One of the main causes of tinnitus is hearing loss. This hearing loss can result from various factors including loud noise that damages hearing, age-related hearing loss, temporary or permanent hearing loss due to certain medications, etc. It can be difficult to find appropriate treatment for hearing loss related tinnitus but here are some tips on how to deal with tinnitus when you’re deaf.
Treatment for tinnitus
Many conventional treatments for tinnitus including those on how to deal with tinnitus when you’re deaf focus on tinnitus management and not cure. In this case, once the hearing is damaged, it is next to impossible to restore it so you may need to find a way to cope with the ringing in your ears or other sounds produced by tinnitus.
It is also important to remember that tinnitus does not cause hearing loss but is usually a first sign of hearing loss especially in the elderly. In addition, not every one who suffer from hearing loss will develop tinnitus.
It can seem strange that you are hearing these noises when you are deaf. This can be explained by the theory that once you stop hearing external noises, internal noises can become much more audible. This can be very annoying and in many cases can negatively affect your quality of life and lead to depression, drug and alcohol dependence, suicidal thoughts, etc.
Even though you are deaf, there are still some methods that can help you so that you can go about your life not significantly bothered by tinnitus.
1. Hearing aids
It is thought that hearing aids will benefit those with hearing loss because hearing aids amplify external sounds which may help to reduce the volume of internal noises. The sound amplification from hearing aids also helps improve communication so that you are able to communicate more easily.
Some high-tech hearing aids combine frequency-specific amplification with sound masking which can provide even better results as far as hearing and reduction of tinnitus symptoms are concerned. Hearing aids with sound maskers can provide a small amount of background noise which can help to take the focus off the sounds produced by tinnitus.
Since these high-tech hearing aids can be quite pricey, do make sure that they will work for you before you purchase. Many manufacturers may allow you to test the device for a short period of time before purchase or lease it for a slightly longer period so that you can be sure before forking over the thousands of dollars required to purchase these hearing aids. Insurance may also be able to cover some of the cost.
While these devices are pricey, they are not intended to cure tinnitus but they should provide some relief. However, when you take them off, the sounds of tinnitus will return. Some of them are so high-tech though that it may take a few seconds to a few hours before tinnitus returns. This is known as residual inhibition.
2. Cochlear implant
Another tip on how to deal with tinnitus when you are deaf is with this implant. A cochlear implant may be able to improve hearing which can help to eliminate or reduce tinnitus as well. This is usually recommended for those who do not benefit from hearing aids and have bilateral profound sensorineural hearing loss and who are also in good mental and physical health.
This is different from hearing aids in that the latter amplifies acoustic signals which helps to make external sounds louder and clearer. Hearing aid amplified acoustic signals are transmitted to the ear where they are converted into electrical impulses by the various hair cells in the inner ear in much the same way as sounds that are transmitted to the normal hearing ear.
Cochlear implants on the other hand represent an electrical prosthetic device that is surgically placed under the skin behind the inner ear and inside the inner ear in order to improve hearing for those who qualify (hearing loss that is severe or profound).
The implant converts acoustic sound vibrations into electrical signals. These signals are then coded and patterned in such as way that it is able to enhance speech perception.
With the help of an antenna worn externally as well as a receiver that is implanted internally, these signals are then sent to an electrode in the inner ear which then stimulates the auditory nerves (not the damaged hair cells of the cochlear which are bypassed), and delivered to the brain which interprets the signals into sounds that make sense.
These are just a few tips on how to deal with tinnitus when you’re deaf or some other hearing loss related tinnitus. As mentioned previously, these methods are not a cure. They are simply used to provide some relief from the annoying sounds.
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