Tinnitus therapy using hearing aids
The distraction approach, using noise generators or maskers, is often used in tinnitus relief therapies. These devices help the hearing system concentrate on external sounds by replacing the negative auditory impressions with positive ones.
Since the complete masking (acoustic concealment) of tinnitus would require at least the same volume as the tinnitus sound, it could become uncomfortable in the long run. However, some noise generators produce comfortable sounds that can be individually selected by the patient. This sound has to be quieter than the tinnitus, so that the brain can be trained to concentrate on outer sounds again and to discontinue the fixation to the inner sound.
Some Siemens hearing aids — Ace™, Pure®, Aquaris™, Siemens Life™ and Pure Carat® — have a tinnitus therapy feature which can function as an independent sound generator or in a mixed mode with both the hearing aid’s microphone and the sound generator.
Tinnitus therapy hearing aids divert attention away from the disturbing tinnitus sounds. They make it easier to listen to external sounds again instead of permanently concentrating on annoying internal sounds. The sound emitted by the hearing aids draws focus away from the tinnitus.
Siemens hearing aids as tinnitus control devices
Using Siemens hearing aids for tinnitus control, you can choose from four different therapy signals. Your hearing care professional can fine-tune the therapy signal so that can be precisely set to suit you. It diverts attention from the annoying effects of tinnitus and makes it easier to focus on external sounds—reducing strain and helping provide a more peaceful state of mind.
Many tinnitus patients also suffer from some degree of hearing loss
Siemens hearing aids with the tinnitus control feature can be used as hearing aids alone or in combination with a tinnitus therapy signal.
Hyperacusis is when certain environmental sounds are perceived as painfully loud. Thanks to their flexible programming, some Siemens hearing aids can be used for are hyperacusis treatment and can provide comfort to the wearer.
The tinnitus feature in Siemens newest BestSound Technology has many advanced features
The improved tinnitus control that comes with Siemens newest BestSound® Technology includes:
- Separate therapy signal generator
- 4 pre-programmed therapy signals: white noise, pink noise, speech noise, and high-tone noise
- Individually fine tuning of tinnitus therapy signal in all channels
- Three operating modes: microphone only signal, tinnitus therapy signal only, mixed mode