Tinnitus is nothing new. But it might be the first time you have had to cope with it. A constant ringing or buzzing is commonly how tinnitus manifests but not always. The sound can be, at times, very loud. Regardless of how tinnitus manifests for you, this point is probably true: you are most likely searching for new ways of dealing with your tinnitus if it’s something that’s troubling you.
In that, you’re in luck because while tinnitus doesn’t yet have an overall cure, there are a few new treatments that can help you deal with symptoms. Your tongue is even involved in some of those therapies.
The Most Recent Way to Manage Tinnitus
One of the newest treatment options for tinnitus seems somewhat weird at first but does appear to show some promise. 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 technique.
According to the first tests of this device, the results were fairly striking. 12 weeks was about the duration that most individuals were treated. Those same people noticed a substantial decrease in their tinnitus symptoms, and the results lasted up to twelve months. But this kind of therapy is still in the testing phase and not extensively available yet.
What Can I do Now to Get Tinnitus Relief?
Unfortunately, it will most likely be quite a while before novel therapies like this are generally available. So perhaps you’re wondering what can be done now to help control your tinnitus.
Fortunately, there are some newer tinnitus therapy devices available now. And the most prevalent way to manage your tinnitus is a modern hearing aid.
It works like this:
Everyday sounds are boosted by hearing aids. When you start to lose your hearing, the sounds of the outside world get quieter and that can make the internal sounds of tinnitus get louder. The volume of the outside world is raised by hearing aids. That doesn’t lower the volume of your tinnitus, but it could make the ringing less obvious.
Your hearing aid can mask the sound. A masking device may be the way to go if your hearing loss is mild. A hearing aid has a similar appearance to a masking device. And some hearing aids can be augmented with masking technology. Your tinnitus symptoms can be obscured by sounds produced by this kind of technology. Sometimes this will be a tone, in other cases, it may be some white noise. Whatever will best hide the humming in your ears.
Needless to say, this is just a starting point. We can demonstrate devices that work best with tinnitus. Contact us.