What Are the Best Tinnitus Treatments in 2020?
Characterized by audio disturbances, tinnitus can be a frustrating and distressing symptom of hearing loss. Tinnitus sufferers typically ‘hear’ whooshing, ringing, buzzing, roaring, hissing, humming, or clicking sounds, despite there being no external source of this noise.
Tinnitus can affect one or both ears and may be present intermittently or constantly. Many people report that tinnitus makes it difficult to converse with others, while having a negative impact on their concentration, ability to sleep, and even their memory.
Fortunately, new treatments are giving those with tinnitus the opportunity to greatly reduce the stress and frustration. With the ability to minimize and even eradicate the classic ‘sounds’ tinnitus sufferers hear, tinnitus treatment can change your life.
What causes tinnitus?
In order to find the best type of tinnitus treatment, it’s important to understand what causes the symptoms to occur. Tinnitus can have various causes, but hearing loss is by far the most common. While some people may develop tinnitus as a result of other health issues, such as TMJ or Meniere’s disease, the vast majority of people experience tinnitus at the same time as hearing loss.
In fact, the frequency of the tinnitus almost always corresponds to the frequency where the hearing loss is most developed, especially tonal high frequency sounds. Therefore, wearing hearing aids usually mitigates tinnitus by compensating for the underlying hearing loss.
Hearing loss typically occurs due to hair cell damage within the inner ear. If these tiny hair cells become damaged or broken, they no longer move in response to sound waves. This prevents your auditory nerve from sending signals to your brain, which you would normally interpret as sound.
Depending on how the hair cells are damaged, they may send the wrong signals to your brain, thus creating the irritating sounds you recognize as tinnitus. Another possibility is that the brain tries to create sound when expected auditory input is absent. Essentially, the brain doesn’t receive input from the auditory nerve due to the inner ear hair cells being damaged. As a result, the brain attempts to rectify the situation and produces sounds, such as buzzing, humming, clicking, or ringing in the ear.
Fortunately, we have a team of dedicated tinnitus specialists who work continuously to develop more advanced tinnitus treatments.
The best tinnitus treatments of 2020
The best tinnitus treatment for you will depend on the cause of your symptoms. If you experience tinnitus as a side-effect of taking other medications, for example, it may be possible to reduce your dosage or switch to alternative medicine to eliminate tinnitus symptoms. Alternatively, if a neurological issue or structural abnormality causes tinnitus, surgical intervention may be used to resolve the underlying cause and reduce your symptoms.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is another effective way to minimize the impact tinnitus has on your everyday life. By learning how to deal with the whooshing, buzzing, or ringing in your ears, your ability to drown the noises out increases. As a result, your day-to-day life won’t interrupted by tinnitus.
For many people, however, wearing hearing aids is the most effective way to deal with tinnitus. By treating your hearing loss, you can tackle the cause of your tinnitus symptoms and minimize them significantly.
If the brain is ‘producing’ sounds because hearing loss prevents you from picking up external sounds, for example, increasing hearing function means your brain isn’t compelled to respond in this way. Similarly, if hearing loss and tinnitus occur because damage to the hair cells sends faulty messages to the brain, wearing hearing aids improves the accuracy of these messages and reduces the symptoms of tinnitus.
Furthermore, hearing aids work to distract your brain from the clicking, hissing, humming or ringing in your ears. While these sounds may still be present, when you’re wearing hearing aids for tinnitus, you won’t notice them as much. Over time, specialist hearing aids for tinnitus may enable you to ignore the symptoms completely, and you’ll no longer notice any sounds in your ears.
Treating tinnitus with hearing aids
When tinnitus is caused by hearing loss, enhancing your hearing function can help to alleviate the symptoms. That’s why wearing hearing aids are often the first-line treatment.
While any hearing aid can minimize the symptoms of tinnitus by improving your hearing function, hearing aids from Signia include special functions for tackling tinnitus. Designed to improve hearing and give you relief from the symptoms of tinnitus, you may find that these are the most effective ways to resolve the ringing in the ears or any other tinnitus sounds you experience.
Suitable for sufferers of both tonal and non-tonal tinnitus, Signia hearing aids offer therapy signals that mix with the sounds of tinnitus and distract you from them. With a superior selection of options, you can choose from five static signal noise therapy signals and four ocean wave therapy signals when you opt for our hearing aids.
The latest development in hearings aids for tinnitus is our exclusive built-in Tinnitus Notch Therapy. Combining the latest technology and scientific breakthroughs, Notch Therapy reduces tinnitus sounds without adding any extra sounds at all.
As the most unobtrusive way to target tinnitus, you won’t notice any additional noise signals when using this type of tinnitus treatment. Instead, our Notch Therapy prevents overstimulation and gives your brain the opportunity to re-learn how to ignore tinnitus symptoms, such as ringing in the ears. Bringing you short- and long-term relief from tinnitus, Notch Therapy is a game-changing tinnitus treatment.
We’ve included state-of-the-art tinnitus technology in a wide range of our hearing aids, so you can choose from a selection of discreet styles. What’s more, our hearing aids for tinnitus ensure you have complete remote control via an easy-to-use mobile app.
Get in touch
If you suspect you’ve got tinnitus or if you’re looking for more effective ways to manage your symptoms, why not get in touch with a hearing care professional today? Our specialists can offer tips and advice for minimizing your symptoms.
Explore our hearing aids for tinnitus now and look forward to a peaceful year in 2020. To learn more and even test out how our hearing aids can help treat your tinnitus, fill out a quick form and you’ll be contacted by a hearing care professional who can help you overcome tinnitus.