Tinnitus has been present for a long time. But maybe it’s new to you, like a loud used car you can’t return. A constant ringing or buzzing is normally how tinnitus is experienced but not always. The sound can be, at times, very loud. Symptoms fluctuate substantially, but this is the point: you are most likely looking for new ways of managing your tinnitus if it’s something that’s troubling you.
In that, you’re in luck because while tinnitus does not yet have a universal cure, there are a few new treatments that can help you manage symptoms. Certain of those therapies even concern your tongue.
Most Recent Approaches to Tinnitus
One of the latest therapies for tinnitus seems a bit 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 tongue and ear. Bi-modal neurostimulation is the technical term for this technique.
Based on the first tests of this device, the results were rather optimistic. 12 weeks was about the duration that most individuals were treated. Over those 12 months, those same individuals observed a dramatic reduction in tinnitus symptoms. But this kind of therapy is still in testing and not widely available yet.
How Can I Find Tinnitus Relief Now?
Regrettably, it will probably be quite a while before novel treatments like this are widely accessible. So maybe you’re curious about what can be done now to help manage your tinnitus.
Luckily, there are some newer tinnitus management devices on the market now. And the most common way to manage your tinnitus is a modern hearing aid.
Here’s the way it works:
Your hearing aid can provide you with something else to listen to. One reason why tinnitus becomes more obvious as your hearing wanes 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. By boosting the volume of external sounds, your tinnitus sounds will often fade into the background.
There is a noise masking device comparable to a modern hearing aid. A masking device could be the answer if your hearing loss is minor. A masking device basically looks like a hearing aid. And some hearing aids can be augmented with masking technology. Your tinnitus symptoms can be masked by sounds produced by this kind of technology. 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 find the best option for you so get in touch with us.