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 relentless ringing or buzzing is usually how tinnitus is experienced but not always. At times, the sound is quite overwhelming. Symptoms vary considerably, but this is the point: you are probably looking for new ways of managing your tinnitus if it’s something that’s bothering you.
In that, you’re lucky because while tinnitus does not yet have a universal cure, there are a few new therapies that can help you manage symptoms. Certain of those therapies even concern your tongue.
The Most Recent Way to Manage Tinnitus
Arguably the newest tinnitus therapy that we’ve seen appears to offer quite a bit of promise, even if it sounds a little strange initially. This device, designed at the Trinity College School of Medicine in Dublin, stimulates both the tongue and ear. Bi-modal neurostimulation is the technical term for this technique.
The results were rather striking with this device based on the first tests. Most individuals received treatments for twelve weeks or so. Those same people detected a substantial decrease in their tinnitus symptoms, and the results continued for up to twelve months. But until the testing phase is completed it won’t be generally available.
How Can I Get Relief From my Tinnitus Now?
Unfortunately, it will most likely be quite some time before novel treatments like this are widely accessible. So perhaps you’re wondering what can be done now to help manage your tinnitus.
There are, luckily, some tinnitus therapy technology that has recently been released. And one of the best new ways to manage tinnitus is something you’ve likely already heard of: your hearing aid.
Here’s the way it works:
Your hearing aid can give you something else to listen to. One reason why tinnitus becomes more noticeable as your hearing wanes is that the ringing is the only thing that stays loud while everything else becomes quieter. A hearing aid can raise the volume on the rest of the audio spectrum. By boosting the volume of outside sounds, your tinnitus sounds will often fade into the background.
There is a sound masking device comparable to a modern hearing aid. A masking device may be the answer if your hearing loss is mild. A hearing aid has a comparable appearance to a masking device. And masking technology can be combined with modern hearing aids. Your tinnitus symptoms can be masked by sounds emitted by this type of technology. Whatever the best sound is to mask the ringing in your ears will be used, it may be a specific tone or even white noise.
This is, naturally, just the beginning. We can help you discover the best option for you so get in touch with us.