Tinnitus is the official term for that persistent ringing in your ears that only you can hear.
Tinnitus can be a symptom of a medical condition. But it most commonly indicates that you have some hearing damage. Sometimes it only takes one encounter with extremely loud sound to create enough damage to cause tinnitus.
How does a hearing aid help tinnitus? Tinnitus responds to some treatments, but can otherwise be managed so it’s not so bothersome. High-quality hearing aids can help people with tinnitus in several ways:
• they make external sounds more audible and comfortable so that the tinnitus isn’t noticeable (greater hearing activity often stops the tinnitus);
• they lessen the effort it can take to listen, reducing stress and fatigue – which can trigger or worsen tinnitus; and
• they make communication easier by helping stop the sounds you want to hear from being masked by unwelcome noise.
If you are experiencing tinnitus, it’s important to get a medical check. Your GP may refer you to an audiologist.
What if hearing aids don’t help? A hearing aid usually helps make tinnitus less noticeable while you’re wearing them but if tinnitus is a major issue for you, it can be beneficial to investigate sound therapy or seek assistance from a specialist audiologist or a psychologist who specialises in tinnitus.
Blamey Saunders audiologists can talk you through your options. Book a Tinnitus Consultation by calling 1300 443 279.
Disclaimer: The content seen in this video is provided only for medical education purposes and is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.