Tinnitus, ringing in the ears, impacts over 50 million people daily. Patients will experience ringing sounds, buzzing, and water rushing in their ears without an identifiable source of the sounds. There are several other phantom noises reported by patients including;
Tinnitus is a common problem that leads to sleep deprivation and additional concerns. Unfortunately, there is no cure for tinnitus, but there are treatments. To determine what hearing aids are best for tinnitus, it is important to have a hearing evaluation to identify the source of hearing loss. Here are some common reasons for hearing loss related to tinnitus:
- Ear wax buildup
- Recent ear infection
- Certain Medications have cited tinnitus as a potential side effect of hundreds of prescription and nonprescription drugs: antibiotics, aspirin antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, and antidepressants.
- Meniere’s disease
- Otosclerosis, a disease that results in the stiffening of the small bones in the middle ear
- Medical conditions, such as autoimmune disease, circulatory problems, diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, anemia, allergies, or an underactive thyroid gland.
- Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome or jaw problems
- Injuries to the head and neck
- Excessive noise exposure
Tinnitus does lead to serious side effects including depression, anxiety, sleep disturbances, headaches, memory problems, fatigue, and stress. To determine the best options for tinnitus treatment, we recommend scheduling a consultation with our audiology experts in El Dorado.
How Can Hearing Aids Help?
Hearing Aids are medically proven to improve your hearing and reduce the effects of tinnitus. When hearing loss occurs, the brain automatically will try to make up for the loss of hearing. This causes the brain to fatigue faster, and your brain starts to lose its ability to stimulate the necessary nerves for hearing and good brain function. Hearing aids help improve the connection between the brain and hearing.
If you aren’t hearing as well as you should your brain may be trying to make up for the loss of sound, it will try to make sense of life around you and struggle to interpret the events correctly.
With a proper diagnosis, hearing aids will help restore some of the loss you may be experiencing like background noise. They are also capable of masking the buzzing, ringing, or water sensation you may be experiencing in your ears.
Hearing Aids Reduce Tinnitus Stress
Constant worry about if you hear properly or why you keep hearing a ringing noise can cause stress on the mind and body. It can become difficult to communicate with others because you are unable to hear what is happening in social settings. Hearing aids often reduce tinnitus as many come with masking features like white noise that help decrease the distraction of tinnitus for the wearer. The white noise or ambient sounds work to mask the unidentifiable noise of tinnitus by allowing your brain to focus on the sounds you are hearing within the hearing aid.
Hearing Aids Help Retrain the Brain
If you are experiencing tinnitus or other symptoms of hearing loss, contact El Dorado Hearing. Our experts will work with you personally to determine the best treatment option for your specific needs. Our audiology team will recommend a combination of tinnitus treatments may include sound therapy, sound maskers, counseling, etc.
With long-term wear, hearing aids will help to restore sounds to the brain. The brain does need re-education and practice to start learning how to filter sounds and selectivity focus. Our tinnitus management team focuses on helping your brain learn these new skills and start to process sound correctly.
When Should I See an Audiologist or Hearing Specialist?
If you are experiencing unidentifiable sounds that are impacting your overall quality of life, call our Tucson audiology experts. Hearing loss can have serious effects on your and your loved one’s quality of life.
At El Dorado Hearing, we can provide solutions for tinnitus. Our experts will conduct a hearing test and determine the best treatment plan you can do to improve your hearing health. We will take each step to hear better because we understand that hearing better is essential to living a healthy and productive life. Contact El Dorado Hearing today to schedule your consultation.