Top 5 Hearing Aids for Tinnitus

It's easy to underestimate how debilitating the effects of tinnitus can be. If you don’t know, it’s a hearing condition that causes a constant ringing in your ears, which is almost always audible only to the sufferer.

It might not sound like a big deal, but tinnitus can be seriously debilitating if it’s at a serious enough intensity, leading to lack of sleep, increased stress, or a compromised mental state. That’s why some people will take somewhat drastic measures to counteract or negate their tinnitus – one such approach being hearing aids that can counter or prevent tinnitus.

If you’re interested in hearing aids like these, or just hearing aids in general, it would be a good idea to meet with a hearing specialist to discuss your options. To do this, fill out our quick form, and you’ll be set up with a free consultation with a hearing specialist near you.

Can a hearing aid reduce tinnitus?

Tinnitus is, at the time of this article’s publication, incurable. Indeed, this is the case with a large majority of hearing problems, such as sensorineural hearing loss (the most common form of hearing loss.) So rather than curing tinnitus, we’ll have to look at treating it – or in other words, keeping it at bay.

So can hearing aids be used to this effect? Can they be used to combat tinnitus the same way they’re used to combat hearing loss?

Well, while initially unintentional, when people suffering from both tinnitus and hearing loss use hearing aids to counteract the hearing loss, they find that the severity of their tinnitus drops sharply.

When wearing hearing aids, the ears and brain are receiving more natural stimulation from environmental sounds and conversations. Even when in a quiet room, the hearing aid will pick up ambient environmental sounds – such as the air conditioner humming, or a fan blowing that the listener could not hear otherwise.

These natural environmental sounds provide a “masking” effect for the tinnitus. The hearing aid allows the wearer to hear what they are supposed to hear, and helps to “cover up” the tinnitus.

The best hearing aids for tinnitus

Standard hearing aids do a good job of letting in enough background noice to mask your tinnitus some of the time, but many tinnitus sufferers need more targeted remedy. Here are some hearing aids that go above and beyond when it comes to providing tinnitus relief.

Beltone Tinnutus Calmer: Best app

Beltone's hearing aids now come with a complementary "Tinnitus Calmer" app. This impressive app helps you manage your tinnitus with a range of calming sounds designed to distract your brain. Create a personalized plan, listen to guided meditations and even design your own soundscapes to take your mind away from your current environment. 

Their soundscape function lets you choose from a selection of backgrounds (including rain, at the beach or underwater) then layer soothing sounds on top, from a babbling brook or bidsong to a dishwasher or busy crowd.

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Widex Zen Therapy: Best for calming tones

Some Widex devices come packaged with Widex Zen Therapy. This feature is branded as a “comprehensive tinnitus management program,” and uses a holistic approach to assuage your tinnitus.

It uses “fractal tones” to provide relaxation and sound therapy for your ears. Music is also full of fractal tones, so if your favorite album ever has a soothing effect on your soul, now you know why. You may also recognize these tones from wind chimes!

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Starkey Multiflex technology: Best for customization

Starkey implements its own tinnitus-cancelling technology – known as the Multiflex Tinnitus Technology – into its hearing aids. This produces a comforting sound that can be customized by you or your hearing healthcare professional.

The Multiflex is included in Livio AI, Livio, and Muse iQ hearing aid models.

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ReSound Relief

ReSound’s tinnitus relief comes in the form of ReSound Relief. Among the many hearing aids that can be paired with a smartphone, devices that are equipped with ReSound Relief can be adjusted remotely using an app.

You don’t even need to be using a hearing aid to take advantage of Resound's technology! The Resound Relief app works just as well through a wireless headset, so if you’re suffering from tinnitus but feel hesitant about buying a hearing aid, this could be a great step for you.

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Oticon Opn Tinnitus Sound Support

Oticon offers its own tinnitus-busting feature, aptly named “Oticon Tinnitus Sound Support.” There are multiple therapy signals to choose from with this feature: white noise, pink noise, shaped noise, as well as three different ocean-type noises.

If you have your hearing tested, your hearing healthcare professional will be able to examine your tinnitus and let you know which background noise you will find most effective. To arrange a free hearing test with a local hearing specialist click here.

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Summary

Though it may not cause physical harm or shorten your lifespan, tinnitus is undoubtedly an issue that deserves attention and proper treatment. Left uncared for, it can have a serious effect on your sleep cycle or mental state.

To talk to someone about possible solutions to your tinnitus or hearing loss, you can always book a free consultation with a hearing specialist near you through our form. You’ll be able to go over any and all of your options in depth, and in person.

Duncan is an Australian-born American-raised creative writer with a passion for healthy ears. He continues to build upon his audiology qualifications with research and various courses. Duncan has been working alongside Florida-based audiologist Lindsey Banks, Au.D., to make sure that Clear Living has the most up-to-date content.

Lindsey Banks is a graduate of the Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) program at the University of Florida. She uses her diverse experience in hearing healthcare and her passion for helping people to provide credible information to those with hearing loss who visit Clear Living.

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  • Rob
    I haven't tried hearing aids for tinnitus but I know they work well for some people. Currently, I take Lipo-Flavonoid supplements and they reduce my tinnitus to the point that I forget I even have it. Hope they never stop making them. If they do, might have to try one of these fancy hearing aids.
  • Michael Giardino
    What do you do to reduce the ringing in your hears... Michael
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  • Jennie J
    I developed tinnitus in September 2018 and it was fairly quiet but in December it spiked. It's now loud enough to sometimes distract me. I've tried tinnitus masking hearing aids (Oticon Siya model I think) and they did work to some extent. I had to return them as the noise they generated didn't reach the high pitch sound of one of my tinnitus noises but overall I would recommend trying them. They cost £1600 for a pair and I think they cover frequencies up to 10,000 hz (I'm not sure if other brands can go higher). One of my tinnitus noises is around the 13,000 hz mark. If you think the tinnitus maskers would be beneficial to you, do go ahead and try them out - I'm sure most hearing specialists would offer a refund if they didn't work for you. As some people have mentioned in their comments, your best bet, along with other things that may be helping you, is to learn to accept that you have this noise/ringing, don't fight it. I tried fighting it and it sent me crackers. I ended up being put on anti depressants because it got me so low but I'm now changing my attitude towards it. And distract yourself. If you find your tinnitus is getting louder, distract yourself from focusing on it even if it's listening to music/sounds for a short while. I find mine appears to get louder if I'm focusing on it/thinking about it too much but distract myself with listening to bird noises on low volume for about half an hour while I'm concentrating on something else (crochet/watching a film/reading) to focus my brain off it. I use the Bose Sleepbuds to help me sleep - the first few days I had broken sleep whilst using them as I adjusted to them but I've been using them for just over a month now and I've pretty much slept right through the night every night. Finding out what works to help you live with it will take a bit of time, so don't be hard on yourself. Give yourself time and try everything. Don't let tinnitus beat you.
  • John Bohnel
    I'm 67 and have had intermittent mild-moderate-severe tinnitus for about 2o years. Comes and goes. My hearing loss was getting worse and I tried hearing aids a year ago. Had tests done by a professional audiologist and eventually bought at Costco after getting a lot of very positive feedback from satisfied customers. After wearing the hearing aids for one day I awoke the next morning with ringing louder than I've ever had. Didn't use them again and it took a few days for the louder ringing to subside. Both the Costco tech and my Otolaryngologist said they didn't understand why this was happening. Tried again a week later, same results. Returned them to Costco for full refund. My hearing is not getting any better...neither is the tinnitus, and I really need some help. Can anyone relate and be able to offer some advice from personal experience?
    • Clear Living
      Hi John. This is a really great article with an explanation of what you are experiencing: https://www.audiologyonline.com/ask-the-experts/why-does-amplification-sometimes-exacerbate-11384 When it comes down to it, you need to get hearing aids from an audiologist that has experience in tinnitus management. You will pay more for the hearing aids from the audiologist, but what you are paying for is their expertise in solving your particular problem.