Tinnitus is like a buzzing sensation in the ear. It is annoying and disturbing although not a fatal threat. The sound heard by the sufferer has no origin outside the body. Tinnitus is mainly caused by nerve damage. If the nerve is seriously damaged it may result in auditory loss. But wearing a hearing aid on time may actually stop the tinnitus from being worse. However many believe that tinnitus may also be caused by such aids. However, it is untrue, as it has been clinically proven that the usage of hearing devices by patients in tinnitus is beneficial.
Such devices may not be a cure of the ringing sound yet it may work as a protective measure to counter the audiological loss from increasing any further. It helps the sufferer to listen to the real external sounds instead of listening to the hissing sound always going on inside. Therefore wearing machines for people suffering from tinnitus is actually effective.
The devices make the patient less aware of the buzzing sound. The person becomes more aware of the external sounds around him and communicates better. The devices actually masks the buzzing sensation in the patient, making the external sound and voices more prominent than before.
Tinnitus is caused due to nerve damage that affects the listening ability of a person. Owing to this loss, the sufferer becomes grossly aware of the ringing sound inside, reducing stimulation caused due to external sound. Tinnitus may also change the functional and structural auditory pathways. However, it is of utmost importance for one to understand that aids do not cure tinnitus. But for people who have a reduced auditory sense, an aid can effectively help in masking it.
Suppression of tinnitus, can produce residual inhibitory a phenomenon where the effect of masking is carried for a short while even after the machines are removed. The cause for such an effect remains unknown but it is likely that the person may fall asleep before the re occurrence of the tinnitus. For an effective implementation, the machines must be fitted to both ears. Neverheless, prior to that go for an audiological examination and consult an otolaryngologist. The doctor and the audiologist must assess the frequency, intensity of the tinnitus as well as the intensity of the loss, before suggesting any particular type of hearing machine for the patient.
The patient must remember that to obtain effective and good result just wearing any machine is not enough. It must adapt and suit to the requirements of the patient. Therefore, the patientought to undergo professional counseling, before investing in an ear trumpet and customize it to be his own needs.