The masking headphones or habituator are those that incorporate the emission of subtle and sometimes imperceptible sounds that help to mask and forget about the beeps caused by the tinnitus. The sound emitted by this hearing aid is adjusted, in frequency and levels, according to the needs of each person.
Hearing aids for chronic tinnitus
Masking hearing aids are recommended for those who suffer from chronic tinnitus, which are those who have been suffering from annoying ringing or ringing in the ear for more than 12 weeks. This type of hearing aid generates what is known as ‘White noise‘, which the brain only perceives subconsciously but which, however, camouflages and deactivates the perception of the tinnitus. In fact, this ‘counter-sound’ supersedes the ringing and buzzing in the ears, which are no longer perceived, causing the affected person to return to a situation of auditory comfort.
How masking headphones work
The masking headphones They allow you to combat the ringing in the ear that people with tinnitus perceive. In fact, these hearing aids generate a pleasant counter-noise that causes the brain to focus on this sound and ‘forget’ about the tinnitus. This sound is personalized according to each person. In fact, there are special apps that give access to a large library of music and sound. This allows the user to choose the sound they prefer when using a tinnitus hearing aid.
Can I use masking headphones even if I don’t have hearing loss?
Masking hearing aids can be used by both people with tinnitus and hearing loss as people who only have the problem of ringing in the ears. In the first case, in which tinnitus and hearing loss ‘coexist’, the hearing aid incorporates into the emission of white noise the specific functionalities required by people who have lost hearing.
Masking hearing aid models
Masking hearing aids to relieve tinnitus symptoms exist in all available models, both in-ear or invisible hearing aids (ITE)as in the behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids and the in-canal (RIC) hearing aids.