted with various features and has better sound direction and amplification than the other hearing aids mentioned here.

In the Canal (ITC)

An ITC hearing aid sits mostly in the ear canal itself. This style of hearing aid is used to treat more moderate hearing loss and can be effective for people experiencing long term tinnitus. A smaller form of hearing aid, it’s not as visible as the two above, but is still able to be customized with various hearing accessories.

Call Us at Pacific Audiology Clinic

Ringing in the ears can be effectively managed by the use of hearing aids, but only if you’re wearing the right style and fit for you. Make sure you work with an audiologist when dealing with any tinnitus related issues – knowing you’ve got an expert on your side can make your hearing loss experience a lot less impactful on your life.

So, get in touch with us at Pacific Audiology Clinic. You can call us today at 503-719-4208 from Monday through Friday to talk about your hearing aid concerns. We’ll be happy to answer any and all questions relating to the tinnitus in your life and we can arrange a hearing test to determine just what level of hearing loss you’re living with. Once we know what we’re working with, we can help find the best solution for you.

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