Tinnitus has been around for a long time. But perhaps it’s new to you, like a noisy used car you can’t take back. Normally, though not always, tinnitus reveals itself as a ceaseless ringing or buzzing in the ears. The sound can be, at times, very loud. However tinnitus manifests for you, this point is probably true: you are most likely searching for new ways of managing your tinnitus if it’s something that’s troubling you.
In that, you’re in luck because while tinnitus doesn’t yet have a universal cure, there are a few novel treatments that can help you manage symptoms. Your tongue is even involved in certain of those therapies.
Newest Approaches to Tinnitus
One of the newest therapies for tinnitus seems a little unusual at first but does appear to show some promise. This device, designed 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 rather striking with this device based on the first tests. 12 weeks was about how long most individuals were treated. Those same people noted a substantial reduction in their tinnitus symptoms, and the results continued for up to twelve months. But until the testing phase is completed it won’t be publicly available.
How Can I Find Relief From my Tinnitus Now?
Regrettably, it will most likely be quite some time before novel solutions like this are generally available. So perhaps you’re wondering what you can do now to help control your tinnitus.
Fortunately, there are some newer tinnitus therapy devices on the market today. And the most prevalent way to handle your tinnitus is a modern hearing aid.
It works like this:
External sounds are enhanced by hearing aids. When you start to lose your hearing, external get quieter and that can make the internal sounds of tinnitus become louder. A hearing aid can boost the volume on the rest of the audio spectrum. By increasing the volume of external sounds, your tinnitus sounds will often fade into the background.
There is a sound masking device comparable to a modern hearing aid. A masking device could be the answer if your hearing loss is minor. A hearing aid has a similar appearance to a masking device. And masking technology can be combined with modern hearing aids. Your tinnitus symptoms can be masked by sounds produced by this kind of technology. Whatever sound will best mask the ringing in your ears will be used, from white noise to a specific tone.
Needless to say, this is just a starting point. We can show you devices that work best with tinnitus. Contact us.