Hearing Aids and Tinnitus
Tinnitus is a ringing, buzzing, humming, hissing or roaring sound that an individual hears when no external sound is present.
There is a strong relationship between tinnitus and hearing loss. About 20% of patients with hearing loss complain of tinnitus and about 90% of patients with severe tinnitus have hearing loss.
Tinnitus can be disturbing and upsetting, leading many tinnitus patients from specialist to specialist in an often-disappointing search for help. About 78% of individuals seeking medical attention for their tinnitus are told “there’s nothing that can be done to help. You’ll just have to learn to live with it.”
Helping the tinnitus patient
According to a survey of 230 hearing care professionals, 60% of their patients found that using hearing aids significantly reduced their tinnitus. Less than 2% reported that hearing aids made their tinnitus worse. Unfortunately, many individuals dealing with hearing loss and tinnitus do not seek help because they mistakenly believe their tinnitus prevents successful use of hearing aids.
However, researchers found…
“Tinnitus therapy is equally effective with both a traditional sound generator and an open ear fit hearing aid.”
Source: Audiology Healthcare News, 2014