Hearing Aids Made Tinnitus Worse

Discussion in 'Support' started by Barry O'Connell, Nov 5, 2019.

    1. Barry O'Connell
      Gloomy

      Barry O'Connell Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/19
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      I've had tinnitus for about 6 months now but the last few weeks have been very quiet apart from last thing at night & first thing in the morning.

      The tinnitus is in my left ear but the hearing in that ear is very good.

      The hearing in my right ear is very poor & today I got my hearing aid.

      I wore it for about an hour but when I took it out my tinnitus came on strong.

      I am very disheartened as I could definitely hear better with it in. I don't think I want to put it back in now.
       
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    2. GregCA
      Jaded

      GregCA Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Otosclerosis
      If you put it back in, does it help your tinnitus?
       
    3. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Barry O'Connell
      Gloomy

      Barry O'Connell Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/19
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      I tried hearing aids today but they didn't help, sadly. I was told it will take time.
       
    4. Michael B
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      Michael B Member Benefactor

      Location:
      San Diego, CA
      Tinnitus Since:
      2011
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Stupidity
      I can relate. I have tinnitus on both sides but my left side is much worse than the right. That said, my hearing is actually better on that side. I'm thinking of getting a hearing aid for my right side but I'm afraid it might aggravate the tinnitus on that side.
       
    5. Daniel Lion
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      Daniel Lion Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      SE Asia
      Tinnitus Since:
      2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise trauma, hearing loss
      Please update us if you do give the hearing aids a go..."Takes how much time"?
       
    6. Daniel Lion
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      Daniel Lion Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      SE Asia
      Tinnitus Since:
      2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise trauma, hearing loss
      Let us know if you do give hearing aids a try, thanks.
       
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    7. Michael B
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      Michael B Member Benefactor

      Location:
      San Diego, CA
      Tinnitus Since:
      2011
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Stupidity
      My ENT prescribed me a hearing aid for my left (bad) side which was covered under insurance. I use it mostly for its Bluetooth feature to stream masking sounds to that ear. My guess is that I probably won't get one for my right side for fear of it will aggravate my low tinnitus on that side.
       
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    8. ajc

      ajc Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2002; spike 2009; worse 2017-18
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music - noise damage
      How are you doing now?
       
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      AUTHOR
      Barry O'Connell
      Gloomy

      Barry O'Connell Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/19
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      I tried it again last night for a couple of hours & it seemed OK. However today tinnitus is bad in both ears & I'm really struggling
      It is now 2 days later, I tried it for a couple of hours last night but had to take it out as it was itching.
      Today I am really struggling as it is bad.
      Still quite bad but has eased somewhat. Thanks.
       
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    10. Quiet please
      Balanced

      Quiet please Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Westchester County, NY
      Tinnitus Since:
      May 2008
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Only a guess, but probably hearing loss.
      @Barry O'Connell
      I’ve been using hearing aids for about 6 years now. I have one sided hearing loss with severe tinnitus, static & fullness. My first experience with hraring aids was that it did absolutely nothing to help the tinnitus & at times made it worse. I wore them for 5+ years because they were Uber expensive & my insurance at the time didn’t have a hearing aid benefit. They helped with my hearing, but the masker made the tinnitus much worse & the hearing aids were useless for the tinnitus. After about 2 months of trying I turned the masker off & did without it. It was a continued struggle.

      Then 6 weeks ago I went to a new highly referred audiologist who recommended a different type of hearing aids; a bi-cross type (Phonak Audeo Marvel) & they are helping quite a lot. My brain has seem to have rebooted with these hearing aids & the tinnitus is behaving. When I’m wearing them, my world is better.

      I now know that it’s the combination of the experience, compassion & expertise of the audiologist that makes a difference. She took the time needed to really listen to my issues, desires & needs and came up with a treatment plan, as opposed to just selling me something. Hope this helps.
       
    11. Lenny

      Lenny Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      @Quiet please Could you tell me the name of your audiologist, if possible (I'm also in the NYC area)?
       
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    12. JohnAdams
      Festive

      JohnAdams Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Vatican
      Tinnitus Since:
      May 1st 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Aspirin Toxicity/Possibly Noise
      I got brave and listened to some music today with bone conduction headphones on at a medium-low volume and when I removed them my tinnitus was louder for sure but after about 30 minutes it went back down.
       
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    13. Quiet please
      Balanced

      Quiet please Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Westchester County, NY
      Tinnitus Since:
      May 2008
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Only a guess, but probably hearing loss.
      @Lenny I’m not in NYC, but a northern suburb in Westchester County, NY.

      On the advice of my ENT, I called Hearing Solutions of America’s & got a referral for the specific audiologist who takes my insurance along with a very nice discount for the hearing aids. I saw Brittany Knight of Audiologists Associates of Westchester in White Plains, NY. I suggest going this route because it’s not a money grubbing company. They genuinely just want to hook you up with the best. My last hearing aids, that didn’t do much for me cost me $5700 & with the discount these work 100% better & cost me just $1900 AND I got 12 months to pay them off with 0% interest. They have a 60 day trial period as well. Good luck!
       
    14. JohnAdams
      Festive

      JohnAdams Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Vatican
      Tinnitus Since:
      May 1st 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Aspirin Toxicity/Possibly Noise
      And then I forgot to take my turmeric/curcumin and then all the next day I had a horrendous spike. Luckily today I'm right back to essentially nothing.
       
    15. Quiet please
      Balanced

      Quiet please Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Westchester County, NY
      Tinnitus Since:
      May 2008
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Only a guess, but probably hearing loss.
      @JohnAdams, I had a Similar experience happen to me with my old hearing aids. I now know it’s a combination of state of the art hearing aides along with a very experienced audiologist who knows how to fine-tune & also takes the time with you that makes the difference. My first consultation & fitting appointment was 2 hours. They need to know in advance when you make the appointment that your case is different. It’s not just for hearing; you need someone who’s very familiar with tinnitus.
       
    16. Quiet please
      Balanced

      Quiet please Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Westchester County, NY
      Tinnitus Since:
      May 2008
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Only a guess, but probably hearing loss.
      @Michael B, Your concern sounds valid. I believe this is why the Bi-Cross type hearing aids were recommended for me by my ENT.
       
    17. Theadora

      Theadora Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      As long as I can remember.
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Meningitis
      I too, have tried hearing aids. Diminished hearing in right ear, better hearing in left. Tinnitus in both, but with noise it's not so bad. It can really get loud in the ear with less hearing. I find that I can no longer use the phone to my left ear without discomfort. Usually takes about 5 min and I'm holding the phone away from my ear. Audiologist doesn't understand that I can't wear the hearing aids. ‍♀️‍♀️
       
    18. bobvann
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      bobvann Member

      Location:
      Inside the vortex
      Tinnitus Since:
      April 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      E drums headphones
      I had a bad experience with hearing aids in Canada. I too believe that the practitioner was just interested in $$. You have to find an audiologist who is competent and is willing to help. QP's post proves this. My insurance is out of touch with reality and will only provide $300.00 every 5 years for hearing aids. The good thing is most places offer a trial period.
       
    19. JohnAdams
      Festive

      JohnAdams Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Vatican
      Tinnitus Since:
      May 1st 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Aspirin Toxicity/Possibly Noise
      Hearing aids = earbuds.
       

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