What is tinnitus?
Tinnitus is a ringing or buzzing sensation people hear, in one or both ears, and is often associated with noise-induced hearing loss. Many individuals suffer from hearing these sounds and the sensation can range from barely noticeable to extremely annoying. It is often distracting and keeps one up at night. Tinnitus is thought to occur when the tiny nerve cells in the cochlea flutter without being stimulated by sound vibrations.
What are the symptoms of tinnitus?
Tinnitus is most often described as a ringing in one or both ears, but sounds can also be perceived as static, humming, whistling, buzzing, grinding or hissing. As no one else can hear the sounds (except in very rare cases), tinnitus is a very unique and personal condition to each person experiencing it. It is a symptom, most commonly of hearing loss, rather than a disease—and it is rarely a sign of a serious underlying condition. Some people hear noises that are constant and steady, while for others they may pulsate or be more intermittent. Many of those who experience tinnitus find that it is relatively mild and gradually improves over time. However, severe cases of this condition can sometimes disrupt sleep, concentration, and the enjoyment of everyday activities.
What causes tinnitus?
Tinnitus is strongly associated with hearing loss, and can develop gradually over time or quite suddenly. Repeated or prolonged exposure to loud noises can cause damage to hair cells in the inner ear and make it difficult or impossible to hear certain sound frequencies. While tinnitus is as varied as its causes, it can be grouped into tonal and non-tonal tinnitus. Tonal tinnitus is more common and describes the perception of a near-continuous sound or overlapping sounds with a well-defined frequency, e. g. whistling, ringing, buzzing. Non-tonal forms of tinnitus include humming, clicking, crackling and rumbling.
Tinnitus: Is there a treatment?
Hearing aids can provide relief for tinnitus by amplifying background noises and masking tinnitus sounds. Our hearing aids offer multiple different strategies to combat tinnitus.
Signia hearing aids are the only ones with the built-in tinnitus Notch Therapy. This is a method that has shown to be especially effective for people who experience tonal tinnitus, the most common type of tinnitus.
Unlike the static noise and ocean wave approaches, which introduce an additional therapy sound, Notch Therapy treats your tinnitus inaudibly and unobtrusively. All you have to do is wear your hearing aids as you normally would, and it could reduce the annoyance of your tinnitus in just weeks or months, sometimes immediately.
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