What is tinnitus?

Tinnitus - from the Latin verb "to jingle" - is an involuntary sound perception originating inside the head. In about 80-85% of cases, tinnitus is accompanied by hearing loss, but it can also be caused by exposure to loud sounds, accidents, ear infection, aging or stress.

Tinnitus is as individual as you are

It can be:

  • A buzzing or ringing in the ears
  • A hissing or roaring sound
  • High-, low-, single- or multi-toned
  • Occasional or constant


The tinnitus vicious cycle

Continual tinnitus can cause anxiety and stress in many individuals. Once this negative connection is established, a cycle can begin that affects other regions of the brain, including the limbic system (which is involved in processing emotions) and the autonomic nervous system (physical/bodily reactions). This is commonly known as the vicious cycle. When tinnitus is perceived, it can prompt a number of emotions, including fear, danger, unhappiness, etc. These can in turn cause physical reactions such as anxiety and stress, thus reinforcing the tinnitus and making the cycle repeat itself.


You can break the vicious cycle

Using ReSound hearing aids, in combination with informed counseling and acoustic therapy, can bring you significant relief. Your emotional response to the tinnitus changes, and your nervous system responds differently as well.


Causes of tinnitus

There is a number of possible causes of tinnitus.

Hair cell damage, which also causes hearing loss, is considered one of the most common causes of tinnitus. Tinnitus is also associated with:

  • Degeneration of the bones in the middle ear
  • Injury to the ears, neck or head
  • Neurological disorders
  • Exposure to loud noises
  • Side effects of medication

With the exception of a small number of tinnitus cases that are medically treatable, the cause of tinnitus is not relevant for the choice of tinnitus treatment.

Treating tinnitus

There are a number of different options available for tinnitus treatment. Each of them offers a different explanation for how it can be beneficial to you if you are suffering from tinnitus.

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Guide to Tinnitus Management

ReSound LiNX 3D can help

Using ReSound LiNX 3D™ helps change the way you respond to tinnitus by diverting your attention away from it, thus breaking the tinnitus vicious cycle.

Read more about Resound LiNX 3D

Sound therapy

Whether you have a hearing loss or not, ReSound LiNX 3D helps you manage your tinnitus. It combines an advanced hearing aid with a tinnitus sound generator. The tinnitus sound generator administers sounds that make the disturbing noise less noticeable and draw your attention away from the tinnitus. This is known as sound therapy. When combined with informed counseling, it is recognized as a highly effective way of managing tinnitus.

Individual solutions

Each case of tinnitus is unique, so ReSound LiNX 3D provides individual solutions. Your hearing care professional can customize it in a way that will help relieve your own kind of tinnitus. We call this individualized sound therapy.

We strongly recommend that you contact a qualified hearing care professional who is experienced in tinnitus management.

Take the first step

If you think you have tinnitus – or know someone who does – the first step is to see a hearing care professional. Counseling and modern technology can help you.

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