Yes, there is a possibility that hearing aids can help with tinnitus. To date, there is no guaranteed cure for tinnitus because researchers are still unsure of its origin. However, various theories exist including auditory deprivation. What do I mean by auditory deprivation? One of the ongoing theories, regarding tinnitus, is that when an individual has hearing loss, he or she’s brain may be compensating for the lack of or degraded incoming auditory signals. In turn, a patient may be hearing the “background noise” of his/her brain. Therefore, by utilizes hearing aids, 50% of patients experience relief from his/her tinnitus as their brain no longer has to compensates. At the same token, the other half of patients that try hearing aids do not notice a difference in their tinnitus.
We understand this is frustrating because we cannot guarantee that hearing aids will provide you with tinnitus relief. However, at Gardner Audiology, we offer a two-week hearing aid trial that will allow you to try hearing aids with no obligation. This will allow you to determine, first-hand, if hearing aids will provide you a degree of tinnitus relief. Have more questions regarding the tinnitus and/or field study, contact us! We are available via phone at 1 (800) 277-1182 or our website at gardneraudiology.com