Can hearing aids help with tinnitus?
If you have hearing loss as well as tinnitus, using hearing aids may help with both by:
- helping you to hear better
- making everyday sounds louder, which can mask, or distract you from, your tinnitus
- making listening and communicating easier.
Because of the difference they can make, hearing aids may also help to reduce any stress or anxiety related to hearing loss and tinnitus.
High-quality hearing aids are available free from the NHS and to buy from private hearing care providers.
Speak to your GP or audiologist (hearing specialist) if you think you need hearing aids.
What is a combination device?
A combination device is a hearing aid that contains a sound generator that plays a soft ‘shushing’ noise (called white noise) to help mask tinnitus. These devices are available from the NHS and privately, and are used for sound therapy.
Your audiologist will advise you whether hearing aids could help you, and which type would be best.
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