Hearing Loss and Tinnitus

Tinnitus effects every person differently, but Hearing Aids can help! 

Ringing in the ears, also known as tinnitus, is caused by bent or broken auditory hairs sending random electrical impulses to the brain, which the brain interprets as sound. Tinnitus can be heard in one or both ears or in the head. It is usually described as a ringing noise, but in some patients, it takes the form of a high-pitched whining, electric buzzing, hissing, humming, ticking or whistling. The sound can be intermittent, or it can be continuous, in which case it can be the cause of great distress.

Tinnitus is a common problem that affects nearly 50 million Americans and that number is growing.
The condition can be caused by a large number of things ranging from earwax to your diet, but the most common cause of Tinnitus is excessive exposure to loud noise. You may have noticed your ears ringing after leaving a loud concert, but were relieved to find the sounds went away after a few hours. For some people the ringing never goes away.
The World Health Organization has expressed great concern over the large number of young people across the global, who are experiencing tinnitus and hearing loss at an early age. The WHO believes the abundant availability of earbud headphones are to blame for the increase. When children are allowed to blast music directly to their eardrums for several hours a day, they are bound to experience hearing loss and tinnitus much earlier than their Rock N Roll loving Grandparents.
Some people learn to cope with their tinnitus by training their brain to ignore the sound. The trouble with ignoring the tinnitus is the fact that you are missing out on so many other sounds drowned out by the buzzing. You don’t even notice you are missing out on anything, because any sound that is lower in volume than your specific tinnitus gets masked.
Not only does ringing in the ears take away sound that you should hear, it also hampers the voices and sounds that you do hear. Comprehending what is said can become difficult and tiresome.

Hearing aids help eliminate tinnitus!
It is estimated that approximately 90 percent of people with tinnitus have some degree of hearing loss.
A hearing aid works two-fold for tinnitus sufferers; first they make the patient less aware of the sounds in their head. Second, they help improve communication by amplifying the sounds they want to hear. The very act of taking the focus off of tinnitus spells relief for many people.
A Free hearing test at one of our offices will determine your level of hearing loss, then a dedicated hearing specialist can explain options for improving your hearing and eliminating your tinnitus.

Few Ailments are as Subjective as Tinnitus…
From what it sounds like, to when it’s most annoying, to how debilitating it can be, tinnitus affects every person differently. We have several tinnitus treatment solutions to tackle the subjective nature of tinnitus head-on.
Using NuEar’s Advanced Multiflex Tinnitus Technology your hearing specialist will create a sound stimulus to comfort and soothe your unique tinnitus. The personalized sound therapy will mask your tinnitus and allow you to focus on more important things.
Our hearing solutions make tinnitus manageable for patients who have been frustrated by their inability to find consistent relief. Designed with flexibility in mind, the patient will play an active role in fine-tuning relief to their precise preference, to ensure greater success.

Treatment options are available in CIC, ITC, ITE, RIC and BTE style hearing aids.

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