Tinnitus relief

Although frustrating, tinnitus is rarely serious. If you are experiencing constant, unexplained noise, it is probably a good idea to see a hearing care professional. A hearing care professional can provide a comprehensive hearing screening that includes an audiogram, medical history and physical ear examination designed to pinpoint the origin of your tinnitus. 

Can my tinnitus be cured

For most tinnitus patients, there is no known cure, but there are many treatment options available to help you understand your tinnitus better and provide relief. It is strongly recommended that you start with a hearing care professional who is trained and experienced in treating tinnitus patients. Tinnitus is unique from person to person, it is important to find a treatment plan that is individualized for your personal needs and works best for you. 

In certain instances where the origin of tinnitus is known, for example, dietary habits and side effects of medication, proper management can help reduce and, sometimes, eliminate tinnitus: 

  • Avoid loud noises like during concerts or move away from the speakers
  • Pay special attention to your blood pressure as high blood pressure can worsen your tinnitus
  • Decreasing your salt intake and other stimulants like coffee, soda, tobacco and aspirin can help.
  • Make sure to monitor your stress level
  • Make sure to get ample rest and avoid high intensity exercises
  • There are many advertisements claiming that ginkgo biloba, vitamins, herbs, etc. can provide relief or even eliminate tinnitus

Tinnnitus and hearing loss

Approximately 4 in 5 people with tinnitus also experience some level of hearing loss. The use of a hearing aid to amplify sounds has proven to help cover up the tinnitus and make it less distracting. Majority of Beltone hearing aids come with a built-in tinnitus sound generator feature, Tinnitus Breaker Pro, offering additional flexibility in treating both hearing loss and tinnitus.

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Sound therapy

 

Sound therapy is one of the more well-known tinnitus treatments. It involves the introduction of sound in connection with tinnitus. Sound Therapy can be introduced in many ways by means of everyday items including TVs, radios, portable music players, hearing aids with tinnitus sound generator, specialized apps (like Tinnitus Calmer app), fans, sound pillows, and table-top sound generators. Lastly, with the advancements in hearing instrument technology, wirelessly streaming hearing aids can be incorporated to truly personalize a Sound Therapy plan. 

The Beltone Tinnitus Breaker Pro in Beltone hearing aids has an option to generate a low-volume white noise or nature sounds, making the distressing tinnitus noise less noticeable and starts retraining the brain to filter out the tinnitus sound. As the brain gradually adjusts to a higher level of acoustic activity, the tinnitus signal is perceived as less important and gradually your mind pays less attention to it.

This kind of Sound Therapy, together with informed counseling by a hearing care professional, has proven to be a highly effective way of managing tinnitus

Break the vicious cycle

The severity of tinnitus depends on how much attention you pay to the unwanted sounds. When tinnitus prompts negative feelings, it can cause a reaction that makes you pay more attention to the tinnitus. The aim of tinnitus therapy is to break this vicious cycle.
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The candle analogy

Think of tinnitus as a candle in a dark room. The light from the candle naturally draws your attention. Suddenly someone flicks a switch, and the room is bathed in light. Now the light from the candle becomes insignificant, and you can more easily concentrate on other things in the room. 
The idea behind acoustic therapy is to decrease the contrast between the tinnitus sound and the acoustic environment you are in by “turning on the light”:

 

Your attention being drawn to a candle in a dark room is similar to the way a person can end up focusing on their tinnitus. 

By turning on the light, the candle is no longer the focus. Just as candlelight in a bright room becomes practically invisible, Sound Therapy helps tinnitus blend into the background. The vicious cycle is broken and you experience relief.

How can we help?

Beltone offers small and comfortable hearing instruments that can be used as both a hearing aid and sound generator for managing tinnitus.
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Tinnitus Calmer app

Beltone has developed a special free tinnitus app for iPhone, iPad, iPod and Android devices. It offers a combination of Sound Therapy and relaxing exercises that aim to distract your brain from focusing on your tinnitus. With the Tinnitus Calmer app you can play sounds from the app library, create your own sound mixes and even add your own music to the mix. You can make this app a part of your daily tinnitus therapy. Available in select countries. Download it free from App Store or Google Play.
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Tinnitus Handbook

Our Beltone Tinnitus Handbook is designed to provide valuable information to those suffering from tinnitus. It will help you better understand your tinnitus, and what can be done to assist you in finding some relief. 
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