Annoying, perceived sound disables millions.
According to the American Tinnitus Association, tinnitus impacts up to 50 million people in the United States. Approximately 25% of the population of industrialized countries have experienced tinnitus at least once, 10 to 20% suffer chronically. Tinnitus is the number one disability among veterans and it affects at least one in every 10 American adults.
What is tinnitus?
The term tinnitus comes from the Latin word tinnire (to ring) and is defined as the perception of sounds for which there is no external source. Many people describe tinnitus as ringing, while to others it sounds like humming, buzzing, or whistling. Regardless of its characteristics, tinnitus is a symptom of an impairment of the auditory processing system. The most common cause of tinnitus is noise exposure.
Some hearing aids provide tinnitus therapy.
While there is currently no cure for tinnitus, there are effective methods of achieving comfort and relief. Some Siemens hearing aids—Ace™, Pure®, Aquaris™, Insio™ , Orion™ , and Siemens Life™—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. Your hearing care professional can help you determine the type of therapy that is right for your tinnitus.