Can Hearing Aids Stop Tinnitus?

Can Hearing Aids Stop the Ringing in Your Ears?

by | Feb 15, 2021 | Hearing Aids, Patient Resources, Tinnitus

I want to answer a frequent question we receive in our hearing center. People regularly reach out to us to determine whether hearing aids will stop the ringing in their ears.

The good news is that my colleagues and I have an encouraging answer for anyone living with tinnitus. Although tinnitus doesn’t have a cure, managing the condition with hearing aids may improve your quality of life.

What is Tinnitus?

This condition is better known as ringing in the ears. This is because a person with tinnitus hears sounds that don’t exist in the external environment. In other words, the person with the condition is the only one who hears these sounds.

What they hear may sound like ringing, buzzing, whistling, or clicking. It can be quite a frustrating condition accompanied by anxiety, stress, and social isolation. 

Everyone does not experience tinnitus in the same way. For some, it’s a temporary condition. However, tinnitus is a chronic nightmare for many. While there are people whose ears ring occasionally, it’s common to have constant ringing in the ears.

Tinnitus and Hearing Loss Tend to Be a Couple

Although someone who doesn’t have trouble hearing can develop tinnitus, most people with the condition also have hearing loss. When we consider the brain’s role in hearing, it’s easy to understand why tinnitus and hearing loss often present together.

Our ears detect sound, but the brain interprets the sound and makes it meaningful for us. When someone has difficulty hearing, the brain doesn’t receive all the auditory signals.

The resulting changes in the brain’s activity create the annoying illusion of sound in the ear.

Treating Hearing Loss Helps

Using hearing aids to treat hearing loss can also relieve tinnitus symptoms. Untreated hearing loss tends to make you more aware of your tinnitus. This is because your brain has fewer sounds to process, making you more aware of the ringing in your ears.

When you start using hearing aids, your brain begins relearning to process the sounds in the environment you haven’t been able to hear for a long time.

Eventually, your brain gives more attention to the sounds in the environment that you want to hear. In turn, your brain gives less attention to the ringing in your ears.

Hearing Aids Can Provide Beneficial Sound Therapy

Many of today’s hearing aids have sound therapy or tinnitus therapy. This feature plays a sound like ocean waves, quiet music, or white noise to take your brain’s attention away from ringing in the ears.

The sound therapy feature has multiple options with some devices, allowing the audiologist to adjust the feature and provide the patient with a custom treatment.

Getting Relief from Tinnitus Symptoms Is Possible

If you or a loved one suffers from annoying tinnitus symptoms, it’s time to silence the noise. Please don’t wait any longer. Get in touch with our team today to schedule a consultation to see how we can help.

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Dr. Lacey Brooks, CCC-A, FAAA - Doctor of Audiology

Dr. Lacey Brooks received a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Chemistry in 2003, and earned her Doctorate of Audiology in 2009. She completed her clinical internships and residency at various facilities within Houston Medical Center. Dr. Brooks is a preferred provider for the American Institute of Balance (ABI), a professional member of the American Tinnitus Association (ATA), a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), a member of the Texas Academy of Audiology (TAA) and is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She is also the vice president of the Louisiana State University Houston Chapter Alumni Association. In addition to her years of experience identifying, diagnosing and treating all types and degrees of hearing loss, and vestibular disorders, Dr. Brooks has spent the last 13 years becoming an expert in Tinnitus management and therapy. Dr. Brooks is also one of the few providers in the country certified for Lyric Implantable Devices. For over seven years, Dr. Brooks successfully ran and operated more than six audiology clinics for one of the largest practices in the state of Texas before joining the North Houston Hearing Solutions team in 2016. Dr. Brooks prides herself on providing her patients with the highest quality of care. She loves her patients dearly and feels so fortunate that she gets to help improve their daily lives. This love, combined with her impressive skill set, business experience and passion for helping people hear has made Dr. Lacey Brooks a wonderful addition to the North Houston Hearing Solutions’ team. When not at the office, Dr. Brooks enjoys spending time with her daughter, husband, family, and friends. Dr. Brooks is also very involved in her church and with mission work in her community and abroad.

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