Tinnitus has been present for a long time. But it may be the first time you have had to deal with it. Usually, though not always, tinnitus reveals itself as a ceaseless buzzing or ringing in the ears. The sound can be, at times, really loud. However tinnitus is experienced by you, this point is probably true: if tinnitus is troubling you, you may be looking for some new ways to manage your symptoms.
In that, you’re in luck because while tinnitus does not yet have an overall cure, there are a few novel treatments that can help you manage symptoms. Your tongue is even involved in certain of those therapies.
Newest Approaches to Tinnitus
One of the newest therapies for tinnitus sounds a little strange at first but does appear to show some promise. This device, designed at the Trinity College School of Medicine in Dublin, stimulates both the ear and the tongue. The technical term is bi-modal neuromodulation.
The results were rather impressive with this device based on the first tests. 12 weeks was about how long most people were treated. Those same people noted a substantial reduction in their tinnitus symptoms, and the results continued for up to twelve months. But this kind of therapy is still in testing and not widely available yet.
What Can I do Now to Find Tinnitus Relief?
Regrettably, it will probably be quite a while before novel solutions such as this are generally accessible. So how can you control your tinnitus right now?
There are, luckily, some tinnitus therapy devices that has recently been released. And the most common way to handle your tinnitus is a modern hearing aid.
It works like this:
Your hearing aid can give you something else to listen to. One reason why tinnitus becomes more apparent as you lose your hearing is that the ringing is the only thing that stays loud while everything else gets quieter. A hearing aid can boost the volume on the rest of the audio spectrum. 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 could be the answer if your hearing loss is mild. A masking device essentially looks like a hearing aid. And masking technology can be integrated into modern hearing aids. Your tinnitus symptoms can be obscured by sounds emitted by this kind of technology. Whatever sound will best mask the ringing in your ears will be used, it may be a specific tone or even white noise.
Obviously, this is only a starting point. We can show you devices that work best with tinnitus. Give us a call.