Hearing Aids

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

    1. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/1996
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      Hello chamferman.

      We are all different. I am pleased that you have found your hearing aid helpful. If you haven't had your hearing checked within the last year, it might be a good idea to have this done.

      All the best
      Michael
       
    2. corza000

      corza000 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise
      My ENT said that if I wear a hearing aid for a year for at least 8 hours a day that it will minimise my tinnitus.

      He said it tricks the brain to get used to it not being there. Apparently based on some German study.

      Is this true?
       
    3. GregCA
      Jaded

      GregCA Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Otosclerosis
      A hearing aid will amplify the parts of the sound that wouldn't otherwise reach your auditory cortex due to hearing loss. More sound means more signal to drown the noise, especially since there is a frequency band correlation between the tinnitus noise and the hearing loss.

      My hearing aid does help significantly.
       
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    4. MarkRule

      MarkRule Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unsure
      Thanks Greg.

      He said after a year you could stop wearing the hearing aid and the tinnitus would remain low. Haven’t found this elsewhere yet.
       
    5. GregCA
      Jaded

      GregCA Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Otosclerosis
      That part sounds like over-selling. The tinnitus doesn't change for me - it's just that the noise gets drowned by more signal, the same way that your tinnitus is more prominent if you plug your ears. So it is a net benefit, but it's not because the tinnitus diminishes in volume.
       
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    6. Aaron91
      Gloomy

      Aaron91 Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Ambassador Advocate

      Tinnitus Since:
      2007
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music/headphones/concerts - Hyperacusis from motorbike
      Has your hyperacusis improved since using the hearing aid?
       
    7. Pauline W
      Stressed

      Pauline W Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      1990
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Hi

      I have suffered a really bad tinnitus spike for about a year now. I finally managed to get an appointment to test and supply hearing aids.

      At first it was fantastic, the tinnitus seemed to have gone and it was so peaceful. But a week or so later I find that my tinnitus is appearing once again and not sure why this may be. I also have hyperacusis.

      Any comments would be appreciated.
      Many thanks,
      Pauline
       
    8. BuzzyBee
      Bookworm

      BuzzyBee Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Not Sure
      Over-selling seems like a good way to put it.

      Also, where did the one year come from?
       
    9. Kam75

      Kam75 Member

      Location:
      FRANCE
      Tinnitus Since:
      2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced trauma in 2014 and 2019+ototoxic drug in 2020
      I returned the hearing aids after the one month trial period because they were of no use to me.

      I have a high frequency hearing loss, so the hearing aids have no effect.

      I don't feel that my hyperacusis has improved in two years. I don't think it has gotten any worse either.

      However, my tinnitus got much worse a little over 6 months ago because of an anti-inflammatory medication.

      You really live in fear when you have tinnitus because anything can make it worse and make life even more unbearable.
       
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    10. Swann36

      Swann36 Member

      Location:
      Lincoln UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Idiopathic
      Within a few minutes of putting my hearing aid in (a simple small NHS one), the "loudness" of my tinnitus reduces somewhat. It does not disappear but I get some good relief most days I put it in and the longer I wear it during the day, the better the results often are. My tinnitus is only on one side of my head, and that is the ear where I have my hearing aid in. Oddly, some days the hearing aid seems to aggravate the tinnitus and I have never been able to wear it in the car driving, which I assume is the result of road noise, tyres etc being boosted to annoyed levels for my tinnitus.

      Not arguing about your point, simply letting others know hearing aids may be worth a try. They may help a bit.

      Having said that, I'm totally in agreement that hearing aids are not a cure.
       
    11. BeMarie

      BeMarie Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music / Zoloft
      Here's what's available to me through my insurance. Are any of these especially good for tinnitus? Name of my insurance company is crossed off.

      hearing aids_LI.jpg
       
    12. Christiaan
      Inspired

      Christiaan Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      The Hague, the Netherlands
      Tinnitus Since:
      2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      2016: headphones, 2020: worsened thanks to Rammstein
      Signia has generally a good name for tinnitus sufferers, as they have a couple of programs for tinnitus (e.g. notch therapy and maskers).

      Oticon's OPN S also seems to be well received by a lot of people with tinnitus, according to a recent study done by Arizona Hearing & Balance.

      Here's a YouTube link to Arizona's Hearing & Balance study with the Oticon OPN S:

      Tinnitus Study RESULTS!
       
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    13. Christiaan
      Inspired

      Christiaan Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      The Hague, the Netherlands
      Tinnitus Since:
      2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      2016: headphones, 2020: worsened thanks to Rammstein
      How high is your high frequency tinnitus @Kam75? There are a few hearing aids that have a larger frequency bandwidth than their competitors, such as Oticon More (10 kHz) and Signia Xperience (12 kHz). Perhaps one of these products could help you out.
       
    14. Lilah
      Mellow

      Lilah Member Benefactor

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Are these the only options available through TruHearing? I have a $2500 benefit through my insurance also and plan to go through TruHearing. Let us know what your audiologist recommends.
       
    15. GregCA
      Jaded

      GregCA Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Otosclerosis
      Does she mention the Oticon OPN S in the video? I didn't catch it.
       
    16. Christiaan
      Inspired

      Christiaan Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      The Hague, the Netherlands
      Tinnitus Since:
      2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      2016: headphones, 2020: worsened thanks to Rammstein
      No, she didn't mention it specifically in the video. We corresponded via e-mail and she mentioned that Arizona Balance & Hearing used Oticon OPN S for this study.
       
    17. Kam75

      Kam75 Member

      Location:
      FRANCE
      Tinnitus Since:
      2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced trauma in 2014 and 2019+ototoxic drug in 2020
      It's hard to say because my audiologist only tested my hearing up to 12.5 kHz because the sounds in my ears were starting to hurt. At 12.5 kHz I am at -55 dB.

      I didn't know that there were hearing aids that went up to 12 kHz! According to what the audiologist told me, if I remember correctly, the standard hearing aids go up to 6 kHz or something like that! :eek:
       
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    18. Christiaan
      Inspired

      Christiaan Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      The Hague, the Netherlands
      Tinnitus Since:
      2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      2016: headphones, 2020: worsened thanks to Rammstein
      In my personal experience, audiologists normally get in touch with people who have difficulty hearing voices and have moderate to severe hearing loss. They are not used to people who are in need of a hearing aid because they have difficulty hearing music due to hearing loss in the higher frequencies, for instance. So it seems pretty routine for them to advise a standard hearing aid in the range of 100 Hz-6 kHz.
       
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    19. Akk

      Akk Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Finland
      Tinnitus Since:
      2006
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unkonown
      I have used Oticon Opn 3, and now testing Oticon More 1.

      Opn 3 goes up to 6 kHz, while More 1 goes up to 9 kHz. More 1 has also better (and faster) signal processing. The difference is quite huge, with More 1 my tinnitus almost vanishes, and overall hearing is better.

      If you want to try hearing aids, test the best possible model available.
       
    20. Gb3

      Gb3 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      12/19
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Sshl
      What does your audiogram look like?
       
    21. Gb3

      Gb3 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      12/19
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Sshl
      What is the technology?
       
    22. Christiaan
      Inspired

      Christiaan Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      The Hague, the Netherlands
      Tinnitus Since:
      2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      2016: headphones, 2020: worsened thanks to Rammstein
      Basically using Oticon OPN S HA and some technical adjustments to the device.

      You can contact Dr. Susan Schmidt for further details about the specifics of the Oticon HA study, as I don't think it's appropriate to publish the details of our correspondence on Tinnitus Talk.

      Here's her email:
      Susan@arizonabalance.com
       
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    23. IreneO
      Procrastinating

      IreneO Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Dublin, Ireland
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2014 (mild), 03/15 (severe)
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Head trauma, then acoustic trauma, then more acoustic trauma
      I've had severe tinnitus and hyperacusis since 2015 and got hearing aids in 2018. I wasn't expecting much from them but they have helped me a lot, especially with the hyperacusis. They're definitely worth a try if you can get them and work with a good audiologist to tune them for your needs.
       
    24. josh77

      josh77 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      7/4/2015
      I agree. Hearing aids help, but in my case only with some noise such as crickets in the 4-8 kHz frequency range in the background. Without the masking noise the hearing aids don't do much as it seems most sounds in a quiet environment or watching TV is 4 kHz or less.

      Strangely, hearing aids with masking work better than just turning up the masking.
       
    25. Akk

      Akk Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Finland
      Tinnitus Since:
      2006
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unkonown
      For left ear: 125 Hz/-10 dB, 250/-15, 500/-15, 1k/-35, 1.5k/-40, 2k/-40, 3k/-45, 4k/-65, 6k/-65, and 8k/-90

      I now have an 85 dB speaker, it`s hardly enough for 8 kHz and above loss. I think that I can hear roughly up to 6 kHz now, so with extra bandwith up to 9-10 kHz, it has no benefit to me (anymore).
       
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    26. Darrenb111

      Darrenb111 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      9th Nov
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      I would also like to add my positive experience with Oticon More 1 hearing aids. I have hearing loss in my right ear from 5 kHz and above which leaves me with hyperacusis and tinnitus in that ear. After 5 months of suffering, a private Audiologist in London suggested trying these hearing aids with the range of 6-8 kHz amplified. This instantly helped my hyperacusis and I mean instantly. I have noise reactive tinnitus and whilst wearing the hearing aids, the tinnitus volume has not been so intrusive throughout the day.

      We all have different versions of tinnitus so this may not be of help to anyone but it definitely made life more bearable for me.
       
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    27. Lilah
      Mellow

      Lilah Member Benefactor

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      I finally went to the audiologist today about hearing aids/maskers and was recommended Widex Moment 220 (which I ended up purchasing). She filtered her selection based on whether I have iPhone or Android, and said I don't need hearing aids with a lot of features since I don't have hearing loss issues (took the 8000 Hz test).
       
    28. Wrfortiscue
      Cowabunga

      Wrfortiscue Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      1999
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Trauma
      How do we determine if hearing aids would work for us? My ENT said, based on my hearing loss, I should qualify for some. I didn’t dig deeper at that time.

      I have reactive multiple tone tinnitus.
       
    29. ajc

      ajc Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2002; spike 2009; worse 2017-18
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music - noise damage
      By trialing them. Many audiologists offer free trials, or with minimum cost if you decide to return them.
       
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    30. Wrfortiscue
      Cowabunga

      Wrfortiscue Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      1999
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Trauma
      Thanks buddy! I’m assuming they are safe to use, correct? In the sense I won’t do irreversible damage… or at least shouldn’t.
       
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