Tinnitus has been around for a long time. But maybe it’s new to you, like a noisy used car you can’t return. A relentless buzzing or ringing is normally how tinnitus is experienced but not always. At times, the sound is quite intense. However tinnitus manifests for you, this point is probably true: you are most likely looking for new ways of coping with your tinnitus if it’s something that’s troubling you.
The good news is that new therapies and treatments are being developed that aren’t cures for tinnitus but can help you deal with it. Certain of those therapies even involve your tongue.
Newest Approaches to Tinnitus
Arguably the newest tinnitus treatment to hit our radar appears to offer quite a bit of promise, even if it seems a little strange at first. This device, designed at the Trinity College School of Medicine in Dublin, stimulates both the tongue and ear. Technically, it’s called bi-modal neuromodulation.
Based on the first tests of this device, the results were fairly impressive. 12 weeks was about the duration that most individuals were treated. Those same people noticed a substantial decrease in their tinnitus symptoms, and the results continued for up to twelve months. But until the testing phase is finished it won’t be publicly available.
How Can I Find Tinnitus Relief Now?
Regrettably, it will probably be quite some time before novel therapies like this are generally available. So perhaps you’re wondering what can be done now to help manage your tinnitus.
There are, fortunately, some tinnitus management devices that has recently come onto the market. And the most prevalent way to handle your tinnitus is a modern hearing aid.
It works like this:
Everyday sounds are enhanced by hearing aids. When you start losing your hearing, external get quieter and that can make the internal sounds of tinnitus become louder. The volume of the outside world is boosted by hearing aids. That doesn’t lower the volume of your tinnitus, but it might make the ringing less noticeable.
Your hearing aid can mask the sound. If your hearing loss is fairly minor, then a masking device might be the best way to deal with your symptoms. 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 emitted by this type of technology. Sometimes this will be a tone, in other cases, it may be some white noise. Whatever will best hide the ringing in your ears.
This is, of course, just the beginning. We can show you devices that work best with tinnitus. Contact us.