Saturday, October 2, 2010

Hearing Aids as Therapy for Tinnitus

Can hearing aids be used to help people who suffer from tinnitus?

This article from the American Academy of Audiology discusses just that. At first I was surprised, but it does make sense. I tend to have tinnitus when I don't have my aids in, but when I am wearing them the amplified sound muffles the tinnitus. According to the article, "Sound therapy via hearing aid amplification may be beneficial as amplified sounds may increase neuronal activity, amplified sounds may reduce tinnitus audibility and awareness."

A study was done on 29 people with sensorineural hearing loss and tinnitus. They were given hearing aids and counseling (including relaxation techniques and ways to reduce stress). According to the article, "The authors concluded that counseling combined with hearing aids results in twice the reduction in tinnitus handicap as would be expected using counseling alone."

8 comments:

  1. No kidding. The old rule from the 1970's-on with patients presenting with tinnitus was to first test their hearing, as 90% of tinnitus sufferers also have hearing loss. Then, fit the hearing aids first to see if the tinnitus is masked, from both environmental and circuit noises.

    Only in rare cases does a patient need a pure tinnitus masker -- Which also masks speech if not carefully adjusted -- or masking hearing aids.

    General Hearing Instruments and Starkey make ear-level maskers and masker-hearing aids.

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  2. Very interesting, Dan. I didn't know that! Thanks!

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  3. Booger Bender disagrees with this assessment. I'm 100% deaf and I have tinnitus. Hearing Aids are the reason for progressive Tinnitus it worsens your hearing because it's amplified. While I agree hearing aids do help some people. However in a culture of Hard of Hearing and Deaf people both know hearing aids is just a modification to blend in with hearing world functions. Sorry but this is true to most. I do not find this article credible scientifically.

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  4. Thanks for sharing the information regarding hearing aids.Tinnitus is a ringing or other type of noise that seems to originate in the ear or head and One of the most common causes of tinnitus is damage to the microscopic endings of the hearing nerve in the inner ear.Clinical evidence shows that the use of hearing aids in tinnitus patients provides two benefits.First it makes the patient less aware of the tinnitus and it improves communication by reducing the annoying sensation that sounds and voices are masked by the tinnitus.

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  5. hi my name is Pierre from France ,
    my problem with tinnitus is not when I am talking with people,yes I hear a bit less, but what's annoying me is when I am alone or try to sleep, and there is no noise around ,the ringing in my ears is at full volume but if I hear music ,tinnitus almost disappear.So hearings aid does not make any difference for my well being

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  6. That is good news. I never thought that hearing aid can do much thing. I think my mom should read this amazing article.

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  7. It is not true that there is no treatment for tinnitus. Occasionally, the cause of tinnitus can be treated.
    For instance, if the noise in the ears is caused by a middle ear infection, antibiotics may solve the problem.


    tinnitus help austin tx

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  8. Glad to see this information.its very useful for eneryone.thanks for sharing this post.
    Hearing Aid

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