Name of treatment

Hearing aid

Type of treatment

Physical device

Claims for treatment

Reduce tinnitus symptoms by a number of means.

How treatment is delivered

In ear amplification device in one or both ears

Potential negative consequences

Regarded as safe

Evidence offered:

Papers available

1 (considered in Cochrane Review)[1]  However, PubMed database has 14 papers with both ‘tinnitus’ and ‘hearing aid’ in the title.

Conclusions drawn

Whilst hearing aids are sometimes prescribed as part of tinnitus management, there is currently no evidence to support or refute their use as a more routine intervention for tinnitus.1

Quality of evidence[2]

A

Does the BTA recommend this treatment?

Yes, if patient has hearing loss

BTA opinion on this treatment:

Hearing aids are beneficial for those with hearing loss, although evidence of effectiveness for tinnitus management is lacking.

Would the BTA support further studies into this treatment?

Yes, provided study is of high quality.

Verdict: Safety - is this treatment harmful?

  Regarded as safe

Verdict: Efficacy - does this treatment work?

  No evidence of effectiveness

[1] Hoare  DJ, Edmondson‐Jones  M, Sereda  M, Akeroyd  MA, Hall  D. Amplification with hearing aids for patients with tinnitus and co‐existing hearing loss. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2014, Issue 1. Art. No.: CD010151. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010151.pub2.

[2] A = Systematic review/meta analysis. B = Randomised control studies. C = Cohort studies. D = Case control studies. E = case studies/reports. +/- to be used to indicate quality within bands

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Published 15 April 2019

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