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How do hearing aids help tinnitus?

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Paula L. Schwartz, AuD

Doctor of Audiology in Edina

05 December 2016 - 3837 Views

Many people find that amplification alone addresses the tinnitus.  One of the many theories of tinnitus is that it is neurological activity resulting from cochlear damage or hearing loss. Therefore, address the hearing loss and potentially address the tinnitus. Secondly, amplification of the ambient environment presents contrast sound making the tinnitus less noticeable and therefore less bothersome.  For some persons with intrusive tinnitus, the limbic system (emotional system) is involved and amplification alone is not sufficient.  All of the... Read more

Is there any effective medical treatment or supplement for tinnitus?

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Alicia D.D. Spoor, AuD

Doctor of Audiology in Highland

22 January 2017 - 690 Views

To date, there is no Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved drugs to treat tinnitus.  Although there is no cure for tinnitus, there are ways to help treat tinnitus.  [This analogy is similar to cancer- there is no cure, but there are treatments.]  First and foremost, you need to see the proper professionals.  Audiologists are the licensed professionals to evaluate and treat tinnitus.  (Other than North Carolina, hearing aid dispensers are not specifically licensed to work with tinnitus.)  Auiologists will work with a variey of professionals in... Read more

I have had ringing in my right ear for about 2 weeks. My ear feels plugged up with partial hearing and no pain. What should I do?

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Abram Bailey, AuD

Doctor of Audiology, Hearing Tracker Founder

19 July 2016 - 40811 Views

I don't typically answer these questions, but my personal opinion is to seek medical attention immediately. Your symptoms may be caused by something as simple as an earwax blockage, which can be easily remedied by your local doctor. However, the worst case scenario is that you're suffering from a case of sudden sensorineural hearing loss, which is typically treated as close to onset as possible (to increase the likelihood of resolution) with corticosteroids. "The most common treatment for sudden deafness, especially in cases where the cause is... Read more

Does Resound LiNX 3D work with the Resound Relief tinnitus app?

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Matthew Pearson

Hearing Aid Audiologist in London

09 May 2017 - 428 Views

The LiNX 3D range features Tinnitus Sound Generator with nature sounds.The tinnitus feature is activated in the Resound Smart 3D app which is the latest version.You click the sound enhancer feature then hit the tinnitus manager button. You can then shape the response of the white noise to help mask your tinnitus & save this particular setting.If you desire you could have this mode activated when the aid detects it is in a particular location is the library.

My ENT recommend Soundhawk to help with tinnitus is this possible?

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Raji Parangad, MAud

Hearing Healthcare Provider in Wellington Point

29 October 2016 - 326 Views

Tinnitus is a  symptom not a desease. I am assuming all medical tests have been conducted are any underlying medical pathology ruled out. Ypu need to see an Audiogogist , get a dignostic audiogram done. There is no one specific treatment approach for tinnitus. Is is very individualistic. Treatment plan is made based on teh degree  and severity of tinnitus. I personally have never worked with Soundhawk but it is a  wearable non FDA approved device... My recomendation wold be to see an Audiologist who offers tinnitus rehabilitation services....

My 9-year-old daughter just got over an ear infection, she has been finished her antibiotics for 2 days but she is still having trouble hearing through one ear. She says she has a constant ringing. Should I be getting it checked or is that normal?

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Cole Campbell, AuD

Audiologist & Clinical Assistant Professor in Kansas City

08 March 2017 - 305 Views

It's possible she may still have fluid in her middle ear even if it is not infected which would explain her "trouble hearing" and possibly the ringing as well. I would have her hearing checked by an audiologist who could easily determine if there is still middle ear fluid and how much, if any, hearing loss she has as a result of the fluid.

I'm suffering from tinnitus and hearing loss of maybe 10-20%. Would the Oticon Nera2 would help me?

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Margaret ("Peggy") Tomko, AuD

Audiologist in Newport News

05 December 2017 - 60 Views

You may wish to choose a hearing aid that has a tinnitus sound generator feature that comes standard in the device (such as the Oticon Opn, if  you want to stick with the Oticon brand).  Tinnitus sound generators provide a background noise (such as soft static or ocean waves) to provide a distraction to your brain so you do not focus as much on the sound of your tinnitus. Check out this link to learn more about the tinnitus features in the Oticon Opn.Some people find relief from simply wearing a hearing aid even without a sound generator, because the... Read more

I have the flu and my right ear feels blocked and is ringing constantly. It is impacting on my hearing. Can you please tell me if this is normal?

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Andy Bierbaum, BC-HIS

Hearing Healthcare Provider in Champaign

09 November 2017 - 714 Views

Definitely get in to see your Dr, and if possible I would recommend going straight to the ENT.  As a Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist, it's unfortunate how many times I've had people come into my office after seeing their Primary Care Physician with your same symptoms and all they've been given was a prescription for nasal spray.  I am not a Dr and cannot diagnose or prescribe medication, but in the 20+ years in the hearing instrument industry I'm familiar with this and know that rarely do patients come in saying just nasal spray cleared... Read more

What hearing aids have special features for tinnitus?

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Margaret ("Peggy") Tomko, AuD

Audiologist in Newport News

29 September 2017 - 267 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 Widex, ReSound, Starkey, Phonak, Oticon, 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... Read more