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8/15/2019

Can a Hearing Aid Cure Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is the perception of sound when no actual external noise is present. While it is commonly referred to as “ringing in the ears,” tinnitus can manifest many different perceptions of sound, including buzzing, hissing, whistling, swooshing, and clicking.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports that more than 50 million Americans (or 15% of the general public) experience a form of tinnitus. Of these, 20 million suffer from chronic tinnitus.  Two million people experience extreme, and sometimes debilitating, symptoms of tinnitus.

If you suffer from tinnitus, you may wonder what treatment options are available. While there is no known cure for tinnitus, you will be happy to know that you may experience relief from the symptoms.

Causes of Tinnitus

Tinnitus has multiple causes, and a number of factors can worsen or trigger tinnitus symptoms. These include:

  • Hearing loss: Although hearing loss doesn’t cause tinnitus, the Hearing Health Foundation notes that on average, 90% of individuals who experience tinnitus also have a hearing loss.
  • Loud noise: If you’ve been in a really loud environment like a nightclub, you may have walked away feeling like your ears are muffled. In some cases, you may also experience tinnitus after exposure to loud noise. Loud noise damages the tiny hairs in your inner ear, known as the cilia. Noise induced hearing loss can be the result of damage to the cilia.
  • Ototoxic medications: Certain medications can be harmful to your inner ear. These are referred to as ototoxic medication. For a list of ototoxic medications, visit the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s page here. It’s important to disclose any medication that you’re taking to your general health practitioner. They’ll know more about potential drug-interactions, and can answer any questions you may have about the impact of medications on your hearing health.
  • Auditory conditions: Certain hearing conditions, such as Ménière’s disease, are known to cause tinnitus. If you’d like further information on how tinnitus may be linked to a hearing condition, book in an appointment with the professionals at Audiology Associates of Greeley today.
  • Health conditions: Tinnitus has been linked to some health conditions, such as thyroid problems, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure (hypertension), and more. Your general health practitioner should be able to rule out an underlying health condition for your tinnitus.

Can A Hearing Aid Cure Tinnitus? 

There is no cure for tinnitus, but there are ways that symptoms can be minimized. Given how many cases of tinnitus are associated with a hearing loss, treating the hearing loss with hearing aids may also help reduce tinnitus symptoms.

There can often be remarkable similarities between the type of hearing loss you have and the symptoms of tinnitus that you experience. For example, if you have a high-frequency hearing loss, you may experience high-pitched ringing from tinnitus.

If you have tinnitus, book an appointment with the hearing care professionals at Audiology Associates of Greeley. We can look at how we can relieve the symptoms of your tinnitus, and answer any questions that you have. Call 970-352-288 today, or click here to book an appointment online.

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