So I have a patient who came to me with his main complaint being Tinnitus, his wife’s main complaint being he can’t hear well.
After some counseling and conversation, he finally admitted that he has a problem hearing, and decided to try some hearing aids.
They work, in that they help him hear better, but they don’t work in that he claims that when he first puts them on, everything is fine. But after 2 to 3 hours, the level of his tinnitus begins to climb, and according to him, it gets so bad that he can’t hear anything but the roaring tinnitus.
I have been fitting hearing aids for almost 25 years, and this is a first. I have never had anyone who, when fitted with hearing aids, their tinnitus got worse.
Anyone else have any insight into this phenomenon?