The Best Hearing Aids for Tinnitus
What is Tinnitus?
Put simply, tinnitus is hearing sounds when there are no external sounds to hear. It can manifest as ringing, buzzing, hissing, whistling or clicking sounds that you hear when the external environment is quiet. Tinnitus can be loud or soft, and can be constant or infrequent. Sometimes tinnitus is mild, and other times it is so severe that working or sleeping is impossible. Tinnitus is individual and unique, since only you can hear it!
Tinnitus is caused by exposure to excessive noise, ear infections or injury, build-up of earwax, tumors, and age-related hearing loss. A vicious cycle surrounds tinnitus. Hearing tinnitus causes stress and worry and draws your focus to the tinnitus. This further exaggerates your tinnitus, creating discomfort.
What Does Tinnitus Have to do With Hearing Loss?
Hearing loss and tinnitus often go hand in hand. Since tinnitus and hearing loss have the same causes, more than 80% of those with tinnitus also have hearing loss. According to the American Tinnitus Association (ATA), 50 million Americans have tinnitus, and 12 million seek medical intervention because their tinnitus is so severe.
Is There a Cure for tinnitus?
Sadly, there is no cure for tinnitus, only treatment for the symptoms. Untreated tinnitus can lead to stress, anxiety, sleep loss, depression, and reduced concentration. The most common way to manage and control tinnitus is through sound therapy, or listening to sounds that mask the tinnitus, causing it to blend into the background sounds. Focusing your mind on something else, you stop paying attention to tinnitus and have relief.
Always protect your hearing! Wear ear protection, and limit headphone use. Seek treatment for tinnitus by having a hearing evaluation, and get fitted for hearing aids with built-in tinnitus relief.
Oticon makes tinnitus care a priority. SoundSupport provides relief sounds and drowns out uncomfortable tinnitus sounds. Oticon’s Alta2, Nera2 and Ria2 models all offer SoundSupport. It provides a range of sounds, from broadband sounds like white, pink and red noise, to other sounds such as ocean or nature sounds. The Tinnitus Sound App makes this an easy program to access and use. The app allows you to create a unique sound plan to best treat your tinnitus.
ReSound LiNX2 also provides quality tinnitus relief. This advanced hearing aid provides relief by using a large selection of tinnitus therapy sounds. The sound generator draws your attention away from the ringing or buzzing, breaking the cycle of tinnitus with effective sound therapy for the best relief.
Phonak Tinnitus Balance Portfolio has several features that restore comfort. The three components of the Portfolio are the hearing aids, a broadband noise generator, and sound therapy controlled by a smartphone app, which allows you to choose between default sounds, or even sounds from your own music library. Hearing aids compatible with the Portfolio are the Audéo Q, Audéo V and Bolero V models. A timer is included in the program for ease and comfort if you use the Portfolio to help you fall asleep.
Phonak Tinnitus Balance Portfolio can also provide relief if you are one of the few individuals who suffer from tinnitus but not hearing loss. Phonak will customize hearing aids that do not provide amplification, but will work with the app and sound generator to provide tinnitus relief.
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