Can Hearing Aids Help Tinnitus?
Are you one of the nearly 25 million Americans who experience tinnitus? The condition is characterized by a perceived sound in the ears, which can be heard as a ringing, buzzing, whistling, or hissing. These sounds can range from mildly annoying to downright frustrating. Tinnitus can be so extreme that it affects how you live day to day.
Unfortunately for tinnitus sufferers, there is no known cure. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to treat and manage it. Common methods include learning different relaxation methods so you don’t focus on the sounds. There’s even such thing as cognitive-behavioral therapy for tinnitus. This treatment aims to reduce the negative emotions caused by tinnitus and replace them with a more positive way of thinking.
How hearing aids can help
Another, more direct approach is to treat tinnitus right at the source. You might not realize it, but in addition to helping people hear, hearing aids can also treat your tinnitus. How so? Well, hearing aids with a tinnitus therapy feature can play soothing sounds like ocean waves or calming white noise directly in your ears to distract from the unwanted sounds.
Most Signia hearing aids include this feature, offering four nature-inspired ocean wave settings. Each setting recreates the relaxation of sitting on a beach, to provide positive, soothing sounds that take your mind off the tinnitus. Similarly, the soft and gentle white noise options form sounds that blend in with the tinnitus sounds to distract from them.
In addition to ocean sounds and white noise, Signia pioneered a world’s first innovation in treating tinnitus with hearing aids: Notch Therapy. With this solution, you can treat your tinnitus without using additional noises. Instead, Signia’s Notch Therapy works to pinpoint the frequency of your tinnitus and push it into the background. Over time, your brain is trained to ignore the irritating sounds, bringing relief from your tinnitus. As a result, you benefit from a non-invasive approach to treating tinnitus that will be increasingly effective the more you use it. This is an especially effective option for those with tonal tinnitus, for whom the sound is almost continuous.
While tinnitus can be a nuisance, it doesn’t have to control your life. And Signia hearing aids provide a range of treatment options to make that happen. Interested in learning more about how hearing aids can relieve tinnitus? Schedule an appointment with a hearing care professional today and find out how Signia’s tinnitus therapies can help you.