Hearing loss is a common factor underlying tinnitus, although some people with normal hearing may also experience tinnitus. Loss of hearing is often an unnoticeable and gradual process and many people are surprised when they are told that they have a hearing loss. It is quite common for people to assume incorrectly that it is their tinnitus rather than their hearing loss that is causing hearing difficulties.
Can hearing aids help with tinnitus?
For many people, tinnitus may be related to sound deprivation, for example hearing loss. The aim of fitting hearing aids is to correct any such hearing loss with the possibility that this may help reduce the tinnitus. Hearing aids should be worn throughout your waking hours to gain maximum benefit.
Besides amplifying the sounds around us, many modern hearing aids also include a tinnitus therapy feature.
In very quiet hearing environments, regular hearing aids don’t have enough external sounds to amplify to distract you from your tinnitus. This is when the tinnitus feature comes into play. By emitting a customised therapy signal (e.g. a soothing sound like waves rolling into a beach) it distracts you from focusing on the ringing in your ears.
Book an appointment with one of our audiologists who will be able to discuss the various options to suit your requirements.