Sounds of the Sea Combat Ringing in the Ears
Did you know tinnitus is the condition most commonly suffered by veterans returning from war? An estimated 841,000 returning troops report constant ringing, buzzing, or similar sounds in their ears for which there are no external sources. Exposure to very loud noise is the most common cause of tinnitus, so when it comes to veterans, especially those who saw combat, this statistic isn’t surprising.
An estimated 90 percent of all tinnitus patients also have hearing loss. If you have even mild impairment you hear fewer external sounds, so noises within your ears become more obvious. The key to combating these internal noises is increasing your ability to hear external sounds. Hearing aids with a variety of tinnitus therapy feature sound options can be programmed to cancel out the phantom noise.
Sound from without to combat noise from within
Many of our hearing aids now offer a new therapy feature for tinnitus called “Ocean Waves.” We developed the relaxing Ocean Waves sounds to divert tinnitus sufferers’ attention away from the annoying noise in their ears.
A tinnitus therapy feature has been integral to most Siemens hearing aids for more than 15 years. This feature generates pleasant sounds designed to distract from tinnitus. Now, in addition to the more standard White Noise, Pink Noise, Speech Noise, and High-tone Noise signals, you can choose between our new, relaxing sounds of the sea. Awaken pleasant memories of vacation and leisure pursuits by selecting from four types of ocean sound:
- Sandy Beach
- Pebble Beach
- Rocky Beach
- Boulder Beach
Our acoustic models are based on the sounds of waves as they meet beaches made of rock, dunes, gravel, and sand. These dynamic soundscapes offer a welcome distraction from tinnitus.
Tinnitus manifests in a wide variety of ways. That’s why the tinnitus therapy feature in hearing aids can be individually adjusted to suit your specific requirements. Consult with your hearing care professional to find the best setting for your personal needs and preferences. Note that you can always change the sounds generated by the therapy feature, as well as the volume setting, according to your current surroundings and mood.
Easy control at the touch of a button or app
You have several ways to adjust the tinnitus therapy feature―either directly, using a push button on the hearing aid, or by using the free easyTek™ and touchControl™ remote control apps, which are available for use with Android™ or Apple® smartphones. Relief from tinnitus is now available at your fingertips!
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