Tinnitus is nothing new. But maybe it’s new to you, like a noisy used car you can’t take back. A constant buzzing or ringing is commonly how tinnitus manifests but not always. At times, the sound is quite overwhelming. Regardless of how tinnitus is experienced by you, this point is probably true: you are probably searching for new ways of handling your tinnitus if it’s something that’s troubling you.
Fortunately, new therapies and treatments are being formulated that aren’t cures for tinnitus but can help you manage it. Some of those therapies even concern your tongue.
Most Recent Approaches to Tinnitus
One of the most recent treatments for tinnitus sounds a bit unusual 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 method.
The results were fairly striking with this device according to the first tests. 12 weeks was about how long most individuals were treated. Within those 12 months, those same people noticed a dramatic reduction in tinnitus symptoms. But until the testing phase is finished it won’t be extensively available.
How Can I Find Relief From my Tinnitus Now?
Of course, it takes a while for technology to go from research and development to patient accessibility. So how can you manage your tinnitus right now?
There are, fortunately, some tinnitus therapy technology that has recently been released. And the most prevalent way to deal with your tinnitus is a modern hearing aid.
It works like this:
Your hearing aid can give you something else to listen to. One reason why tinnitus is more noticeable as you lose your hearing is that the ringing is the only thing that stays loud while everything else gets quieter. A hearing aid can boost the volume on the rest of the audio spectrum. That doesn’t lower the volume of your tinnitus, but it might make the ringing less noticeable.
There is a sound masking device similar to a modern hearing aid. If your hearing loss is fairly moderate, then a masking device may be the best way to address your symptoms. A masking device essentially looks like a hearing aid. And some hearing aids can be augmented with masking technology. This technology will emit sounds designed to mask your tinnitus symptoms. In some cases this will be a tone, in other situations, it may be some white noise. Whatever is going to best hide the ringing in your ears.
Needless to say, this is just a starting point. We can help you choose the best choice for you so call us for a consultation.