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Causes of Tinnitus

Tinnitus is the perception of sounds such as ringing, buzzing, or hissing within the ear when these sounds are not present in the environment. It is experienced by an estimated 50 million Americans and is usually associated with sensorineural hearing loss.

When ear wax or any foreign object touches the eardrum, it can block outside noise from coming in, and noises in the ear can be the results. The brain tries to compensate for missing sounds by replacing them with phantom sounds. The same thing occurs with a noise-induced hearing loss, where damage is done to the inner ear, and the brain is replacing missed sounds with phantom sounds. 90% of tinnitus suffers have some level of noise-induced hearing loss.

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Ringing in the Ears

If you have or suspect you have tinnitus, you should set up a hearing evaluation to determine what options are available for managing it. When it is determined that there are no specific medical issues involved, there are several options to consider. In the majority of cases, the individual experiencing tinnitus also has a type of hearing loss. The use of a hearing aid to amplify sounds can help cover up the tinnitus and make it less distracting.

Other devices are also available that generate sounds to help mask the tinnitus. Combined with counseling from a hearing healthcare professional, these devices can be used to teach the individual how to reduce or remove the distraction of the tinnitus.

Beltone offers hearing devices that can be used as both a hearing aid and a sound generator for managing tinnitus. The Tinnitus Breaker™ feature of the Beltone Reach™ hearing aids produce white noise, a low volume noise of mixed frequencies that makes the distressing noise less noticeable. As the brain adjusts to this new way of perceiving sounds, the emotional importance associated with the tinnitus is reduced.

Contact us at (888) 958-8432 to discuss your hearing health and how we can help. Schedule your appointment or take our online hearing test today.

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Tinnitus Calmer App

Manage your tinnitus with the new Sound Therapy app. Distract your brain from focusing on your tinnitus with the help of Beltone's Tinnitus Calmer app. Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android devices, the app offers a combination of Sound Therapy and relaxing exercises which can help provide relief from tinnitus.

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