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The Best Hearing Aids for Tinnitus (& How They Can Help)

In this guide we will talk about:

  1. Hearing loss & tinnitus 
  2. How hearing aids help with tinnitus 
  3. Choosing the right tinnitus hearing aids
  4. Potential problems
  5. Other tinnitus treatments


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A man suffering from tinnitus, in need of hearing aids for tinnitus.

Key facts about hearing aids for tinnitus

What is tinnitus?

If you feel like you can hear a sound even when it’s not there — you may have tinnitus. It is a phantom auditory sensation that has no real source. When most people think of tinnitus noises, they imagine a high-frequency ringing sound. 

Tinnitus can also generate a sensation of:

Hissing

Buzzing

Clicking

A roaring sound or other loud noise

When people experience tinnitus, a lot of the time the source of the ‘sound’ can be hard to locate — and can even feel like it’s coming from in the middle of the head. 

The ‘sounds’ of tinnitus can be consistent over long periods of time. But they can also be irregular. They can either be steady-sounding or irregular. The volumes can also vary quite a lot. From a gentle soft humming to a deafening roar.

Different types of tinnitus

There are two different types of tinnitus:

  • Subjective tinnitus the most common type of tinnitus. It involves a phantom sound that only the affected person can hear.

  • Objective tinnitus this type is far less common. With objective tinnitus, the noise is not a phantom one. And a doctor may be able to pinpoint its source. Objective tinnitus is usually caused by something physical, like an issue with the blood vessels.

    Objective tinnitus often produces consistent sounds. For example an unwavering, high-pitched ringing. This is very different from subjective tinnitus, in which the ‘sounds’ can change at any time.

In the case of objective tinnitus, there could be multiple causes including Ménière’s disease and even a build-up of earwax. It’s important to seek medical advice from your GP to determine the real cause of your tinnitus

If the problem is down to earwax, then our at-home earwax removal services can help you to get your hearing back to normal. 

Side effects of tinnitus

Tinnitus affects everybody differently. For some people, it can be a really disruptive problem that interferes with their quality of life

Common symptoms include:

  • Sleeping problems
  • Trouble concentrating 
  • Memory problems
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Stress
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches

The noises perceived by tinnitus can keep people awake at night, or make it difficult for them to concentrate. Which in turn can cause depression, irritability, fatigue and more. Therefore, many of the main symptoms feed into one another. 

If you find the symptoms are so bad that you cannot do everyday activities without feeling troubled by your tinnitus — then it’s time to speak to an audiologist who can help you to take the next necessary steps.

Hearing loss and tinnitus

Not everyone with tinnitus has hearing loss — but most do. Hearing loss is also often the cause of tinnitus, as it can disrupt the way the brain interprets signals from the ear. The result is that the brain sometimes gets confused and hears a sound even when there isn’t one — such as the ringing noises often associated with tinnitus

Studies have shown fairly consistently that anything that damages hearing over time can lead to the development of tinnitus. And because hearing loss is often linked to tinnitus, wearing a hearing aid can help you to manage the symptoms. Even if the symptoms are very mild.

Can hearing aids help tinnitus?

Do hearing aids help tinnitus? Yes. Hearing aids can help to restore the way your brain interprets signals from the ear. There is good evidence over the past few decades to back this up. Although to this day it is not fully understood from a scientific point of view just how they work so well. 

Hearing aids won’t cure you of tinnitus, but they can be an effective form of treatment. This study found hearing aids as a valuable treatment strategy for tinnitus, and likewise, this study revealed a positive correlation

The use of hearing aids can help you feel better if you suffer from tinnitus in the following ways:

  • Less distractions — with hearing aids you can hear the world around you much better. ‘Normal’ sounds drown out annoying tinnitus sounds. Anything from a slightly louder bird song, to the sound of footsteps outside, will soothe your tinnitus and take your mind off of the phantom noises it generates.

  • Better concentration — tinnitus doesn’t cause hearing loss (the reverse is true), but it can make it harder to hear what someone is saying. The result is that people with poor hearing often have to focus really hard on listening during conversations. Over time, this extra effort can be draining. Hearing aids make hearing a lot easier, reducing listening-related fatigue and making it easier to listen to the TV, radio, podcasts and more.

  • Better mood — hearing aids can significantly improve a person’s life and research has found that being less depressed can actually reduce the symptoms of tinnitus.

  • Improved communication — If your tinnitus is quite severe, it can be hard to even hear yourself talk. The best hearing aids for tinnitus have features that can adjust external sounds so that they can drown out your perceived tinnitus. Helping you to easily join in with a conversation.

  • Sound therapy some hearing aids have the option for the wearer to switch on sounds that blend with the tinnitus, making it barely noticeable. Including types of white noise, low-level music, and even your own custom sounds. This is sometimes known as ‘tinnitus masking’ or as ‘tinnitus sound generator (TSG)’ technology.

  • Auditory stimulation — this is a useful if short-term approach to minimising the effects of tinnitus. It works by delivering a number of sounds and musical numbers through the hearing aid. These sounds go through many different stages. Including filters, amplitude modulations, different frequencies and more.

    With both auditory stimulation and sound therapy, in many cases, you can stream the relaxing sounds from a mobile app directly to your hearing aids — if your hearing aids have the right features.

     

  • Better sleeping — after a short period of wearing hearing aids for tinnitus, you should find that your condition has soothed enough for you to enjoy sleeping better. Reducing fatigue and how irritable you may feel.

Hearing aids for tinnitus treatment

Fortunately, there are many different types of hearing aids available to help with tinnitus

To make sure you choose the correct model, here are some things to consider:

  • The brand’s reputation and product reviews — You will want to make sure that your hearing aids are manufactured by a trusted, established company. (At Hearmore UK, we only work with the leading hearing aid manufacturers. Quality and great customer service are our leading priorities.)

  • The technological features of the hearing aid Essential features include sound generator programmes that include sound therapy and auditory stimulation.

    The best hearing aids for tinnitus are sometimes referred to as ‘combination hearing aids’, as they ‘combine’ all of these essential features into a single, compact package.

  • The style that you want Many different types of hearing aids are available to combat tinnitus. Including in-the-ear hearing aids and behind-the-ear hearing aids.

Find out more about the different types of hearing aids and their features on our hearing aids resource page.

Tinnitus hearing aids

Here are the tinnitus-fighting hearing aids we recommend the most. Each model has its own features and benefits to consider, depending on what you want out of your hearing aids and on how severe your tinnitus is.

Rechargeable Hearing aids

Starkey Livio Edge AI

These Starkey hearing aids feature an advanced type of masking sound therapy known as ‘Multiflex Tinnitus Technology’.

They also have advanced speech audibility and sound quality mechanisms that are powered by artificial intelligence — enabling you to concentrate on conversations more, and also enhance background noises. Soothing the tinnitus symptoms.

Other great features include:

  • Can be worn behind-the-ear or in-the-ear
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • iPhone and Android connectivity

Click here to read more about Starkey hearing aids.

A ReSound ONE hearing aid

ReSound ONE

The ReSound ONE is a receiver-in-ear model. It has six microphones that all work together to make it as easy as possible to understand speech and decipher background noise.

The microphones adjust automatically to the environment as it gets louder or quieter, or changes. So you won’t have to worry about reconfiguring the settings.

Other great features include:

 

  • Sound therapy is available through the ReSound Relief app 
  • Features customisable relaxation and meditation sounds and exercises
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • iPhone and Android connectivity

     

Click here to read more about ReSound hearing aids.

A Phonak Lyric hearing aid for tinnitus.

Phonak Lyric

The Phonak Lyric is a type of invisible hearing aid, best suited for people with a degree of hearing loss that ranges from mild to moderately severe — and also for people who may self-conscious about wearing hearing aids.

They are designed to be worn all the time, 24 hours a day, for months at a time. A professional audiologist will help you to fit these Phonak Lyric hearing aids in the ear canal near the eardrum.

According to a study conducted by Phonak’s own audiologists, this hearing aid can reduce the sounds associated with tinnitus much more quickly than other, more traditional models can. And because it is supposed to stay in the ear all the time, it constantly provides the brain with auditory input — helping to improve the brain’s health and soothe tinnitus symptoms even quicker.

Other great features include:

  • Can be worn during exercise & in the shower
  • Said to quickly improve sound quality 
  • No batteries to change & no maintenance 

 

Click here to read more about Phonak hearing aids.

Oticon More

The Oticon More is a hearing aid best suited to people with hearing loss that ranges from mild to severe. They come pre-installed with Oticon’s Tinnitus SoundSupport — which gives the wearer the ability to play sounds that mask and diminish the symptoms of tinnitus. Including white noise, and ocean waves.

The Oticon More can identify and supply over 12 million sounds to the brain. Helping to keep the brain healthy and quickening the rate through which it can increase speech and sound understanding.

Other great features include:

  • Sound therapy is controlled through the Oticon ON app
  • Music, relaxation guides and podcasts are also available
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • iPhone and Android connectivity 


Click here to read more about
Oticon hearing aids.

Try out these tinnitus hearing aids for FREE in the comfort of your own home

Arrange for a hearing test at home with one of our audiologists today. We’ll bring tinnitus hearing aids along with us for you to look at and try out on the day, too.

One of our audiologists will work with you to adjust the sound stimulus in each model, reducing the intensity of your tinnitus symptoms and helping to distract you from it.

No unnecessary travelling about. No more appointments at inconvenient times. Get a feel for these hearing aids on your own terms.

Problems with hearing aids

The only time you are ever likely to have a problem with your hearing aids is if they require maintenance or haven’t been installed properly.

If your hearing aid wasn’t fitted properly, there may be over or under amplification. This can be problematic for tinnitus sufferers — but can quickly be resolved by a professional audiologist.

Hearing aids do require regular maintenance to keep them working optimally. Over time, ear wax can build up on and disrupt the hearing aid from functioning properly — and can even change the way they pick up sounds.

If you have tinnitus and feel your hearing aids are not helping, or have suddenly stopped working, it’s likely a fault such as lack of maintenance or poor installation is to blame. In any case, speak to your provider.

Other ways to treat tinnitus

There are other ways to get tinnitus relief aside from hearing aids. Including:

  • Tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT)
  • Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT)
  • Relaxation & visualisation exercises
  • Meditation 
  • Keeping the volume down & wearing earplugs (to prevent it from getting worse)

And you don’t have to limit yourself to one treatment. They can all be used together to help. TRT therapy will help you to “zone out” from the annoying sounds generated — but it will require some dedication over the long term to get the most out of it.

CBT on the other hand, helps you learn to live with tinnitus. By changing the way you think about the sounds generated, you can learn to no longer think of it as an annoying sound.

Meditation and relaxation can also help with the stress and anxiety often caused by tinnitus.

No two people have tinnitus the same way. So feel free to try all these approaches, and wear good hearing aids for tinnitus

Arrange for a free at-home tinnitus test and test these hearing aids today.

Hearing aids are an effective way to combat tinnitus. If you are suffering, arrange for a FREE at-home test and consultation with one of our hearing care professionals.

We can come out to you within a week, anywhere in the UK (except for Northern Ireland and the northernmost parts of Scotland).

Our audiology team has all the necessary training and expert healthcare equipment to properly and thoroughly assess your ears for tinnitus and hearing loss and to provide you with appropriate treatment options. Find out what to expect in a hearing test here.

About the author

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Asa Richards, Audiologist/HAD M.S.H.A.A

Head of Audiology & contributor

Asa has worked as an audiologist for 6 years, providing expert and revolutionary care to patients who suffer from hearing loss in the meantime. He also supervises the management, learning, and career development of the Hearmore Audiology and Sales Management team.

You can reach Asa on his LinkedIn page here.