Tinnitus is nothing new. But perhaps it’s new to you, like a noisy used car you can’t take back. A relentless ringing or buzzing is usually how tinnitus is experienced but not always. The sound can be, at times, very loud. However tinnitus is experienced by you, this point is most likely true: you are probably looking for new ways of coping with your tinnitus if it’s something that’s troubling you.
In that, you’re lucky because while tinnitus does not yet have a universal cure, there are a few new treatments that can help you manage symptoms. Certain of those therapies even involve your tongue.
Newest Approaches to Tinnitus
Arguably the most novel tinnitus therapy to hit our radar does indeed offer quite a bit of potential, even if it seems a little odd at first. Both the tongue and the ear are stimulated with this device developed at the Trinity School of Medicine in Dublin. Technically, it’s called bi-modal neuromodulation.
The results were fairly striking with this device based on the first tests. 12 weeks was about how long most individuals were treated. Those same people noticed a substantial decrease in their tinnitus symptoms, and the results lasted up to twelve months. But until the testing phase is complete it won’t be generally available.
How Can I Find Tinnitus Relief Now?
Regrettably, it will probably be quite some time before novel solutions such as this are generally available. So how can you deal with your tinnitus now?
There are, fortunately, some tinnitus management technology that has recently come onto the market. And the most prevalent way to manage your tinnitus is a modern hearing aid.
Here’s the way it works:
Everyday sounds are boosted by hearing aids. One reason why tinnitus becomes more apparent as your hearing wanes is that the stays loud while everything else becomes quieter. The volume of the exterior world is boosted by hearing aids. By increasing the volume of outside sounds, your tinnitus sounds will often vanish into the background.
There is a noise masking device similar to a modern hearing aid. If your hearing loss is relatively mild, then a masking device may be the best way to treat your symptoms. A hearing aid has a similar appearance to a masking device. And masking technology can be integrated into modern hearing aids. Your tinnitus symptoms can be masked by sounds emitted by this kind of technology. At times this will be a tone, in other cases, it might 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 demonstrate devices that work best with tinnitus. Contact us.