In the US, tinnitus (ringing in the ears) affects 20 percent of the entire population, and hearing loss exists in 90 percent of those cases.
With such a deep relationship between tinnitus and hearing loss, you would think people would be more likely to seek out treatment for one or both conditions.
But believe it or not we find the exact opposite. Among those who refuse treatment for hearing loss, 39 percent (9 million people) do so because they feel that nothing can be done about their tinnitus.
That’s 9 million people that are suffering needlessly when a treatment exists that could both boost hearing and relieve tinnitus at the same time.
That treatment is the professional fitting of hearing aids.
In a recent survey of hearing health experts, it was found that 60 percent of patients reported some measure of tinnitus relief when utilizing hearing aids, while 22 percent claimed considerable relief.
Based on these numbers, if the 9 million who have abandoned tinnitus used hearing aids, 5.4 million would attain some degree of alleviation and about 2 million would attain substantial relief.
But how do hearing aids reduce the severity of tinnitus?
The scientific agreement is that hearing loss brings about decreased sound stimulation reaching the brain. In response, the brain goes through maladaptive neurological changes that bring about the perception of sound when no exterior sound is present.
It’s this personal feature that renders tinnitus so hard to diagnose and treat, and why medications or surgical procedures normally have little effect. There’s simply no physical tissue to repair or chemistry to influence.
But there is a way to reach the perception of sound, a way to help the brain adapt or reverse its reaction to reduced sound stimulation.
With the help of hearing aids, amplified sound can help readjust the brain to healthy levels of sound stimulation and concurrently offer a masking effect for the sounds of tinnitus.
For people with hearing loss, tinnitus is more disturbing because the tinnitus is louder compared to the volume of exterior sound. By turning up the volume on external sound, tinnitus can fade into the background.
Furthermore, some hearing aids can furnish sound therapy directly to the user, which can be tailored for each person.
Hearing aids, coupled with sound and behavioral therapy, are currently the best tinnitus treatment options available. Many patients describe some degree of relief and many patients report substantial relief.
Are you ready to give hearing aids a try? Schedule a consultation today!