Do you hear noises in your ear but they don’t seem to be coming from anywhere? It could be that you have tinnitus, which affects 1 in 8 people in the UK according to the British Tinnitus Association.

 Tinnitus can be a hissing, buzzing, clicking, humming, ringing, or pulsating sensation in the ear that only you can hear. The sound can be constant or it can come and go. The intensity and type of noise varies from person to person and it can be a changing deep, high-pitched, low-pitched, or even tone.

While tinnitus symptoms can vary from mild to severe, occasional, or all the time, all aspects of your life can become affected by it. For some people, tinnitus can be incredibly distressing to experience and stop them from being able to sleep, concentrate, follow conversations and hear what they want to hear properly.

Causes of tinnitus

Anyone of any age and background can develop tinnitus, but people are more at risk as they get older or if they’ve had a lot of exposure to loud noises. Tinnitus can happen anywhere and at any time, while you are at work, sitting quietly or talking on the phone. There are a variety of causes of tinnitus, including:

  • Exposure to loud noise (also linked with noise-induced hearing loss)
  • Certain medications
  • Ageing
  • Earwax blockage
  • Injury to the ears, head or neck
  • Neurological disorders
  • Deterioration of bones in the middle ear
  • Upper respiratory infections

Do hearing aids help tinnitus?

Tinnitus and hearing loss can often go hand in hand. Around 80% of people experiencing tinnitus also having hearing loss. Hearing loss can affect the signals sent from the ear to the brain. This can result in unwanted activity in the brain which is known as tinnitus. The perceived sound of tinnitus can be acutely distracting and make it hard to concentrate on other sounds. Hearing aids for tinnitus masking enables you to hear everything going on around you, while at the same time providing relief from the internal sounds of tinnitus. This makes hearing aids an effective treatment for both tinnitus and hearing loss.

Hearing aids for tinnitus

Along with amplifying external sounds, the best hearing aids for tinnitus masking also have tinnitus therapy built-in to the device which provides effective sound therapy for tinnitus that can be adjusted to help compensate for your hearing loss. Adding additional sounds to the sounds you are already hearing because of tinnitus may sound counterintuitive but it can be a surprisingly effective method for managing tinnitus.

The hearing aids act as a tinnitus masker by bringing in external noises to disguise the troubling tinnitus sounds. This could be in the form of specific ear masking noises, low-level music, white noise, or your own customised sound.

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