New patients frequently report that their new hearing aids sound tinny, metallic, loud, or unnatural. The clinical audiologist recognizes that these comments will decrease in frequency with time. This process is often described as acclimatization: a reaction to new hearing aids that occurs because the patient has adjusted to hearing sound filtered by their hearing loss. When amplification is introduced, the subsequent increase in audibility and loudness perception is unfamiliar and therefore unnatural…
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For years it was the case that digital noise reduction was not a recommended signal processing strategy for pediatric hearing aid fittings. The advancement of these algorithms and new research findings have shifted this perception.
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In this month’s post, we review findings from a 12-month study that looked at tinnitus retraining therapy, open-canal hearing aids, and non-amplifying sound therapy devices. The results point toward progressive improvements in tinnitus-related outcomes over time, suggesting that a longitudinal treatment plan may be a valuable consideration.
Over one quarter of people report that hearing aids alone provide some measure of tinnitus relief. Shekhawat and colleagues propose that mild adjustments to a hearing aids frequency response may increase likelihood of tinnitus relief during a traditional hearing aid fitting. This article review discusses their findings and describes a series of recommendations for adjusting common hearing aid parameters in a manner that may further increase relief from tinnitus during hearing aid use.