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Can hearing aids help with tinnitus?

Welcome to another edition of Pindrop Hearing’s insights into the world of audiology. Today, we’ll delve into two critical topics that have captured significant attention recently: tinnitus relief through hearing aids and the potential connection between COVID-19 and hearing loss.

Can hearing aids help with tinnitus?

Tinnitus, often described as a persistent ringing or buzzing in the ears, can be a debilitating condition that affects millions worldwide. Its origins can vary, from noise-induced damage to age-related hearing loss, or even certain medications.

 

While there’s currently no known cure for tinnitus, many treatments and therapies aim to minimise its impact. Among these, hearing aids have emerged as a beneficial tool for many tinnitus sufferers. But how?

 

  • Amplification: One of the primary functions of hearing aids is to amplify external sounds. By doing this, the background sounds can often “mask” or cover up the internal noise caused by tinnitus. By redirecting one’s attention to external noises, the prominence of tinnitus can decrease.
  • Tinnitus Maskers: Many modern hearing aids now come equipped with tinnitus masking features. These emit a sound (like white noise) that helps to mask the tinnitus sound. This feature can offer a dual benefit of improving hearing and reducing tinnitus perception.
  • Improved Communication: Tinnitus can be particularly bothersome in quiet environments. By enhancing overall hearing ability, hearing aids can make conversations clearer, diverting attention away from the internal ringing or buzzing.
  • Neural Stimulation: There’s a theory that by stimulating the auditory pathways with sound, you can redirect the brain’s focus and decrease the perception of tinnitus.

 

It’s essential to remember that while hearing aids can be beneficial for many tinnitus sufferers, they aren’t a one-size-fits-all solution. Consulting with an audiologist is crucial to find the right treatment tailored to individual needs, so be sure to get in touch with us today.

Find the treatment for youIt’s essential to remember that while hearing aids can be beneficial for many tinnitus sufferers, they aren’t a one-size-fits-all solution. Consult with one of our audiologists to find the right treatment tailored to your needs.

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COVID and Hearing Loss: What’s the Connection?

 

With the global spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers have been hard at work deciphering the virus’s many effects on the human body. Among the myriad of symptoms and long-term impacts, some studies have suggested a potential link between COVID-19 and auditory issues, including hearing loss, tinnitus, and vertigo.

Several potential reasons could explain this link:

  • Viruses, in some cases, can lead to auditory nerve damage. There’s speculation that COVID-19 might have a similar effect on some patients.
  • The body’s immune response to the virus might cause inflammation in the auditory pathways, leading to temporary or even permanent hearing issues.
  • Some drugs used to treat severe COVID-19 cases could have ototoxic effects, potentially leading to hearing loss.
  • The pandemic has been a source of significant stress and anxiety, which can exacerbate tinnitus for those already prone to it.

 

Though these connections are still under investigation, it’s evident that COVID-19 can have a myriad of impacts on our health, including our hearing. If you’ve experienced COVID-19 and are noticing changes in your hearing or an onset of tinnitus, it’s essential to see an audiologist or ENT specialist. Book your appointment today.

 

The world of audiology is continually evolving, with new research shedding light on conditions like tinnitus and the broader implications of global health events like the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

At Pindrop Hearing, we’re committed to keeping you informed and providing the best care for all your hearing needs. Stay tuned for more insights and updates.

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