Tinnitus has been present for a long time. But perhaps it’s new to you, like a noisy used car you can’t take back. A relentless buzzing or ringing is normally how tinnitus manifests but not always. The sound can be, at times, really loud. Regardless of how tinnitus is experienced by you, this point is probably true: if tinnitus is bothering you, you might be looking for some new ways to manage your symptoms.
Fortunately, new therapies and treatment options are being formulated that aren’t cures for tinnitus but can help you manage it. Some of those therapies even involve your tongue.
Newest Approaches to Tinnitus
One of the latest therapies for tinnitus seems somewhat odd at first but does seem to show some promise. This device, designed at the Trinity College School of Medicine in Dublin, stimulates both the ear and the tongue. Technically, it’s called bi-modal neuromodulation.
The results were rather striking with this device based on the first tests. Most individuals received treatments for a duration of twelve weeks or so. Over those 12 months, those same individuals observed a dramatic decrease in tinnitus symptoms. But until the testing phase is finished it won’t be extensively available.
How Can I Get Tinnitus Relief Now?
Naturally, it takes years for technology to work their way from research and development to patient accessibility. So perhaps you’re wondering what can be done now to help deal with your tinnitus.
There are, luckily, some tinnitus therapy devices that has recently been released. And one of the best new ways to manage tinnitus is something you’ve probably already heard of: your hearing aid.
It works like this:
Your hearing aid can give you something else to listen to. When you start losing your hearing, the sounds of the outside world diminish and that can make the internal sounds of tinnitus get louder. A hearing aid can raise the volume on the rest of the audio spectrum. That doesn’t change 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 mild, then a masking device might be the best way to deal with your symptoms. A hearing aid has a similar appearance to a masking device. And masking technology can be combined with modern hearing aids. This technology will produce sounds designed to mask your tinnitus symptoms. At times this will be a tone, in other situations, it might be some white noise. Whatever will best hide the ringing in your ears.
Obviously, this is just a starting point. We can help you choose the best choice for you so get in touch with us.