Tinnitus and Treatment
Whether it’s caused by your daily grind or you enjoy hobbies that are particularly loud, tinnitus can develop when exposed to excessive noise levels. When this occurs, you may experience an intermittent or constant ringing, buzzing, whooshing, clicking or whistling sound that isn’t caused by an external source. When this occurs, it’s important to find out what solutions can provide you relief.
Most tinnitus cases also involve hearing loss. An individual may have a loss in one or both ears, in varying degrees; the same is true of tinnitus. For most people, hearing loss that affects their daily lives becomes a condition that must change. At Advanced Hearing Care, we believe the best answer to alleviating your tinnitus symptoms is a hearing aid equipped with the features you need to tone down the sounds you don’t.
What causes tinnitus?
Tinnitus is usually accompanied by a moderate degree of hearing loss. According to the American Tinnitus Association, there appears to be an inverse relationship between hearing loss and tinnitus: the less hearing ability you have, the louder tinnitus spears to be. As outside noise perception diminishes, tinnitus noise increases. This supports the idea that hearing aids used to mask tinnitus by raising the volume of outside noise also help the brain “retrain” toward processing sound better.
Tinnitus is a problem that manifests through the perception of sound. The neurochemical signals sent to the brain by malfunctioning inner ear structures physically change brain cell pathways of perception. This is interpreted by the brain as noise of some kind: the hum or whoosh known as tinnitus.
How is tinnitus treated?
Some therapies help combat tinnitus perception, such as cognitive programs that help the individual learn to cope with the impacts of tinnitus. Retraining therapy helps the brain to learn a new way to interpret, and process tinnitus sounds so that they can be more easily ignored.
Sound machines help mask tinnitus, especially at night when trying to sleep. Other noise like radio and television do the same during the day, but these are generally not with you as you go out into the world. Wearing earphones constantly stops your ability to hear people around you rather than helping you hear.
The best overall treatment is a hearing aid equipped with sound-masking features and programming choices that increase sound volume and directionally help listeners understand voices even in noisy environments. The hearing instrument specialists at Advanced Hearing Care offer a wide selection of the most technologically advanced hearing products to help you find the relief from tinnitus you need.