Can Hearing Aids Reduce My Tinnitis?
Tinnitus can be an especially frustrating experience. If you’ve been struggling with tinnitus, it’s normal to look for solutions – and your Doctor of Audiology can help! One common question asked by patients is whether hearing aids can relieve tinnitus symptoms. Here’s what to know about this option and how it can help.
What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is usually a symptom of changes in your auditory function. This change is commonly hearing loss, which creates a lack of stimulation in the areas of the brain responsible for hearing. When the brain lacks auditory stimulation, it begins to generate internal sound. That sound is called ‘tinnitus’. Although hearing loss is one of the most common causes or contributing factors, there are many others like neurological issues, serious medical conditions, or growths affecting the hearing nerves.
Can Hearing Aids Help Tinnitus?
Hearing aids can be an effective treatment option for tinnitus because they can restore sounds to the brain. This happens over time by helping “re-train” the brain and ultimately reducing the impact and awareness of tinnitus. It’s important to partner with a Doctor of Audiology who can guide you through the process and ensure your hearing aids are properly fitted and accurately attuned to manage your tinnitus.
What Are Other Tinnitus Treatment Options?
There are other ways you can manage tinnitus to lessen the impact. Firstly, try to keep yourself away from quiet environments which can increase your perception of tinnitus and cause you to fixate on it. Secondly, find ways to relax your body – this might include things like meditation or actively listening to your favorite music. Finally, it’s important not to attach negative emotions to your tinnitus (which can cause underlying stress and anxiety), so work with your Doctor of Audiology to find a mental health professional to manage symptoms.
Schedule an Appointment
With the help of a Doctor of Audiology, you can find relief from tinnitus. Schedule your tinnitus assessment at our New York City by calling or visiting our website.