Aaron Hightower, one of our active Facebook fans, was recently fitted with Starkey Xino Tinnitus devices after struggling with tinnitus for more than ten years. Xino works by creating a customizable and comfortable sound stimulus that is fine-tuned by the wearer and his or her hearing care professional. The result is personalized sound therapy designed to mask or cover up tinnitus.
We recently spoke with Aaron to hear how tinnitus has affected his life, and how Xino has helped.
How long have you had tinnitus?
I have had tinnitus for longer than I care to remember. But, well over 10 years, I'm sure! I wish I knew the exact cause, although I expect it was triggered when I was exposed to a missile launch onboard the USS Reeves (CG-24) many years ago.
In what ways has tinnitus affected your life?
Tinnitus has affected all aspects of my life, including greatly increasing my chronic depression. It interferes with being in a quiet room or watching TV or trying to get to sleep. I wish I were able to sleep with my Xino devices on! Getting ready for bed is the most difficult part of my day; it's when I hear the ringing from tinnitus once again. Tinnitus also influences my relationships with family and friends because they can’t relate to listening to ringing 24/7.
What made you look into Starkey Xino Tinnitus as a possible solution?
A post on Facebook got me interested in the Xino devices!
Tell us a little bit about your fitting and what you think of your Xinos now that you’ve adjusted to using them.
I was able to try on the Xino devices while sitting in a soundproof booth. For the first time in over a decade, I was able to experience quiet and not ringing. The Xinos have completely changed my life for the better! They are hardly noticeable! They are worn from when I wake to when I go to bed. They allow me to enjoy TV or a movie in the theater or quiet time somewhere! The noise I hear from the Xino devices is similar to the fizz from a cold soda or an ocean wave; it’s a very relaxing noise that is hardly noticeable.
What are some of your hobbies and future goals?
My hobby is photography, mostly nature photos! When I’m wearing my Xinos, I can sit quietly and wait for birds to appear! What a pleasure!
My biggest goal right now is to find a job in an office setting where I can work in a quiet space thanks to my Xinos.
What words of wisdom would you give someone suffering from tinnitus?
Get Xino Tinnitus devices as quickly as you can! They will completely change your life.