Hearing Aids

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

    1. Bartoli

      Bartoli Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2009,worsened 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise
      I have almost the same audiogram as you. -15 dB at 4000 Hz, which is the lowest dip in the standard audiogram. left ear is at the 0 dB treshold. In the extended audiogram things are far worse in that I don't hear much over 12 kHz in my right ear, even though when tested they found I could hear 14 kHz at -55 dB. (This went from inaudible at -50 dB to almost painfully loud and shrill at -55 dB-hence I stopped the testing but likely 16 kHz is worse.) Because my tinnitus seems to center around 12 kHz almost nothing can mask it, and it's horrible.

      To answer your question: I was told I would not benefit from hearing aids. My speech-in noise tests came back just as well in my right ear as my left. Both ears were normal. I do however struggle to understand speech when multiple people are talking, and frankly these environments make me uncomfortable. What age are you if you don't mind me asking?
       
    2. Poseidon65

      Poseidon65 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      1/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud concert
      Thanks for the info. I’m 38 years old.
       
    3. Frédéric

      Frédéric Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Advocate

      Location:
      Marseille, France
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/19/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic trauma
      Self-perception of tinnitus: study before and after adaptation of hearing aids

      Purpose

      To verify the benefits of using hearing aids in self-perception of tinnitus in adults and elderly without previous experience of amplification.

      Methods

      The study included individuals of both gender, with tinnitus complaint, accompanied in public hospital. The following tests and instruments were used to measure tinnitus and determine its discomfort: pitch and loudness, Visual Analogue Scale (VAS), minimum masking level, residual inhibition and Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI). The evaluations were performed in two stages: before the adaptation of the hearing aids and after one month of use of the devices.

      Results

      Of the 20 participants, 60% were elderly. There was a difference in self-perception of tinnitus before and after hearing aid fitting, as measured by THI and VAS. Differences in psychoacoustic measures were also observed, with the exception of pitch, before and after amplification. In addition, there was a correlation between tinnitus time and age with final THI scores.

      Conclusion

      The use of hearing aids was determined to reduce the annoyance caused by tinnitus, with changes in psycho-acoustic measures and impact on quality of life.

      Keywords: Tinnitus; Hearing aids; Hearing; Hearing loss; Audiology

      Source: https://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?pid=S2317-64312020000100321&script=sci_arttext&tlng=en
       

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