Tinnitus isn’t new. But maybe it’s new to you, like a noisy used car you can’t take back. Normally, though not always, tinnitus reveals itself as a ceaseless buzzing or ringing in the ears. At times, the sound is quite intense. However tinnitus manifests for you, this point is probably true: if tinnitus is bothering you, you might be looking for some new ways to deal with your symptoms.
In that, you’re lucky because while tinnitus doesn’t yet have a universal cure, there are a few new treatments that can help you manage symptoms. Some of those therapies even concern your tongue.
The Most Recent Way to Manage Tinnitus
One of the most recent therapies for tinnitus sounds a bit weird at first but does seem to show some hope. Both the ear and the tongue are stimulated with this device developed at the Trinity School of Medicine in Dublin. Bi-modal neurostimulation is the technical term for this approach.
The results were rather striking with this device according to the first tests. Most individuals underwent treatments for a duration of twelve weeks or so. Within those 12 months, those same people noticed a dramatic reduction in tinnitus symptoms. But until the testing phase is completed it won’t be generally available.
How Can I Find Relief From my Tinnitus Now?
Naturally, it takes years for devices to work their way from research and development to patient availability. So maybe you’re curious about what you can do now to help manage your tinnitus.
There are, fortunately, some tinnitus management technology that has recently been released. And one of the best new methods of managing tinnitus is something you’ve likely already heard of: your hearing aid.
Here’s how it works:
Your hearing aid can provide you with something else to listen to. When you start losing your hearing, external get quieter and that can make the internal sounds of tinnitus become louder. The volume of the outside world is raised by hearing aids. That doesn’t lower the volume of your tinnitus, but it might make the ringing less obvious.
There is a sound masking device comparable to a modern hearing aid. A masking device could be the way to go if your hearing loss is minor. A masking device basically looks like a hearing aid. And masking technology can be integrated into modern hearing aids. Your tinnitus symptoms can be obscured by sounds produced by this kind of technology. Sometimes this will be a tone, in other situations, it might be some white noise. Whatever is going to best hide the humming in your ears.
Obviously, this is only a starting point. We can help you discover the best option for you so call us for a consultation.