Tinnitus is not new. But perhaps it’s new to you, like a loud used car you can’t take back. A relentless ringing or buzzing is normally how tinnitus manifests but not always. Often, the sound is really intense. Symptoms differ substantially, but here’s the point: if tinnitus is bothering you, you may be looking for some new ways to control your symptoms.
Fortunately, new therapies and treatment options are being developed that aren’t cures for tinnitus but can help you manage it. Your tongue is even involved in certain of those therapies.
Most Recent Approaches to Tinnitus
One of the newest therapies for tinnitus seems somewhat odd at first but does seem to show some hope. Both the ear and the tongue are stimulated with this device developed at the Trinity School of Medicine in Dublin. Bi-modal neurostimulation is the technical term for this approach.
As outlined by the first tests of this device, the results were rather optimistic. 12 weeks was about how long most people were treated. Those same people noted a substantial decrease in their tinnitus symptoms, and the results lasted up to twelve months. But until the testing phase is completed it won’t be extensively available.
How Can I Get Relief From my Tinnitus Now?
Unfortunately, it will probably be quite a while before novel treatments like this are generally accessible. So how can you control your tinnitus right now?
Luckily, there are some newer tinnitus therapy devices on the market now. And the most prevalent way to manage 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 is more apparent as your hearing wanes is that the ringing is the only thing that stays loud while everything else becomes quieter. The volume of the outside world is boosted by hearing aids. That doesn’t lower the volume of your tinnitus, but it might make the ringing less noticeable.
Your hearing aid can mask the noise. A masking device might be the way to go if your hearing loss is minor. A masking device basically looks like a hearing aid. And most hearing aids can be augmented with masking technology. This technology can emit sounds designed to mask your tinnitus symptoms. Sometimes this will be a tone, in other situations, it may be some white noise. Whatever is going to best hide the ringing in your ears.
Of course, this is just a starting point. We can help you find the best option for you so get in touch with us.