Get the Facts about Tinnitus

Signia hearing aids are tiny technological marvels. They not only amplify sounds and improve hearing, they also provide a range of solutions to alleviate the effects of tinnitus, letting you hear what’s important without stress.

What exactly is tinnitus?

While tinnitus is as varied as its causes, it can be grouped into two categories: tonal and non-tonal. Tonal tinnitus is more common and describes the perception of a near-continuous sound or overlapping sounds with a well-defined frequency, such as whistling, ringing, or buzzing. Non-tonal forms of tinnitus include humming, clicking, crackling and rumbling.

Did you know?

  1. Tinnitus is a common disorder with many possible causes.
  2. More than one out of 10 people suffer from chronic tinnitus (continuous for six months or more).
  3. More than nine out of 10 people with tinnitus also have hearing loss.
  4. About two out of 10 people with tinnitus find the symptoms difficult to endure.
  5. The prevalence of tinnitus correlates with the degree of hearing loss. However, people with any level of hearing loss can experience tinnitus.

Frequently asked questions


Q.  Can tinnitus rob me of my hearing?

Tinnitus often accompanies hearing loss, but does not cause it. People who hear well otherwise can also suffer from tinnitus.

Q.  Do I have to worry about sudden hearing loss if I have tinnitus?

Tinnitus is not the cause of sudden hearing loss. Although tinnitus may occur after sudden hearing loss, it can never cause it.

Q.  Will my tinnitus inevitably worsen over time?

That depends on how you manage it. Although it has a physical (e.g., neurophysiological) cause, the extent to which you suffer from tinnitus symptoms greatly depends on how your brain deals with the experience. A person’s perception often depends on their frame of mind.

For more information on tinnitus and how Signia hearing aids can help treat the effects, we encourage you to explore the Tinnitus section of our website.


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