Tinnitus has been around for a long time. But maybe it’s new to you, like a loud used car you can’t return. A constant buzzing or ringing is normally how tinnitus manifests but not always. The sound can be, at times, extremely loud. Regardless of how tinnitus manifests for you, this point is probably true: you are probably looking for new ways of managing 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 deal with it. Some of those therapies even concern your tongue.
Most Recent Approaches to Tinnitus
Possibly the most novel tinnitus treatment to hit our radar does indeed offer quite a bit of potential, even if it seems a little strange initially. This device, designed at the Trinity College School of Medicine in Dublin, stimulates both the ear and the tongue. Bi-modal neurostimulation is the technical term for this method.
As outlined by the first tests of this device, the results were rather impressive. 12 weeks was about the duration that most individuals were treated. Over those 12 months, those same individuals noted a dramatic reduction in tinnitus symptoms. But until the testing phase is finished it won’t be extensively available.
What Can I do Now to Find Tinnitus Relief?
Regrettably, it will probably be quite a while before novel solutions such as this are broadly available. So maybe 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 methods of managing tinnitus is something you’ve most likely already heard of: your hearing aid.
Here’s the way it works:
Your hearing aid can provide you with something else to listen to. One reason why tinnitus is more apparent as your hearing wanes 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. By raising the volume of external sounds, your tinnitus sounds will often disappear into the background.
Your hearing aid can mask the sound. A masking device may be the answer if your hearing loss is mild. 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 specially designed to mask your tinnitus symptoms. Sometimes this will be a tone, in other cases, it may be some white noise. Whatever will best hide the ringing in your ears.
This is, obviously, just the beginning. We can help you discover the best option for you so call us for a consultation.