Tinnitus isn’t new. But maybe it’s new to you, like a noisy used car you can’t take back. A relentless buzzing or ringing is normally how tinnitus manifests but not always. At times, the sound is very intense. However tinnitus manifests for you, this point is probably true: you are most likely searching for new ways of dealing with your tinnitus if it’s something that’s bothering you.
In that, you’re in luck because while tinnitus does not 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 Handle Tinnitus
Possibly the newest tinnitus treatment to hit our radar does indeed offer a lot of potential, even if it seems a little unusual initially. This device, designed at the Trinity College School of Medicine in Dublin, stimulates both the tongue and ear. Bi-modal neurostimulation is the technical term for this approach.
The results were fairly striking with this device based on the first tests. 12 weeks was about the duration that most individuals were treated. Over those 12 months, those same people noticed a dramatic decrease in tinnitus symptoms. But until the testing phase is finished it won’t be widely available.
What Can I do Now to Get Tinnitus Relief?
Regrettably, it will most likely be quite some time before novel solutions such as this are widely accessible. So how can you control your tinnitus now?
Luckily, there are some newer tinnitus management devices available today. And the most prevalent way to deal with your tinnitus is a modern hearing aid.
It works like this:
External sounds are boosted by hearing aids. When you begin to lose your hearing, external get quieter and that can make the internal sounds of tinnitus get louder. The volume of the exterior world is boosted by hearing aids. That doesn’t change the volume of your tinnitus, but it could make the ringing less noticeable.
There is a sound masking device similar to a modern hearing aid. If your hearing loss is fairly moderate, then a masking device might be the best way to treat your symptoms. A masking device essentially looks like a hearing aid. And most hearing aids can be augmented with masking technology. Your tinnitus symptoms can be masked by sounds emitted by this kind of technology. At times this will be a tone, in other cases, it may be some white noise. Whatever is going to best hide the ringing in your ears.
This is, obviously, just the beginning. We can show you devices that work best with tinnitus. Give us a call.