Tinnitus has been present for a long time. But perhaps it’s new to you, like a noisy used car you can’t return. Usually, though not always, tinnitus reveals itself as an incessant buzzing or ringing in the ears. The sound can be, at times, extremely loud. Symptoms fluctuate substantially, but this is the point: you are probably searching for new ways of managing your tinnitus if it’s something that’s troubling you.
Fortunately, new therapies and treatment options are being formulated that aren’t cures for tinnitus but can help you manage it. Certain of those therapies even involve your tongue.
Newest Approaches to Tinnitus
Arguably the most novel tinnitus therapy to hit our radar appears to offer a lot of promise, even if it sounds a little strange 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 rather striking 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 noticed a dramatic decrease in tinnitus symptoms. But until the testing phase is completed it won’t be generally available.
What Can I do Now to Find Tinnitus Relief?
Regrettably, it will most likely be quite a while before novel treatments like this are widely accessible. So perhaps you’re curious about what you can do now to help deal with your tinnitus.
Fortunately, there are some newer tinnitus management devices available now. And one of the best new ways to manage tinnitus is something you’ve most likely already heard of: your hearing aid.
It works like this:
Your hearing aid can provide you with something else to listen to. One reason why tinnitus becomes more noticeable as your hearing wanes is that the stays loud while everything else gets quieter. A hearing aid can boost the volume on the rest of the audio spectrum. That doesn’t change the volume of your tinnitus, but it might make the ringing less obvious.
There is a noise masking device similar to a modern hearing aid. If your hearing loss is relatively minor, then a masking device may 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 obscured by sounds produced by this type of technology. Whatever sound will best mask the ringing in your ears will be used, it may be a specific tone or even white noise.
Needless to say, this is just a starting point. We can demonstrate devices that work best with tinnitus. Give us a call.