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Will Hearing Aids Help with Ringing in the Ears?

a woman experiencing slight ear discomfort

If you are experiencing ringing in your ears, then you might be searching for a solution to get rid of, or at the very least help this problem. Many people experience ringing in their ears at some point in their life, so we’re going to be taking a look at whether or not hearing aids will be able to help you, as well as some related information. If you would like to find out more about this topic, keep reading down below to find out more.

Why are your ears ringing?

First, it’s important to understand why your ears are ringing before you can look for a solution. Ringing in the ears is called tinnitus and it is symptom of hearing loss. It is likely that most people who experience this will have experienced temporary tinnitus at some point before it became more permanent. Temporary tinnitus is where you don’t hear the ringing or the similar sound all the time, but rather only on occasion. This is a warning sign that you are losing parts of your hearing and should be taken seriously.

If you are experiencing tinnitus, then it can be extremely irritating, and in some cases go further, causing hardships in life. Of course, this is not what any of us want so you then begin to look for a solution, and one of these is hearing aids.

How hearing aids work

Hearing aids may be able to help with the ringing in your ears by utilizing masking features. This feature produces a constant, low noise in your ear that helps to override the ringing. This can provide you with relief during the daytime. However, it’s important to note there is no official cure for tinnitus, so it’s crucial to find devices to ease your symptoms. 

Hearing aids can also help treat tinnitus because they may be able to treat the underlying cause of this. Sometimes, there is a deeper cause of tinnitus, and once this is diagnosed you can speak to an audiologist about getting help.

When to see an audiologist

If you’ve been diagnosed with tinnitus and you feel like it is impacting your daily life, then you should speak to an audiologist. They will be able to give you an idea as to whether they think that hearing aids will help you and which type will be best for you. There are several different types of hearing aid such as behind the ear (BTE) and in the ear (ITE), each being effective for different reasons. It might be a case of trial and error until you find the one that is best for you.

Your audiologist will run a number of tests to determine the severity of your hearing loss and see whether there are any other issues that you need to know about. Once this has been done, they can then work out what the best course of treatment is going to be for you and get you started as soon as possible. 

Other changes that can help

There are other things that you can do which may help the impact that tinnitus has on your life. One of these is that if you are a smoker, it is highly recommended that you try to give it up. There are things connected in your body that you might not realize will have an impact on your hearing, but they will. The same is true for caffeine, so if you are a heavy caffeine drinker, then it’s suggested you at least try to cut down.

Another thing that may help is completing yoga. To do yoga, you are forced to relax your body, and this alone can have great results. If you try to do yoga a couple of times per week, you may notice a significant improvement sooner rather than later. Deep breathing is also something that might be able to help along with yoga, so it is worth giving it a try.

Finally, you need to try and avoid loud noises wherever you can. This includes background noise such as a washing machine. If you go to a concert, put earplugs in. You are protecting your hearing from further damage and helping the tinnitus stay at bay for a while.

If you want to find out more about this, then you can get in touch with Salyer Hearing Center at Sylva: 828-586-7474, Franklin: 828-524-5599 and Murphy: 828-835-1014. A friendly member of the team is waiting to assist you in whatever way they can.