Q: By the end of SXSW, I began to get a lot of ringing in my ears. I can even hear it when I have my hearing aids on. Are there any adjustments to my hearing aids that can help the tinnitus go back down?
A: Exposure to loud sounds can cause tinnitus to increase. The increase may last a few hours, a few days, or a few weeks. Generally, if the change to your tinnitus has lasted 6 to 8 weeks since your last exposure to loud sounds like those at SXSW, your tinnitus might have made a permanent change. However, there are two correctable reasons your tinnitus might be more noticeable since attending SXSW concerts.
Did you wear ear plugs during any of the performances? If so, you might have pushed some wax deeper into your canal to the point where you hear your tinnitus more. Get your canals checked for excessive wax.
Your hearing aid provider can check your ears for wax. They can also re-test your hearing. If your hearing level has dropped (whether due to exposure to loud sounds or naturally), they might make an adjustment to your hearing aids to account for the additional loss. The new adjustment could reduce the amount of the tinnitus you notice.
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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.