There are various ways to get rid of ringing in ears which have been around for a long time. Some are proven to help alleviate the symptoms of tinnitus. One of the methods that has been successful in curing tinnitus is sound therapy. Sound therapy utilizes sound to suppress the ringing noise caused by tinnitus. Sound therapy may be the most frequently used treatment for tinnitus but it is only applicable to a particular group of tinnitus patients. The application of sound therapy may include wearing hearing aids, using white noise generators or getting a cochlear implant.
One of the most common treatments for tinnitus is the wearing of hearing aids. A lot of individuals with tinnitus have experienced relief from the ringing sound in the ears when they use hearing aids. Scientists believe that hearing aids are successful in getting rid of the unpleasurable tinnitus sounds because such device intensifies neutral sound. Therefore, the ringing sound is less noticeable and more of the neutral noise is present.
In most cases, hearing aids are for patients with tinnitus as an effect of hearing loss or deafness. Usually, hearing aids given to such patients are in conjunction with sound generators, which cause added amplification of neutral sound.
Experts have found out that a device referred to as white noise generator has the potential to cure the ringing sound in the ear. This device is battery-operated and has a tiny generator that produces a consistently soft and hissing noise. Just like a hearing aid, a patient wears it just behind the ear.
As suggested, a patient must wear white noise devices in both ears even if the ringing is only present in one ear. This causes the entire auditory system to only experience this ambient sound. This creates balance in terms of sound reception which is very essential in the process of treating tinnitus.
White noise is effective because it helps the auditory system become less sensitive to sound in any of its other forms. It can make the sound caused by tinnitus less disturbing. By setting the white noise sound a bit lower than the ringing sound, a patient can feel relief.
A cochlear implant is a surgical treatment for tinnitus. This type of treatment can not be prescribed to all individuals suffering from tinnitus. It is strictly done to tinnitus patients who are deaf or nearly deaf. This is primarily because cochlear implants rupture the healthy cilia left behind.
Cochlear implants are said to have successfully helped almost fifty percent of patients who got such implants. The loudness of tinnitus noise was lessened after implantation of the receiver. This may be because the ambient sounds have been brought back and have masked the tinnitus sound.
Moreover, the electrical stimulation done during the implant may also have been resolved in relief from tinnitus symptoms for some time. This electrical stimulation is done to the auditory nerve by sending sound signals directly to the brain.