Tinnitus (pronounced either "tin-NIGHT-us" or "TIN-it-us") is just a nuisance for some; for others it is a life-altering condition.

Relief for Ringing

Do you have ringing, buzzing, hissing, or roaring in your ears? What you have is called tinnitus. Tinnitus is a ringing, buzzing, or humming heard in the ears or head – when there is no outside source for the sound. The Place for Better Hearing is excited to introduce its tinnitus treatment solution. Tinnitus treatment combines advanced hearing aid technology with personalized tinnitus relief.

Tinnitus is real, not imagined. Tinnitus is not a disease. Tinnitus is a symptom of a malfunction, usually somewhere in the hearing system. Every individual experiences tinnitus differently in regards to sound quality and loudness, but some common descriptions include ringing, humming, buzzing, whooshing, crickets, chirping, and roaring. It can be high pitched or low pitched, tonal or noise-like, and constant, pulsed, or intermittent.

Tinnitus may begin suddenly, or it may come on gradually. It can be perceived in one ear, both ears, or in the head. For many who suffer from it, tinnitus is so intrusive that it has a debilitating effect on their quality of life.

Some 30 million Americans suffer from tinnitus and the number is on the rise. Of the 30 million people, 13 million report that they have normal hearing and experience tinnitus, while 17 million report both hearing loss and tinnitus.

Tinnitus more commonly occurs in men, the elderly, blue collar workers, and people with certain health problems. In general, anything that causes hearing loss can also cause tinnitus. Research shows that individuals who experience tinnitus often have some degree of hearing loss. However, there are many individuals who experience tinnitus, but have no measureable hearing loss.

Numerous research studies show that tinnitus patients with hearing loss experience total or partial tinnitus relief while wearing hearing aids. This relief may be attributed to the hearing aids’ ability to improve communication difficulties caused by hearing loss. Some studies have shown evidence indicating that hearing aids amplify ambient background sounds, thus masking tinnitus. Other research studies indicate that wearing hearing aids reduces tinnitus because the hearing aids stimulate impaired portions of the auditory system that have been deprived of sound as a result of hearing loss.

Starkey Hearing Technologies’ products use patent-pending Multiflex Tinnitus Technology to create a patient-preferred sound stimulus designed to deliver the one thing every tinnitus sufferer wants: RELIEF. It makes tinnitus manageable for patients who have been frustrated by their inability to find consistent personalized relief. These devices offer two devices in one – tinnitus therapy and a hearing aid. The devices may be worn on the ear or in the ear and are nearly invisible.