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All About Tinnitus: Part II - Tinnitus Treatment & Hearing Aids

In our last installment on tinnitus, we discussed the experience of tinnitus, as well as the types and causes of tinnitus. For those who live with tinnitus, there are a number of issues that arise if the condition is left untreated.

“80% of all people who experience hearing loss, also experience tinnitus.”

Issues Related to Tinnitus

Tinnitus, whether it is chronic or temporary, may cause much upheaval to a person’s well-being. The frustrating sounds have been linked to higher rates of stress and anxiety, sleep deprivation, productivity, and memory function. Like hearing loss, the experience of tinnitus may cause people to isolate themselves socially, as interactions and conversations become increasingly difficult.

Additionally, tinnitus and hearing loss often appear together, with 80% of hearing loss cases exhibiting tinnitus. As a result, people who experience both hearing loss and tinnitus may have increased difficulty with speech recognition. They may also experience a heavier cognitive load as the brain struggles to make sense of unclear signals. This has been linked to a potential increase in the risk of dementia.

Treating Tinnitus

Because tinnitus is often not a condition that appears on its own, treating it may fall to addressing related conditions.

In the cases where tinnitus occurs due to head or neck injury, high blood pressure, or other related medical issues, the treatment of these issues may clear up the tinnitus. In cases where tinnitus is linked to hearing loss, the prescription of hearing aids may help to alleviate the symptoms of tinnitus. Due to the common appearance of tinnitus in hearing loss, any hearing aid manufacturers have equipped hearing aids with tinnitus treatment abilities.

Top Picks For Hearing Aids That Treat Tinnitus

Oticon

Oticon offers Tinnitus SoundSupport in a number of hearing aids: Alta 2, Nera 2, and Ria 2. Tinnitus SoundSupport features broadband relief sounds that include white, pink, and red static noise. Oticon hearing aid wearers may also select ocean-themed relief sounds. Through wireless connection, Oticon hearing aid wearers are able to connect their hearing aids to their personal electronic devices. Through the downloadable app, Tinnitus Sound App, Oticon hearing aid wearers may customize their tinnitus sound therapy options, and also have the option to use music from their own playlists.

Starkey

Starkey offers Multiflex Tinnitus Technology, a sound masking therapy available on three popular Starkey hearing aid models. The new Muse Made for Life, the Halo 2 Made for iPhone, and the SoundLens are all equipped to treat tinnitus for those who are hard of hearing. If you are Starkey hearing aid wearer, we will work with you to customize your tinnitus treatment plan through Multiflex Tinnitus Technology. The SoundPoint app is designed for you to personalize your tinnitus therapy experience.

Phonak

Tinnitus Balance is Phonak’s answer to the frustrating symptoms of tinnitus. Tinnitus Balance consists of three elements to provide relief: Tinnitus Balance-specific hearing aids; a broadband noise generator; and sound therapy available through an iPhone/Android app. Phonak hearing aids are all customizable with Tinnitus Balance. Sound therapies include campfire or chimes, background nature noises such as ocean or rain, and animal sounds such as cicadas or bird chirping. If you use Phonak hearing aids to address your hearing loss, contact us at Hearing at Home to explore the Tinnitus Balance portfolio.

Unitron

Unitron’s Moxi Kiss hearing aid offers a Tinnitus Masker feature. The Moxi Kiss is Unitron’s receiver-in-canal hearing aid model, which is fully customizable with TrueFit software. Unitron’s tinnitus masking therapy is meant to be one step in a bigger picture of tinnitus management. Moxi Kiss wearers may select between audiogram masking noise, white noise, or pink noise.

ReSound

ReSound offers Relief Tinnitus Management, a downloadable app that allows ReSound hearing aid wearers customize their listening experience. ReSound’s tinnitus therapy combines sound therapy and relaxing exercises, which are accessible through your smartphones or tablets. Sound therapy options include customizable landscape sounds, sounds of different tones and colors, timed exercises, static sounds, nature sounds, and a sleep mode to help ReSound hearing aid wearers fall asleep.