Tinnitus has been present for a long time. But maybe it’s new to you, like a noisy used car you can’t return. Usually, though not always, tinnitus reveals itself as a ceaseless buzzing or ringing in the ears. The sound can be, at times, extremely loud. Symptoms fluctuate considerably, but here’s 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 doesn’t yet have an overall cure, there are a few new therapies that can help you manage symptoms. Some of those therapies even concern your tongue.
The Newest Way to Handle Tinnitus
One of the newest treatment options for tinnitus sounds somewhat unusual at first but does appear to show some promise. Both the tongue and the ear are stimulated with this device designed at the Trinity School of Medicine in Dublin. Bi-modal neurostimulation is the technical term for this technique.
The results were fairly striking with this device according to the first tests. 12 weeks was about the duration that most individuals were treated. Those same people noted a substantial decrease in their tinnitus symptoms, and the results continued for up to twelve months. But until the testing phase is complete it won’t be widely available.
How Can I Find Relief From my Tinnitus Now?
Naturally, it takes a while for technology to work their way from research and development to patient availability. So maybe you’re curious about what you can do now to help deal with your tinnitus.
There are, fortunately, some tinnitus therapy devices that has recently been released. And the most prevalent way to manage your tinnitus is a modern hearing aid.
It works like this:
External sounds are enhanced by hearing aids. One reason why tinnitus is more obvious as you lose your hearing is that the ringing is the only thing that stays loud while everything else becomes quieter. A hearing aid can boost 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.
There is a noise masking device comparable to a modern hearing aid. If your hearing loss is relatively mild, then a masking device may be the best way to deal with your symptoms. A masking device basically looks like a hearing aid. And masking technology can be incorporated into modern hearing aids. This technology can produce sounds specially designed to mask your tinnitus symptoms. 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 only a starting point. We can help you discover the best choice for you so get in touch with us.