Tinnitus Gets a Hearing Aid
Many people with damaged hearing have what is called tinnitus. This is when a sound, usually a ringing in the ear, is heard but with no external sound source. There are varying causes, but usually tinnitus occurs when hearing has been damaged by noise. Doctors can find it difficult to diagnose and treat tinnitus—the spectrum of sound heard and its intensity and frequency make it hard to pinpoint at times.
For many who suffer with tinnitus, it can be not only irritating but also difficult to live with. While the disorder is not life-threatening, there has been a recent push to help patients get relief. There is no cure for tinnitus, but a new hearing aid is making life a lot easier and more comfortable for many. The high-end hearing aid has a dual purpose. Most tinnitus is due to hearing loss or damage; therefore, a hearing aid that doubles as relief from tinnitus can help a wider range of individuals.
With its multiple settings, physicians can adjust the hearing aid to best enhance hearing and reduce ringing in the ear. Seeing as no two cases are the same, this helps customize treatment for better relief. There are 16 settings so specific frequencies can be encountered. Another feature to these state-of-the-art hearing aids is that they carry both binaural and monaural controls—additional controls allow adjustments to be made independently of volume.
There may not yet be a cure for tinnitus, but that does not mean a person has to suffer with ringing in his or her ears forever. New technology is making it possible to both improve hearing and reduce the symptoms of tinnitus. Happily a number of frequencies and controls make it so much easier to tailor to the specific needs of each patient. An ear, nose and throat physician can determine if this new hearing aid for tinnitus is something that would work for you.