Did You Know That A Hear­ing Aid Can Help You With The Ring­ing In Your Ears?

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Do you of­ten hear a noise in your head? You might have tin­ni­tus. Tin­ni­tus, or ring­ing in the ears, is the sen­sa­tion of hear­ing ring­ing, buzzing, hiss­ing, chirp­ing, whistling, or other sounds. The noise can be in­ter­mit­tent or con­tin­u­ous, and can vary in loud­ness. Some­times, peo­ple de­velop tin­ni­tus as a symp­tom of hear­ing loss, caused ei­ther by age, long-term hear­ing dam­age, or acute trauma to the au­di­tory sys­tem. Ac­cord­ing to the gen­eral sci­en­tific con­sen­sus, hear­ing loss causes less ex­ter­nal sound stim­uli to reach the brain. In re­sponse, the brain un­der­goes neu­ro­plas­tic changes in how it pro­cesses dif­fer­ent sound fre­quen­cies. Tin­ni­tus is the prod­uct of these mal­adap­tive neu­ro­plas­tic changes. While there is no med­i­cal cure, pa­tients with hear­ing loss and tin­ni­tus may find re­lief from the use of hear­ing aids and other sound am­pli­fi­ca­tion de­vices. Hear­ing aids are small elec­tronic de­vices worn in or be­hind the ear. Us­ing a mi­cro­phone, am­pli­fier, and speaker, hear­ing aids sup­ple­ment the vol­ume of out­side noise and in­crease the amount of sound stim­uli re­ceived and pro­cessed by the body’s au­di­tory sys­tem.

In a 2007 sur­vey of hear­ing health pro­fes­sion­als, re­spon­dents self-re­ported that roughly 60% of their tin­ni­tus pa­tients ex­pe­ri­enced at least some re­lief when wear­ing hear­ing aids; roughly 22% pa­tients found sig­nif­i­cant re­lief. Of you have tin­ni­tus, the first step is to get your hear­ing checked by a reg­u­lated au­di­ol­o­gist. If you have an ac­com­pa­ny­ing hear­ing loss, a trial of hear­ing aids might pro­vide you with some ben­e­fit. In ad­di­tion to just hear­ing aids, there are other de­vices that might help. For ex­am­ple, mask­ing de­vices, ei­ther built in to the hear­ing aids, or used as an ex­ter­nal source might also pro­vide one with some ben­e­fit.

Pro­vid­ing one with au­di­tory stim­uli has been found to be ben­e­fi­cial in the in­creas­ing of ex­ter­nal noise which sub­se­quently in­creases the amount of au­di­tory stim­u­la­tion re­ceived by the brain. There may be ben­e­fits to stim­u­lat­ing the brain’s au­di­tory path­ways with soft background sounds that might not oth­er­wise be heard.

If you need help with your tin­ni­tus, come see our Doc­tor of Au­di­ol­ogy for a no obli­ga­tion trial of hear­ing aids or mask­ing de­vices. No re­fer­ral is re­quired. We deal with all in­surance com­pa­nies, as well as WSIB, DVA and ODSP.Why trust your hear­ing to any­one else?

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