Severe tinnitus and hearing loss
Severe tinnitus is more common among people with a hearing loss than among people with no hearing loss. Tinnitus severity is significantly worse in tinnitus patients who also have a hearing loss than in tinnitus patients with normal hearing, a study from Jordan shows. In the study, a statistically significant association was found between hearing status and the severity of tinnitus.
Tinnitus and hyperacusis
There is a close relationship between tinnitus and hyperacusis, a Swedish study finds. The Swedish study found a very close relationship between tinnitus and hyperacusis. In the study, people with tinnitus were 3.5 times more likely to have hyperacusis than people with no tinnitus. The relationship between severe tinnitus and hyperacusis was even stronger. The occurrence of hyperacusis in severe tinnitus is as high as 80%, showing a very close relationship.
Conditions are related to tinnitus
Higher age and a series of physical and mental conditions are related to bothersome tinnitus. Hearing loss and hearing-related difficulties are some of the conditions. A study has found that for both men and women, bothersome tinnitus was associated with higher age, reduced hearing ability (hearing loss), hearing-related difficulties, cardiovascular disease, epilepsy and burnout when compared with non-bothersome tinnitus.
Tinnitus and hearing aids
A Japanese study has shown that the use hearing aids has significant effects on tinnitus. All the participants in the study reported significant effects of hearing aids on their tinnitus. The participants in the study had both hearing loss and tinnitus and were fitted with hearing aids.
Tinnitus and cochlear implants
A cochlear implant improves hearing for people with severe or profound hearing loss on one or both ears. But a cochlear implant also helps to reduce tinnitus and depression, studies find.
A study found that there was a statistically significant decrease in the severity of tinnitus and depression after the cochlear implantation. The participants’ tinnitus level and grade decreased as well as their depression levels compared to before cochlear implantation.
Another study found that a cochlear implant also seems to help to reduce tinnitus among people with both single-sided deafness (SSD) and tinnitus.