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Can hearing aids help my tinnitus?

I have loud tinnitus in both my ears but perfect hearing. Do hearing aids to mask tinnitus work?  Or is there anything else I can do to help with my tinnitus?

The first thing to do is to consult your GP about your tinnitus to rule out any medical causes. Once this is done, a referral to an audiologist for a hearing test and a discussion about your tinnitus is recommended. 

It depends on your hearing loss and tinnitus symptoms, but hearing aids can help alleviate tinnitus symptoms while they are worn. They can relieve tinnitus by amplifying background noises and masking tinnitus sounds. 

Many hearing aid brands offer some form of tinnitus relief technology in their hearing devices. They come in the form of an app that connects to the devices or a program within the hearing aid.

Read more about the causes and treatments for tinnitus at BHA’s website.

The Australian Tinnitus Association and Tinnitus Australia provide good information, support and counselling to tinnitus sufferers. 

Sometimes people with tinnitus require additional support alongside help from their GP or Audiologist.

Psychology and Hearing specialise in Tinnitus, Hyperacusis (acute sensitivity to noise), Misophonia (dislike of sound) and Phonophobia (fear of sound). Psychology and Hearing are based in NSW but offer telehealth.

Seeking Balance is run by Joey Remenyi, a trained vestibular audiologist, registered senior yoga teacher, neuroplasticity therapist and author. Her ROCK STEADY recovery program has helped people treat tinnitus symptoms using neuroplasticity.

Updated on November 24, 2022

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