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Top 5 Hearing Aids for Tinnitus

woman lying in bed unable to sleep because of 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.

What hearing aids are best for tinnitus?

So yeah, standard hearing aids do a good job of letting in enough background sound that tinnitus can be drowned out – but are there any hearing aids that go above and beyond when it comes to providing tinnitus relief?

There sure are! Let’s have a look at a few:

Widex Zen Therapy – Best for calming tones

Tinnitus Relief Widex Zen Therapy

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.

Widex delves into the science on its own page, but to sum it up, all you need to know is that 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!

Starkey Multiflex technology – Best for customization


starkey hearing aids with tinnitus support

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.

ReSound Relief – Best for app support

ReSound Linx hearing aid with tinnitus 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 the equivalent app.

In fact, you don’t even need to be using a hearing aid! 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.

Oticon Opn Tinnitus Sound Support – Best for different kinds of sound

Oticon OPN hearing aid with tinnitus support

Oticon offers its own tinnitus support, 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 don’t know what these various noises are, worry not. If you have your hearing tested, your hearing healthcare professional will be able to examine your tinnitus and let you know what you need. Fill out our form to arrange one such hearing test, free of charge!

Beltone Legend – Best for white noise

Beltone Legend

Featured in our Beltone article, the Beltone Legend is one of the brand’s more top-of-the-line products. It includes a nice little feature called the “tinnitus breaker,” which despite the cool name, is not a cannon with the capability of razing entire cities to dust.

We mentioned earlier that background noise like air conditioning or wind, when reintroduced through use of a hearing aid, is able to drown out tinnitus. Well, Beltone’s tinnitus breaker manufactures its own white noise, and drowns it out artificially.

This feature isn’t just in the Beltone Legend – it’s actually in almost all of Beltone’s recent models. So if you’re looking for a Beltone hearing aid with a tinnitus canceller, you’re most likely in luck. But remember, always ask!


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 Lambden

Duncan Lambden


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.


  1. Rob says:

    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.

  2. Michael Giardino says:

    What do you do to reduce the ringing in your hears…

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  4. Jennie J says:

    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.

  5. John Bohnel says:

    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?

    1. Clear Living says:

      Hi John. This is a really great article with an explanation of what you are experiencing:
      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.

  6. Brian says:

    Seeking Tinnitus help in Buffalo, New York. Any recommendations?

  7. Mark says:

    What I’ve found to work is a particular You Tube video where the sound generated matches the frequency of what I’m hearing, 10,000 Hz. And this one doesn’t generate any white or pink noise. Instead it produces the frequency in conjunction with the sound of wind and it was created by a French audiologist . There are other frequencies he created as well. But after talking to my cousin who’s an audiologist, getting hearing aids probably makes the most sense(though the use of the video at night while I’m sleeping has been quite effective and this is based on what’s called the Levo system which certain audiologists can prescribe).

    1. Clear Living says:

      Thank you for the feedback Mark! We will check it out!

  8. steve says:

    I have had tinnitus for 10 years now and I can’t say it bothers me much. Acceptance is key, I think. Everyone has problems of some sort. I just think “It is my reality, I live a life in which there is a constant whine like a cicada in my ears” and get on with it. Other people live with far more difficult conditions.

    1. Ken Daniels says:

      You don’t speak for everyone.
      The fact that other people may have greater difficulties in life doesn’t mean that ours or minor. Tinnitus is a difficult and disruptive force for many. It can feel maddening at times, and significant loss of sleep can be debilitating.

      This is not just a minor inconvenience for some of us.

  9. JD says:

    Hi to all!
    I am trying an anti-inflammatory diet right now. And I would like to say that is helping me with the ringing in my ears. I have been following this diet for about 3 weeks now, without any deviation.
    I made some improvement from where I was before. After having Tinnitus for two years now, I started having some inconsistencies in the sound in my ears. I was feeling frustrated and scared at the same time. I never had to worry about what I was eating, nor did I follow any diet. One night I went to bed after having dinner with my wife. We had shrimp over linguine. Maybe it was the amount of salt and lemon and all the spices that I put in, but around 3:45 in the morning I woke up with this super loud sound in my right ear. It lasted about 7 minutes and it was something I couldn’t control. I talked to my daughter (she is vegan) and she gave me an anti-inflammatory diet which seems to work. Last Saturday I was feeling so good (hardly could hear my Tinnitus) and I went out for lunch with my wife and had falafel with hummus (delicious), but shortly after the improvement that I had, it went down the drain and started ringing extremely loudly again. I have been drinking at least 10 glasses of water every day trying to flush out all the toxins out. I guess what I am trying to say is following an anti-inflammatory diet kind of works. Make sure you do not deviate. It’s possible it might help some of you, especially if some of the inflammatory foods (dairy, high sodium content, etc) affect you.

  10. Jackie wisner says:

    How much do they cost?

  11. Susan S. says:

    I just read tha there is a breakthrough of an app developed to be available to help tinnitus !!! It is proven to help tinnitus. Don’t give up.

    1. Glenda says:

      What is the name of the app? I’ve tried several.

  12. john says:

    I have had tinnitus for forty years. At first I thought it would not be possible to live with the ringing that was caused by noise trauma. I fought the tinnitus and was very very stressed by the persistent ringing. This affected my sleep significantly. After a period of time (can’t remember now how long but I think it was a couple of weeks) I found that acceptance helped (a lot). Over time the acceptance attitude helped me to identify what worked and what didn’t. Getting sufficient sleep seemed to make a considerable difference. Reducing caffeine helped. Aerobic exercise helped. As time went on my mnd seemed to be placing the tinnitus in the background rather than in the forground. This came gradually with acceptance and it was noticeable. Realizing that the brain was adapting and “moving ” the tinnitus to the background felt like an important “discovery” for me. I gradually felt as though I could live with this condition as i discovered ways to place it in the background such as paying attention to all sorts of things that were interesting to me. Now forty years later I am retired and not so concerned about cosmetic appearance and have just purchased a set of hearing aids (one month ago). That’s how I got to this site. I’m now learing how to use the tinnitus masker in the hearing aids. It helps. The adjustmet process I mentioned earlier is the most important thing though. Acceptance and actively doing as many things as you are comfortable with to place other interests in the foreground. This tends to place the tinnitus in the background and thats a good thing.

    1. Dan K says:

      specifically what model make hearing aides did you purchase?

    2. Marion says:

      Hi John,
      Thank you for your good advice. My tinnitus started on July 9th and for the first two weeks, I was feeling trapped and was unable to do anything. When I realized how it distressed my husband, I decided to not let it affect me. It isn’t easy but I think what you said makes a lot of sense – to accept it and to focus on other things so that the tinnitus is in the background and not in the foreground. I know it will be a lifelong struggle but I try and remind myself that there are also many things in my life I am grateful for.

  13. Edwyn says:

    I have tinnitus for 18 yrs it came on when I was on no meds at all.. . I have been to no less 15 doctors who specialize in this and after everything I have done witch as included meds, injections in the ear, masking ear devices (several), removal of meds I was taking for something else, vitamins, noise machines, sedatives, classes, retreats and so on and after all this I have the same intensity of ringing as I did before.
    You can buy a new car in what I have in hearing aids alone. ( they seem to be the cure of the day now)
    With the billions spent on this problem why is there not a cure or even a improvement in the treatment for this aflection ?
    But one thing I have learned with all the treatments I went threw “every” doctor I went to had a different agenda on both treating and diagnosing. Most said it was my meds or my age, neither had a concrete solution, just theories on the possible treatment. None had a success track record they could prove either.
    Money was no object here, I went to Mayo, Columba, NYC HFSM to many so-called expert doctors in this field all over the country and received the same run around every time.
    I now realize that this is a real money making illness for everyone in the medical profession and just like the common cold , treating the symptoms not the cause is the protocall here.
    Don’t get your hopes up there is a cure out there or a book that will teach you something, your stuck with it and at best it will subside on its own someday.
    Just my opinion anyway..

    1. john says:

      I disagree completely. As a tinnitus “sufferer” for forty years I have found that having a hopeful and positive attitude is very important and will make life a much better experience than having a negative outlook. Any (and perhaps all ) books that will assist you to have a positive outlook can be helpful. Acceptance of the condition as well as getting good medical information and advice is critical. Do not lose hope.

  14. Julie says:

    If you live in Missouri we have 2 options there is vocational rehabilitation that will help pay for hearing aids if it affects your job. If you constantly have to have people repeat themselves, or just people thinking your being rude or ignoring them or if there is a possibility of you being injured due to your hearing . Usually tinnitus can be helped with 2 hearing aids. We also have the center for hearing and speech. Hearing and speech goes by a sliding pay scale. Maybe if you do some research there might be places like this where you live.

  15. Ryan says:

    Can somebody please reached out to me. I’m going crazy!

    1. Clear Living says:

      Hi Ryan
      If you would like some one-on-one support for your tinnitus you can find helpful resources at

  16. Jere Scott says:

    Well after reading all the information, I still don’t know which hearing aid might help my ringing ears. And yes the price is out of site.

  17. David says:

    My tinnitus is in both ears but right (where I have a lot of hearing loss) is terrible. 3 or 4 different constant sounds and then a piercing sound now and again. Driving me crazy.

    1. deb says:

      I have found taking 2 Bayer Aspirin in the morning and again at noon, then Tylenol pm at bedtime does help a little, I try not to think about it & put it in the back of my mind which doesn’t help much, I’m trying to find headphones with white noise. Is there such a thing.
      I have found that listening to yoga music with waves in the background does help me sleep. Would love to be able to sleep more that 3 hours at a time. sigh.
      Just be optimistic, we are not alone.

  18. Stephanie Scheller says:

    I have seen an audiologist, but the hearing aid sound generator I need costs $4,000. I cant afford anywhere near that. Is there anyway to get the cheaper? Please respond

    1. john mccann says:

      Costco has a pair for $1700.

    2. john mccann says:

      $1800. Sorry.

      1. Larry Gould says:

        Can you get the Starkey hearing aid at costco? I think that’s the one that may be the best one to help with tinnitus.

        1. Clear Living says:

          No, Costco does not sell Starkey aids. I would not recommend Costco for help with your tinnitus, you need to see an Audiologist or ENT.

  19. V. Rosemond says:

    This is crazy? It’s making me depressed. I’ve been to3 ENT doctors. Taken those pills that are a waste of money. I rather be deaf than to have tinnitus. My tinnitus started after I was in a bad car accident. I was knocked unconscious. Being that this can’t be proven by doctors. I also have to take a loss in not being compensated. Somebody has to know how to fix this.

    1. Clear Living says:

      I would recommend you see an Audiologist that specializes in tinnitus. They are better trained to help you manage your tinnitus and its effects.

      1. Pierre says:

        How do I find out who is the best in Houston to treat tinnitus.
        Some days are unbearable for me

        1. Clear Living says:

          I would recommend going to and searching for a tinnitus specialist in your area.

          1. Deb says:

            I live in SW Florida, any specialists in my area?
            I am at my wits end & would give anything to get help.
            I work in a call center M-F 7-4 & getting time off for appointments
            is next to impossible.
            I need HELP.
            don’t want to think about the alternative, but it has been in the back
            of my mind for a while now.

          2. Clear Living says:

            Hi Deb. I recommend using this site to locate an Audiologist near you:
            You can narrow it down by location and specialty i.e. tinnitus

    2. Jane says:

      Still the case, Robert Q? Any update re: acupuncture, herbals, ginkgo biloba etc?

  20. Edward Hassett says:

    My tinnitus is a constant whooshing, regularly gets louder and then pulses with heartbeat (pulsetile tinnitus?). When the pulsing escalates, it usually leads to dizziness and too often to vertigo. In the last 6 months vertigo is more frequent and lasts longer with intense nausea. My hearing loss is -20 & signals vary by 40%.
    Can this sound wave tech help?

    1. Clear Living says:

      Based on your symptoms I would recommend you consult with an ENT physician regarding your tinnitus and dizziness before pursuing these options.

    2. Robert Q. says:

      Edward, I’ve experienced dizziness and vertigo due to my tinnitus, I found that taking Chinese herbs help specially ban xia bai zhu tian ma wan, this took away my dizziness and my vertigo within one week, a friend was experiencing dizziness and hers went away also, doctors don’t help they just prescribe medicine which won’t work it makes you feel worse, for the ringing in the ears try er ming zuo ci wan it seems to help bring the ringing to a low level where you can deal with it, I’ve heard in some cases go away after taking it for several months, I also take Ginkgo Biloba twice a day helps with brain fog and confusion / headaches, on days where its really bothering me I go to my chiropractor and that seems to bring the ringing to a low level that day or the next, I recently tried Chinese acupuncture for my tinnitus along with the er ming zuo ci and it seems to help a lot, the ringing has been at a very low level since my treatments and is making it much easier to deal with, stress, caffeine, coffee, soda, alcohol, chocolate also makes it worse …

  21. Gloria lang says:

    Will these aids help with pulsetile tinnitus , sound of heart beating generally worse at night .thank you Gloria Lang.

  22. James Lewis says:

    Starkey hearing aids have tinnitus cancelling noise reduction work great I am at will door with a hole in my ear and have burned ear hairs on the nerves absolutely no relief from the noise this is a lifesaver trust me check them out

  23. Richard says:

    William –

    I strongly recommend you do some research to help you understand what tinnitus is and what it is not. Although hearing loss and/or trauma to your ear(s) can be responsible for what you’re experiencing, tinnitus actually occurs in your brain, specifically in the audio cortex. Generally, your brain is expecting input from your cochlea over the entire range of frequencies humans can hear (20-20,000 Hz). The cochlea (a small seashell shaped organ in your middle ear) has tiny little hairs called “cilia”. The cilia are small at the entrance and get progressively bigger as you spiral in to the cochlea. The smaller, more fragile hairs vibrate in response to high frequencies; the bigger hairs to low frequencies. When these hairs vibrate, they send their signal thru the auditory nerve to the brain, where it is processed by the audio cortex. As we age (and/or are exposed to loud sounds or trauma at any age) , the smaller fragile hairs tend to get damaged and stop sending impulses, leaving the larger, lower-frequency hairs as your primary source of auditory stimulus. Think of the hairs in your ears like a field of hay swaying in the breeze, Aging and acoustic trauma can make that hayfield look like a 747 did a belly landing in it. So the celia hairs that are healthy and functioning are sending signals to the audio cortex, and the cortex is assuming that all of the celia are working as they should. So when they become damaged or wear out and stop sending their impulses, the audio cortex MAY decide to take drastic action. What do you do when you’re driving and the signal from the radio station starts to fade? You turn the volume up (increase sensitivity). That’s what your brain is doing for the frequencies it expects but isn’t receiving. It does this by growing more receptor neurons at the location in the cortex where the missing frequencies should be (think of the cortex as being like a piano). Two bad things can result when the amount of neurons at any given frequency location becomes excessive – self oscillation ( the cells create the expected frequency all on their own, similar to feedback created by a microphone jammed into a speaker cabinet) which (I believe) is the ringing we experience, and/or hyperacusis (sensitivity to loud sounds). It seems logical that hyperacusis would accompany tinnitus. If neurons build up at certain frequency points, then these will affect the frequencies just above and just below the point of loss. If the cilia are sending impulses at those frequencies and the cortex has ramped up the sensitivity near those frequencies, they’re going to be perceived as exponentially louder than they should be – to the point of pain. In my case, these frequencies sound distorted, compressed and seem to drown out everything else that is occurring acoustically. You probably know by now there is no cure for this if your brain has decided to react this way short of restoring the missing stimulus and hoping the excess neurons will deactivate themselves. And – until we discover a way to regrow flattened cilia, that’s probably not going to happen. Someday research will figure something out for us that will if not totally stop the ringing, at least turn it down.

    1. Dave C. Stout says:

      Interesting, so thats why we need to find the tinnitus frequency. So we can sympathize the frequency in hopes that our brain will “turn off” the neurons. Aaaa I see. Thnx for this lesson. I thank u again.

    2. David says:

      Thank you for this explanation.

    3. Pierre says:

      I have high frequency loss, but I’ve never been exposed to loud noise. I remember though that I have always struggled to hear, especially in a group environment.
      I remember hearing a hissing sound in my youth, but it would not stay. After my dad died, it became permanent.
      I struggle everyday to deal with this. There are days when it becomes too much.
      You seem to deal with it pretty efficiently.
      I just listen to music at night and hope I can call asleep at one point.
      What works for you?

    4. Pierre says:

      By the way I have a lot of compassion and respect for all that cope with this.
      It’s the hardest thing that I’ve ever had to deal with.
      Just have to somehow stay strong

      1. Sheilagh says:

        That is the only thing we can do STAY STRONG Very hard though It does help a bit that we not alone in this

    5. Julie says:

      Great explanation, Richard. Thank you!

    6. Joe Wolfe says:

      My doctor wants me to try hearing Aids he said that will alleviate the ringing that’s in my ears driving me absolutely crazy to madness what do you think?

      1. Karen Murray says:

        I received a hearing aide with a program to help. It has reduced the frequency that it acted up but it settles down sometimes.

      2. Carol says:

        My Ear doctor told me I needed hearing aids for mild hearing loss, but that the hearing aids probably wouldn’t help the ringing. So I decided not to get any. I have sleep sounds that I use at night and also a humidifier that also helps. I also tried several different supplements, but none of them helped. I had also read that the noise had to do with the brain.

        1. Clear Living says:

          While hearing aids are not a “cure” for tinnitus, oftentimes using hearing aids with any degree of hearing loss will help reduce the volume or consistency of the tinnitus that you hear. It is worth a try!

    7. Glenda says:

      Thank you for such a great explanation….one that makes total sense.

    8. JD says:

      I have been experiencing tinnitus for about 2 years now. I believe it was caused by what I call a perfect storm. At that time I bought a Harley Davidson Vrod, and the loud noise coming out that pipe was too strong for my ears. It’s funny because at the time I bought it, it didn’t seem to bother me. Also, at the same time, but not frequently, I was taking a medication that I have learned can lead to Tinnitus. Anyway, it happened suddenly one night after taking the pill. I woke up the next morning with this ringing in my ears. It has been 2 years and hasn’t stopped. I have been taking Ginko Biloba, Garlic, and Ring-Stop. Also, my wife downloaded from the internet a sound therapy program designed by another person that also claimed to have Tinnitus. This therapy represses the sound in my ears and it brings me some relief. I’m just wondering if there is any real treatment that has been improving it to at least make the sound lower. I don’t believe yet there has been any advance medicine-wise that helps with growing or restoring the hair cells called “cilia” in the inner ear.
      Now my question is there any success story to this illness?

  24. Tim Blick says:

    My comment is simply the bottom line. What is the cost of your base line model for tinnitus?
    Is it available here in Sydney and what are the adjoining fees? Al up, how much?
    Thank you

  25. Steve douglas says:

    I am in the very same condition as William, It would be a relief to hear Nothing instead of of all the high pitch stressful, painful noise!

  26. William says:

    I can’t take this constant ringing much more. It is there all the time and then for some odd reason now my left ear will drop all sound completely which is nice since the ringing stops but I can’t hear a thing. How hard is it to sever the nerve and eliminate all nerve impulse to the ear. With no stimulation then the ringing would stop. I will be happy to let anyone try this on me. Please I got to get rid of this evil ringing that never lets me rest. I have tried noise canceling headset but that just makes the ringing much clearer. Any ideas?

    1. Lindsey Banks, Au.D. says:

      Hi William. Have you had a tinnitus evaluation by an Audiologist? They would be able to discuss your options with you.

    2. Jude says:

      My mother had a brain tumor removed that was wrapped around her auditory nerves. It left her profoundly deaf in one ear. Her hearing loss is the result of the nerves no longer working since her surgery. Hearing aids can’t help her due to this. I have to tell you though, she still experiences tinnitus that drives her crazy. It’s kind of like when your toe itches on an amputated leg – It’s just a phantom sensation. So severing the nerve may not work.

    3. Stuart Kaufman says:

      I take milde natural vasodilators to reduce my tinnitus. About an hour before breakfast I take 750 mg L-Citrulline, 500 mg Arginine and 500 mg L-Carnosine. To balance out the Arginine, twice a week , in the afternoon, I take 500 mg of L-Lysine.
      It works for me.

      1. Michael says:

        Are these over the counter? Do these have any other health risks?

      2. Ralph says:

        Interesting, can you be more specific as to the application of the vasodilators? Is here any clinical evidence of success, and are there any side effects? What do you mean by “To balance out the Arginine…?” Thanks!

      3. Jeffrey Butler says:

        R these over.the counter and where do you get them

        1. Clear Living says:

          They are not over the counter. You will need to get them from an Audiologist that specialized in tinnitus.

          1. Kristina says:

            You can get them at any health store, Walgreens or Walmart.

    4. Sean Kerry Baltz says:

      take klonopin every morning, please do not do anything rash

      might try hypnosis, lypoflavanoids, zinc, niacin

    5. Richard Downing says:

      I hope by now you have found relief. I tried a number of “tinnitus” HAs and none helped until I tried the Starkey Tinnitus model. It has a number of tinnitus settings and only one of those helped – it is the program that sounds like waves slowing coming in, receding, coming in, and so on. The relief was immediate, and I was just about to go off the deep end.
      I understand Starkey has discontinued the model, but they very well may be able to program the “waves” feature into their latest models.
      Also, be aware that the markup is high for HAs, so negotiate the price. I saved quite a bit – but truth be told, when I realized they worked for I would have paid anything. Best of luck – Richard

      1. Carmen says:

        I wonder why they would discontinue owmething that works ! I was ready to shop for
        it online !

    6. alan buckner says:

      attn william,
      severing the nerve will not correct this problem. the high pitch you expierence is not in the ear, but neurons firing in your brain is the culprit, i have had this for 7 years and the only relief more me is a pink noise in the ear generator. i use rushing air which seems the best for me,

    7. L.A.W. says:

      Lots of the usual advice here. I too suffer from extreme tinnitus and have little hope after several years of researching the problem that there is any cure or single approach tom reducing the volume. If you go the drug rout with flexeril, tri-cyclics (Nortriptyline/ Pamelor), various benzodiazepines like klonopin, or valium etc., be very careful even if an MD does prescribe them. The literature shows than a consistent program of antioxidants (particularly glutathione or it’s precursors like NAD, alpha-lipoic acid, acetyl L carnitine plus co Q 10, bioflavonoids and c plus e is protection against more hearing loss. You can find all sorts of articles about brain function and tinnitus but suffice it to say that mindfulness meditation a la Kabat-Zinn is irrefutably a necessary part of any tinnitus reduction program. But, you must stick with it even if you don’t feel it’s working. It’s free so don’t obsess about how long it takes. Also, keep exercising and if sleep is impossible then take medication for that. Some say “tapping works as does EMDR, but I can’t say for sure. Try everything and ignore peoples sage “wisdom” as it seldom helps and the fact is that NO ONE really knows exactly what to do. In any case, as in my own situation this will take time and if you are truly at your wits end, get a therapist who deals with tinnitus…not just another well meaning, profit oriented shrink.

    8. Paul says:

      I have tinnitus from a head injury. 21 years. I am used to it. It is NOT your ears that ring. The sound is actually generated in your brain. Any ear doc that says ear surgery can fix. Questionable. Without damaging your hearing more. Get several opinions. And yes. Find a Jesus freak doctor to tell you the truth!

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