Do you experience a ringing, buzzing, whistling, or roaring sound in your ears? This is tinnitus, and you are one of millions of Americans struggling to manage these phantom sounds. Hearing Aid Specialists of the Central Coast has the solutions you need to manage your tinnitus and help you focus on more important sounds.
What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is hearing a sound in the absence of all other sounds in your environment. When you first start to experience tinnitus, you might ask your friends and loved ones if they’re hearing that sound as well, but no one else can hear your tinnitus. Everyone experiences tinnitus a little differently, and for you it may be a hissing, clicking, whooshing, or rumbling sound, and it can be either high or low pitched.
What Causes Tinnitus?
Tinnitus affects nearly 1 in 5 adults and half of seniors, and 90% of the time tinnitus accompanies hearing loss. Both are caused by damage to the delicate cells of the inner ear. These cells are responsible for hearing sound in the environment, translating these sounds into electrical impulses, and sending the electrical signals to the brain, where you hear it as sound. When you have tinnitus, the damaged cells that can no longer detect sounds in the environment will still sometimes send signals to the brain. They most commonly do this when everything around you is quiet. Your brain will still interpret these signals as sound, so even though there’s not sound in your environment, you hear your tinnitus.
How Is Tinnitus Affecting You?
Tinnitus affects everyone differently. For some it can be a mild annoyance, and come and go at random, while for others it is always present and can interfere with every part of life, making it difficult to concentrate on tasks, accomplish goals, enjoy time with loved ones, and get a good night’s sleep. Tinnitus can lead to fatigue, stress, irritability, moodiness, difficulty remembering things, lack of confidence, and even depression.
Modern Hearing Aids
Since tinnitus and hearing loss often go hand in hand, the best tinnitus treatments also treat hearing loss. In fact, treating hearing loss, and helping the cells in your inner ear hear more of the sounds around you will in and of itself reduce your experience of tinnitus!
Modern hearing aids do far more than amplify sounds, and they’re nothing like your grandfather’s hearing aids that buzzed and whistled almost as much as your tinnitus. Today’s devices are sleek, sophisticated minicomputers that are capable of amazing things. Along with enhancing speech understanding and blocking unwanted background noise, they can be connected to your phone for effortless streaming and the best in clear hearing.
When it comes to treating tinnitus, modern hearing aids have designated tinnitus therapy programs that can be tailored to match your unique experience of tinnitus! Most tinnitus therapy programs are based in sound therapy, which focuses on reducing your experience of tinnitus by masking the sounds. These advanced programs work almost like a white noise machine, or the noisy fan you used in your room as a kid to help you fall asleep while your parents were watching TV. Sound therapy uses white noise, pink noise, water sounds, nature sounds, or even your own personal music to mask your tinnitus. We’ll adjust the settings of your tinnitus therapy program to play these other sounds at the exact frequency to block tinnitus. It will fade into the background, and you can enjoy your day, focus on tasks, enhance your memory, enjoy conversations, and get the great night’s sleep that you deserve.
Not only will this program bring you relief from your tinnitus, it can even be controlled from your smartphone using a handy app. You can adjust your tinnitus therapy program throughout the day to ensure your tinnitus stays in the background.
Hearing Aids with Tinnitus Therapy Programs
At Hearing Aid Specialists of the Central Coast, we have a wide selection of hearing aids with tinnitus therapy programs, and we can’t wait to fit you with the devices that will change your life and help you manage your tinnitus effectively. We’ll work with you to find the hearing aids that will give you great hearing and the best in tinnitus relief.