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Have Tinnitus? Hearing Aids May Help

Monday, June 12th, 2023 | Uncategorized | No Comments

By Bob Ferraro, H.I. S.

If you experience the sounds of ringing in your ear – called tinnitus – you are not alone. In fact, one in ten individuals worldwide are affected by this condition, which can range from mild annoyance to debilitating in nature. The International Hearing Society (IHS) reminds the public that hearing aids may offer a solution.

According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, “Tinnitus is not a disease. It is a symptom that something is wrong in the auditory system, which includes the ear, the auditory nerve that connects the inner ear to the brain, and the parts of the brain that process sound. Something as simple as a piece of earwax blocking the ear canal can cause tinnitus. But it can also be the result of a number of health conditions, such as:

>> Noise-induced hearing loss
>> Ear and sinus infections
>> Diseases of the heart or blood vessels
>> Ménière’s disease
>> Brain tumors
>> Hormonal changes in women
>> Thyroid abnormalities

Tinnitus is sometimes the first sign of hearing loss in older people. It also can be a side effect of medications. More than 200 drugs are known to cause tinnitus when you start or stop taking them.”

Hearing care providers, including many hearing aid specialists, may be able to offer solutions for those with mild or moderate tinnitus. Some hearing aids offer features that can help mask the continuous or occasional noises of tinnitus. If an individual’s tinnitus warrants it, hearing care providers can refer a patient to the right medical professional for evaluation and assistance.

IHS encourages those suffering from tinnitus to seek help from a licensed hearing care provider. More information is also available through the American Tinnitus Association www.ata.org, which runs a help line for those who suffer from tinnitus: 1-800-634-8978.

IHS partner Hearing Health Foundation offers these tinnitus statistics:
>> 90 percent of tinnitus cases occur with an underlying hearing loss.
>> Tinnitus repeatedly ranks as the number one disability among returning military service members, just ahead of hearing loss.
>> 25 million American adults report experiencing tinnitus for five or more continuous minutes in the past year.
>> There are no documented cures for tinnitus, but many solutions can help.
>> 16 million people seek medical attention for tinnitus annually.

Trained hearing aid specialists play such a vital role in measuring tinnitus, making referrals when needed, and when appropriate, educating patients on how to best manage their tinnitus and provide them with the tools to do so. Tinnitus and hearing loss often go hand-in-hand, though an individual with tinnitus may not realize that they have hearing loss.

In fact, hearing aids can be very helpful in managing tinnitus.

I can vouch for that fact from personal experience. I suffered from a mild to moderate case of tinnitus for many years. Then I got hearing aids with a Tinnitus Masking feature and set them up. Minor results were almost immediate, and after about one year the tinnitus is now completely gone! Results will vary among different sufferers, but if you are one of them you know that any relief is worth it!

Tellico Hearing Solutions, PLLC

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