As some of you may know, tinnitus is ringing, buzzing, hissing, or clicking sounds within the ear. This condition can be caused by numerous factors, but generally is a symptom of a deeper neurological issue happening within the brain. While there is no definitive cure for tinnitus, there are various options to help alleviate the ringing noise such as light therapy, sound therapy, and hearing aids. Hearing aids have actually been shown to help patients suffering from tinnitus. Not only do hearing aids provide tinnitus assistance through various applications, they also provide relief through amplification of sound. This helps in aiding the neurological issue that could be causing your tinnitus.
The ReSound tinnitus relief app offers various ways to help alleviate the discomfort and stress typically caused by tinnitus. There are many options to choose from on the app, such as relaxing exercises, sound therapy, guidance, and meditation. This app is not just for ReSound hearing aid users, it can work with any Bluetooth enabled headphones/headset and with any tablet or smartphone. ReSound understands that tinnitus affects people differently so it allows the user to completely customize their soundscape with up to 5 different layers of sound to ease your tinnitus.
Through the use of the Oticon ON app, you’re able to experience what’s called Tinnitus SoundSupport™. This technology was created for Oticon hearing aids to open up the various layers of a soundscape to help provide relief to those who suffer from tinnitus directly through your Oticon hearing aids. The Oticon ON app enables you to discreetly control the sounds of Tinnitus SoundSupport wherever and whenever you need it. Tinnitus SoundSupport offers various soundscapes, such as relaxing ocean waves or even dynamic, yet soothing white, pink, or red noise. Aside from the pre-programmed sound choices, you’re able to directly stream alternative tinnitus relief options, such as podcasts, music, or audio books.
Designed to ensure that tinnitus does not negatively impact your life, Widex Zen is a complex tinnitus management app for use with Widex hearing aids. This app allows for ZEN tones to be produced by your Widex hearing aids to help alleviate the symptoms of tinnitus and help users relax and destress. Using four holistic components, users are able to tailor each one to their specific needs discreetly through the app. These components are:
- 1. Amplification– can be used for those who suffer from hearing loss by amplifying the tones that they are missing, helping to close the gap between what you can and should be hearing. This is the basis of hearing loss related tinnitus symptoms.
2. Relaxation– an efficient way to help reduce stress often associated with tinnitus.
3. Counseling– provides the user with helpful information regarding their tinnitus.
4. Fractal tones– can be used as an option for sound therapy to divert focus from the ringing in your ears sounds associated with tinnitus.
Know What Works Best for You
Tinnitus management can vary in form, and as you may notice, most manufacturer apps are intended to be used with those specific manufacturer’s hearing aids. For instance, you can only use the Widex Zen Tinnitus app with the intended Widex hearing aids. However, each case of tinnitus is different and what may work for some people may have no positive effect for others. There are many misconceptions about the nature of tinnitus, so make sure to explore all the options available for tinnitus management to ensure the app works the best it possibly can for your particular situation. If you or a loved one have been experiencing tinnitus we encourage you to meet with one of our experienced audiologists to rule out hearing loss as a cause for your tinnitus. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!