Tinnitus – Is a hearing aid the best solution?

Question by Kimmie: Tinnitus – Is a hearing aid the best solution?
I have an elderly friend that has recently been offered a hearing aid that costs $ 6,000! I was like, unreal! Ok, so this is it…it seems she has a special condition with her ears, from what I understand she has tinnitus. Her doctor referred her to someone and has let her try out the new hearing aid, and said she has one week and then has to return it. My question is…
Can anyone tell me of some hearing aids that anyone in your family is familiar with and which ones are the best?

I usually do my own research, but have become quite busy here lately. I really appreciate any and all feedback about the costs and effectiveness of hearing aids. I really would like to find one that she can afford and be effective for her to hear what she is missing out on.

I would really appreciate some insightful responses.
This is going to be yet another hard decision choosing best answer. I really appreciate both of you posting to my question and thank you for the kind words in reference to my concern for my friend. This is what friends are for, to help as much as they can. Thanks to you both again! I cannot express how much your posts mean to me.

Best answer:

Answer by Marie111
Many people with tinnitus also have a hearing loss. So wearing a hearing aid makes it easier for some people to hear the sounds they need to hear by making them louder. The better you hear other people talking or the music you like, the less you notice your tinnitus.

But you can also get what are called maskers. Maskers are small electronic devices that use sound to make tinnitus less noticeable. Maskers do not make tinnitus go away, but they make the ringing or roaring seem softer. For some, maskers hide their tinnitus so well that they can barely hear it.

Listening to static at a low volume on the radio or using bedside maskers can help. [Although in my case, I find radio static reminds me of the tinnitus more, but only because my tinnitus is like static to begin with 🙂 ] Bedside maskers are devices you can put by your bed instead of behind your ear. They can help you ignore your tinnitus and fall asleep.

I don’t have hearing loss with my tinnitus, so have never used a hearing aid. But I find that by concentrating really hard on my favorite things, like listening to music, watching a weepy movie on TV, or simply being around friends, I can almost forget about the tinnitus. At first, it would only help for a minute or so, but as time went on and I practised more, the amount of time I could put the tinnitus to the back of my mind increased, until nowadays, I don’t think much about it at all.

Your friend does not need to take a hearing aid at $ 6,000. If, after using it for the week, she decides that yes, it does help her tinnitus, she can then start hunting for a suitable lower cost one.

Every person’s tinnitus is that little bit different and can range in pitch, loudness and the actual sound they are hearing. The main thing is to make sure she gets a trial period with any hearing aid she is thinking about purchasing, so that she gets one that does the job well for her.

The following websites will give you a bit of advice on hearing aids and how to go about getting one at a cheaper price.

Forum where others discuss various hearing aids for tinnitus:
http://www.hearingaidforums.com/showthread.php?p=22076

Brief advice on getting a low-cost hearing aid:
http://ezinearticles.com/?Low-Cost-Hearing-Aids-Can-Work-Effectively&id=914855

All the best. Your friend if lucky to have someone like you to help. Hope all goes well for her.

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One Response to “Tinnitus – Is a hearing aid the best solution?”

  1. ginny says:

    Marie’s answer is great.
    I have this blight as well & also hearing loss.
    There is a tinnitus clinic at my hospital.So far I’ve avoided it,but think I might try it.I know the 1st thing they do is supply you with a hearing aid to mask the noise.But there is no need to pay that astonishing amount of money.

    I’ve been avoiding the issue as I feel ridiculously young to have this device.I’ve been advised to sleep with soft music left on.Bedtime is the worst time for us tinnies!You are SO aware of this blight.Mine is like a cistern overflowing.I try to picture a waterfall instead.this helps a bit.The music irrirates me.

    You can get a free”Consumers’ Guide to Hearing Aids”from
    Digital Hearing Aid Information
    Service Ltd{H197CD}
    Freepost LON15651}
    London,SE11BS

    if that is any help.It’s London in Britain{not Ontario}but why not try?

    Your friend is lucky to have a concerned friend like you!xx


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