Tinnitus & Hearing Loss Tinnitus Hearing Aids

Tinnitus is a ringing or buzzing sound in one or both ears that may be constant or intermittent. Keep reading to learn more about what tinnitus is, what causes it and, most importantly, how you can find relief from it.

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woman asking what tinnitus sounds like and if hearing aids for tinnitus can help

What Can Cause a Ringing Sound in the Ears?

Are you wondering what that high-pitched ringing sound might be? You may be experiencing tinnitus, a condition that affects an estimated 50 million people in the United States. Among those who have chronic or persistent tinnitus, the symptoms can range from mild to severe or even debilitating. Tinnitus has been variously described as a ringing, swishing, hissing, buzzing, chirping, roaring, whooshing or humming sound in the ears.

Most commonly occurring in people above the age of 55, tinnitus is often a strong indicator of the presence of hearing loss.

What Causes Tinnitus?

Tinnitus can develop gradually or appear seemingly out of nowhere. The most common cause is sensorineural hearing loss, due either to aging or exposure to loud noises. Other potential causes of tinnitus include:

  • Ototoxic substances, including alcohol, caffeine and many medicines including certain anti-inflammatories, antibiotics, antidepressants, cancer treatments, as well as medication containing salicylates, such as Ibuprofen and Pepto-Bismol (always consult with a medical professional prior to stopping any medication due to tinnitus).
  • Earwax buildup, a perforated eardrum or something touching the eardrum.

  • Infection, allergies, otosclerosis or tumors in the middle ear.

  • Trauma to the head or neck, neck misalignment and TMJ disorders.

  • Systemic conditions such as diabetes, vascular disorders, thyroid dysfunction or low blood pressure.

Many people hear ringing in their ears immediately following a concert, but this is typically a temporary effect and distinct from chronic tinnitus. However, ringing in the ears is a good reminder to always wear proper ear protection, as frequent exposure to excessively loud sound—including workplace noise, high-intensity music, power equipment or firearms—can lead to hearing loss.

Always consult a medical professional to determine whether your tinnitus is an indicator of a more serious health condition.

Are There Different Types of Tinnitus?

Tinnitus typically takes one of three forms:

Tonal tinnitus causes constant sound in the ears.

Pulsatile tinnitus produces sound that pulsates in rhythm with one’s heartbeat.

Mixed tinnitus involves hearing multiple noises at the same time.

A fourth type of tinnitus, known as objective tinnitus, is characterized by noises that can be heard by not only the affected individual, but others, as well. But this is an extremely rare condition.

Is There a Cure for Tinnitus?

No, there is not currently a cure for tinnitus. However, there are many effective treatment options that can reduce or eliminate the symptoms. If you’re experiencing tinnitus caused by hearing loss, you should consult a hearing care professional as soon as possible. Left unmanaged, tinnitus can cause problems with sleep and concentration or even lead to mood changes.

Some of the treatment options for tinnitus include:

Hearing aids. Many tinnitus patients, especially those with hearing loss, experience complete or partial relief from tinnitus by using hearing aids.

Sound stimulation. Listening to soothing sounds is frequently reported as an effective way to reduce the brain’s hyperfocus on tinnitus.

Annual hearing assessment. In addition to assessing your hearing, a hearing care professional can check for excess ear wax that may cause or worsen the symptoms of tinnitus.

How Can Hearing Aids Help With Tinnitus?

For those with age-related hearing loss, tinnitus is often related to the loss of ambient sounds. By restoring those ambient sounds to an individual (if the hearing loss is in the same frequency range as the tinnitus), hearing aids may effectively eliminate the symptoms of tinnitus.

In addition, Beltone hearing aids are compatible with the Tinnitus Calmer app. This innovative app can help you manage your tinnitus by distracting your brain with focused sound therapy and interactive experiences. Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android devices, the app allows you to customize and layer sounds based on your relaxation preferences.

Click the link below to book a free appointment with a Beltone hearing care professional and begin your journey to better hearing.

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Online Hearing Assessment

Visit any Beltone Hearing Care Center to discover just how simple it is to improve your hearing.

You can also take our online hearing assessment to get a head start on your free appointment—we’ll forward your results to your local Beltone office. The results will help your hearing care professional begin the process of determining your level of hearing loss and which hearing aids are right for you.

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Impacts of Hearing Loss

Untreated hearing loss has been linked to dementia, depression, falls and other serious health conditions. It can also leave people feeling isolated and make it difficult to participate in once-loved activities. Addressing hearing loss is an important part of maintaining good health.

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two men sitting outside

Understanding Hearing Loss

Hearing loss—or hearing impairment—is a reduction in your ability to hear. It can happen gradually or relatively quickly. At Beltone, we want to help you understand hearing loss and find the right solution.

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old couple on the beach

Types & Causes of Hearing Loss

Hearing impairment or hearing loss is a perceived reduction in your ability to hear. Your sense of hearing involves several parts of your body working together, and an issue at any point in the process can lead to a problem. Keep reading to learn more about the three types of hearing loss and the common causes.