Tinnitus isn’t new. But it might be the first time you have had to deal with it. Normally, though not always, tinnitus presents as an incessant ringing or buzzing in the ears. At times, the sound is quite overwhelming. However tinnitus manifests for you, this point is most likely true: 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 does not yet have an overall cure, there are a few novel therapies that can help you deal with symptoms. Your tongue is even involved in some of those therapies.
The Newest Way to Manage Tinnitus
Perhaps the most novel tinnitus treatment to hit our radar does indeed offer a lot of promise, even if it sounds a little odd at first. Both the tongue and the ear are stimulated with this device developed at the Trinity School of Medicine in Dublin. Technically, it’s called bi-modal neuromodulation.
As outlined by the first tests of this device, the results were fairly impressive. Most individuals underwent treatments for twelve weeks or so. Within those 12 months, those same people observed a dramatic decrease in tinnitus symptoms. But until the testing phase is complete it won’t be extensively available.
What Can I do Now to Find Tinnitus Relief?
Unfortunately, it will probably be quite a while before novel therapies such as this are widely accessible. So maybe you’re curious about what you can do now to help control your tinnitus.
There are, fortunately, some tinnitus therapy technology 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 is more noticeable as you lose your hearing is that the ringing is the only thing that stays loud while everything else becomes quieter. The volume of the exterior world is boosted by hearing aids. That doesn’t lower the volume of your tinnitus, but it could make the ringing less obvious.
Your hearing aid can mask the noise. A masking device could be the way to go if your hearing loss is minor. A hearing aid has a comparable appearance to a masking device. And masking technology can be integrated into modern hearing aids. This technology will produce sounds specially designed to mask your tinnitus symptoms. In some cases 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.
Needless to say, this is only a starting point. We can demonstrate devices that work best for tinnitus. Contact us.