Approximately one in five people experience a perception of noise or ringing in their ears, which is known as tinnitus. This condition can be experienced in a number of different ways. 90% of people with tinnitus experience hearing loss, but this loss of hearing could be due to aging, exposure to loud noises at a specific point in time, or exposure to loud noises over a lifetime.

Tinnitus is the most common service-related disability of veterans who come back from Iraq and Afghanistan. According to Thanos Tzounopoulos, Ph.D., assistant professor of otolaryngology and neurobiology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, there are approximately 15 million Americans with tinnitus, of which 12 million experience it severely. About 2 million to 3 million have such severe cases of tinnitus that they can no longer work.

Some of the symptoms of tinnitus include ringing, buzzing, roaring, clicking, hissing, or humming in the ears.

Tinnitus Treatment Options

A common cause of tinnitus is inner ear hair cell damage. Tiny, delicate hairs in your inner ear move in relation to the pressure of sound waves. … If the hairs inside your inner ear are bent or broken, they can “leak” random electrical impulses to your brain, causing tinnitus. While there is no scientifically proven cure for tinnitus, there are a number of treatment options. Something as simple as a hearing aid, for example, can improve the perception of noise and ringing in your ear while further preventing hearing loss in a patient. There are also options such as ‘tinnitus retraining therapy’ and ear-level masking devices that patients can explore when trying to alleviate the symptoms of tinnitus.

If ringing in your ears bothers you, the first step is to consult with an audioprosthologist for a hearing evaluation. At Chenault House of Hearing, Inc., we offer a variety of hearing assessment options so that we can work towards finding a sustainable solution for you. Book an appointment with us today.


When faced with the deterioration of one’s hearing, people often start scrutinizing their Medicaid coverage. While Medicaid covers the cost of hearing tests, it does not cover the cost of hearing aids.

Medicaids view hearing aids as ‘elective’, which means that a person doesn’t have to have hearing aids, and hearing loss is not seen as a life-threatening disease – even though it can severely impact on a person’s quality of life. People who suffer from untreated loss of hearing are more likely to develop dementia, depression, and earn less in their lifetime.

Options for Hearing Aid Financing 

If you need hearing aids but your Medicaid isn’t paying for them, it is time to start investigating other options:

  • Supplemental Insurance

If you have supplemental insurance such as medical aid gap cover, then review your policies to find out whether hearing aids are covered in these policies. Most insurance companies and policies, however, do not cover hearing aids. There are some companies offering group insurance that may help you get a discount from certain suppliers and manufacturers.

  • Check the  Local VA

If you are a veteran, check with your local VA. They may be able to provide you with hearing aids at a discounted rate. The VA contracts with some hearing aid manufacturers and can often help you get high-quality hearing aids at a fraction of the cost – or sometimes even at no cost at all.

  • Fund the Costs Yourself

If none of these options apply to you and you are forced to cover the cost of a hearing aid out of your own pocket, then you want to search for the best deal you can get. Brand-new hearing aids cost in the region of $3000 or more. Many manufacturers specialize in custom fittings, which will also cost an additional amount.

Your first step should be to book an appointment with a hearing evaluation service provider. Book an appointment at the Chenault House of Hearing, Inc. to make the best decision for your hearing health.

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