Tinnitus isn’t new. But it might be the first time you have had to cope with it. Usually, though not always, tinnitus reveals itself as an incessant buzzing or ringing in the ears. At times, the sound is quite overwhelming. However tinnitus is experienced by you, this point is most likely true: if tinnitus is bothering you, you might be searching for some new ways to deal with your symptoms.
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 deal with symptoms. Certain of those therapies even concern your tongue.
Newest Approaches to Tinnitus
Perhaps the most novel tinnitus therapy that we’ve seen appears to offer quite a bit of potential, even if it seems a little strange initially. Both the tongue and the ear are stimulated with this device developed at the Trinity School of Medicine in Dublin. Bi-modal neurostimulation is the technical term for this technique.
The results were fairly impressive with this device according to the first tests. Most individuals received treatments for twelve weeks or so. Over those 12 months, those same people observed a dramatic reduction in tinnitus symptoms. But until the testing phase is finished it won’t be widely available.
How Can I Get Tinnitus Relief Now?
Naturally, it takes years for technology to work their way from research and development to patient availability. So maybe you’re curious about what can be done now to help control your tinnitus.
There are, luckily, some tinnitus management devices that has recently come onto the market. And the most prevalent way to manage your tinnitus is a modern hearing aid.
It works like this:
External sounds are boosted by hearing aids. One reason why tinnitus becomes more noticeable as you lose your hearing is that the stays loud while everything else becomes quieter. 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 could make the ringing less obvious.
Your hearing aid can mask the noise. If your hearing loss is relatively moderate, then a masking device may be the best way to address your symptoms. A masking device basically looks like a hearing aid. And masking technology can be combined with modern hearing aids. This technology will emit sounds designed to mask your tinnitus symptoms. In some cases this will be a tone, in other situations, it might be some white noise. Whatever is going to best hide the humming in your ears.
This is, of course, just the beginning. We can help you choose the best choice for you so call us for a consultation.