"The ringing in my ears is driving me crazy" This, or a similar comment, is made almost every time I consult with a new patient discussing hearing loss. Often, the individual will be more bothered by tinnitus than they are by hearing loss.
Tinnitus and hearing loss go hand-in-hand. The ringing in your ears is a by-product of the damage that noise or age has caused to the inner part of your ear, the cochlea. The little nerve endings are damaged, when hearing loss occurs, and a false sound (tinnitus) is sent to the brain by the damaged portions of the ear.
Unfortunately, there is no 'quick fix' for tinnitus. Often, companies will advertise drops, vitamins, or supplements that are supposed to reduce tinnitus. However, there is no FDA-proven way to reduce or 'fix' tinnitus. In fact, the only proven and well-researched way to manage tinnitus is through well-fit amplification: hearing aids!
Hearing aids deliver to the brain the external sounds that the brain is missing due to hearing loss. This, in turn, masks out the tinnitus. So, not only do hearing aids enhance communication, they also minimize the negative impact of tinnitus! In short, hearing aids bring back the wonder of hearing and reduce the frustration and annoyance that tinnitus causes.
Quick Fix for Tinnitus?