The American Tinnitus Association (ATA) and other organizations report a strong link between tinnitus and hearing loss. “Most patients develop tinnitus as a symptom of hearing loss, caused either by age, long-term hearing damage or acute trauma to the auditory system,” says the ATA.
Treating a hearing loss with hearing aids may also alleviate the perception of tinnitus in people who have
both conditions. In a 2007 survey of hearing healthcare professionals, respondents reported that approximately 60% of their tinnitus patients experienced at least some relief when wearing hearing aids. But why?
First, by amplifying external sounds, hearing aids may mask (or cover up) the sound of tinnitus. Secondly, many of today’s advanced hearing aids include sound masking functionality — specifically, a special sound generator that can be programmed to offset the perception of tinnitus.
If you’re experiencing a hearing loss, with or without tinnitus, call Amplifon Hearing Health Care today to schedule a hearing test and consultation with a provider near you.