Hearing Aids vs. Tinnitus – Part 1 of 2

Q:  The ringing in my ears has been getting louder the last 2 to 3 years.  Will hearing aids completely take away this tinnitus?

A:  There are two major items to address here; 1) The impact of hearing aids on tinnitus, and 2) natural ways to reduce tinnitus (to be addressed on Sunday, March 6th).

  The short answer to the first item is, “No.”.  Hearing aids are not going to remove all of the ringing in your ears.  A longer answer is below.

  Good hearing aids that are properly programmed might help reduce your awareness of the ringing in your ears.  That said, for the vast majority of hearing aid users with tinnitus, there is very little change in their observable tinnitus. 

  These two contradictory statements mean that while you will continue to hear tinnitus with your hearing aids on, you will be much less aware of it and can therefore hear the events, people, and environments around you better.

  This also means, do not get hearing aids because you want to reduce your tinnitus.  Instead, get really good hearing aids because you want to hear the details you miss in speech and the environment around you.

  Ready to hear better?  Call us at the Better Hearing Center of Austin 512-282-4327 for a free assessment, ear check-up and hearing test.  Listen to the newest Oticon More hearing aids.  Find out what better hearing sounds like while reducing the awareness of your tinnitus.  We also provide 4-week, no-obligation trials.

  Saleem Assaf (BA – Rice, MBA – UT) is a native Dallas, Texan and a recipient of KVUE’s 2020 award for 5 Who Care and the Texas Hearing Aid Association’s 2018 Dispenser of the Year award.  Since 2008, he has purchased a multitude of hearing aids for students at the Texas School for the Deaf.