Tinnitus is not new. But it may be the first time you have had to deal with it. A relentless ringing or buzzing is normally how tinnitus is experienced but not always. At times, the sound is very intense. However tinnitus is experienced by you, this point is most likely true: you are most likely looking for new ways of dealing with your tinnitus if it’s something that’s troubling you.
Fortunately, new therapies and treatments are being formulated that aren’t cures for tinnitus but can help you manage it. Your tongue is even involved in certain of those treatments.
The Most Recent Way to Manage Tinnitus
One of the most recent treatment options for tinnitus sounds a bit weird at first but does seem to show some promise. This device, developed 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.
The results were fairly impressive with this device according to the first tests. 12 weeks was about the duration that most people were treated. Within those 12 months, those same individuals observed a dramatic reduction in tinnitus symptoms. But until the testing phase is complete it won’t be publicly available.
What Can I do Now to Find Tinnitus Relief?
Regrettably, it will probably be quite a while before novel solutions such as this are broadly available. So how can you manage your tinnitus now?
Luckily, there are some newer tinnitus management devices available now. And one of the best new methods of managing tinnitus is something you’ve probably already heard of: your 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 apparent as you lose your hearing is that the stays loud while everything else becomes quieter. A hearing aid can boost the volume on the rest of the audio spectrum. By raising the volume of outside sounds, your tinnitus sounds will often fade into the background.
Your hearing aid can mask the sound. A masking device might be the answer if your hearing loss is minor. A masking device basically looks like a hearing aid. And most hearing aids can be enhanced 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.
Obviously, this is just a starting point. We can demonstrate devices that work best for tinnitus. Contact us.