Are There Treatments For Your Tinnitus?
There are many different aspects of hearing health that we should be more aware of, as they can affect all of us, regardless of age or health, and tinnitus is one that can be particularly tough to deal with. Rather than a single condition, it's a symptom that can manifest itself in a wide variety of ways. Sometimes, treating the root cause can help to treat the symptom itself, but it's not always that simple. In fact, in the majority of cases, the root cause is never identified.
As such, we're going to take a closer look at some of the most common tinnitus treatments that you can look at. Whether you're worried that you might be experiencing tinnitus yourself, or you simply want an idea of how well you can treat it if it does manifest.
Hearing aids can make a difference
You might be most familiar with the help that hearing aids can provide when it comes to hearing loss, but they're well suited to treating tinnitus, as well. A lot of people with hearing loss can experience tinnitus and vice versa. The benefits of hearing aids include not only improving hearing, which can itself reduce the prominence of tinnitus, but they can also help you amplify sounds over the tinnitus so that it becomes a lot less noticeable. There is also the noise-masking technology that is becoming built into a lot more hearing aids. This is a feature that plays a sound set at a specific frequency and pitch that can help drown out the sound of the tinnitus.
Using sound machines for sound therapy
Neither hearing aids nor sound therapy is meant to cure the tinnitus by itself, but instead to help you acclimate to it, to make it a lot less noticeable, and to make it easier to go to live your life, whether it's trying to sleep at night or being able to focus on tasks during the day. There are different types of tinnitus, and this approach can be more effective at treating some than others, it's all about how easily you are able to drown out this tinnitus. Sound machines do this by acting as a source of white noise, but there are also smartphone apps as well as portable sound generators that can help with this.
Tinnitus retraining therapy
Tinnitus retraining therapy is one of the treatments available for tinnitus that not only addresses the main symptom but also considers its impact on one's quality of life. It typically involves collaboration with an audiologist and the use of sound machines, wearable noise generators, or noise-masking hearing aids. The goal of tinnitus retraining therapy is to teach individuals techniques that can help them habituate to the sound of tinnitus, making it easier to disregard. It may also include learning stress management tools such as deep breathing to reduce the effects of stress or anxiety caused by tinnitus.
Getting in touch with an audiologist, or another doctor equipped to help with your hearing health is the best advice when it comes to tinnitus. But hopefully, the methods above give you an idea of what you can do to treat it.