How about we warm-up with two poll questions to get you ready for the November elections?
According to the American Tinnitus Association, “An estimated 50 million people in the U.S. suffer from tinnitus. Of those, 16 million have sought medical attention for their tinnitus; 2-3 million are completely disabled from it.” Fortunately, there is help out here, and tinnitus can be managed. Tinnitus is a serious disease, and unfortunately there is no cure to date. There has been a lot of research in the past decade on how to cure tinnitus or at least how to mask it.
With the recent popularity of smartphones and the applications that can be downloaded with them, a number of tinnitus applications, or "apps," are now available. Typically, these offer different types of noise (ie, white, pink, brown, etc), as well as nature-like sounds, that can be downloaded for a minimal cost and played over the external speaker or via headphones. Although the portability of the smartphone is quite convenient, if the user has a hearing loss, it is not taken into account, and thus the sound therapy signal provided by these phones may not be maximized.
I have the ReSound Alera 962 TSG hearing aids. I recently got them about a month ago from losing my hearing this year. Tinnitus has always been an issue for me. I love my wife, BUT (and there is always a but) she snores. I have to wake up and push her over to one side, so she will stop snoring. I can get some sleep for a very brief moment. Sometimes this will happen once every hour or so but what can I say - I love her. Guess what? I found the remedy! Recently I hurt my foot and had to take Advil, which makes the ringing in my ear really bad. The ringing in my ear was so bad at night, I went downstairs to put in my hearing aids and program my hearing aids to use the tinnitus program to block it out. I come to find out ten hours later I woke up and didn’t hear my wife snore. I guess you can say I “killed two birds with one stone” using my ReSound Alera tinnitus program.
My name is Jeff Swartz and I live in Atlanta, GA. I am married to wonderful wife and have two teenaged daughter.