How to Cope When You Have Hearing Loss and Tinnitus Posted on March 3, 2022 by Advanced ENT & Allergy Tinnitus can negatively impact your physical and emotional health and interfere with your daily life. If you experience hearing loss along with tinnitus it can make it harder to manage. Thankfully there are treatment options that can help both conditions. Quick Facts About Tinnitus Tinnitus is often described as a ringing in the ears. However, some people experience hissing, buzzing, roaring or other types of noise instead. About 15% of Americans (over 50 million people) experience some form of tinnitus, with roughly two million having extreme or debilitating cases. Tinnitus: Can be acute or chronic.Is a symptom for a wide range of health conditions. It can occasionally be a sign of a more serious problem.Can be objective or subjective. This refers to how the noises are heard. In objective tinnitus, the sounds the patient is hearing is audible to others (such as medical professionals) as well. When it is subjective, only the patient can hear it. Subjective tinnitus is far more common.Can increase anxiety, depression and sleeplessness. How Hearing Loss Complicates Treatment Hearing loss can make it more difficult to treat tinnitus because it reduces the effectiveness of certain therapies. In particular, acoustic therapy does not work as well in people with hearing loss. Acoustic therapy uses sounds like white noise, air conditioners, fans and soft music to help mask your tinnitus. When you have hearing loss, the treatment doesn’t work as well since you struggle to perceive the masking sounds. Consider Hearing Aids for Both Conditions The good news is hearing aids can help manage both conditions. Your audiologist can program your device to minimize tinnitus while amplifying sounds you want to hear. According to a survey of 230 hearing health professionals, hearing aids can help lessen the effects of tinnitus. They reported that 60% of patients experience some degree of relief while wearing hearing aids, with 20% experiencing significant relief. Manage Your Stress Levels Since tinnitus can increase anxiety it’s important to incorporate stress management techniques as a part of your treatment. Some things you might consider trying include: Cognitive behavioral therapyMeditationRegular self-care days somewhere like Life Essential MassageEating healthy and getting enough sleep each day To learn more about managing tinnitus and hearing loss or to schedule an appointment, contact Advanced ENT & Allergy today. Can Car Wrecks Lead to Hearing Loss?Learn About the History of Audiology Awareness MonthWhat Type of Hearing Protection Will Work Best for Me?