Our top hearing aid picks to battle tinnitus
Tinnitus is when someone perceives noises that have no external source. These noises are often reported as a ringing, hissing, or whistling in the ears. The sensation can vary in volume and be constant or intermittent. The severity of tinnitus and the symptoms can be different for every sufferer.
Is there a connection between hearing loss and Tinnitus?
Approximately 90% of tinnitus cases are accompanied by some level of hearing loss. People who suffer from tinnitus are often unaware of the accompanying hearing loss due to the gradual nature of the loss.
Although it is not known for sure where tinnitus comes from scientists have speculated that it is a noise coming from the brain in response to its inability to pick up enough sound from the delicate hair cells in the ears.
Hearing Aids and Tinnitus
Research has indicated that hearing aids can reduce the impact of tinnitus. A 2007 US survey of audiologists reported that about 60% of patients with tinnitus had their symptoms eased through hearing aids and about 22% of their patients reported significant relief.
Although hearing aids have been successful in reducing the effects of tinnitus, they can’t sure it entirely. What hearing aids can do it provide relief from tinnitus symptoms when you need it most and give you a better quality of life.
How do hearing aids help tinnitus?
Hearing aids allow users to pick up noises they might be missing due to tinnitus. By making it easier for the user to hear physical sounds it allows you to ignore frustrating internal sounds during your day.
Hearing aids also help to facilitate improved stimulation between the brain and the ears, which could support a reduction in tinnitus symptoms.
Many hearing aids have tinnitus management programs, which are usually external noises brought in to help mask tinnitus sounds. This can be in the form of white noise or simulations of environmental sounds; this can act as a therapy to help ease symptoms. This is particularly beneficial when sufferers experience spikes in their tinnitus symptoms.
Our tinnitus hearing aid reviews:
Phonak Audeo Paradise P90
Phonak’s Tinnitus Balance noise generator is specially designed to generate a broadband sound for sue in tinnitus management therapies, which allows for the potential ‘masking’ of tinnitus symptoms. Phonak’s famous sound quality also makes it easier to hear external sounds which can draw attention away from symptoms.
The Phonak Paradise range of hearing aids delivers outstanding speech understanding and decreases listening effort. The hearing aids capacity to effortlessly stream from iPhone and Android devices using Bluetooth means you have access to sounds that can help to control your tinnitus. These sounds can be streamed straight through your hearing aids.
Learn more about the Phonak Audeo Paradise P90 tinnitus hearing aids here.
People with tinnitus perceive sounds differently, the ReSound Relief app is designed to assist in tinnitus symptom management. The app offers a selection of sound therapies, strategies for relaxation and tips to ease your tinnitus. You can also design your own soundscapes and with Bluetooth technology you can stream straight from your devices.
Learn more about the ReSound One tinnitus hearing aids here.
Signia Xperience Pure 7X
Signia X hearing aids provide a technology known as Notch Therapy, which has been scientifically proven to reduce tinnitus annoyance. This therapy is particularly useful for those with tonal tinnitus – which is the most common form of tinnitus.
Notch Therapy manages tinnitus inaudibly and unobtrusively, unlike the white noise and ocean wave methods that most other management programs employ. Simply by wearing your hearings aids consistently you could improve your tinnitus symptoms in weeks.
Research by Signia showed that Notch Therapy provided a significant improvement of tinnitus symptoms in 65% of users.
Learn more about the Signia X Tinnitus hearing aids here.
If you need help choosing the right hearing aid for your level of hearing loss or tinnitus, or you would like more information, please contact us and we would be delighted to help.