Tinnitus is not new. But perhaps it’s new to you, like a loud used car you can’t take back. Normally, though not always, tinnitus reveals itself as a ceaseless buzzing or ringing in the ears. The sound can be, at times, very loud. Symptoms differ substantially, but this is the point: if tinnitus is bothering you, you may 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 novel therapies that can help you deal with symptoms. Some of those therapies even involve your tongue.
Most Recent Approaches to Tinnitus
One of the newest therapies for tinnitus seems a little unusual at first but does appear to show some hope. This device, designed at the Trinity College School of Medicine in Dublin, stimulates both the tongue and ear. Bi-modal neurostimulation is the technical term for this technique.
As outlined by the first tests of this device, the results were fairly optimistic. Most individuals received treatments for a duration of twelve weeks or so. Within those 12 months, those same individuals noticed a dramatic decrease in tinnitus symptoms. But until the testing phase is finished it won’t be extensively available.
How Can I Find Tinnitus Relief Now?
Unfortunately, it will probably be quite some time before novel treatments like this are generally available. So perhaps you’re curious about what you can do now to help manage your tinnitus.
Fortunately, there are some newer tinnitus therapy devices available today. And the most common way to handle your tinnitus is a modern hearing aid.
It works like this:
Your hearing aid can provide you with something else to listen to. 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 gets quieter. The volume of the outside world is raised by hearing aids. That doesn’t change the volume of your tinnitus, but it could make the ringing less obvious.
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 deal with your symptoms. A hearing aid has a comparable appearance to a masking device. And many hearing aids can be augmented with masking technology. This technology will produce sounds designed to mask your tinnitus symptoms. Whatever the best sound is to mask the ringing in your ears will be used, from white noise to a specific tone.
Of course, this is only a starting point. We can help you discover the best choice for you so call us for a consultation.