What hearing aids have special features for tinnitus?

Margaret ("Peggy") Tomko

Professional Member

29 September 2017 - 1.66K Views

Most modern hearing aid brands have tinnitus features that come standard in their technology. Some have a white or pink type noise, some have soft chimes, and some have environmental sounds (ocean waves, etc.). Check out WidexReSoundStarkeyPhonakOticon, and Signia (Siemens). The tinnitus features often come in different styles of hearing aids from each company (receiver-in-canal, custom, or traditional behind-the-ear).

Hearing aids have a trial period of at least 30 days, so if you try a product from one manufacturer and dislike it, you will be able to exchange it during that trial period. Your hearing healthcare professional will be able to work with you on this.

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Member 03 October 2017
Hi,i have RE Sound and they are absolute rubbish,i can hear ever body around me talking,but not the person i am talking to,i can not hear any body on the phone any the feed back is ridiculous,it has made my ears so bad i had to see my doctor for treatment,he advised not to wear them any more,i brought them from AMPLIFON, they can not seem to set them up correctly, i have asked them for my £3000 back,as they are not fit for purpose, but of course thy use the feebel excuse that i have gone over the 30 warranty by a couple of days,i have no back up what so ever. Now i am using PHONAK and had no trouble what so ever,so in my experience DONT use AMPLIFON and RE SOUND as you do not get the service or back up,,Roy
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Margaret ("Peggy") T 17 October 2017 Replied to Member
Thanks for sharing, Roy! I have used ReSound (not through Amplifon) many times and have had great success with it. I also like Phonak (and many other major manufacturers). I'm sorry you had a bad experience, but I'm very happy that you have a product you like now. As an aside, sometimes that 30 day trial period is dictated by the manufacturer or buying group; the audiologist or hearing aid dispenser is not able to return them for credit after that date, and would be out £3000. It's a sticky situation, but just try to keep in mind that the audiologist or hearing aid dispenser may not be able to control that trial period.

Matthew Pearson

Audiologist in Greater London

29 September 2017 - 1.64K Views

To echo what others have said here most hearing instruments have tinnitus maskers these days & amplification alone may provide sufficient masking effect that a masker isn't required.

What hasn't been mentioned is testing. If you simply carry out audiometry & the patient requires masking, what frequency needs masking? How loud is your tinnitus? A tinnitus audiometer can provide far more information than the programming software's best guess. I believe a hearing aid will only perform as well if the information fed into it is accurate.

So seek out a professional with the right equipment, experience & success in this area. Not a prerequisite but if they have tinnitus themselves they are likely to be able to tell you which devices they have had success with.

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Jeffrey Cline

Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist in Hickory

03 October 2017 - 1.62K Views

Starkey hearing aids all have wonderful tinnitus features. We are having great sucess with treat patients and helping releave ringing, buzzing or fluttering in their ears. If anyone promises to have a solution please move on to the next specialist. Nobody can promise anything when it comes to tinnitus but we are better understanding how to work with it. We want everyone who is having trouble to talk with one of our hearing specialist about possible treatment. Other hearing aid manufactures also have technology such as Phonak, Unitron, and Resound. 

Thank you,

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Sheri Gostomelsky, AuD

Doctor of Audiology in Deerfield

29 September 2017 - 1.65K Views

All of the major manufacturers have a solution for tinnitus built into their products at a variety of technology levels.  In many instances, the hearing aid alone can be an effective masker.  As far as which product is best, you should put your trust in the audiologist.  Every provider has their expertise with particular manufacturers.  

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Timothy Charles Steele, PhD

Audiologist in Prairie Village

29 September 2017 - 1.65K Views

As others have indicated, there are many hearing aid options to assist with tinnitus.  In fact, we find that utilizing appropriately fit hearing aid technology alone can assist with tinnitus in 50-60% of cases where there is underlying hearing loss.  In cases where amplification alone does not provide enough benefit for tinnitus, then it can be helpful to utilize additional options built into the hearing aid to assist.  We have the best success with Widex Zen but have also used ReSound's tinnitus sounds in some cases with success.  The most critical component for you would be to find an audiologist who understands hearing loss and tinnitus, is compassionate, patient, and knowledgeable to help guide you.  Doing this on your own without the guidance of a trusted professional can be overwhelming. A diagnostic hearing examination, tinnitus assessment, and consultation would be the first important step and in some cases a medical referral may be necessary. 

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Mark Butler, AAS

Hearing Healthcare Provider in Sparks

29 September 2017 - 1.66K Views

Most of the major manufacturers now include some form of tinnitus masking as a built-in feature of the majority of their models.  Tinnitus masking uses a selection of different types of noise that can be adjusted by pitch and volume to best suit individual patients.  Some masking also uses modulation of the sound volume that may make it more effective.  Signia (formerly known as Siemens) has a new tinnitus feature called notch therapy that may work very well for tonal tinnitus (steady tone and volume all the time).  Widex takes a somewhat different route with their Zen masking that uses random musical tones and notes.  It can be very soothing for some patients.  The important thing to remember is that masking for tinnitus is still very much a trial and error process and there is no guarantee that it will have any effect on the tinnitus.  That being said there are many patients who do experience varying degrees of relief from tinnitus by using masking in some form.  Find a provider who offers unlimited office visits for the life of the hearing aid and who is willing to take the time to experiment and find out what type of masking might work best for you.

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