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Amplification

What is Amplification?

Tinnitus is often associated with hearing loss; about 70% of people with hearing loss report tinnitus. For these people, tinnitus can often be reduced or eliminated through the use of appropriately fitted hearing aids. 

Hearing aids are beneficial to tinnitus sufferers due to a number of reasons:

 

  • With hearing loss, the brain does not receive normal sound stimulation from the ear, and this causes hyperactivity in the brain that can be heard as tinnitus. Hearing aids amplify sounds and restore the sound stimulation of the neural pathways in the brain; this helps to reset the brain activity back to normal so tinnitus is reduced and in some cases eliminated
  • Hearing aids also help to reduce the contrast between tinnitus and silence. With hearing aids, you will be able to hear all the normal environmental sounds around you and so you will not be as aware of the tinnitus
  • Hearing loss can cause stress and fatigue because of the amount of concentration required to understand what is going on. Stress is known to exacerbate tinnitus. The use of hearing aids can alleviate this stress to help reduce the perception of tinnitus 
  • Many of today's hearing aids incorporate sound generators such as a tinnitus masking noise or fractal tones (Widex ZEN) to stimulate the neural pathways. We call these combination devices. They work to reduce the hyperactivity in the brain that is associated with tinnitus. The Widex ZEN fractal tones have an added benefit in that they are specifically designed to relax the user and reduce stress levels which in turn can further reduce tinnitus perception.

Sound therapy helps desensitize you to tinnitus

Sound therapy can take a number of forms. For example, hearing aids that can generate sounds such as masking noise or fractal tones. or Tinnitus devices such as the Neuromonics Tinnitus Treatment.

Masking noise or fractal musical tones (Widex ZEN) and the Neuromonics Tinnitus Treatment stimulate the auditory pathways and reduce the hyperactivity in the brain that is associated with tinnitus and hence reduce the perception of tinnitus. Each of these devices uses its own specific and patented sound to manage tinnitus. Read more to find out what our audiologists recommend is the best solution for your individual needs.
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How we can help you

Tinnitus counselling provides you with a thorough understanding of your tinnitus, we will give you information about the mechanisms of tinnitus, the auditory system and how other brain areas such as your emotional area and the "fight or flight" response effect tinnitus. We will also explain to you about the habituation process.

We will address the effects of tinnitus on your emotional state and provide tinnitus management techniques and strategies. This may include relaxation techniques such as progressive muscle relaxation and tips on getting to sleep.

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What is the Tinnitus Cycle?

Tinnitus is the perception of sound in your ears or in your head when no such sounds are present in the world around you. It is often described as “ringing”, “whistling” or “buzzing”. In the majority of cases it is subjective meaning only the person with tinnitus can hear it, but on very rare occasions tinnitus can be objective and others can hear it as well.
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