Tinnitus isn’t new. But it might be the first time you have had to cope with it. A relentless buzzing or ringing is commonly how tinnitus manifests but not always. At times, the sound is very intense. Symptoms fluctuate considerably, but this is the point: if tinnitus is bothering you, you may be searching for some new ways to control your symptoms.
In that, you’re lucky because while tinnitus doesn’t yet have an overall cure, there are a few new treatments that can help you deal with symptoms. Some of those therapies even involve your tongue.
The Most Recent Way to Manage Tinnitus
Arguably the most novel tinnitus therapy that we’ve seen appears to offer a lot of promise, even if it appears a little odd initially. This device, developed at the Trinity College School of Medicine in Dublin, stimulates both the ear and the tongue. Bi-modal neurostimulation is the technical term for this technique.
The results were fairly impressive with this device based on the first tests. Most individuals underwent treatments for a duration of twelve weeks or so. Over those 12 months, those same individuals observed a dramatic decrease in tinnitus symptoms. But this type of therapy is still in the testing phase and not generally available yet.
What Can I do Now to Get Tinnitus Relief?
Unfortunately, it will probably be quite some time before novel solutions such as this are broadly accessible. So how can you deal with your tinnitus right now?
Fortunately, there are some newer tinnitus management devices on the market today. And the most common way to manage your tinnitus is a modern hearing aid.
Here’s how it works:
Your hearing aid can provide you with something else to listen to. One reason why tinnitus becomes 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 raised by hearing aids. By boosting the volume of outside sounds, your tinnitus sounds will often vanish into the background.
Your hearing aid can mask the sound. If your hearing loss is fairly mild, then a masking device may be the best way to treat your symptoms. A masking device essentially looks like a hearing aid. And many hearing aids can be enhanced with masking technology. This technology can emit sounds specially designed to mask your tinnitus symptoms. Sometimes this will be a tone, in other situations, it might be some white noise. Whatever will best hide the ringing in your ears.
Of course, this is only a starting point. We can show you devices that work best with tinnitus. Give us a call.