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Hearing aids and tinnitus

I posted a few short months ago about having mind bending tinnitus (which had taken a turn for the worse), and hearing loss. I saw a brilliant ear, nose and throat consultant who stated that I had some hearing loss and that my tinnitus was in the frequency of my hearing loss and so there was a very strong possibility that they were linked.

Short story, short. I now have two brilliant FREE hearing aids on the NHS and I can only hear my tinnitus when I take them out. A great sadness for me was that my tinnitus ‘drowned out’ the sound of birds singing and brooks babbling, and the brilliant thing for me is that my tinnitus and my hearing loss were related. I had lost the frequency of women’s voices, birdsong and tinkling water, so, my consultant told me, my tinnitus was in that frequency.

Thank you for the support I received when I was at my wits’ end. The answer to my question was- our brilliant NHS!

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Hearing aids definitely help when t is caused by hearing loss. I can't believe how much quieter mine is when my aids go in. Very important to get regular hearing tests so that aids can be tweaked if needed.

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I didn’t really understand why they would help, but I was desperate. And so grateful that they did help and to the nhs. I’m glad to hear that they work for you too, ingrid xx

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Brilliant my aids are helping me too also NHS

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Hello Suziwong, really glad to hear that yours are helping too. The nhs is amazing.

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I'm very glad you have to help that you need it. That's why I asked you a question what kind of hearing aids do you have because mine cost me $4,000 when I put them in I can still hear my tinnitus.

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I have NHS aids which are very bulky, a bit uncomfortable but really help diminish T. I also have privately bought aids which are very much smaller, less noticeable to others when I am out and about and also very good at helping me forget T. My T. varies depending on my state of mind, ie if I am tired I still hear T. with both aids but the sounds around me are amplified so T. appears less.

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Thank you very much for that information.

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I have ‘oticon’ hearing aids. I have a really obvious ‘switch’ type experience when I put them in, the sounds of birds come in and the tinnitus and dull sounds go away. I am straining to hear the tinnitus sounds now as I write, and I cannot. This is so odd, because they were a constant misery.

Freddy, I’m sorry to hear that this hasn’t been the case for you, and I’m sorry that you paid so much. Tinnitus is such a misery ☹️

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Thank you for those words. But I guess we have to deal with this problem with tinnitus until they come up with some type of cure.

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Hi my hearing loss is women’s and children’s voices I have been given hearing aids but unfortunately when I wear mine I can hear but it makes my tinnitus worse even a click of a light switch makes my tinnitus spike and is an nightmare when I wash up when crockery clans together so wear ear plugs I do not wear my hearing aids now I would rather be deaf than have my T go higher .

I’m glad yours work but the trouble with T is not every body’s the same

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I’m sorry to hear that your hearing aids make your tinnitus worse Joeb17, the fear that mine would worsen contributed to my not going for a test for so long. It is true that tinnitus is a unique and individual experience for each of us. I hope that you find a solution 🤞🏼

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Even deaf people suffer with tinnitus.

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Brilliant news, and yes, I have two nhs hearing aids (oticon ), they have x4 settings and volume control, setting 1 is hearing aid only, incredibly this is my “ go to” setting when mr T is angry and it really helps him calm down !!!! The other 3 are maskers which most of the time I flip between 2/3 as they are more like a shusssssssssshhhhhh noise number 4 is the sea coming into shore then out with a gap in the middle when mr T nips in for a few seconds.I always sleep in my aids otherwise he is at his worts in both my ears I wear them for 23 hours and a half per day only removing for bath or shower, without these I would 100% be back in the dark place and would not be posting this!!!!!!!!!!!, long live nhs.

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That’s great to know woodentop99, I don’t know where I would be or where I would be going if I hadn’t been able to get mine under control. I totally love my hearing aids.

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👍👍🥳🥳 congrats love a good ending

Best of luck in your new Silence 😊

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I have 20% hearing loss in the t ear from the infection and I’m waiting for hearing aids should be getting a letter at some point and I’m really hoping it helps. Even lowering the volume would be great. Whilst I know every t is different This post gives me hope.

I can cope with the noise sometimes but not always (as past posts can attest to) the audiologist I saw said that the noise could be because of the hearing loss and that if it is the aids will help even a bit so like I said I’m hoping they do.

Mine will be nhs as well. I asked the audiologist how long you can wear them and she said “as long as you like to be honest. You can wear them day and night but we do always say give your ears a break once every day or two so they can breath”. I plan on updating when I get the aids.

Oh how long did it take for you to get used to the hearing aids comfort wise and the sound apparently it can take some time to get used to.

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djv1985, I am not joking, I put them in and never looked back. My father in law is faffing around with his and I have met people who pull a sad face when I tell them I have hearing aids...not me, I am absolutely delighted. I think it’s because of the utter torture it’s been and maybe the strange sounds they sometimes make when I get a bit close to things will get on my nerves a bit, but I don’t think I’ll ever forget how awful it was and will always be so grateful for them. Good luck with yours and do post an update 👍🏼

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I’ll definitely update. I’m hoping they do something even just kicking down the volume would be a godsend. I won’t have them until the 15th of this month so a week to go.

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That's brilliant l to wear NHS witch helps my t but unfortunately l am allergic to the plastic have to wait 5 weeks on new moulds with special plastic a well hopefully get there in the end

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Oh crikey SUS776, that’s a set back, but hopefully you will have them in before too long and can get on with living xx

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