Hearing Aids

Discussion in 'Treatments' started by Louise, Oct 23, 2012.

    1. bobvann
      Devilish

      bobvann Member

      Location:
      Inside the vortex
      Tinnitus Since:
      April 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      E drums headphones
      Ah ok still the audiologist did program a notched white noise sound for me.
       
    2. Kam75

      Kam75 Member

      Location:
      FRANCE
      Tinnitus Since:
      26/02/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced trauma
      Hello, I have had severe noise-induced tinnitus (many sounds) for 1 year now and mild hyperacusis in my left hear.

      I did a tinnitometry and the audiologist said that I don't have any micro hearing loss but I'm bothered by sounds from 12 kHz.
      He thus asked me to wear hearing aids that prevent me from being bothered by sounds from 12 kHz.
      I also have a tinnitus masker option with the hearing aids.

      I've been using these hearing aids for 1 month now with absolutely no difference regarding my tinnitus.
      My tinnitus prevents me from sleeping and the hearing aids can't help me sleep better either as I can't sleep with white noise.

      There are also many problems with the programming that always change the settings of the hearing aids.
      Plus I hear strangely with that hearing aids.

      I don't know what to do; my trial period finishes on Saturday, 7th March. The hearing aids cost 3 300 € but with mutual funds I can have them for about 170 € (thanks France!).

      Should I buy them? Do you think my tinnitus will go down if I keep using them as long as possible? I was asked to wear them for at least 6 hours per day.

      Please give me your opinion!

      Thanks in advance.
       
    3. bobvann
      Devilish

      bobvann Member

      Location:
      Inside the vortex
      Tinnitus Since:
      April 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      E drums headphones

      I was trialing mine. We established with the audiologist that I was not really getting them to help either. For the cost it is not worth keeping them. I am returning them Wens. I can't speak for you.

      There is another clinic near my home I may go visit that apparently have phonak as their house brand & there always is a risk free trial period.
       
    4. carlover
      English

      carlover Member Benefactor

      Location:
      London
      Tinnitus Since:
      1986
      Sadly if hearing aids are going to help the noise it eases off as soon as you put them in and starts up to normal level a few seconds after you take them out, they will not help to cure the tinnitus in any way I am afraid, certainly not just because you wear them for hours.
       
    5. Kam75

      Kam75 Member

      Location:
      FRANCE
      Tinnitus Since:
      26/02/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced trauma
      Thanks for you answer @bobvann!
      My hearing aids are Phonak, do you think it's a good brand?
      I can afford 170 €, but I don't know if this will help me.
       
    6. Kam75

      Kam75 Member

      Location:
      FRANCE
      Tinnitus Since:
      26/02/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced trauma
      @carlover Yes I can hear my tinnitus directly after removing the hearing aids from my ears. There is no inhibition.
      That means they won't help me? :(
       
    7. bobvann
      Devilish

      bobvann Member

      Location:
      Inside the vortex
      Tinnitus Since:
      April 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      E drums headphones
      In my case hearing aids were causing an adverse reaction.
       
    8. Kam75

      Kam75 Member

      Location:
      FRANCE
      Tinnitus Since:
      26/02/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced trauma
      One of the ENTs I saw (who is a tinnitus specialist in Paris) told me that hearing aids have to be worn for years to "cure" tinnitus and that it works 90% of the time.

      You think that's true?
       
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    9. DaveFromChicago

      DaveFromChicago Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Headcold/Flu
      To Kam75:

      Carlover is entirely correct.

      Since July of 2015 I have worn them nearly 24 hours every day (except to take a shower) and
      the tinnitus has not been reduced.

      It is not as if the brain will hear silence for so long that it will "forget" the tinnitus (and this was once another seriously bruited theory that was sadly disproven).

      This only demonstrates how tinnitus is such an elusive, tenacious, baffling condition.

      At times my hearing aids will eliminate the tinnitus; sometimes they will just aggravate it so that it is inflated into a huge ripping sound.

      I also find the maximum amplification needed to cover the tinnitus bothersome.

      If the white noise masker covers your tinnitus, can you train yourself to imagine this sound as coming from rain or a waterfall, and therefore very pleasant? I talk myself into accepting this white noise when I go to sleep by saying, "Any artificial sound is better than this infernal natural one."

      One problem arises, however, when the tinnitus is particularly aggravated; the white noise masker simply places an extra, irritating level of sound on the pre-existing one.

      It is a never ending challenge to reach an acceptable "bargaining" model with this condition.
       
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    10. bobvann
      Devilish

      bobvann Member

      Location:
      Inside the vortex
      Tinnitus Since:
      April 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      E drums headphones
      I have not tried them. I was trialing Octicon by Siemens. By what you are saying I would not go past the trial. I am having a doozie of a day as well:bored:

      I think 90% is exaggerated. I have been on a few forums and many have mentioned not being helped and some made worse.

      France tu parle francais?
       
    11. Momme

      Momme Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud noise?
      When did it give you a reaction, right away or after a couple of days? Did you get the reaction when you had the hearing aids in or out?
       
    12. bobvann
      Devilish

      bobvann Member

      Location:
      Inside the vortex
      Tinnitus Since:
      April 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      E drums headphones
      They have been returned. Audiologist agreed she was out of her depth.
       
    13. bobvann
      Devilish

      bobvann Member

      Location:
      Inside the vortex
      Tinnitus Since:
      April 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      E drums headphones
      Right away and was never able to tolerate them longer then a few minutes up to a few months.
       
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    14. Momme

      Momme Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud noise?
      @GregCA

      How long did it take before you felt a difference regarding tinnitus? Right away or?
       
    15. GregCA
      Jaded

      GregCA Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Otosclerosis
      Pretty quickly yes.
       
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    16. SignalExec
      Batty

      SignalExec Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/15/18
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Accoustic trauma?
      In response to your question: I had an ENT telling me that you need to wear hearing aids for at least 6 months to begin noticing a difference.

      I am currently wearing a hearing aid in my left, tinnitus, ear. I have mild to absent tinnitus due to noise exposure. One ENT did some tests and told me the tone I was hearing was around 14 kHz. That coincides with a bit of hearing loss around that frequency.

      I am also unsure what to expect from my hearing aid, especially since I have high-frequency tinnitus. Hearing aids have a frequency response to a maximum of 8 kHz (I think, without looking that up). That means that the hearing aid actually does not put out any sound at my tinnitus frequency. Even the white noise masker is not white noise but rather a low-pass filtered version.

      I have had my hearing aid for about 3 months. I think, but I am not sure, I am doing somewhat better with it.

      If anybody has some insight on high-frequency tinnitus + hearing aids, that would be great.

      One ray of sunshine: At least in the US, the FDA has widened the market for hearing aid developers. I am not sure about the details but the upshot is this: existing manufacturers of audio equipment will come out soon with their own hearing aids (or similar devices). These might have broader frequency responses. For example, the Bose Hearphones seem to go to at least 10 khz, with a relatively flat freqeuny response. This might be good news for people with high-frequency tinnitus.
       
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    17. Frédéric

      Frédéric Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Advocate

      Location:
      Marseille, France
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/19/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic trauma
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