I just got through three trial periods where I would wear recommended hearing aids to try and reduce my Tinnitus, which can be as loud as the normal TV volume. My Tinnitus comes from loud noise damage back in the 60s and 70s when few were talking up noise protection. Many sources say that the first step in looking for a way to reduce Tinnitus is to try hearing aid amplification. I did not believe anything would help my Tinnitus, so never tried anything.
The first trial was with Avada where they let me wear Oticon M9s for about 2 hours and it seemed to have a slight improving effect. Boy was I surprised, so I got interested in doing something further.
The second trial was a 2 week free trial (sponsored by a local hearing center) with Oticon M7; nice hearing aids, but no help to me.
The third trial was for 45 days and sponsored by Hearing Planet (http://www.hearingplanet.com) where they teamed me up with a local audiologist and paid for the screening and trial. I used the “next level up” hearing aids; Ion 400. Again there was no improvement to my Tinnitus. Hearing Planet did a good job in setting up the screening and visits and covered the return of the hearing aids.
So, now I have teamed up with a Tinnitus specialist (at the office recommended by Hearing Planet) and will see where that goes. After an extensive Tinnitus screening, the first thing that I was given to try was a little music playing device called Neuromonics which actually made my Tinnitus slightly worse.