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Tinnitus takes on many forms

Constant ringing, buzzing, whistling and hissing sounds in the ears can point to a common condition called tinnitus. Besides soft-to-loud ringing in the ears, the most common form of tinnitus produces soft-to-loud humming or rushing-water sounds. 

Tonal tinnitus causes a constant chiming sound in the ears, like a musical note played again and again.

Pulsatile tinnitus produces a sound that pulsates in time to one’s heartbeat.

Mixed tinnitus symptoms are characterized by multiple noises heard at the same time.


Objective tinnitus is very rare and produces noises heard not only by the affected individual, but by others as well. 

Should you get help managing your tinnitus from a Beltone hearing care professional? 

Although frustrating, tinnitus is rarely serious. If you are experiencing constant ringing in the ears, or similar unexplained noises, you should see a hearing care professional. 

Visit your local Beltone Hearing Center for a free, comprehensive hearing evaluation that includes an audiogram, medical history, and physical ear examination designed to pinpoint the origin of your tinnitus—and put you on the road to tinnitus relief.

It’s easy to make an appointment with a hearing care professional near you.

Tips for tinnitus relief  

It’s true that tinnitus has no cure, but it is possible to achieve tinnitus relief. 

  • Avoid loud noise and wear ear protection when you can’t avoid loud noise 

  • Pay special attention to your blood pressure—high blood pressure can be a culprit

  • Watch your diet—decreasing salt intake and stimulants such as coffee, soda, tobacco, aspirin and alcohol (red wine in particular) can help reduce the symptoms of tinnitus

  • Use a competing sound such as a radio, white-noise maker, or fan to help “cancel out” the constant “ringing in the ears” you hear.

  • Track your tinnitus symptoms in order to identify common triggers.  

Get Beltone’s Tinnitus Calmer App 

Distract your brain from focusing on your tinnitus with the help of Beltone's Tinnitus Calmer app. Available on iPhone®, iPad®, iPod touch®, and Android™ devices, the app offers a combination of sound therapy and relaxation exercises that help provide relief from tinnitus.

Download the FREE app on the iPhone App Store and Google Play Store.

What are users saying about the App?

As an audiologist and as a person with tinnitus I highly recommend this app 

“I advise all my patients to use this app. I use it too! I love all the options for different sounds files.
I love the relaxation techniques and the educational info in the app. I personally use this when I need to concentrate and relax.”
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 
App store review January 2019

I feel delightful!

“I tried many other apps but people! This is it! I can´t believe how much better I feel! The fact that I can compose my own sounds to suit my individual need is genius! Thank you so much!!!”

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 

App store review December 2018


“Works fantastic on canceling tinnitus. That constant ringing really disappears or is lessened substantially.”

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 

App store review September 2018

Hearing aids can provide tinnitus relief

According to a study in The Hearing Review, approximately 60 percent of people with tinnitus experienced at least some relief from hearing aids, and approximately 22 percent found substantial relief.

When a person begins to lose their hearing, the brain changes the way it processes sound, which can  cause tinnitus symptoms. Often the better you hear other sounds clearly, the less you will perceive your tinnitus. Visit your local Beltone office to discuss your options with a hearing care professional.  

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Tinnitus: More than ringing in the ears
  • An estimated 50 million Americans experience tinnitus (persistent ringing, buzzing or roaring in one or both ears).¹
  • 90% of those with tinnitus also have some type of hearing loss.²
  • Roughly 10% of the U.S. adult population, or about 25 million Americans, has experienced tinnitus lasting at least five minutes in the past year.²

¹Hearing Loss Association of America
²Hearing Health Foundation

Want to know more about the ear?
Do you have additional questions about the ear anatomy?  Would you like to know more about hearing loss, or get a free hearing screening to assess your level of hearing loss?  A Beltone hearing care professional can help!
How to prevent hearing damage?
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What Causes Tinnitus?
The causes of tinnitus are varied and difficult to pin down.  In the vast majority of cases, however, tinnitus is not related to any serious physical condition. 
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