Tinnitus has been present for a long time. But perhaps it’s new to you, like a loud used car you can’t take back. Usually, though not always, tinnitus presents as an incessant buzzing or ringing in the ears. The sound can be, at times, really loud. Regardless of how tinnitus manifests for you, this point is probably true: if tinnitus is bothering you, you may be searching for some new ways to manage your symptoms.
In that, you’re lucky because while tinnitus doesn’t yet have a universal cure, there are a few novel therapies that can help you deal with symptoms. Your tongue is even involved in some of those treatments.
Newest Approaches to Tinnitus
One of the latest treatment options for tinnitus sounds somewhat weird at first but does seem to show some promise. Both the tongue and the ear are stimulated with this device developed at the Trinity School of Medicine in Dublin. Bi-modal neurostimulation is the technical term for this method.
The results were fairly impressive with this device based on the first tests. 12 weeks was about how long most individuals were treated. Over those 12 months, those same people observed a dramatic reduction in tinnitus symptoms. But this type of therapy is still in the testing phase and not widely available yet.
How Can I Get Relief From my Tinnitus Now?
Of course, it takes a while for devices to work their way from research and development to patient accessibility. So how can you manage your tinnitus now?
Luckily, there are some newer tinnitus therapy devices available today. And one of the best new ways to manage tinnitus is something you’ve probably already heard of: your hearing aid.
It works like this:
Your hearing aid can give you something else to listen to. When you begin to lose your hearing, the sounds of the outside world 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. 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 might be the answer if your hearing loss is mild. A masking device basically looks like a hearing aid. And most hearing aids can be enhanced with masking technology. This technology can produce sounds designed to mask your tinnitus symptoms. 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 help you choose the best choice for you so call us for a consultation.