People with ear ringing often have hearing difficulties which reduce quality of life and health significantly. A hearing test used in a research study of ear noise therapy revealed 95% of tinnitus patients had damaged hearing. 89% of the patients had hearing impairment in both ears. Only 5% had no hearing impairment. However, one cannot conclude that hearing loss or difficulties result in ear ringing. Nonetheless, damaged hearing is considered to be a direct cause for ear ringing symptoms. Around 80% suffering hearing damage for a long period have chronic ear ringing. Hearing aids can be an appropriate means for treating hearing difficulties and at the same time prevent ear ringing. Please request a call with a hear.com expert to learn more about our hearing aids.
The use of hearing systems with so-called Tinnitus Noisers can effectively relieve Tinnitus and hearing loss. The Tinnitus Noiser counteracts the beeping and whistling by producing a signal that cancels out the distracting noises.
A Tinnitus Noiser produces a continuous noise that the patient perceives as pleasant. It is quieter than Tinnitus itself and has a calming effect on the auditory system and consequently the neural pathway to the brain relaying auditory sensations. This enables the brain to re-learn how to focus on noises in the external environment and minimizes or completely eradicates the fixation on the ear noise. The brain has filter systems that categorize sounds as important or not important. After a while, due to the constant signal produced by the Noiser, both the Noiser and the Tinnitus are categorized as not important. This therapy helps the brain become accustomed to sounds and after a certain time, fade them out. The result: Tinnitus is not sensed anymore.
Leading companies in the hearing aid sector have specialized in these devices due to the high number people experiencing ear ringing. Examples of hearing aid devices with built-in Tinnitus Noisers include the Widex Clear 440, featuring the Zen-Noise function. Hearing aids with Tinnitus Noisers are also offered for instance by the Signia Life and Signia Pure Carat models. The hearing aids from the model series Audéo Q by Phonak also include Tinnitus Noisers. The ReSound Alera TS is a device made to address Tinnitus exclusively. Moreover, Phonak offers a Smartphone Tinnitus Balance app, which allows access to a sound and music library, suitable for the treatment of Tinnitus.
Forms of treatment for tinnitus relief
The treatments and therapy varies according to what has actually caused the ear ringing. Therapies include acoustic stimulation, behavioral therapy approaches, medication, magnetic and electrical brain stimulation and physiotherapy. In acute cases, Vitamin E preparations, magnesium, glucocorticoids such as cortisone, local anesthetics administered intravenously such as procaine and active ingredients to improve blood circulation (e.g. pentoxifylline) are used. According to the cause and severity of the ear ringing, the treatment and therapy can be in tablet form or intravenous drip.