Tinnitus is a persistent ringing, buzzing, or humming in one or both ears that have no external source. It can be intermittent or constant, but for many who suffer from it, tinnitus is so intrusive that it has a debilitating effect on their quality of life.
Who suffers from tinnitus?
Some 50 million Americans suffer from tinnitus, and for 12 million the problem is so severe that it affects their everyday lives.
How can hearing aids aid tinnitus?
A study conducted by a non-profit educational organization Better Hearing Institute (BHI) found that hearing aids can offer hope of better hearing for people who suffer from tinnitus. The survey of 230 hearing health professionals in the US and Canada found that six out of ten patients reported some relief of their tinnitus when using hearing aids and two of ten reported major relief. These findings are particularly significant considering past BHI research that found that nearly nine million American adults with hearing loss have not sought a solution to their hearing problem simply because they also have tinnitus and mistakenly believe that nothing can be done about it.